Restaurant review

Restaurant Review: The Cannery in Biloxi, Mississippi

You just gotta love the way The Bar ‘n Grill Cannery describes itself: “A dose of hospitality, a touch of local flavor and an ear full of live music.”

There’s a ton of live music, girls’ night out, karaoke, and crawfish broth. And on top of all that, they also have a pretty cool menu. I’m not sure there is another place like the cannery on the gulf coast.

It is a large restaurant with dozens of tables, a long bar and two pool tables. It’s dimly lit, too dark to take photos without a flash, so I walked out the back door to photograph the food we ordered in the sun and was surprised by a very cool outdoor space. It’s gated, so passing traffic is not a problem. It is also gravelled, so even after a spring rain it is still comfortable to sit on. And, with all the entertainment at the cannery, the outdoor scene must be great on warm days.

The menu isn’t huge, but it covers all the bases. There are fifteen entrees, my favorite category, which include fried chicken skins, flatbread pizzas, and baskets that include things like spring rolls, tater kegs, and whiskey-battered onion rings. Next is a category called “Pile’Ons”, with five choices, all served on crisps or fries.

My favorite has to be the fried chicken, queso, cheddar, tomato, jalapenos and sour cream. But I also admired the Flatlander. It’s a wonderful combination of crawfish stew, bacon, chicken, pulled pork, queso, cheddar, jalapenos and sour cream. There’s also the offer of a free Uber ride to the hospital if you get this one!

Underneath the main offerings, there are over a dozen choices. Most of them are classics, but with some nice little twists added. I love a good fish and chips — and I don’t often see them on a menu — and Irma’s famous fries are amazing. These are fries covered with stuffed crayfish and mushrooms. There are also tacos, a wrap, wings and a double cheeseburger.

I ended up getting the burger, and it was delicious, juicy, and moderately priced at $9.95. My partner, Taylor Griffin, got the Yardbird, nachos topped with grilled chicken, queso, cheddar, tomato sour cream and a side of jalapenos. It was excellent.

The Cannery is a fun and friendly place. There were many families, a few scattered children and many old friends. The service is good and it’s a great place for a Sunday brunch with friends, or whenever you’re in the mood for some good music.

If you are going to

Address: 13066 Shriner Boulevard, Biloxi

Opening hours: Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Fridays from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday noon to 2 a.m.; Sundays from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.; closed Mondays and Tuesdays

Phone: 228-967-7615

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Topped Chicken Nachos from the Julian Brunt Cannery Special for the Sun Herald

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The cheeseburger comes with two patties at The Cannery in Biloxi. Julien Brunt Special for the Sun Herald

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The Cannery in Biloxi, Mississippi Julian Brunt Special for the Sun Herald

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