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Free Pancakes at IHOP Tuesday, Feb. 5

5 Feb


For the eighth year in a row, IHOP is celebrating National Pancake Day by offering its guests a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes on Tuesday, February 5, from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.

For every short stack served, IHOP guests are invited to make a voluntary donation to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Donations made in the Oxford area will benefit the program at Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center. IHOP hopes to raise $3 million this year, with an overall goal of more than $13 million.

For more information, or to donate online, visit

Game Weekend Sunday Brunch at Char Grille

31 Aug


Char Grille at 1518 Jackson Avenue is introducing Sunday brunch on Ole Miss game Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. starting this weekend. Thanks to new local laws that allow liquor to be served on special holiday and game-day-weekend Sundays, you’ll be able to enjoy mimosas and bloody mary’s along with your meal as well.

Brunch menu items include selections ranging from Shrimp and Crawfish Creamy Etouffee Smothered Biscuits to Bourbon and Banana Bread Pudding served French Toast Style.

See the complete menu above or call Char Grill for more information at 662-701-8285.

Old-Fashioned Grocery in Water Valley

1 Aug

When you’re in the mood for a lazy drive away from the Square, consider the quaint little grocery called The B.T.C. just up the road at 301 N. Main St. in Water Valley.

According to co-owner Alexe van Beuren, The B.T.C. is first and foremost a grocery, but it also houses a small, informal cafe, which serves breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday, and breakfast all day on Sunday. Breakfast highlights include housemade sausage gravy and grits, while lunch features an array of soups, salads, and sandwiches. It may be a simple menu, but Alexe says it’s made with love by Dixie Grimes (former head chef at Oxford’s Downtown Grille). Dixie also makes the grocery’s deli spreads; salads, such as watermelon feta; and frozen casseroles and entrees.

B.T.C. also stocks deli salads such as Tex-Mex pimento cheese and hand-pulled chicken salad; take-home casseroles (think hoop and havarti macaroni, jalapeno grits); and deli meats and cheeses that are sliced daily. Have a sweet tooth? Cora is on hand creating fried pies, chocolate buttermilk cake and other decadent treats.

The cafe is informal, with a playhouse for children, and affordable pricing, including some $2 sandwiches and a full-plate breakfast (eggs, bacon, biscuit and grits) for $5.99.

According to Alexe, the grocery carries several items not found anywhere else in the state, such as Eduardo’s handmade pasta from San Francisco. And B.T.C. Grocery offers delivery service to Oxonians who can’t make the trip to Water Valley, meeting customers at the local Garden Center on Fridays (same prices as if you had driven to Water Valley and shopped yourself).

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New Menus at Lusa Pastry Cafe

26 Feb

Lusa Pastry Cafe has introduced updated menus for breakfast and lunch, which include new sandwiches and a daily soup menu.

The newly expanded restaurant and Portuguese bakery is open Tuesday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

A new Facebook group page has also been setup here.

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Main Squeeze Loses Its Lease

27 Nov

After three years on University Avenue, Ron Shapiro has lost the lease on the building housing Main Squeeze.

Shapiro is currently seeking any leads or ideas regarding alternate locations for Oxford’s only organic juice bar, and can be contacted through Facebook  or via email at

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BBB Pain Perdu Recipe

15 Sep

credit: Bob Chamberlin/L.A. Times

If you’re a fan of Big Bad Breakfast, maybe you’ve ordered the Pain Perdu, a brandy-spiked French toast with berries and chantilly cream, on one of your visits.
Last week, the Los Angeles Times shared a recipe for the breakfast favorite, which I’ll pass along below. Be sure to send a photo if you make your own!
Big Bad Breakfast’s pain perdu
Total time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4
Chantilly cream
1 cup whipping cream
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a large bowl, whisk the cream, powdered sugar and vanilla until soft peaks form. Cover and refrigerate until needed; the chantilly cream can be made up to 1 hour in advance.

