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A Quick Update…

18 Jan


OK, I’ve been out of town for a week, and as usual, the food news didn’t stop while I was away. I’m including a list below of the latest happenings to help keep everyone informed. More to come!

  • After 40 years, Larson’s Big Star will soon become CashSaver Cost Plus Food Outlet (the owners will remain the same)
  • Owner Jason Plunk closed his bar, Taylor’s Pub, this past week
  • According to rumors, a Krystal Burger may be opening in the new Exxon station going up on Hwy 6
  • The third location of Lusa Pastry Cafe, located in the Belk shopping center, is scheduled to open on January 22
  • The 10th Annual Empty Bowls Pantry fundraiser is gearing up for February 7 (more details to come).

Can You Handle the Heat?

2 Oct

Is it normal for you to top your pizza with jalapeños and hot sauce? Are you disappointed when your favorite pizzeria runs out of red pepper flakes?

If this sounds like you, you may be ready for the Hot Pizza Challenge at Funkys Pizza & Daiquiri Bar.

Two contestants get one beer each along with one hour to eat a 16″ hot pizza. If you succeed, you each receive a $50 bar tab; if you fail, you must pay $30 plus tax for the pizza and beer. Waivers must be signed to participate.

Call Funkys for more information at 259-2881. Hours are M-W after 3:30 and Th.-Sat. after 11:00 a.m.

Funkys on Urbanspoon

Mystery Building on North Lamar?

2 May

Been wondering what’s being built at 1309 North Lamar?

The two-story building will soon be a new restaurant and bar with a back patio and ample parking called The Lamar Lounge.

There’s no opening date yet and the menu is still being constructed.

Stay tuned for further information.

UPDATE 8/22/12: Lamar Lounge is now open.

Help Set a World Record while Raising Money for The Pantry

21 Feb

This St. Patrick’s Day, Guinness is attempting to set a new Guinness World’s Record for the Largest St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Ever. has been selected to help Guinness reach its goal, and in return, for every person who pledges to join the Guinness party on St. Patrick’s Day (and enters the code OXFO), will be able to make a donation to a charity of its choice. I have chosen The Pantry, Oxford’s local food bank.

Help make history–while helping our local Pantry! Simply visit  and click Count Me In after validating your age to join the party. Then just enter your first name–and the most important part–the optional code OXFO. This will ensure that your pledge counts toward Oxford!

Please pass along this post to help effortlessly raise funds for the Pantry.

Remember to drink responsibly this coming St. Patrick’s Day!


Taylor’s Pub Purchases Hot Dog Cart

13 Feb

For those who enjoy a late-night hot dog or two, Taylor’s Pub owner Jason Plunk has acquired Oxford’s popular hot dog cart, with plans to continue providing hot dogs–with chili or cheese–for a long time to come. Plunk says that the cart is also available for all types of parties, for kids both young and old.

In addition, the new location of Taylor’s Pub, behind The Lyric, has been open since the end of January.

Taylor’s Pub Closes in Preparation for Move

27 Nov

This past weekend was the last for Taylor’s Pub on the Square. Owner Jason Plunk is moving the business to another location, with plans to open again at the start of the new year.

UPDATE 12/14/11: Looks like Taylor’s will be moving into the old Ferdinand’s location behind The Lyric.

Corner Bar Replaces Parrish’s

4 Nov

By now you’ve seen the new Corner Bar sign that replaced Parrish’s at 1002 E. Jackson Avenue. Former owner Parrish Baker had been searching for a buyer for quite some time and finally found one a few months back.

A revamped menu debuted a couple of weeks ago, featuring items such as grilled cheese bites, grilled sandwiches and burgers. The kitchen is open Monday through Saturday for dinner as well as Fridays and Saturdays for lunch.

Hot Dog Dare at Blind Pig

4 Jan

Love hot dogs? Willing to stand behind that statement by attempting the Double Dog Dare at Blind Pig?

