Imagine a beautiful, sunny, kind of breezy South Mississippi afternoon. It’s a perfect time to get out and explore downtown Gulfport by walking, eating and exploring the city with a walking culinary tour led by Tasty Tours of South Mississippi.
Our three hour Gulfport foodie tour begins at the Gulfport Galleria of Fine Art, a co-op gallery space for around thirty local artists including painters, sculptors, potters, authors and jewelry makers. After a few minutes of shopping, we start the tour with an introduction: “We’re Tasty Tours of South Mississippi, and we offer walking culinary tours in Gulfport and Ocean Springs. We’ll visit five local eateries during a three hour sampling tour that is fun and informative. We love to eat so the food is the highlight, the awesome history and fun facts are the bonus.”
With introductions out of the way, we’ll head down the street to our first restaurant. At a leisurely pace, we’ll also point out the some of the beautiful architecture and artwork that make downtown Gulfport so unique.
Our first stop is Tony’s Brick Oven Pizzeria where we indulge in a slice of his Gumbo Pizza. When this pizza arrives at the table, it’s aroma and taste instantly make you feel like a bowl of the comforting and exquisite stew is in front of you. It’s one of the best and most unique pizzas I’ve ever tasted. The atmosphere in this restaurant is casual and comfortable.
Next, we just down the block to Triplett Day Drug Company to browse their beautiful gift shop full of fabulous and one-of-a-kind finds. Here, you should also try their famous beignets!
After that, we’ll cross the street to the Half Shell Oyster House, another of our personal favorites. There we indulge in the Voodoo Shrimp Po Boy and Creme Brulee Sweet Potatoes. We learn the origin of the po boy while you savor one of the most popular sandwiches in the coastal region.
After the Half Shell it’s down the street and through Fishbone Alley to Murky Waters, our local barbecue and blues joint, housed in a location that is full of charm and features 1880’s era brick walls.
Then, we head to Lighthouse Park where we enjoy a fabulous picnic and hear about Hurricane Katrina, its impact on South Mississippi and South Mississippi’s resilience. From there we gain a different perspective from the top of the Hancock Bank building at the Great Southern Club. From this high point, you’ll enjoy sweeping views as far as the eye can see including downtown’s Jones Park, the Gulfport Harbor, the beach and the brackish water of the Mississippi Sound.
Finally, we walk downstairs and around the corner to Pop Brothers where we finish our tour with a handcrafted popsicle for dessert.
Our tour showcases our local people, and their wonderful talents. Perfect for locals and visitors alike, our tours shine light on the talent that we have locally which is a fun way for locals to gain a fresh perspective on the gems in our own backyard and to help visitors appreciate our local culture more completely.
Tasty Tours of South Mississippi is now offering tours in downtown Ocean Springs as well with plans to expand to other coastal communities soon. Tour are all-inclusive with the exception of guide gratuity or any food or drink add-ons you desire.
For more information on culinary tour times and dates, please visit Tasty Tours of South Mississippi.
Guest post written by Jessica Adams and Wendy Fairley, Tasty Tours of South Mississippi.