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Bim Bam Burgers, Oxford, MS.
Bim Bam Burgers, Oxford, MS.
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The Eater Oxford, MS Heatmap: Where to Eat Right Now

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Bim Bam Burgers, Oxford, MS.
| Photo: @BimBamBurgers

Today Eater returns to Oxford, MS to focus on eight newish restaurants that have been garnering some serious buzz. This comes nearly a year since the last Oxford Heatmap. For the list, Eater has asked EatingOxford.com founder Liz Barrett for her picks of the hottest openings of the past year.

So what's hot in Oxford? A successful restaurant group teamed up with a master biscuit baker on the latest barbecue hotspot (Embers Biscuits & Bar-B-Que), while lighter fare can be found at a popular Mediterranean cafe with a brand new location (Petra Café). A new Italian restaurant has filled a gap in the dining scene (Tres Amici). Big name chef John Currence is still the talk of the town, and over the Summer his restaurant group took over a local bar with a divey feel and added a whole hog barbecue pit (Lamar Lounge). Below, the Eater Heatmap to Oxford, MS:


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Delta Steak Company

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This Delta-inspired steakhouse grills filets, T-bones, porterhouses, and ribeyes that have been cut and dry-aged in house for 22 days. Rounding out the menu is locally sourced seafood, house-made dressings, Delta hot tamales, and more. The restaurant has a thoughtful menu of cocktails, and the owners hope to bring in live music from the Delta in the coming months.
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Lamar Lounge

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This bar with an old dive feel — and a juke box and vintage bar once owned by Eddie Fisher — is under new ownership by John Currence's City Grocery Restaurant Group. Since the changeover, the menu and restaurant have expanded to include a whole-hog barbecue pit out back and economy-priced burgers.
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Embers Biscuits & Bar-B-Que

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A new drive-thru barbecue concept from the team that started McAlister’s and Newk’s has everyone talking. All-day breakfast offerings are served on biscuits created by Earline Hall from the legendary Biscuit Pit in Grenada. All meats — including pulled pork, chicken breast, ham and corned beef — are smoked on site.
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Oxford Grillehouse

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The restaurant formerly known as Char Grille has relocated to the always-bustling Oxford Square and now shares its space with a popular blues bar. Oxford Grillehouse offers steaks and a full lineup of seafood. Southern steak scrap burgers are a hit, and Saturday brunch with bottomless mimosas draws a crowd.
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Tre Amici

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Oxford has been clamoring for a new Italian restaurant with comforting staples such as minestrone soup, fried calamari, and stuffed manicotti. Tre Amici answered the call with all of the above, plus pizza, sandwiches, and pan-seared steaks. Nightly specials keep things interesting.
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Lusa's Portuguese Bakery and Café

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Oxford’s only Portuguese bakery opened a second location earlier this year, allowing it to provide its homemade soups, salads, sandwiches, breads and dozens of delectable pastries to dual corners of Oxford. An order-at-the-counter option is available for those with limited time for lunch, and baked goods such as pastéis de natas (egg custard tart), cookies, and cakes easily satisfy any sugar craving.
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Petra Café

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Authentic Mediterranean and Greek fare fills the menu at this family-run restaurant that returned to Oxford after a four-year hiatus. While the first location upon the restaurant's return was tiny, the new locale near the Oxford Square can hold close to 100. Fresh, homemade dishes such as kibbeh, dolmas, hummas, gyro, and shish kabob woo hungry patrons while special events such as Turkish nights and belly dancers keep them coming through the doors. [Photo]

Bim Bam Burgers

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Two friends transformed a struggling burger restaurant into this new concept that attracts nearby University of Mississippi students, Ole Miss Rebels football players, and families. There's an expanded menu of burgers and wings, and a popular graffiti wall that customers are invited to sign.
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Delta Steak Company

This Delta-inspired steakhouse grills filets, T-bones, porterhouses, and ribeyes that have been cut and dry-aged in house for 22 days. Rounding out the menu is locally sourced seafood, house-made dressings, Delta hot tamales, and more. The restaurant has a thoughtful menu of cocktails, and the owners hope to bring in live music from the Delta in the coming months.
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Lamar Lounge

This bar with an old dive feel — and a juke box and vintage bar once owned by Eddie Fisher — is under new ownership by John Currence's City Grocery Restaurant Group. Since the changeover, the menu and restaurant have expanded to include a whole-hog barbecue pit out back and economy-priced burgers.
[Photo]

Embers Biscuits & Bar-B-Que

A new drive-thru barbecue concept from the team that started McAlister’s and Newk’s has everyone talking. All-day breakfast offerings are served on biscuits created by Earline Hall from the legendary Biscuit Pit in Grenada. All meats — including pulled pork, chicken breast, ham and corned beef — are smoked on site.
[Photo]

Oxford Grillehouse

The restaurant formerly known as Char Grille has relocated to the always-bustling Oxford Square and now shares its space with a popular blues bar. Oxford Grillehouse offers steaks and a full lineup of seafood. Southern steak scrap burgers are a hit, and Saturday brunch with bottomless mimosas draws a crowd.
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Tre Amici

Oxford has been clamoring for a new Italian restaurant with comforting staples such as minestrone soup, fried calamari, and stuffed manicotti. Tre Amici answered the call with all of the above, plus pizza, sandwiches, and pan-seared steaks. Nightly specials keep things interesting.
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Lusa's Portuguese Bakery and Café

Oxford’s only Portuguese bakery opened a second location earlier this year, allowing it to provide its homemade soups, salads, sandwiches, breads and dozens of delectable pastries to dual corners of Oxford. An order-at-the-counter option is available for those with limited time for lunch, and baked goods such as pastéis de natas (egg custard tart), cookies, and cakes easily satisfy any sugar craving.
[Photo]

Petra Café

Authentic Mediterranean and Greek fare fills the menu at this family-run restaurant that returned to Oxford after a four-year hiatus. While the first location upon the restaurant's return was tiny, the new locale near the Oxford Square can hold close to 100. Fresh, homemade dishes such as kibbeh, dolmas, hummas, gyro, and shish kabob woo hungry patrons while special events such as Turkish nights and belly dancers keep them coming through the doors. [Photo]

Bim Bam Burgers

Two friends transformed a struggling burger restaurant into this new concept that attracts nearby University of Mississippi students, Ole Miss Rebels football players, and families. There's an expanded menu of burgers and wings, and a popular graffiti wall that customers are invited to sign.
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