There’s a smattering of charming little country stores within driving distance of Jackson, allowing us to indulge in true Mississippi nostalgia. One of my favorite off-the-beaten-path spots to evoke the tastes and feelings of those days gone by is Gibbes Grocery in Learned, Mississippi – this month’s pick for our Worth the Drive profile.
Make your way into “downtown” Learned and you’ll stumble upon a pleasant little wooden store, complete with a simple Southern porch. You’ll be greeted by the friendly, yet no-nonsense staff and then seated at one of the long family-style dining tables. Odds are, you’ll make new friends in those you’re dining beside. How very Mississippi. We wouldn’t have it any other way.
Juicy and simple is the name of the game here, and the lamb needs nothing more. Simply prepared, and simply delicious. Entrées are served with a choice of sides, but the baked potato and crispy salad doesn’t disappoint. Be sure and ask what the house-made dessert special is, and add a little more sweetness to an already sweet and charming spot.
Gibbes Grocery is BYOB, so bring a bottle of wine and enjoy your mini vacation. It’s worth it. I’m willing to bet the drive from Jackson to Learned will become a regular route after your first venture out. From the service to the food, simplicity reigns supreme at Gibbes – just how I like it.
Have you tried Gibbes Grocery? Share your stories of Mississippi nostalgia – or your own favorite Worth the Drive picks! – in the comments below.