What Jackson County residents are grilling this holiday

PASCAGOULA—If you’re like many Americans, your Fourth of July plans include making the perfect grilled meal.
In fact, Independence Day is the most popular day of the year for grilling, when 63 percent of grill owners plan to plan to fire up their favorite outdoor cooking tool, according to a poll by the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association.
With that in mind, JaxCoHome recently polled 50 people outside Jerry Lee’s and Wayne Lee’s grocery stores in Pascagoula to ask them what foods were going on their grills this Fourth of July.
Not surprisingly, nearly half of you are going with the no-fail, classic combo of hamburgers and hotdogs to feed a hungry crowd.
The next top answer was ribs, with one out of five of you tossing a slab on the grill this holiday. They’re messy but always delicious.
Another 16 percent of you are going to be grilling the perfect steak…and probably debating with your friends and family about the perfect doneness. (Rare? Medium? Well-done?). Meanwhile, 14 percent of you will be eating chicken and loving every bite of it.
A few of you mentioned other enviable, mouth-watering menus of Conecuh sausage, grilled shrimp, smoked pork and BBQ wings.
We also want to give a shout out to those of you who said your plans involve going to someone else’s house. You can always pick up a tasty side at your favorite local grocery store to bring to the party. We won’t tell anyone that you didn’t spend all day making that delicious potato salad.
However you choose to celebrate, don’t forget to appreciate the freedoms we enjoy here in the United States and the people who defend those freedoms each and every day.   

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Business of the Week: Edd’s Drive-In

If you live in the Pascagoula-Moss Point area, you have likely enjoyed a meal (or 200) at Edd’s Drive-In. Since 1953, Edd’s has been serving up its famous chili cheeseburgers and handmade milkshakes to loyal patrons and newbies alike. The consistently good food and nostalgic atmosphere keeps people coming back for more.

The original location at 3834 Market Street has kept its retro vibe with the green-striped awning and neon ice cream cone signage. Customers place orders at the walk-up window and usually chat with one another while waiting for pickup.

In 2001, the Foster-Martin family purchased Edd’s and have maintained the quality that customers have come to expect for over 60 years. In 2012, a new location was opened at 19400 Highway 63 in Hurley offering the same menu favorites; plus a few new items, like chicken nuggets and catfish plates.

The next time you are in Pascagoula or Hurley, stop in at Edd’s Drive-In and enjoy a chili dog or chocolate malt.  You know you won’t be disappointed!

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Iconic Restaurant in Gautier Changes Ownership

tiki-2 Iconic Restaurant in Gautier Changes Ownership
tiki-2 Iconic Restaurant in Gautier Changes Ownership

GAUTIER–Changes are coming to the iconic Tiki Restaurant in Gautier, but locals have nothing to be worried about. 
The seafood menu that made the restaurant on the Mary Walker Bayou a staple for decades isn’t going anywhere. It’s just that now barbeque is joining the crab legs and shrimp on the menu. 
“If there’s any change at all, what we want people to understand is that Tiki’s will always be a seafood restaurant,” said Darryl Jackson, a consultant for the Tiki’s new owners.
Those new owners, David and Deborah Lindsey, are just adding barbeque recipes they have perfected from working at their son’s restaurant, Hog Heaven BBQ in Laurel, Jackson said.
The Lindseys bought the restaurant after years of living near the restaurant and being customers, Jackson said, and they are working to improve the quality of the seafood fare that locals have come to expect from the Tiki.
Regulars will notice a few other changes designed to bring in more customers. 
The restaurant will expand its hours to be open all day on Sundays and Mondays, and the owners are trying to book new musicians and plan more weekend events, particularly ones that take advantage of the outdoor patio and deck. 
The Tiki has already started a weekly Thursday night karaoke contest. The year’s weekly winners will compete against each other in December for a chance to win $2,500.
“We’re just trying to get the crowd back over here like the old days,” Jackson said. 
Edward Thornton’s family bought the Tiki in May of 1969, and ownership eventually passed to Thornton. Selling the family’s iconic restaurant has been emotional at times, Thornton said, but he has no regrets about handing it over to the Lindseys.
“They’re wanting to keep things as they are,” Thornton said. “They realize that a place like this that has been around as long as it has, it’s created some deep roots.”
Not only that, but Thornton also gives his stamp of approval on the barbeque.
“I’ve eaten everything they got, and it’s well worth it,” Thornton said.

