17 OF THE BEST MERIDIAN RESTAURANTS NEAR NAS MERIDIAN
By Andrew Karcher
IntroductionWelcome to Naval Air Station Meridian, located in Meridian, Mississippi. You’ll be stationed in Mississippi’s eighth largest city and reside just over 100 miles east of Jackson, the state capital and most populated city. This military-friendly town offers many relaxing and fun recreational options. Between days exploring the area, you’re bound to work up an appetite. Need a jumping-off point as you explore the area around NAS Meridian? Below is a sampling of Meridian restaurants. If you have a specific craving, click any of the links below, and it will take you straight to the information. (1-2) Restaurants on Naval Air Station Meridian (3-5) Yelp’s Top 3 Restaurants Near Naval Air Station Meridian (6-8) Tripadvisor’s Top 3 Restaurants Near Naval Air Station Meridian (9-13) Fast Food Restaurants Near Naval Air Station Meridian (14) Breakfast Restaurants Near Naval Air Station Meridian (15) Breweries Near Naval Air Station Meridian (16) Mexican Restaurants Near Naval Air Station Meridian (17) Thai Restaurants Near Naval Air Station Meridian Due to ongoing coronavirus concerns, it is best to call ahead to confirm restaurant hours.
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Naval Air Station Meridian Restaurants
1. Rudders Pub & Grill388 Allen Rd. Meridian, MS 39309
Phone: 1 (601) 679-2780 Rudders is the perfect spot to grab a quick meal or grab a drink and hang out with friends. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner from an extensive bar menu that includes all the favorites like pizza and wings. Watch a game on one of their many TVs mounted throughout the restaurant, or challenge your buddies to an arcade game or a game of pool.
2. SubwayBuilding 313 313 Allen Rd. Meridian, MS 39309
Phone: 1 (601) 679-9947
Restaurants in Meridian, MS
Yelp’s Top 3 Meridian Restaurants
3. Weidmann’s Restaurant210 22nd Ave. Meridian, MS 39301
Phone: 1 (601) 581-5770 Serving Meridian since 1870, Weidmann’s is the oldest restaurant in Mississippi and worth a trip for that history alone. Here, you’ll find Southern staples like fried green tomatoes, catfish, and shrimp and grits on the menu. That’s just the tip of the iceberg at Weidmann’s, as they offer an array of fresh seafood, steaks, and appetizers. They even offer some of the best pasta dishes around. Olive Garden in Meridian, MS, doesn’t hold a candle to Weidmann’s pasta! Whatever you order, be sure to get a bowl of gumbo on the side – it’s a local favorite.
4. Jean’s820 22nd Ave. Meridian, MS 39301
Phone: 1 (601) 692-7042 Jean’s is only open Monday-Friday from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., but if you can fit it into your schedule, it’s a must-try for comfort food lovers. Their motto on their website is, “Here, we believe in the good of humankind and the power of FRIED CHICKEN.” We’d say the fried chicken with some Southern sides, like fried okra and mac & cheese, is a great place to start, then. Jean’s also serves up hearty sandwiches and a rotating list of decadent desserts.
5. Harvest Grill618 22nd Ave. Meridian, MS 39301
Phone: 1 (601) 282-5069 Harvest Grill is a relaxed atmosphere featuring fresh, seasonal, Mississippi-grown produce. Take advantage of that fresh produce and order a dinner salad like the Rocket 88, which is tossed with arugula, Granny Smith apples, cranberries, carrots, walnuts, goat cheese, and a champagne vinaigrette. Of course, there are plenty of protein options for the carnivores to choose from, as well as an extensive appetizer menu with items as traditional as fresh oysters or unique as brisket spring rolls. Be sure to save room for the banana crème brûlée!
