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Worth the Drive: Big Bad Breakfast in Oxford

With the holiday weekend ahead, many folks may be looking forward to some downtime, or maybe even a vacation. Even if a big vacation isn’t in the cards, three-day weekends like this are a great time to explore the state. A day trip or overnight getaway can bring something special to a long weekend…

… and of course, all of us at Eat Jackson pretty much always plan our trips around the meals. We call these jaunts to enjoy eating elsewhere – outside of metro-Jackson, but still within a reasonable distance – “worth the drive.”

BBB-logoThe city: Oxford, Mississippi

The restaurant: Big Bad Breakfast

The meal: Breakfast (the name sort of gives it away, huh?)

Why it’s worth the drive: There are lots of great places to eat in Oxford. Home to the University of Mississippi (more commonly known as Ole Miss), the charming college town meets the culinary needs of students-on-a-budget, proud parents, and visiting dignitaries/Faulkner-philes alike. There’s Bottletree Bakery, of course, and City Grocery – but on our most recent trip to Oxford, we had a specific place in mind. We stayed overnight with some friends, who had assured us that a place called Big Bad Breakfast was going to blow our minds.

Big Bad Breakfast is part of the City Grocery Restaurant Group, helmed by Chef John Currence. Chef Currence has an impressive resume, including a 2009 James Beard Best Southern Chef Award. His mainstay, City Grocery, has set the bar for Oxford’s fine dining – and now his boutique breakfast joint is setting the standard for the most important meal of the day.

BBB is adjacent to Snackbar, another of Chef Currence’s establishments (and one we’ve already vowed to go back and check out for the nightlife). Insider tip: the crowds at BBB can be intense, but if you’re willing to sit at a bar rather than at a table, you can be seated over at Snackbar and order from a nice selection of the BBB menu – but if you want the chance to have your pick of the entire, impressive BBB menu, skip Snackbar, wait your turn, and eat on the Big Bad Breakfast side of the building.

BBB-BreakfastPlateOverwhelmed by breakfast choices, and hungry from the strolling through the Square we’d done first thing in the morning (we wanted to earn that big bad breakfast!), all of us eating that morning went for the Big Bad Breakfast Plate: two eggs cooked to order; choice of  meat (bacon, pork patty sausage, chicken sausage links, andouille, OR country ham); grits or home fries; choice of gravy (red eye, sausage, or tomato); and toast or a biscuit. All that for $8.50.

I went for hard-poached eggs, chicken sausage, home fried potatoes, tomato gravy, and a biscuit. And as they say at BBB… “Oh, my Lard!” The eggs were cooked perfectly, the tomato gravy had a solid kick of spice to it (I LOVE a good tomato gravy), the potatoes were well-seasoned, the biscuit was hot and fresh. I could have used some more seasoning in the chicken sausage, but was glad to have that option in general, and was very satisfied with my plate overall. My dining companions were all equally satisfied, and all already making plans to return for an Eat Jackson Visits BBB trip, Part 2, where we all choose something different from the menu.

So next time you’re planning a road trip, remember that Oxford is always worth the drive – and Big Bad Breakfast makes it that much better.

Are you planning a road trip this holiday weekend? Share your destination, and any restaurant must-try tips, with fellow Eat Jackson readers in the comments below! 

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Big Bad Breakfast
719 N Lamar Blvd
Oxford, MS 38655
(662) 236-2666

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17 Responses to Worth the Drive: Big Bad Breakfast in Oxford

  1. Amy August 30, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

    Worth the drive! We go to BBB every time we go to Oxford!

  2. Jason August 30, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

    Might be headed for the LSU/Ole Miss game later this year. I’ll have to check it out.

  3. Shelia August 30, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

    We love BBB! Best breakfast ever!

  4. Jenny August 30, 2013 at 4:12 pm #

    Breakfast is the best meal to eat out!

  5. Lauren riviere August 30, 2013 at 5:43 pm #

    Amazing food!!!

  6. josh August 30, 2013 at 8:01 pm #

    Got to get the tobasco bacon(ask for it crispy) and the grits instead of home fries- seriously the best grits ever. Try the Dear American Airlines- I can’t help but to order it every single time

  7. Dawn August 30, 2013 at 10:53 pm #

    Sounds like the trip would be worth it. I like a good breakfast.

  8. Dustin August 31, 2013 at 10:26 am #

    Love Big Bad Breakfast!

  9. Ryan September 6, 2013 at 1:36 pm #

    Such a great breakfast!

  10. Maggie Jones September 6, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

    Love BBB!!

  11. Nason Williams September 6, 2013 at 2:02 pm #


  12. Lindsey F September 6, 2013 at 2:32 pm #

    Mmmm. My mouth is watering thinking about the breakfast I had there back in March on my first trip to Oxford. I even bought a t-shirt there! So good.

  13. Brett Lunsford September 6, 2013 at 3:21 pm #

    I will be heading to Oxford in a few weeks and I now plan to eat breakfast at the triple B!!

  14. msu_scrappy September 6, 2013 at 3:42 pm #

    i’m not a fan of oxford — msu and all — but i hear it is the place to go when I go to town with my girlfriend for the arkansas – ole miss game. sounds like it has some awesome food.

  15. John September 6, 2013 at 6:39 pm #

    Good fewd!

  16. hrmajsty September 6, 2013 at 8:36 pm #

    Haven’t been to Oxford in over 40 years. Don’t you think that’s a little far afield for Eat JACKSON?

  17. Martha October 25, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

    Ate there a couple of weeks ago with my son and daughter-in-law.
    Great breakfast!!

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