Guide to Starkville, MS

Football season is here! Which could have you traveling down to Starkville, Mississippi to take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Check out this list of restaurants, bars and shops that you should check out while you are in the area!



The Little Dooey™ Southern BBQ Restaurant

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The Little Dooey™ is known for it’s BQQ, but that isn’t the only thing you will find them serving up!

From delicious BBQ & Mississippi, farm-raised catfish to Crawfish, shrimp and oysters, Barry and Margaret Ann Wood, the founders of Little Dooey™, are no strangers to all the classic food that Mississippians hold near and dear to their hearts.

The name “little dooey” comes from an old family tradition where “a little dooey” means a fun gathering of friends and family.”

Now, we all know that great food is only so great, sometimes you just GOT to have that sauce. ESPECIALLY on BBQ. That’s where The Little Dooey™ all started.

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The Little Dooey opened its door in 1985 and served up homemade barbeque sauce. Little Dooey’s online history story shares that soon after they started selling that delicious sauce, “The response from customers was overwhelming, and soon the growing local demand for their delicious food prompted them to open the first restaurant in Starkville which became an instant success.”

Today, they serve up BBQ, seafood, sandwiches, poboys, southern sides, salads and even wraps!

Even though they operate a full restaurant, you can still purchase their delectable sauces and rubs in house!

  • Open Monday – Saturday
    11:30 am – 9:00 pm
  • Open Sunday
    10:30-2:00 Pm

To check out their full menu click HERE!

Stromboli’s Italian Eatery

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Pizza, pasta, calzones OH MY!

Stromboli’s is located on University Drive and is #1 choice for many when it comes to pizzas and other Italian food classics, and they claim the title of “Starkville’s favorite place for amazing friends and food”. And, after reading through a handful of reviews, I think their customers would agree!

They have both indoor and outdoor seating offering both catering and takeout.

While they are famous for their delicious Italian food, their desserts like cookie dough bites, cannoli bites and cannolis are known as some of the best sweet treats in town!

  • Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 11 am-9 pm

To take a look at some of the delicious pies, pastas and sub sandwiches they serve up- check out their menu online HERE!


Bulldog Burger Co.

Bulldog Burger Co. is part of the Mississippi-base ‘Eat With Us’ company. Their motto: Making people happy! And, that is just what they are doing over at Bulldog burger.

While they are known for their big, juicy, handmade burgers that come with fresh ingredients on baked, “never-smushed” buns, Bulldog also serves up sandwiches, appetizers, salads and specialty milkshakes.

“Bulldog Burger was created with the goal of bringing the world’s best burger to Starkville. A one-of-a-kind creation our team of chefs and restauranteurs spent more than a year researching, tasting, and innovating to be eaten specifically in Starkville’s Cotton District.”

  • Monday-Thursday 11 am-12 am
  •  Friday- Saturday 11 am-1 am
  • Sunday 11 am-10 pm

To find Bulldog Burger’s full menu click HERE!

Restaurant Tyler

Restaurant Tyler is an American-style southern restaurant with a local focus. They serve up everything from blue plates to Filet Mignon and everything in between.

You can find the spot on Main Street in Downtown Starkville.

One thing that makes the restaurant so unique is the ~eat local~ focus.

“Chef Ty is a supporter of the ‘eat local’ movement and uses only the freshest and most local ingredients from around the Golden Triangle; whether it is local farm raised pigs for our in-house smoked bacon, or Vardaman Sweet Potatoes. If you are looking for a night out or just a quick lunch, Chef Ty and staff are sure to please!”

Check out Restaurant Tyler’s full menu HERE!

  • Monday 11 am- 2 pm
  • Tuesday- Thursday 11 am- 9 pm
  • Friday 11 am- 10 pm
  • Saturday 5 pm- 10 pm
  • Sunday 10 am- 2 pm

The Veranda Restaurant 

The Veranda has been up and running since 2003.

“The Blue Plates are extremely popular so we see several people come in for those, both for their speed and affordable price. The dinner menu is also a favorite, with tasty steaks and seafood entrees. The bar has its own vibe and culture so to speak. As a result we receive and maintain a solid following in the bar as well. It’s where we do things like Trivia and Dawg Talk (the radio show). As a result, the mix of a fine dining atmosphere in the main part of the restaurant and the low key, casual aura of the Bar produce quite a unique and popular combination. We enjoy it and hope to do it for many more years.”

  • Monday – Thursday 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Friday – Saturday 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Sunday 10:00 AM – 8:30 PM

Check out their full menus HERE!



Strange Brew Coffeehouse

Strange Brew Coffeehouse has been brewing up joe since 2004. They are a local store that prides itself in fresh coffee, amazing customer service and funny signs!

If you know them, you love them. No seriously, you are going to love them.

Before you even make your way into the store, you are greeted with a sign that is usually adorned with a funny quote or short phrase that will have you straight up cackling.

Then, once you make it in, the smell of fresh coffee takes you away. They roast their coffee in micro-batches to keep the beans ultra fresh. Not only do they serve up coffee, they have pastries, teas breakfast and much more!

“We specialize in lattes made with love & crazy tasty original espresso drinks that you can ONLY find at the Brew. Strange Brew has FREE WiFi, we’re open late & we have a Drive-thru just in cause you need an emergency Hot Chocolate while wearing pajamas.”

  • Normal Hours: Everyday 6 AM to Midnight
  • Holiday/Summer Hours: 6 AM to 11 PMish

The Guest Room

AKA Starkville’s best kept secret!

Snuggled into the nooks of Restaurant Tyler- you will find the speakeasy, The Guest Room. You probably wouldn’t notice the place if you weren’t looking for it.

With season cocktails, handmade bitters and house-made ingredients, The Guest Room is truly a unique experience!

Their menu is ever changing with fun cocktails for football season like the “Tears of a Golden Eagle”, featuring Four Roses Bourbon, Lemon Juice, Maple Syrup, Rosemary Syrup, Angostura Bitters, Thai Pepper Tincture.

  • Tuesday-Saturday 4:30 pm- 12 am



The Lodge

HAIL STATE! Get your Bulldog gear HERE!

From cowbells, decals, and coozies to jerseys, jewelry and ball-caps The Lodge is your one stop shop for everything maroon and white.

You can visit the Lodge in-store at the Southdale Center or online at

  • Monday-Friday 10 am-6 pm
  • Saturday 9:30 am-6 pm
  • Sunday 1 pm-5 pm