Editor’s Picks: 10 Starkvegas hot spots to visit this weekend

A view of the city's Cotton District (photo by Logan Kirkland, SDN)
SDN Editor

Starkville is the culinary and artistic gem of the Golden Triangle and offers a plethora of things to do for visitors coming into town for the first round of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament this weekend.

Here is a list of 10 of my favorite places in Starkville, in no particular order, that you should check out when you visit “Mississippi’s College Town.”

1. Dave’s Dark Horse Tavern - 410 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Dr E.

Whether it’s pizza, a pint or live music, Dave’s Dark Horse Tavern is an institution that has no rival. This townie bar is one of the best nightlife spots in the city and is sure to offer a great time.

2. Starkville Cafe - 211 E Main St.

A hometown favorite for many, Starkville Cafe offers a breakfast that can’t be beat. Located in the heart of downtown Starkville, this local culinary institution is the perfect way to start your day before cheering on your team at Humphrey Coliseum.

3. The Guest Room - S Washington St.

The city’s best kept secret is a small bar tucked away in downtown Starkville. The Guest Room and its ambiance offer the perfect setting for a date-night getaway after a victory.

4. Bin 612 - 612 University Dr.

Located in the city’s Cotton District, this popular eatery offers the best cheese fries in town, along with a hearty drink menu sure to please any palate. This location is frequented by many MSU students and townies alike and offers outdoor seating that is sure to add the ideal small town atmosphere to a night on the town.

5. Restaurant Tyler - 100 E Main St.

My personal favorite lunchtime eatery, Restaurant Tyler, is the crown jewel of the local fine-dining scene. With an affordable lunch menu and an exquisite dinner menu, this Starkville mainstay is a great spot to fill up on Southern cuisine before watching some SEC basketball.

6. Strange Brew Coffeehouse/Nine-Twentynine Coffee Bar

For coffee lovers visiting Starkville, it’s a toss up. Both Strange Brew Coffeehouse (605 MS-12) and Nine-Twentynine Coffee Bar (106 E Main St.) offer a wide range of caffeinated treats sure to get you wired before the big game.

7. Commodore Bob’s - 102 Rue Du Grand Fromage.

Visitors looking for fine dining can look no further than Commodore Bob’s, located down a quaint alley in the city’s Cotton District. The restaurant offers outdoor seating and a wide range of delectable seafood served in a five-star atmosphere.

8. The Little Dooey - 100 Fellowship St.

If you’re a fan of sports and the tasty treats that make watching them special, The Little Dooey is the perfect location. Whether it’s barbecue, crawfish or beer, the Little Dooey has it all for the first-time visitor to Starkville.

9. Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library - 449 Hardy Rd.

For those visiting who would like to take a step back in time, Mississippi State’s recently-opened Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library will be open over the weekend. Visitors can also see the world’s largest collection of memorabilia from President Abraham Lincoln as part of the The Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana.

10. Mississippi State Baseball - MSU campus

If basketball action simply isn’t enough for sports lovers this weekend, the Mississippi State Baseball team will take on Vanderbilt in a three-game SEC stretch at the new Dudy Noble Field Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Friday’s game begins at 6:30 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.

Ryan Phillips is the executive editor of the Starkville Daily News. The views expressed in this column are his and do not necessarily reflect the views of the newspaper or its staff.