The King's Tavern is a historic establishment with roots in the 18th century. Dating 1769, it's the oldest building in Natchez and because of its history, we thought it would be great to dine here on our first evening.
The building was originally a block house for Fort Panmure when the British occupied Natchez. Boatmen returning home, would find the tavern as good a resting spot as any they came upon. Mail brought in by Indian Runner and the Pony Express would be delivered here. When river traffic subsided, it was used as a private home, returning to a Tavern in later years.
The restaurant is in the lower level, with a rustic 'banquet style' room on the second level and one bedroom at the top. The dining area reminded us of some restaurants we've visited in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Thick wood beams ran across the ceiling and aged wood floors and crude stone walls created a certain atmosphere throughout the restaurant.
I ordered a Queens-cut Filet, which came with a tossed salad, green beans and choice of potato ($23.95). My perfectly cooked filet was nearly fork tender and absolutely wonderful. Jim selected Shrimp Fettucine ($14.95) and seemed to appreciate his meal, as well. We shared a warm piece of pecan pie--our total came to $49.25.
Although the service was acceptable, there was no friendly banter from the waitstaff or hostess--we had even made reservations ahead. I can't say we felt especially welcome, but the food was worth the visit.
A few other entrees:
Hickory smoked prime rib with au jus ($18.95)
Roasted Smoked Half of a Chicken ($13.95)
Fried Shrimp ($14.95)
Fried Catfish ($13.95)
Rib Eye made with USDA prime beef--12 oz. ($22.95)
All meals are served with a house salad and choice of potato plus bread
This fine restaurant is on the Dunleith Plantation and directly behind the very impressive white-colonnaded Greek-revival mansion. The "Castle" is a restored 1790s carriage house which offers very good food and service in a fabulous setting at a reasonable price. It was obvious that many local people eat here as well as tourists. We found it to be an excellent choice for one of our lunches in Natchez.
Favorite Dish: Karen opted for a grilled chicken sandwich which she said was good. I couldn't resist the home-style Southern cooking with a fried half-chicken, mustard greens, rice and gravy (see photo). It was a great lunch!
the carriage house restaurant is located at the historic stanton hall in downtown natchez. the carriage house is known for it's excellent contemporary southern cuisine and mint julips. a great place to visit for "a taste" of old southern culture.
the magnolia grill is located on silver street in the under the hill area of downtown natchez. this inexpensive restaurant offers shrimp, catfish, crawfish and burgers. a great place to have lunch in the under the hill area of natchez.
the king's tavern restaurant is located in a historic 1769 building. the king's tavern originally was a block house for fort panmure during the british occupation of natchez. the building is constructed from beams from a sailing ship. the building is said to be haunted by madeline, a woman who was murdered here in the 1800's. the king's tavern is known for it's steaks, prime rib, and local seafood. a very interesting restaurant to visit in natchez.
We had spent the entire day sightseeing around Natchez, so we were exhausted as we searched for a place to have a late dinner on a Sunday evening. Suddenly, we came upon Biscuits and Blues, a recommended restaurant for its casual fare.
Empty upon our arrival, it quickly began to fill as diners seemed to appear from nowhere. The waitstaff was very friendly and eager to converse. Our favorite type of restaurant!
Warm,flakey biscuits were produced at our table, which we devoured in record time. A Bluesburger Po'boy (prime ground beef) on toasted French bread with fries ($6.25) filled our stomachs, as we listened to jazz recordings and reminisced about our day. It was a comfy spot in which to take a deep breath and relax.
Other menu items:
Smokin' Chicken--half a seasoned chicken ($8.95)
Smokin' Ribs-St. Louis cut port ribs, lightly smoked and rubbed in a special seasoning ($10.95)
Shrimp Po'Boy-Gulf shrimp on toasted bread with jalapeno tarter sauce ($7.95)
Grilled Catfish Po'Boy-grilled, fresh catfish on toasted bread with jalapeno tarter sauce ($6.95)
The Magnolia Grill is a cozy little restaurant in Natchez-Under-The-Hill, fronting the Mississippi River. Its weathered exterior lends some down-home appeal!
Inside you'll find two dining areas--we chose the room next to the parking lot because of the splendid view of the river (pic #2). We were served by a friendly waitress, who made time to small talk and strove to make us feel welcome that day.
Although fresh catfish is served here, I opted for a large bowl of chicken/shrimp gumbo. Jim ordered a grilled chicken sandwich with sweet potato fries ($3.95, which were delish!). He overlooked my snitching as I tried a few. Ummm-surprisingly good.
We decided to order a spinach and artichoke dip for an appetizer ($6.00). It came with toasted points of Pita--so good and recommended by our waitress!
As we awaited our meal, we watched a boat push a string of barges up the river (pic #3). It was better than viewing tv and amazing to witness the boat positioning the barges for a turn in the river.
Some other menu items:
Magnolia Salad--bed of mixed greens, tomatoes, mandarin oranges, egg, parmesan cheese and choice of dressing ($4.00)
Athens Salad-grilled portobello, bed of mixed greens, red bell peppers, olives, tomatoes and goat cheese ($9.50)
Bacon Cheese Hamburger-8 oz. of freshground beef with secret seasoning, chargrilled and topped with bacon and cheese ($9.50)
Redfish Etouffee-housemade crawfish ettoufee over rice ($17.00)
Ribeye-14 oz. certified Angus beef ribeye chargrilled ($26.00)
For a romantic candlelit meal, we made reservations at The Castle, Dunleith Plantation's restaurant, where we dined in a historic setting. The building, once home to the plantation's horses, has a crenelated top resembling a castle, hence the name.