The Double Dog Dare consists of four 1/4 lb. hot dogs on two 10-inch kaiser rolls smothered in red bean and beef chili, cheddar cheese sauce, onions, tomatoes, jalepenos and bacon.

Finish it in 10 minutes and it’s FREE!

Have you done it? Send me a photo of your victory and I’ll post it here on

The Blind Pig Pub And Deli on Urbanspoon

Burgers Are Back at Parrish’s

21 Dec

For all those who have been missing the burgers peddled at the former location of Parrish’s, they’re now available at the new location.

Several varieties are on the menu, such as The Cyclops topped with a sunny side up egg, and the blue cheese-infused Blue Baron, smothered in mushrooms and grilled onions.

A veggie burger, chicken sandwich and wraps are also available.

Parrish's Bar & Restaurant on Urbanspoon

Restaurant Owners On Sunday Alcohol Sales

16 Aug

In an article released today in the Oxford Eagle, results of a recent survey conducted by the Eagle concerning the debate over Sunday alcohol sales in Oxford were released. Excerpts from the article follow.

Sunday sales OK with owners

Most restaurants in support of expanding alcohol service.


If Sunday alcohol sales are allowed in Oxford, most local bar and restaurant operators say that if they opened on Sunday, they would provide their patrons with the opportunity to purchase a glass of wine or a beer.

That’s one of the findings of a Sunday-alcohol-sales survey The Oxford EAGLE conducted last week of restaurant and bar operators. About one third of restaurants in Oxford that hold a liquor license in the city responded to the survey asking their opinion on Sunday sales. Most businesses on the Square responded, but only a few on Jackson Avenue responded. Surveys were not sent to restaurants outside the city limits.

Although all agree the issue is important, not everyone is sure yet if they would open just because there are alcohol sales. But they are all certain that if the sales were allowed, they would not be open without selling alcohol. The majority prefer 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. as the best option for restaurants to be able to sell alcohol, with two saying they prefer to be able stay open until midnight.

Bars, restaurants equal

The majority don’t believe there should be a difference between restaurants and bars with one business owner noting that everyone operates under the exact same permit and it would be legally wrong to distinguish between them. “Allowing a separate distinction between so-called bars and restaurants (and convenience and grocery stores) where-by one distinction is allowed to open for business on Sunday and the other isn’t is market tampering and should be discouraged,” said Parrish Baker, owner of Parrish’s Bar and Restaurant. “If the alcohol itself is the topic of discussion, then all businesses that serve it should follow the same rules whatever they turn out to be. I would like to open my bar on Super Bowl Sunday — period.”

Economic boost

As to whether Sunday sales could boost revenues 15 to 20 percent, as some proponents of the Sunday alcohol sales issue have suggested, most operators agreed that range would likely be accurate. However, some survey respondents said they thoughts Sunday alcohol sales would boost their revenues even higher than that and some thought their sales would not increase that much. All agreed, however, that Sunday sales would help boost their overall business. “Oxford is dead on Sunday. There is nothing to attract people here,” said Jerry Jordan, owner of 208 and president of the Oxford Restaurant Association. “We could never serve all of the spectators and tourists who come here for events without a larger number of restaurants than other cities.”

But for one restaurant owner who does not intend to open on Sundays, the debate is more about having the option to enjoy his day off from work. “As restaurant worker for over 25 years, Sunday is my Saturday. It would be nice to be able to go out and watch a Saints game or have a nice dinner on Sunday,” said Randy Yates, owner of Ajax. “I just don’t think it is right to make something that is legal, illegal one day a week.”

All agreed that they think the majority of Oxford residents is in support of Sunday alcohol sales and most believed that grocery and convenience stores should be allowed to also sell alcohol on Sundays.

The Alcohol Sales Committee, newly formed by the city, is continuing to conduct research into the feasibility of Sunday sales and is currently seeking input from all citizens through a response on the city of Oxford website at or by attending the public forum to be held Sept. 2 at 5:30 p.m. at the City Hall courtroom.

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