Columbia Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Columbia

April 14, 2018 Carley Gatson

Columbia is a city in Marion County, Mississippi, which was formed six years before Mississippi was admitted to statehood. Columbia was named for Columbia, South Carolina, from which many of the early settlers had migrated. The population was 6,603 as of the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Marion County.

1. Southern Fried Rabbit

229 S High School Ave, Columbia, MS 39429-3411 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Lunch, Dinner +1 601-736-2298
Excellent
84%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 17 reviews

Southern Fried Rabbit

Reviewed By Joyce G

We love southern fried rabbit. Their cheeseburger is the best in our town. We got the fries to go with it too. It was all wonderful. I love hot French fries & these had just been fried. The cheeseburger was excellent too. It needed a little more salt but since it's not good for my health I did not ask for any. We enjoyed it very much. If you're hungry for a burger this is the place to go. I saw they served lunches too. Prices are very reasonable as well.

2. Second Street Bean

321 Second St, Columbia, MS 39429-2978 Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, Soups Breakfast, Lunch +1 601-444-9299
Excellent
92%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 12 reviews

Second Street Bean

Reviewed By TrevaAnnCarroll

You want to read a good book while drinking a nice cup of coffee, this is your place. You want to hold a conversation with intelligent friendly people this is your place. I really love the ambiance of the Second Street Bean!!☕️

3. Magnolia Grille

115 R a Johnson Dr, Columbia, MS 39429-7255 Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Reservations, Seating Bar, Seafood, Pub Lunch, Dinner +1 601-736-2222
Excellent
63%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
16%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 18 reviews

Magnolia Grille

Reviewed By An0nym0usC0ntribut0r - Sydney

As our party of 3 included a 12 year old child, I was surprised when they bypassed the half empty dining room and seated us in the bar area. The cocktail blenders were way too loud to facilitate conversation so we asked to me moved to the dining room. We waited quite some time to order and it was not worth the wait. The salad bar was filled with tinned items and the shrimp I ordered was nowhere near fresh and was, to me, inedible.

4. Tina's Family Restaurant

1117 Broad St, Columbia, MS 39429-3167 Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Seating Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch +1 601-736-0909
Excellent
55%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 13 reviews

Tina's Family Restaurant

Reviewed By Erik W - Colyell, Louisiana, United States

I think I read it in a review on here, nothing fancy, but man were we surprised! We fired up the BMW Bikes and took a ride from Livingston, LA to Columbia, MS. We found Tina's just a couple of blocks away from the Antique District of Columbia. Not a fancy place, but man have they got some bragging rights when it comes to food. I ordered the Chilli Burger with Fries, and my GF ordered the catfish special. It was a Friday. We also started out with the potato skins and two sweet teas. (Best Sweet Tea Ever). The staff was so friendly and knowledgeable. We arrived right at lunch time and there were only a couple of other tables seated, but shortly after we got settled in, people began to come in quickly. The food was awesome, the service was too, and it was quick! The beef is locally raised 100% Angus certified. My burger was outstanding. I was really really surprised. Upon our exploration of the little town, we were met by a local who told us all about the history of the restaurant. They are kind of new to the area, but the restaurant is run by Ms. Tina and her whole family! Even the baby was there at work lol. We will be back for sure! enjoy the pictures!

5. The Broad Restaurant

614 1/2 Broad St, Columbia, MS 39429-3009 Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American Lunch +1 601-736-0909
Excellent
63%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 13 reviews

Reviewed By Shannon W - Santee, California

Went for the lunch buffet. It was $9 pp and had a nice selection. They even had sugar free dessert option (one of our family is diabetic). You ARE limited on desserts-only 2 pp. If you take more, you will be charged. Christian signs abound. Very laid back atmosphere, but waitresses were attentive with drinks. They have limited hours, so check before you go, but definitely would recommend it.

6. Azteca Mexican Restaurant

1003 Hwy 98 E., Columbia, MS 39429 Wheelchair Accessible, Seating Mexican Lunch, Dinner +1 601-444-0223
Excellent
30%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
7%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 13 reviews

Azteca Mexican Restaurant

Reviewed By dsherley

I ate here twice during my 2 day visit. The food is delicious. Loved the carbon tacos. Good salsa, although very mild. Service was quick and friendly both visits.

7. Fox's Pizza Den

418 Sumrall Rd Ste 9, Columbia, MS 39429-9573 Italian, Pizza Lunch, Dinner +1 601-444-0001
Excellent
50%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 8 reviews

Reviewed By aww3583 - Atlanta, Georgia

I've been here several times and the service and food are always great. There is a wide variety of sandwiches, pizzas, and other lunch fare which is a welcome break from the fast food in the area.

Service is always with a smile and the front counter people definitely remember you.

The fries are the only down-side. They're thick-cut steak fries that are often soggy with little flavor. Stick with the chips and you'll be fine.

I'll continue visiting because of the great sandwiches and friendly service.

8. Hardee's

809 Highway 98 Byp, Columbia, MS 39429-3710 American +1 601-736-4221
Excellent
51%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
12%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 8 reviews

Hardee's

Reviewed By yelir49 - Tylertown, Mississippi

I know I frequent fast food hamburger places way to often but what can I say. As of late even my favorite burger place has let me down. While traveling through Columbia we spied Hardees on the main drag. Decided to give it a try. Very impressed with their menu. Probably the best around depending on your taste. Good variety of burgers and other things. Lots of choices. Tried the fish sandwich and though the fish was a little on the thin side it was very good and piping hot. I've had their biscuit egg bacon sandwich and it is the best of all the fast food places bar none. You really need to try one of these. Though the Diablo burger is a little spicy for my taste it is an excellent burger. The service at this particular one is excellent. Employees actually act like they are proud to have a job. Most unusual in this day and time. If you are tired of the run of the mill burger joints and haven't been in a Hardees in a while, give it a try. They are now number one on my main go to list of fast food burgers.

9. Wendy's

515 Highway 98 Byp, Columbia, MS 39429-8283 +1 601-736-9555
Excellent
50%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 4 reviews

Wendy's

Reviewed By An0nym0usC0ntribut0r - Sydney

The perfect place to refuel the body after refuelling your vehicle. The standards are that of any other Wendy's restaurant in the area. The meal sizes are quite large and you definitely won't leave hungry. It doesn't dazzle, but it doesn't disappoint either.

10. Bogey's

801 Highway 98 Byp, Columbia, MS 39429-3710 American, Seafood +1 601-633-5058
Excellent
50%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 4 reviews

Reviewed By Jerry S

We go to Boggies often. They will grill what ever you want if you ask ahead. We get there Brisket without sides $10.70. More than enough for two. We are on the Whole30 Diet and this meat we selected to eat. It's great to pick up take home and add to your meal with sides. I highly recommend this place. I do find the buffet to be a bit pricy but don't do buffet there. Just take out mostly cause we're very busy people most times. Try it you'll love it!!

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