A young group teens dining before their Prom made for a noisy main dining room, so my husband asked to be seated in a quiet area. We were led to a side room and for most of the evening, we felt like we had been quarantined. Oops, perhaps a bad move on our part!
However, the room had ambience with its bricked walls and cozy dining space, so we enjoyed each other's company...and the silence. The service was ok, but since we had chosen to remove ourselves...it was a bit slow.
We both ordered a juicy, pork tenderloin--I substituted the mashed sweet potatoes and cabbage for au gratin potatoes and vegetable medley. My meal began with a Dunleith salad--mixed greens and oranges ($7.00), while Jim enjoyed an artichoke and crab soup ($7.50). A shared cannoli ended our lovely meal ($6.00).
A wedding was being held at Dunleith this evening, so before our meal we walked about and took pictures of a horse-drawn carriage and the gorgeous mansion. What a divine place to pledge one's vows!
After touring elegant Stanton Hall, we turned to The Carriage House for lunch. This restaurant is on the plantation grounds and famous for it's fried chicken and mint juleps. When we arrived the dining room was filled to capacity.
Knowing we had reservations at Dunleith Plantation that evening for dinner, we nixed the fried chicken and both selected The Queens Salad which was tomato aspic, potato salad, chicken salad and boiled egg ($8.95). The combo was tasty and served with biscuits that were light-as-air!
Looking about, I noticed several of the tables had ordered mint juleps, so I thought I'd order one, too. The last and only mint julep I had tried was at The Kentucky Derby over 30 years ago, so I thought I'd sample it again. I was hoping it would taste better---nope!
My julep sat pretty well neglected because it still tasted...well, awful! I guess I'm just not a proper sampler for this very popular Southern drink. The waitress told me the julep had two shots of bourbon, mint flavoring and ice. Next time, I'll order ice tea as my husband did.
We were looking for a special place to enjoy our last dinner in Natchez, and were very happy to discover King's Tavern. It sits near the beginning of the Natchez Trace Parkway, and is thought to be the oldest building in Natchez, dating back to the last half of the 1700s.
The restaurant is in the above-ground cellar and stables, where the skeletons of three people were unearthed during renovation. Also, a resident ghost, Madeline, is said to haunt an upstairs room. Guests are free to go up and look around. We explored the house after our meal, and didn't see a ghost - but the place still gave me shivers.
This is the place where men would gather into informal groups and have a good last meal before beginning the long journey back up the Natchez Trace, after floating their boats downriver from the Ohio Valley, in the early 1800s.
Favorite Dish: The food and service was excellent. Karen ordered the hickory smoked prime rib and I had flounder stuffed with crab meat. We split and shared our dishes, which were both excellent. We loved the history and the ambience of the place, and only wished the walls could talk.
All guests at Monmouth Plantation get a full hot southern breakfast. This includes a buffet of fresh fruit, sweet rolls, toast, etc. Upon being seated at our table we were also served a plate of scrambled eggs, two breakfast meats and grits. The grits had a wonderful creamy texture and were some of the best I have ever eaten, although they still needed seasoning with butter and salt.
The breakfast room is in a newer building on the plantation grounds, although it blends very well with the older buildings. It is reached by following a beautifully landscaped and pebbled garden path.
Karen and I bought an accommodations package at Monmouth Plantation which included our dinner in the opulent plantation dining room one evening. However, those who are not staying at Monmouth may also have dinner here, but reservations are required.
The dinner was a special event, which began with drinks and hors d’oeuvres in the Quitman Study beginning at 6:00 p.m. At 7:00 we and the other guests were moved into the dining room where about 20 of us were seated around a large and lavishly decorated table. We were served a five-course dinner which included lobster bisque, house salad, sorbet, entree and desert.
Favorite Dish: Every one of our five courses was delicious, and very well presented. For the entree I chose the redfish topped with crab and Karen had the prime rib. We shared our meals; each was excellent. Had we purchased our dinner here separately it would have cost us a total of more than $150, including tax, drinks and gratuity. This isn't everyday eating for us - but worth it for a very special evening that was romantic and memorable.
Rating: 4 stars --
The Magnolia Grill is a nice little hole-in-the-wall restaurant right on the shore of the Mississippi River, conveniently located just angled across from the Isle of the Capris casino in historic Natchez, Mississippi. Apparently a favorite of locals and the longest operating restaurant in the history of "Under-the-Hill" historic district of Natchez. Here you can find some of the finest Gulf seafood, crawfish, catfish, Angus steaks, and chicken. A little "pricey" for my tastes, but excellent food with average portions. Staff is extremely friendly and good service. Burgers and sandwiches ($8-10) and Meals average ($13-$40).
Favorite Dish: I had the Crawfish etouffee' ... it was delicious and quite satisfying to the palate. Much recommended.
At this restaurant nearly everybody ordered from the buffet. We decided not to. We started with soup. Toms soup came first and was starting to get cold as the waitress told us the other soup was still being prepared. So he started eating. When the other soup arrived we understood...........
It was a huge bowl, this must have cost the kitchen some headaches ;-)
So if you order soup, first check if you get a normal portion or the big one........
Around the corner from Main Street, you'll find this Italian restaurant offering nice pastas and local southern food. Have a seat in the back of the restaurant, it has a lovely interior and enjoy your meal while listening to jazz music.