Pain perdu and assembly
4 eggs
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup half-and-half
1/4 cup brandy
Peanut oil for frying
6 slices Texas toast or country white bread cut into 3/4-inch thick slices
Powdered sugar, fresh berries and/or Chantilly cream to garnish

1. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, vanilla, salt, half-and-half and brandy until thoroughly combined to make the batter.
2. Add enough oil to come up the sides of a deep cast iron skillet by about 1 inch. Heat the oil until a thermometer inserted reaches 325 degrees.
3. Halve the bread slices diagonally. Dredge a couple slices in the batter until both sides are thoroughly soaked. Lift the slices out of the batter and allow to drain briefly.
4. Carefully place the bread into the fry oil and fry each side until golden-brown, approximately 1 minute per side.
5. Remove the toast from the oil and drain on paper towels. Repeat with the remaining slices until all are fried.
6. Serve the pain perdu, three pieces to a plate. Garnish as desired. The restaurant serves the dish topped with powdered sugar, berries and chantilly cream.

Each of 4 servings: 675 calories; 13 grams protein; 45 grams carbohydrate; 2 grams fiber; 46 grams fat; 20 grams saturated fat; 305 mg cholesterol; 14 grams sugar; 566 mg sodium.


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Mink’s Welcomes Back Students with Extended Hours

29 Aug

Mink’s On The Park has once again extended its hours until 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday now that students are back in town. Free WiFi also attracts those looking to finish last-minute assignments.

An expanded menu now boasts 27 sandwiches, including one for chicken lovers, which combines buffalo chicken and barbecue chicken, called The Double Down, and a new veggie sandwich called Victoria’s Garden.

Full hours are Monday – Friday 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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Mink’s Celebrates Year with Expanded Menu

9 May

Mink’s on the Park, which recently celebrated its one year anniversary, has since expanded its menu to include nearly 20 sandwiches, along with a build-your-own option and hot dogs. There are also smoothies and breakfast items such as sausage, egg and cheese croissants for the a.m. crowd.

A convenient drive-through window on the side also lets you pick up your order in a hurry when you’re in a rush.

Mink’s on the Park is open Monday through Saturday 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. and Sundays 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

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New Debuts in Taylor this Weekend

5 May

If you’ve been craving a drive out to Taylor, this coming weekend is the weekend to go!

In addition to the Taylor’s Farmer Market holding its first sale day of the summer on Saturday, the new Olivia’s Corner Market, which officially opens for business on Thursday in the former location of Emileigh’s Table, will also be serving a full breakfast and lunch for all of you hungry shoppers on Saturday.

For those familiar with Olivia’s Food Emporium on the Square, owner Mary Catherine Guest is now bringing her love of Italian cooking to the Plein Air neighborhood of Taylor, where she’ll be serving up authentic Italian food, buffet style. Dishes you can look forward to include lasagna, stuffed artichokes, veal parmesan, meatballs, stuffed rolled meat, eggplant parmesan and more. Mary Catherine also plans to offer what she says is one of the best burgers around as well as many of the dips and spreads that are currently found at Olivia’s Food Emporium.

The upper floor of Olivia’s Corner Market will be transformed into an event space with a ballroom, and there are plans for events to be held both inside and outside of the restaurant in the near future. A brown-bag option is also in the works.

Hours for Olivia’s Corner Market are: Thursday/Friday (lunch), Saturday (breakfast/lunch), Sunday (lunch).

The Taylor Farmer’s Market will be held 8:00 a.m. until noon on Saturday with more than two dozen vendors selling produce and plants, a performance by Chauncey and The Beast, and Kidfest hosted by Plein Air Montessori.

Don’t Feel Like Cooking On Easter Sunday?

23 Apr


After a morning filled with Easter egg hunts and candy surprises from the Easter Bunny, many of you may be too tired to fire up the oven and cook a five-course meal tomorrow. So, for those seeking an alternative this Easter Sunday, below are some suggestions of restaurants around Oxford that are staying open to make your holiday a pleasant one.  If one of your favorite restaurants is missing, let me know at
  • Big Bad Breakfast – open 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. (breakfast/lunch)
  • Castle Hill Resort – open 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. (Sunday brunch/lunch/dinner)
  • Lenora’s – open 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Sunday brunch)
  • McCormick Cafe (inside the Inn at Ole Miss) – open 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. (Sunday brunch buffet)
  • Ravine – open 10:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. (Sunday brunch)
  • Turkuaz – open noon until 6:00 p.m. (lunch/dinner)

Click here to find contact information.

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