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The Tomato Place, Vicksburg, Mississippi

The Tomato Place, Vicksburg, Mississippi

 

The Tomato Place Roadside Attraction Mississippi

Tomato Place and More

In May 2015, I attended the Magnolia State Fiber Festival in Vicksburg, Mississippi and discovered a charming and quirky destination for tomatoes. A short drive from my home, Vicksburg was a day trip getaway for me. I explored the area before the conference and discovered a true southern gem at The Tomato Place Restaurant.  It’s a must-see location for some delicious tomatoes and a good meal!

Editor’s Note-The Magnolia State Fiber Festival will not be held in 2017.

Vicksburg Roadside Restaurant

The Tomato Place in Vicksburg Mississippi on US Highway 61 is a delight for a weary traveler.  It’s a fruit stand. No, it’s a vegetable stand. No, it’s that place to get boiled peanuts. No, it’s all of those and more.  If you need anything, and I mean ANYTHING, maybe they have it. I saw everything from aromatherapy lotions…to tomato-based soap…to jelly…to fresh fruit smoothies…to watermelon…to popcorn…to LOTS of jubilant customers!

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The Tomato Place, Vicksburg, Mississippi

The Tomato Place, Vicksburg, Mississippi

Eclectic?

Yes…and probably is the photo next to the word in the dictionary. When I entered the restaurant area for ordering and dining, an enchanting mural showing the distances to destinations along US Hwy 61. All roads lead to The Tomato Place, in Vicksburg.

A printed menu is available on the counter, but the specials of the day are on the colorful chalkboard displays 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 even Mardi Gras beads.

Ceiling fan lights and railroad lanterns illuminate the room. From craft gallery to home-made 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.

The Tomato Place, Vicksburg, Mississippi

The Tomato Place, Vicksburg, Mississippi

Hats, Hats, Hats

Turning in the other direction…anyone needing a hat? Shelves are overflowing with hats, both old and new, along with do-rags and sun bonnets.

Then I discovered this vintage riding hat in burgundy velvet.  Gently aged through the years and ready for purchase along with a colorful variety of bandanas.

The Tomato Place, Vicksburg, Mississippi

The Tomato Place, Vicksburg, Mississippi

These hats were within arm’s reach of my dining seat in the restaurant/ordering area.  While waiting for food delivery after ordering at the counter, I entertained myself with the study of hats, hats, hats.

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Eating Tomatoes at The Tomato Place

The main dining area, or possibly known as the places to sit near tables when you eat inside, has a half dozen tables of various sizes and shapes. It’s a feast for your eyes with mostly vintage items and antiques, but also a feast for the ears. While I was there, the soft blues of yesteryear were playing gently in the background. Just enough volume to enjoy and just enough blues to set the mood. Somehow, it fits.

Lunch at The Tomato PlaceMy lunch arrives at the table. The grilled chicken sandwich for $6 with a side order of home-style fries for $2 – and it was delicious. Food delivery was quick even during this busy lunch hour. The fries were crisp and hot. The sandwich, with grape tomatoes on top, was a hearty lunch-sized portion. Canned soft drinks with a big glass of ice-only $1 more for a meal at $9 total.

The drink behind the BBQ bottle is a fresh fruit smoothie. With limited space indoors for diners, someone asked if that seat was taken. I replied that it was available. He dropped off his smoothie and got distracted looking at the antiques and soon chatting with the locals. I’ll never know if he came back to find his smoothie, or not. It’s a very social place, especially during a busy lunch hour. Southern hospitality at it’s finest!

The Tomato Place, Vicksburg, Mississippi

The Tomato Place, Vicksburg, Mississippi

The Back Room

After my meal, I looked around in the back room and found shelves lined with jellies of many flavors, properly labeled and ready to go.

Jellies and Jams

Slowing Down in Vicksburg

Back towards the front entry, is the fruit and vegetable market, along with plants for sale outside the entry.  That wooden swing 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.

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The Crochet Getaway blog began as a way for me to write about my hobby and connect with other crafters at events and conferences. It has grown to so much more as I've reignited my passion for writing and exploring. This site guides crocheting enthusiasts to training and networking events in fabulous international destinations. Crochet Getaway has a Facebook social media site with more than 1,500 happy followers. My corporate career and my vacation getaways provide travel opportunities that I enjoy sharing with my readers. In addition to being the founder and editor of Crochet Getaway, I blog about travel and side gig income (for travel) at www.cabinsorcastles.com and my writing portfolio is posted at www.gwyngoodrow.com.
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