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Burger Barn Serves as Vancleave Staple for Burgers and Ice Cream

Burger-Barn-1 Burger Barn Serves as Vancleave Staple for Burgers and Ice Cream

Have you been to the Burger Barn in Vancleave yet? If so, you’ve joined people that come from around the region to take part in this Vancleave tradition. If not, it might be time to give the Vancleave staple a try.

Approximately four years ago, Lisa and Larry Green took ownership of the burger joint, which has always been “the place to go” in Vancleave. In that time, the Greens have seen the Burger Barn continue to be a regular meeting place for many Vancleave residents and visitors coming through the town on Highway 57.

People come to the Burger Barn, sit down inside, visit, and talk, according to Lisa Green. “We serve the community. We have good food, family oriented,” she said, adding that they get a lot of work and school traffic there as well. She’s confident that once people visit they “always come back when they’re in the area.”

The Burger Barn is also located close to the high school, so it’s a regular hangout spot for students after school and after big school events like football games.

Burger-Barn-1 Burger Barn Serves as Vancleave Staple for Burgers and Ice Cream

The family-oriented Burger Barn is one of the only places in Vancleave for a burger, but it’s more than that too. Visitors can get po boys, shrimp, catfish, ice cream, chicken tenders, chili dogs, and more. They also have monthly burger specials.

Moving forward, the Greens hope to keep the business growing and have discussed putting in a drive through. They’ve also discussed the possibility of expanding to a second location in Hurley, which is where the Greens are from.

You can visit this Vancleave staple at 12316 Highway 57 in Vancleave. See their specials and more on their Facebook page.

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Bringing Blueberry Heaven to Earth

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Blueberry-Heaven-2 Bringing Blueberry Heaven to Earth

Blueberry Heaven is once again available for blueberry picking and now – the second and third weeks of June – is the best time to do so.

Sissy Inabinette, who works on the farm, says that blueberry season really runs from Memorial Day to the Fourth of July, so now is the time to come to their farm in Vancleave for the best crop. She said the first week of June is also an ideal time to pick their berries, so those interested can go ahead and plan for next year.

According to Inabinette, this year’s weather has been more conducive for the blueberries than last year’s, and they have a great crop. “We’ve absolutely been getting the proper amount of rain and the proper amount of sunshine now,” she said.

This year, they’ve also welcomed many new customers. Inabinette said that, out of the 400 people who have come through so far, 300 of them have been new. She said that word of mouth has been the best way to spread the news of their U-pick blueberry farm.

“It’s amazing to me the amount of people that are coming that didn’t know this existed,” Inabinette said.

The Vancleave farm, which has become a local hot spot, has approximately 6,300 blueberry bushes showcasing four different blueberry varieties. Picking blueberries seems to be a favorite for the kids that visit the farm as well. According to Inabinette, many of the kids think they don’t like blueberries, but they find that the ones at Blueberry Heaven taste different than the ones from the grocery store.

Visitors can pick their blueberries directly for $10 a gallon. Visitors can also get pre-picked ones that are fresh or frozen for $20 a gallon.

Weather permitting, the season may run a little past July 4. After that, the farm is on an honor system for those who want to brave the heat and the grass. You can get more details about Blueberry Heaven here.

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Eat Boogers This Summer – Snow Boogers That Is!

Have you tried a Snow Booger? You can this summer on the Mississippi Gulf Coast when the locally owned and operated Snow Boogers food truck makes its way around the area.

You may not have heard of Snow Boogers yet, but they are a gourmet, artisan, outrageous specialty frozen dessert company, according to Joe Elizalde, who is co-owner of Snow Boogers along his wife.

Outrageous is a proper description of what they offer. Menu items include Mangonado and Strawberry Heaven. A traditional mangonado includes mango sorbet with a chamoy swirl – chamoy is a sauce made from pickled fruit – or you can step the mango up a notch with strawberry glaze and gummy bears. Strawberry Heaven includes strawberry sorbet, coconut ice cream, strawberry glaze, condensed milk, and cheesecake. These are just a few of their sorbet and snowball concoctions.

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Snow-Boogers-Photo Eat Boogers This Summer – Snow Boogers That Is!

Elizalde said they have come to the Gulf Coast to bring something that “no one’s ever seen before” and this goes beyond their outrageous sized snowballs. Their specialty is sorbet, which is made in-house in Perkinston, Mississippi. Elizalde, who is originally from Texas and lived in Ocean Springs for 20 years, says they’re combing the Gulf Coast to see where they can expand and bring their mobile unit.

They like to bring the Snow Boogers truck to local shops and boutiques in the Jackson County area. Elizalde said they will often attend sales and grand openings to support these businesses and try to bring more people out to the events, helping the community as a whole.

