Opinion: A list of the Top 5 best places to brunch in Oxford

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Photo by Michael Q. Taplin.

Anna Bess Pavlakovich
Oxford Stories

Sundays are somewhat of a weekly holiday in the Deep South, and Oxford is no exception. Local families and college students alike choose to spend their day of rest by enjoying brunch on the Square.

Most Oxford restaurants are open until mid-afternoon and offer a special brunch menu. Oxford is known to be a great town for food, so there is an array of selections, from traditional Southern food to Italian.

Here are some top picks for best brunch offerings in Oxford:

5. City Grocery

Part of the City Grocery Restaurant group, and one of the oldest restaurants on the Square, this laid back, fine dining establishment offers an array of Southern fare and an elegant Sunday brunch.

You can start the meal with the restaurant’s signature monkey bread or deviled eggs, followed by a salad or an egg dish. The restaurant also offers sandwiches and lunch dishes, such as burgers and pork chops.

If you need pep in your step, City Grocery also offers a variety of coffee drinks and alcoholic beverages, if you are of-age.

Pro Tip: The shrimp and grits are some of the best in town. Visit the restaurant again for dinner, and enjoy another take on this staple Southern dish.

Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every Sunday at 152 Courthouse Square. City Grocery recommends reservations. Call 662-232-8080 to make yours, or make an online reservation through

4. Mesquite Chop House

This steak house offers a variety of delicious choices for breakfast. You can take a seat on their patio, the perfect setting for a sunny spring day.

With everything from different types of Benedict’s and omelettes, to sandwiches and biscuits with gravy, their menu offers top-notch ingredients. Their bottomless mimosas and bloody Marys keep patrons coming back.

Pro Tip: Try the seafood Benedict with half lobster meat and half crab cake.

Brunch is served from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday at 1001 Jackson Ave. E. Mesquite Chop House accepts reservations. Call 662-232-8855 to make yours.

3. Rafter’s Music and Food

One of the only bars that offers brunch in Oxford, Rafter’s Music and Food is a fun experience for your mid-day Sunday eats. The bar offers traditional Southern dishes like gumbo and fried green tomatoes, as well as po’boys and a chorus of biscuits plate. Most patrons opt for the chicken and waffles.

The bar is full service and offers bottomless mimosas. You can sit inside by the stage, at the bar, or at a table. The bar also offers seating outside on the patio for warm, sunny Sundays. a bluegrass band performs every Sunday.

Pro Tip: The grilled shrimp appetizer is a fan favorite.

Brunch is served from 10:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1000 Jackson Ave. E. Rafter’s does not accept reservations.

2. Saint Leo

One of Oxford’s newest foodie destinations, Saint Leo boasts a menu of inventive Italian creations for brunch, offered every Saturday and Sunday.

The restaurant offers traditional dishes with an Italian take, such the Saint Leo plate with polenta, garlic rubbed bruschetta, and grilled fennel sausage, rather than the conventional grits, toast, and sausage plate.Customers can also choose from an assortment of pizzas, waffles, and even pasta carbonara for a wake-up call.

Pro Tip: If you’re of-age, try the Prosecco Pop – a raspberry and mint popsicle that is served swimming in a glass of Prosecco. Inventive and refreshing.

Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays at 1101 Jackson Ave. E. Saint Leo does not take reservations.

1. Oxford Grillehouse

This steakhouse establishment, with other locations in Madison, Southaven and Fayetteville, offers one of the most creative brunch menus on the Square.

In addition to traditional eggs Benedict and salads, this fine dining establishment serves chocolate chip waffles on a stick and chicken and waffles casserole.

Each dish is offered with a large selection of sides – everything from Parmesan french fries to turnip greens. The restaurant also houses a build-your-own mimosa and bloody Mary bar.

Pro Tip: The restaurant usually fills up when it opens, so try to get there early for your best shot at immediate seating. Brunch is served every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 114 Courthouse Square, Suite A. Seating is first come, first serve.

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