Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken Now Open

Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken Now Open

A serious craving has been developing among Oxonians since around April, when it was announced Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken would be opening a restaurant in Oxford, next to Soulshine Pizza on South Lamar. Curious passerby have monitored the progress as best they could as renovation of the building has progressed, all licking…

September 1, 2014 with 0 Comments
The Astrology of Wine: Your House or Mine?

The Astrology of Wine: Your House or Mine?

Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from author John Hailman’s book ‘The Search for Good Wine’ which will be available for purchase October 2014 from the University of Mississippi Press. This particular chapter was written on July 9, 1989. Do you believe in astrology? I never have, but in an effort to leave no stone […]

August 26, 2014 with 1 Comment
Starbucks Opens Jackson Avenue Location, Satisfies Coffee Lovers

Starbucks Opens Jackson Avenue Location, Satisfies Coffee Lovers

After spending more than a year working as a reporter in small-town southwest Mississippi, I made my triumphant return to Oxford about a week ago. As an Ole Miss alum, nothing is more thrilling than returning to God’s Country on the brink of what should be a stellar football season, with students milling about and […]

August 25, 2014 with 0 Comments
Lotts and Other UM Alums Bring Salsarita’s to Oxford

Lotts and Other UM Alums Bring Salsarita’s to Oxford

Several years ago, Trent Lott and son Chet had their radar up for potential business ventures, and in early 2015, Oxonians finally will get a taste of the fresh Mexican food concept they fell in love with. The Oxford location of Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina will be part of Highland Court, an upscale retail complex on […]

August 25, 2014 with 1 Comment
On Cooking Southern: Simmering Southern Soups

On Cooking Southern: Simmering Southern Soups

By Laurie Triplette ldtriplette@aol.com Southernism of the Week: Poor mouthing:  A verb that describes how a person moans and groans in self-deprecation about lacking funds or capability … different from bad mouthing, which is what a person does when talking disparagingly about another. Both are unacceptable for well bred Southern…

August 25, 2014 with 0 Comments
VIDEO >> Great Balls of Pastrami (and Gouda, Oxford Grits, and More)

VIDEO >> Great Balls of Pastrami (and Gouda, Oxford Grits, and More)

Chef Jonathan Oliver does impressive things in the kitchen at the temporary clubhouse at the Country Club of Oxford, coming up with inventive menu ideas almost every day. After reviewing plans for the new, expansive kitchen that will feed club members when the new clubhouse is constructed, Chef Oliver shared his scrumptious fried…

August 21, 2014 with 1 Comment
Reubens to Po’Boys — What’s Your Favorite Oxford Sandwich?

Reubens to Po’Boys — What’s Your Favorite Oxford Sandwich?

By Laurie Triplette ldtriplette@aol.com To commemorate August as National Sandwich Month (see my recent piece on off-the-wall sandwich combos), I have conducted a VERY unofficial poll among HottyToddy.com staff, my offspring, and friends of said offspring, in order to identify some of our favorite sandwiches sold in Oxford. The poll is…

August 19, 2014 with 0 Comments
Panera Bread Restaurant Opening Soon

Panera Bread Restaurant Opening Soon

  Oxford will welcome a location of chain restaurant Panera Bread on West Jackson Avenue, to be opened in September, on the site formerly occupied by a Shell station near Wendy’s. Panera purveys freshly baked artisan breads in a fast-casual dining concept. With the Oxford store, it expands its reach down from various…

August 18, 2014 with 0 Comments
On Cooking Southern: Off-the-Wall Sandwich Combos

On Cooking Southern: Off-the-Wall Sandwich Combos

By Laurie Triplette ldtriplette@aol.com Southernism of the Week:  Knee high to a grasshopper: Interchangeable with “knee-high to a bullfrog.” Refers to a time when the specified individual was very young. Think Christopher Robin or Pinocchio. TIME TO SANDWICH SOME FLAVOR ON THE GO Happy National Sandwich Month, everybody! On behalf…

August 15, 2014 with 0 Comments
A Real American Gyro: The Farmers’ Market is Greek to Me

A Real American Gyro: The Farmers’ Market is Greek to Me

The Farmers’ Market store (on Old Highway 7 North) is a great place to find meats from Stan’s Country Store without having to drive to Panola County. Among the myriad meats from Stan’s that are available at the Farmers’ Market store is beef-and-lamb gyro meat. The prospect of being able to make real gyros got…

August 13, 2014 with 0 Comments
Oxford Restaurant Tidbits

Oxford Restaurant Tidbits

If you haven’t had time to check in with HottyToddy.com lately, here’s a quick roundup of just a few goings-on in the never-stagnant Oxford restaurant scene. The Wine Bar is now open, pouring great wines to go with impressive cuisine. Click here to read about it. It’s been open since January, but we want to call…

August 13, 2014 with 0 Comments
On Cooking Southern: Canned Tomatoes, Pickled Okra, and Fridge Jam

On Cooking Southern: Canned Tomatoes, Pickled Okra, and Fridge Jam

By Laurie Triplette ldtriplette@aol.com Southernism of the Week:  Well that just dills my pickle: Uh-oh. Something has turned everything sour and I’m het up about it… related to other expressions such as in a pickle, which refers to being in a mess (think piccalilli), or three pickles shy of a quart, which refers to someone’s…

August 11, 2014 with 0 Comments