“We love it here,” Elizalde said. “We love contributing to the community and just coming back and giving someone a good treat and a good experience.”

He said, so far, the response and support for Snow Boogers has been unbelievable. Now, they’re looking to grow responsibly and keep it local.

Snow Boogers is booked through July. You can find out where they will be on their Facebook page.

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Business of the Week: Crazy B’s Coffee & Confections

Our Business of the Week is Crazy B’s Coffee & Confections in Pascagoula! Lately, they’ve been busy making King Cakes in addition to their other delicious pastries and coffee drinks. You’ll recognize their beautiful King Cakes from our current King Cake giveaway!

Crazy B’s offers a variety of hot, iced and frozen coffee drinks, teas and smoothies. They have fresh baked cookies, muffins and pastries along with specialty candies and other sweets. They are now serving Kolaches in a variety of flavors and chicken salad sandwiches on croissants.

“I love being a part of the growing Jackson County and Pascagoula business community! We enjoy our customers as much as we enjoy making crazy confections!  We are so proud of the support we’ve received and look forward to many years more with the Crazy B’s family!” said Susan Kendrick, Owner/Pastry Chef.

Support your local businesses!  Stop by:

1759 Market St (23.28 mi)
Pascagoula, Mississippi 39567
(228) 696-8775
Hours 6:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Mon-Sat
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Hocus Pocus Girls Night Out

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Join chef Cheri Hiers for a magical movie themed night-Hocus Pocus Girls Night Out. The event will be held at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center on Friday, October 27 from 6:00-8:00 pm.

Guests will be able to select from a variety of Hocus Pocus themed menu items including: Blinx’s Olive Tapenade on Fresh Bread, Sanderson Sisters’ Brat Sausage, Circle of Salt Crusted Potatoes, Purple Cauldron Cabbage, and Billy Butcherson’s Eyeballs & Zombie Finger Cookies. Admission is $45 for members and $55 for nonmembers and includes two beverages. 

For more information, contact the Mary C. at 228-818-2878 or visit their website .

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First Seafood Festival To Be Held in Ocean Springs

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This weekend, Ocean Springs Seafood and Music Festival will be hosting their first ever event. 

The two-day festival will consist of competitions, cook-offs, live music and of course- seafood. It will be held Saturday, Oct 14, 4-10 pm and Sunday, Oct. 15, noon-10 p.m. and will take place in Pleasant’s BBQ parking lot on Government Street.

Guests are invited to come out and try your hand at the casting and cast net competition and win some amazing prizes. Listen to great live music, get some amazing fresh seafood dishes, and experience over 30 vendors.There will also be other food options for those who do not favor seafood.

Additional activities for the festival include: a rod and reel casting competition, blue crab race, hermit crab derby, inflatable kids amusements and much more.

The cook-off will take place on Sunday and consist of 15 chefs from all over the Coast who will be competing for the best seafood dish served at their booth. OS Mayor Shea Dobson, State Representative Hank Zuber, and Tim Bennett of Overtime Sports will be the featured judges for the competition. Over 200 people are expected to attend the event.  

The days and acts for the music lineup are as follows: 

Saturday, October 14th:

Johnny Fung Band 1-4
Low Down & Dirty 4pm – 7pm
Amanda Jones Band 7pm – 10pm

Sunday, October 15th:

Eddie Montoya Project 1pm – 3pm
Serabee 3pm – 6pm
The Jokers 6pm – 9pm
Mitch Stewart – All Day

There will be $5 to $15 entry fee and kids 12 and under get in free. 

For more information, visit their event page on Facebook or call (228)-235-3992. 

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The Golden Ladle: Who Will Take Home the Trophy?

The challenge has been made! Jackson County residents will have the chance to take part in the first annual “Golden Ladle” Gumbo Cook Off and the tension is building! The prize? One year of bragging rights and the “Golden Ladle” trophy.

The cook off will happen at the Jackson County fair on October 18th at 11am. Judges will award winner at 12 noon. Competitors will be the infamous food booths that are well known for their culinary delights during fair week. Judging the competition will be Jackson County’s own Alan Suduth from Chevron, Stacie Wetering, better known as “Cheffie” from the Singing River Yacht Club, and Alexis Bradley, the owner of the new Misssissippi Sound Seafood restaurant in Pascagoula.

In addition to the official Gumbo Cook Off, there will be an online “People’s Choice” that will be available on the JaxCoHome Facebook page. Stay up to date by following s on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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The prized “Golden Ladle” trophy

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