A Guide To Great Food In Laurel

A Guide To Great Food In Laurel

“People who love to eat are always the best people.” — Julia Child

If this quote describes you, you’re in good company. Our small town prides itself on supplying a wide selection of breakfast, lunch, dinner and desert options. The best part is that most of them are within walking distance of one another, so you can have a dish at one restaurant and hop over to another for a dessert. We’ve created a list to help you narrow down your search (or make it harder to decide.) 


Bird Dog Café

Tuesday - Saturday | 6:30am to 9:30pm

As seen on Home Town, the Bird Dog Café is run by the Bell Brothers, Elliot and Connor. Their dishes are a refined take on southern comfort with a coastal and couture taste. They pride themselves on their fresh, local ingredients in every dish and their incredible coffee served every day, all day. Their menu is fresh every week. Be sure to follow them on Instagram here!



Lee’s Coffee and Tea

Monday -Thursday | 7:00am – 8:00pm

Friday – Saturday | 7:00am – 9:00pm

Sunday | 9:00am — 6:00pm

As seen on Home Town, Lee’s is Downtown Laurel’s original specialty coffee, tea and eating spot. For the coffee lovers, Lee’s offers batch coffee, pour overs, espressos, lattes, tea, all cold drinks, and much more! They serve breakfast food, soup, salads, sandwiches, quesadillas, loaded potatoes, and low carb options. They offer a kids menu as well. Order online and pick-up or eat inside one of the most gorgeous spaces in Laurel!



Pearl’s Diner 

Monday - Saturday | 11:00am - 2:00pm 

As seen on Home Town, Pearl’s is a classic blue plate lunch diner. Miss Pearl provides classic options like fried chicken, baked chicken, hamburger steak, porkchops, mac n cheese, fried green tomatoes, black eyed peas, lima beans, fried okra, rice and gravy, spicy or regular cornbread, banana pudding, and cheesecake. Her menu changes each day so be sure to follow her on Instagram here!


Café La Fleur

Monday – Thursday:

Breakfast from 7:00am — 10:00am & Lunch from 11:00 — 2:00pm

Friday – Saturday | 5:00pm - Until

As seen on Home Town, Café La Fleur offers the perfect Cajun, French dish. They serve crawfish po'boys & other Southern-inspired eats in a quaint bistro with a New Orleans vibe.


The 5000

Monday - Wednesday | 10:00am – 2:00pm 

Thursday - Friday | 10:00am — 7:00pm

Saturday | 10:00am — 4:00pm

As seen on Home Town, this little food truck makes take out food a flavor-packed and delightful experience. Their menu is as creative as their owners as they offer specials each week. Expect surprises like red beans and rice, pulled pork and macaroni wraps, shrimp po’ boys, pepperoni grilled cheeses, chicken cordon bleu sandwiches, grilled chicken club burgers. They offer various low-carb options and fit everyone’s taste. Be sure to follow along on their Instagram to see their specials each week!


Mimmo’s Restaurante

Monday – Thursday | 11:00am — 9:00pm

Friday | 11:00am — 10:00pm

Saturday | 4:00pm — 10:00pm

Sunday | Closed

A small family-owned business where authentic Italian food is homemade and served fresh. Located on the beautiful Central Avenue, Mimmo’s is open daily and offers take-out and dine-in options.



The Loft

Tuesday - Saturday | 5pm — Until

The Loft on Central Avenue offers a casual dining experience with indoor and outdoor seating. They serve fresh seafood and delicious steak dishes with southern-style sides and a variety of drink options.


Blue Crab Grill in Laurel

Monday | 11:00am - 2:00pm & 5:00pm - 8:30pm

Tuesday – Saturday | 10:00am – 2:00pm & 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Sunday | Closed

A family-friendly restaurant that serves fresh seafood, scrumptious steaks and much more!


Phillips Drive-In

Monday – Saturday | 8:00am – 10:00pm

What once began as a Dairy Queen in 1948 has now become a Laurel staple and favorite for American classic foodies. Try their hand-spun milkshakes, fresh hamburgers, fries, chili cheese tots and much more! Voted Best Hamburger in the Laurel Leader Call’s Readers’ Choice 2021.


Estelle’s Southern Cuisine

Monday – Friday | 10:30am – 2:00pm

Saturday | 4:00pm — 8:00pm

Sunday | 10:30am — 3:00pm

A classic,  southern blue plate cuisine complete with fried chicken, baked chicken, lima beans, mac n cheese, rice and gravy, green beans, black eyed peas and much more.


