So far, we’ve had two road trips up to this point. After the FSU game, Alabama comes home to play Homecoming against Houston. After Homecoming, The Crimson Tide travels to Oxford, Mississippi to play the Ole Miss Rebels. Oxford is a MUCH different place than Nashville and Jacksonville. I’m not expecting as many people to spend the whole weekend in Oxford, so this edition of the road trip guide is going to be a little bit different.
The City of Oxford is located in Lafayette County in the north central portion of Mississippi. It is estimated that the current (2007) population is 19,000. Oxford was first incorporated as a town in 1837, and was given its name after the town of Oxford, England in the hopes of securing Mississippi’s first university. They were successful in their goals, with The University of Mississippi opening its doors in 1848. Famous alumni/citizens include John Grisham and William Faulkner.
Places of Interest
Obviously, The University of Mississippi is the place to be on gameday. I always like to get a look at the different campuses when I can. Ole Miss is in a traditional southern style town, so expect a little bit of the old south feel.
The best known place for tailgating in the SEC, if not the country, is ‘The Grove.’ An Ole Miss tradition for ages, the Grove is one of the most scenic tailgating hot spots you’ll ever come across. But don’t expect being able to come and do as you wish, the Grove Society has set up plenty of rules to preserve the Grove.
Food, Drinks, and Nightlife
If you aren’t planning on tailgating, but still would like to eat in Oxford, you do have plenty of options. I’m posting as many as possible so you can have plenty of places to consider in a smaller town filled with plenty of fans and traffic.
One one the best places for breakfast in Oxford is The Beacon Restaurant on North Lamar Boulevard. They open at 6 am on Saturdays. They seem to have good food at reasonable prices. I hear that there is a back room for ‘deals’, but I don’t know if that is true or not. It is An Oxford institution.
If you’re looking for a restaurant with a good location that is also pleasent, try the Downtown Grill. The food is rumored to be good, but I’m not sure if it is the best in town. Their Dinner menu is little on the expensive side as well.
If you’re looking for a good meat and three place for lunch, try the Ajax Diner. It is located on the Courthouse Square, which seems to be a great location in a smaller college town.
If you want a good pull-pork sandwhich, there is always Handy Andy Grocery & Market BBQ. You basically order, get a number, and wait until they call you up. It could take a while if crowded.
If you want to get outside of Oxford, try the Yocona River Inn. It is about 8 miles southeast out of town in Yocona. The prices are higher than you might expect, but the food is supposedly pretty good.
City Gorcery seems to be very popular in Oxford. I cannot find a solid link for anything involving the place, but it does seem to be pretty popular based on word of mouth. They have a wide variety of food (Italian, French, etc).
If you want a bar, try Proud Larry’s. They seem to be fairly popular based on the sites I’ve found. They do provide plenty of live music throughout the year.
After this game, Alabama comes home to play against Tennessee and LSU. Enjoy your trip!
(P.S. expect to hear ‘Dixie’ a lot while in Oxford)