If you’ve never had Mississippi Mud Pie, you’re—pardon the pun—missing out. The dessert’s history dates back to the ’70s, and is believed to be a variation of Mississippi Mud Cake. The term “Mississippi Mud” originated in a 1927 song, and became slang for “chocolate pudding” shortly after. Today, while recipes vary slightly, it’s a beloved treat all around the country. However, if you really want the authentic experience, you have to eat it where it all began. See the best places to chow down on the sweet dessert below.
This upscale eatery is a local favorite in Gulfport, where you can enjoy classic appetizers like crab cakes, gumbo, and calamari, and hearty entrees like ribeye, bone-in pork chop, or stuffed flounder. Just make sure that you save room for dessert.
The original Doe’s is in Greenville, but you can find their comfort food (including pie) at their Biloxi outpost as well. If you’re in the mood for a steak, you’re in the right place: they have everything from filet mignons to T-bones.
Piccadilly’s (Multiple locations)
These cafeteria-style spots pack a whole lot of delicious flavor onto their menu, including fried chicken, spiral-sliced ham, and cajun baked fish, plus sides like smothered okra, candied yams, and mac and cheese. Other desserts include cranberry pudding with rum sauce, red velvet cheesecake, apple cobbler, and pecan pie.
With dazzling water views, historic digs, incredible oysters, and decidedly inventive entrees like crispy duck confit and chorizo-crusted redfish, 200 North Beach has a lot going for it. The mud pie is just an extremely tasty bonus.