The Smokehouse of Laurel

Monday – Wednesday | 10:00am — 6:00pm

Thursday – Saturday | 10:00am — 8:00pm

Some of the best, finger-lickin’ barbeque in the Pine Belt. Serving various barbeque options, such as ribeye plates, sandwiches, sausage, chicken, pulled pork sandwiches, fries, okra, and corn on the cob.


Geckos Fresh Eats

Monday - Thursday | 11:00am — 3:00pm

Friday | 11:00am — 8:00pm

Saturday | 11:00am — 6:00pm

Sunday | Closed

Gecko's offers a super FRESH mexi-fusion grill menu with a tropical flair. Customers create their own dish in four easy steps. Step one is to pick your Meal selecting from tacos, fresh bowls, fresh wraps, quesadillas, gyros, salads, nachos, and daily specials and sandwiches.

Step two is to pick your protein from either seasoned chicken, slow cooked pork, steak, or black beans. Step three is to pick your Toppings from cilantro, red onions, shredded cabbage, carrots, jalapenos, avocado, cojita cheese, black olives, cucumbers, bell peppers, and pico de gallo.

Step four is to add your Extras, like sides and drinks. For sides you can choose from street corn salad, black beans, chips and queso dip, chips and salsa, potato chips, side salad, and taco. Drinks include tea, lemonade, sodas, and water.


Garcia’s Donuts

Monday – Saturday | 6:00am — 6:00pm

A small town, mom ‘n’ pop donut shop that has been serving Laurel for over fifty years. Garcia’s serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Be sure to try their burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, bowls, and salads!


Texas Pitmaster in Laurel

Monday | 10:30am — 2:00pm

Tuesday | 10:30am — 9:00pm

Wednesday – Saturday | 10:30am — 11:00pm

Sunday | 10:30am — 2:00pm

Texas style BBQ with slow-smoked brisket, baby back ribs, pulled pork, ½ chicken with all your favorite southern sides.


Shug’s Cookie Dough & Candy Bar

 Monday – Saturday | 10:00am — 6:00pm

Sunday | 1:00pm — 5:00pm

The Disneyland for candy, cookie and milkshake lovers. Stop by here after dinner for a sweet treat!


 320 Fifth Street

Monday - Tuesday | Closed

Wednesday – Saturday : 11:00am — 11:00pm

Sunday | 11:00am — 3:00pm

320 Fifth Street serves an wide array of platters for all tastes and types — Pork nachos,  frito chili pie, special hot dogs, griddle sandwiches to soups and salads. You come for their food and stay for the live music and open mic nights.


The Knight Butcher

Sunday - Monday | Closed

Tuesday – Saturday | 10:00am — 6:00pm

Laurel, Mississippi’s only full service Butcher shop. Family owned and operated by Chad and Terri Knight. The Knight Butcher serves fresh burgers, ribeye, brisket, and roast beef in a variety of ways. Their homemade beef jerky is a must-try!


Sullivan & Sons General Store

Sunday – Saturday | 10:00am — 5:00pm

Sullivan & Sons is a family-owned general store on Oak Street. It’s quaint, nostalgic and full of goodies to choose from. Stop by to find gourmet foods, home remedies and the perfect gift or our favorite — ice cream!



Pasta Bella

Monday – Tuesday | Closed

Wednesday | 11:00am — 3:00pm

Thursday – Saturday | 11:00am — 2:00pm & 4:00pm — 8:00pm

Sunday | 11:00am — 3:00pm

Downtown Laurel’s newest restaurant and highly anticipated menu, Pasta Bella is a taste of Italy right here in Mississippi. Their gorgeous storefront draws you in for.an authentic, tasty experience. They serve fresh pasta every day and their menu is special each week! Follow them here to get a closer look on what’s to come!



Sweet Somethings Bakery

Monday - Friday | 8:00am — 5:00pm

Saturday | 8:00am — 4:00pm

Sunday | Closed

Sweet Somethings Bakery is a locally owned and operated family bakery that specializes in serving locally famous and delicious sweets. Our business is built by hard work and dedication to produce the most wonderful, made from scratch, handmade and homemade cinnamon rolls and sticky buns.


Dragon Wagon

Located in front of the Rusty Chandelier

Dragon the Wagon is a mobile food business that specializes in BBQ, smoked meats, soul food, burgers, specialty fries, and much more. Owners, Cory and Cherry Pitts, have over 30 years combined of experience of creating tasty meals for locals and visitors alike!