Taps: 6 / Bottles: 10
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 1 | Reviews: 1
3.93/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
On Lazy Magnolia Brewing's website (currently Mississippi's Only Brewery), Mockingbird garners top honors for serving 6 regular taps of the home-grown favorites. That tidbit was enough to get me over to Bay St. Louis for lunch (also a Saturday morning brewery tour helped) during my family visit to Slidell, La.
Housed in a century-old Plantation style cottage just a couple blocks from the bay, Mockingbird oozes Southern gentility without trying very hard. It's a loving restoration/conversion, located only a couple blocks from where those terrible hurricane-churned waters surged ashore. Plenty of post-Katrina carnage remains along the Coast, but places like Mockingbird, along with several antique shops and galleries nearby, help signal a recovery. The inside of the house is warm and inviting: large windows sun-drench aged cypress floors, casual dining tables neatly arranged in each room, and plenty of local artwork decorating the walls. Outdoor seating on a sunny, west-facing brick patio is another nice attribute.
The room I especially liked is in the left rear, where several cushy armchairs share space with a small bar (neatly crafted from salvaged wood and a reclaimed door). Here are showcased the half dozen tap handles and a dozen bottles. A chalkboard lists the selections and prices: Lazy Magnolia (Southern Pecan, Blue Heron, Indian Summer, Lighthouse Pale, Extra Special Pepper) and a guest (Woodchuck cider) - $3.50 pints, $5 for a 6 beer sampler. As excited as I was to try these intriguing new draughts, the bottles were somewhat less interesting: Hoegaarden, 1664, Bohemian, Dead Guy, Beck's, Newcastle, Sam Adams, Red Stripe, Flying Dog Tire Bite and Buckler.
Service was friendly, if at times a little harried. Second Saturday of each month is a big day in this town; at noon the place was abuzz with lunch-goers, and it stayed pretty busy until I left (almost three hours later). The Saturday festivities include music and art shows in the surrounding blocks and Mockingbird was a hub. The fact that I asked for beer at lunch seemed to frazzle the young staff at the register (since it's poured in the adjacent room by a 'manager' - either the affable 'Miss Donna' or jolly owner Martin Chambers. My food order was a little slow, but maybe I should cut some slack as they were pretty swamped with orders...
Food was a fine variety of deli- (on the house-made 'Serious Bread') and panini-style sandwiches, salads, and about ten styles of burgers. My 'Atticus' sandwich (turkey, swiss, lettuce, tomato, red onion and their own cranberry-orange mustard - yum!) was ample and tasty. Other sandwiches with names like 'Scout' and 'Radley' sounded curious until I thought back to the characters in Harper Lee's 'To Kill a Mockingbird'...hmmm...the 'Gregory Peck' doesn't have as nice a ring to it as 'Atticus'...
While sitting, writing and sipping my beers, I overheard statements from other patrons like "Isn't it wonderful here?" and "I just love this place!". Though not an ultimate BEER spot for the BA, there is an undeniably 'lovable' charm to Mockingbird; it's worth a visit for the Lazy Magnolia and more (and you might just see brewer Leslie Henderson and her husband, Mark, at the next table).
01-17-2008 19:37:36 | More by msubulldog25
Mockingbird Café in Bay Saint Louis, MS
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