The Tomato Place in Vicksburg, Mississippi, is a one-of-a-kind restaurant that offers hearty meals and provides a unique perspective on tomatoes. During my visit to the Magnolia State Fiber Festival (May 2015), I stumbled upon this unique southern gem.
Vicksburg, which is located a short drive from my home, was a perfect destination for a day trip.
The Tomato Place Experience
The Tomato Place, situated in Vicksburg, Mississippi, on US Highway 61, is a delight for any tired traveler. It offers a variety of items, including fresh fruit such as watermelon, popcorn, jams and jellies, tomato-based soap, and even aromatherapy lotions. It’s known for its boiled peanuts, too.
The restaurant is a mecca for those who love exploring quirky food destinations.
The atmosphere of the place was immediately inviting, with joyful patrons and hospitable staff. Upon turning in the opposite direction, an eclectic array of hats, ranging from antique to contemporary, as well as do-rags and sunbonnets, greeted me. One piece that caught my eye was a vintage riding hat crafted from burgundy velvet, exuding a charmingly rustic and refined aesthetic.
Adjacent to it were some summer straw hats and scarves, all within arm’s reach of where I was seated in the restaurant area. As I waited for my food, I casually browsed the selection of hats available for purchase, immensely entertained by the eclectic variety.
When I entered the restaurant area for ordering and dining, an enchanting mural displayed the dist destinations along US Hwy 61. All roads lead to The Tomato Place in Vicksburg, Mississippi.
A printed menu is available on the counter, but the day’s specials are on the colorful chalkboard behind the order station framed with holiday lights, even in July. More than a typical fare, this restaurant offers such delicacies and extras as fresh popcorn, bagged popcorn, cakes, cheese blocks, desserts, and Mardi Gras beads.
Ceiling fan lights and railroad lanterns illuminate the room. From craft galleries to homemade treats, take your time to absorb the ambiance. While absorbing, just relax. Slow your thoughts and become a citizen of the South for just a while. Savor the vivid colors and the scents of this place.
Let’s Eat Tomatoes
There are a variety of seating options available at the restaurant, each situated near the tables. An assortment of vintage goods and antiques accents the rustic decor. The ambiance is further enhanced by the soft blues music playing in the background.
During the busy lunch hour, I ordered a grilled chicken sandwich for $6, as well as a side fries for $2. Despite the rush, the server promptly delivered my meal to my table. The sandwich was generously sized and came topped with grape tomatoes. The fries were crispy, hot, and lightly seasoned. To complete my meal, I also ordered a canned soft drink with a large glass of ice. (Editor’s note – prices are from 2015)
The restaurant is a bustling social hub, especially during lunch hour. Southern hospitality at its finest!
While many come for the restaurant food, others cherish the fruit and vegetable market, along with plants for sale outside the front entry. The wooden swing at the front entry is a great spot to relax after a good meal at The Tomato Place.
Tomatoes, of course, but so much more.
I had an enjoyable lunch and a pleasant visit at The Tomato Place in Vicksburg, Mississippi.
Visit Vicksburg Mississippi
Explore the Vicksburg National Military Park
Immerse yourself in the rich history of the American Civil War at the Vicksburg National Military Park. This park is a vast, well-preserved battlefield where the Siege of Vicksburg took place. Here, you can explore more than 1,325 monuments, memorials, and markers that depict significant war events. Visit the USS Cairo, one of the first American ironclad warships, and the national cemetery, which is the final resting place for 17,000 Union soldiers. A visit to this park is not only educational but also a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made during this pivotal period in American history.
Discover the Southern Charm of the Old Court House Museum
Step back in time at the Old Court House Museum in Vicksburg. This historic building, renowned for its Greek Revival architecture, is a treasure trove of antiques, artifacts, and Civil War relics. The museum showcases the rich history of the area through its exhibits that include Confederate flags, antebellum clothing, and the tie worn by Jefferson Davis at his inauguration as the Confederate president. The museum also hosts events throughout the year, making it a hub of cultural activity in the city.
Experience Riverfront Murals
For art enthusiasts, taking a leisurely stroll along the Mississippi River to admire the Riverfront Murals is a must-do. These vibrant, larger-than-life murals depict various stages of Vicksburg’s history, from its founding to modern times. Painted by local artists on the flood wall along the river, these murals are a testament to the city’s resilience and spirit. This outdoor gallery is a unique way to explore the city’s past while enjoying the picturesque views of the river.
If You Go:
The Tomato Place: Located at 3229 Highway 61 South, Vicksburg, Mississippi. It’s a quirky and delightful blend of a restaurant, gift shop, and farmer’s market.
Vicksburg National Military Park: This historic site is located at 3201 Clay Street, Vicksburg, Mississippi. You can explore and learn more about the park’s history and its significance in the Civil War on the official National Park Service website.
Old Court House Museum: Situated at 1008 Cherry Street, Vicksburg, Mississippi, this museum is a significant part of Vicksburg’s rich history. Visit their official website for more information on exhibits and events.
Riverfront Murals: These mesmerizing murals are located along the flood wall of the Mississippi River in downtown Vicksburg. While there isn’t a specific website for the murals, you can find more information on the Visit Vicksburg website.
Remember, every visit to Vicksburg, Mississippi, is a journey into the past filled with rich history, vibrant culture, and, of course, delicious food from The Tomato Place.
Enjoy your visit!