Tripadvisor’s Top 3 Meridian Restaurants
6. The Rustler5915 Old Highway 80 W Meridian, MS 39307
Phone: 1 (601) 693-6499 The Rustler is an ideal spot for a celebration or the occasional night out. The Rustler will welcome you with great service and a great American tradition: a steak dinner. Several cuts are available and served with a baked potato and vegetables. If you bring your appetite, try to tackle the 30-oz. bone-in cowboy ribeye. There are seafood entrees as well, including salmon and lobster tail. So if you’re craving seafood, Meridian, MS, is a great spot to be!
7. Nick & Al’s New York Style Pizzeria1910 Highway 19 N Meridian, MS 39307
Phone: 1 (601) 693-0100 Available for dine-in or takeout, Nick and Al’s is the place to go when the inevitable pizza craving hits. Their no-frills hand-tossed pies have fed Meridian for over 20 years. Choose from one of their premade pizzas, like BBQ chicken or Philly cheesesteak, or build your own with your favorite toppings. Any toppings you’d want for a pizza can also be turned into build-your-own calzones, and they even have customizable pasta bowls.
8. Brickhaus Brewtique2206 Front St. Meridian, MS 39301
Phone: 1 (601) 686-6989 Brickhaus Brewtique boasts the largest selection of craft beer in Mississippi and pairs it with excellent bar food. Start your meal with some fried pickles or wings before moving on to one of their huge burgers. And, of course, wash it all down with a beer. The owner, Bill, will guide you through their extensive tap list whether you’re a beer novice or expert.
Fast Food in Meridian, MS
9. Chick-fil-A109 S. Frontage Rd. Meridian, MS 39301
Phone: 1 (601) 581-1479
10. Cook Out1219 S. Frontage Rd. Meridian, MS 39301
Phone: 1 (866) 547-0011
11. Dairy Queen2129 Hwy 39 N Meridian, MS 39301
Phone: 1 (601) 482-8655
12. McDonald’s516 Hwy 19 S Meridian, MS 39301
Phone: 1 (601) 485-2830
13. Dunkin’ Donuts10580 Hwy 80 W Meridian, MS 39301
Phone: 1 (601) 693-5104
14. The Daily Grind4820 Poplar Springs Dr. Meridian, MS 39305
Phone: 1 (601) 485-8099 The Daily Grind is open weekdays from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and is a great option for breakfast, lunch, or just a midday cup of coffee. For breakfast, they have typical café fare, like breakfast sandwiches, bacon & eggs, and pastries. For lunch, they offer salads and paninis. Both meals pair nicely with a flavored latte or mocha.
15. Threefoot Brewing Company517 23rd Ave. Meridian, MS 39301
Phone: 1 (601) 286-3872 Threefoot Brewing claims the title of Mississippi’s First Microbrewery. They pour a diverse set of ales, from hazy IPAs to sours to German hefeweizens. Beer fans of all tastes are sure to find something to quench their thirst. When you get hungry, they have a full kitchen with weekly specials, like fried chicken sandwiches and BBQ meatballs.
Mexican Restaurant Meridian, MS
16. La Pinata Mexican Restaurant814 18th Ave. S Meridian, MS 39301
Phone: 1 (601) 693-7187 La Pinata is the place to go when you need your Mexican food fix. Open daily for lunch and dinner, they serve all the Mexican staples like tacos, enchiladas, and burritos. Guests rave about the chips and salsa as well as the quick service! This is the Mexican restaurant Meridian, MS, residents DESERVE.
17. Aie’s Taste of Thai1900 Front St. Meridian, MS 39301
Phone: 1 (601) 484-5858 Thai food aficionados or newcomers to the cuisine will love Aie’s Taste of Thai, a hidden gem in downtown Meridian. Available for dine-in and takeout, they serve all the usual favorite curry, noodle, and rice dishes. You can adjust your preferred spice level on a 1-5 scale for any dish.
ConclusionMoving is usually a stressful experience, but the best way to alleviate that stress is with a great meal. We hope this list of Meridian restaurants provides a starting point to your culinary journey during your posting at NAS Meridian. Check with friends and neighbors to see what some of their local favorites are.
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