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Where to Eat, Drink and Tailgate in Starkville

There’s not a whole lot happening in Starkville, Mississippi but the town will be buzzing for homecoming this weekend.  The last time I went to Starkville, I could only find fast food joints.  Now, I have some help from KSR fan and MSU grad school student Ethan Stewart to make sure your trip to Stark Vegas isn’t as miserable as my last adventure.


A Taste of Kentucky — Start your day the right way at Aunt Marti’s Bakery.  Ran by a Fleming County native and less than a mile from campus, they are bringing out their best for the Big Blue Nation.

The Best Burger —  When you want a burger and you’re attending a game at Mississippi State, it only makes sense to try the Bulldog Burger.  If you’re really feeling froggy, throw some pulled pork on top with the Hogwild burger.

“Hey, I’ve been there before.” —  The KSR headquarters in Hattiesburg was at Mugshots.  The sports bar also has a home in Starkville.  If you missed it at Southern Miss, it’s something you can’t pass up at Miss. State.

A Taste of the Gulf — Starkville isn’t on the Gulf Coast.  To make it feel like you’re not in the middle of nowhere, try a Po’Boy at Oby’s.

A Name Perfect for BBQ — The Little Dooey sounds like a great place for BBQ.  If that doesn’t convince you, this logo should.

If that’s not enough to convince you, they’ve served Alabama, Garth Brooks, Kirk Herbstreit, Charlie Daniels and John Micheal Montgomery.

Sit Down and Enjoy — If you’re in the mood for a big, delicious sit-down meal after a Kentucky victory, Restaurant Tyler has the Southern fixens to cap off a wonderful win.

Applebee’s —  I hear they’ve got a two for $20 deal that’s to die for.

Brunch It —  The Veranda will fuel you for your drive back to the Bluegrass with a bountiful brunch that includes my personal favorite, chicken and waffles.

Tailgate Time

For those who do not want to prepare their own tailgate, the UK Alumni Association has you covered. They’ll be setup on the old intramural fields on Stone Boulevard just south of Bully Boulevard from 12:30-2:30 CDT.  The pregame buffet is just $20, $15 for Alumni Association members and $10 for students.  You can register ahead of time here.

For a little bit rowdier crowd, I’ve received a few messages from Cats who will set up shop down the road in the Mississippi Horse Park RV Lot.  If you don’t head there, I’ll be honest, the parking situation is spread out all across campus.  To help you find your way around, check out the parking map below (click to enlarge).

Fine Establishments

Does Starkville have a night life?  Kinda, sorta, in a way.

You won’t find anything like what Lexington has to offer, but a good place to start is the Cotton District.  Here you’ll find a handful of places to enjoy a cocktail or two, including a place that may feel familiar, the STAGerIN Sports Grill.

Outside of the Cotton District, The Guest Room and Dave’s Dark Horse Tavern should tickle your fancy.  The Dark Horse Tavern also has pretty good pizza to help soak in all of the alcohol you’ve consumed throughout your college football Saturday.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

2 responses to “Where to Eat, Drink and Tailgate in Starkville”

  1. kelseyt

    Oby’s is another great restaurant! Really good Poboys. This will be my 4th UK game in Starkville and I’ve been every time!

    1. kelseyt

      Whoops – I just noticed you mentioned Oby’s.