Getting out on your bike is just another excuse to try new foods — like that chicken on a stick I wrote about a few days ago.
In Mississippi, my food themes definitely involved fried or seafood, sometimes in the same dish. Somehow there were no signs for ice cream or homemade pie to tempt me along the Tanglefoot and Longleaf trails — and it’s so much easier to resist those at the end of dinner rather than in the middle of the afternoon.
I did discover comeback sauce — said to be called that because you keep coming back for more. It’s essentially a spicy mayo with a reddish tint because of ketchup and hot sauce and seems to be everywhere. There are no shortage of recipe variations, like this one, or this one with fewer ingredients.
Here’s more of what I ate:
Fried pickles and boiled shrimp in Ridgeland
Fried (not baked) brie with delicious tomato jam in Vicksburg
Fried crawfish balls with comeback sauce in Vicksburg
Chargrilled oysters and other seafoods in Hattiesburg
Stuffed shrimp with a corn-tasso-and-more side in Hattiesburg
Mississippi-style shrimp and grits in Long Beach:
Beignets in Biloxi:
And what I didn’t eat? Waffle House. We counted seven in one day, I’d say mostly over 15 miles along the beach.