Good food invites us to live in the moment, to be present where we are. But if the last few months indoors have taught us anything, it’s that where we eat sometimes fails to live up to what we’re eating.
With Spring season temps officially here, we’re rapidly presented with another option, one with limitless potential for fine dining and finer memories. Ridgeland’s Al Fresco scene offers a safe, delicious alternative for avid foodies and weary delivery diners alike.
In Ridgeland, you can comfortably enjoy your oysters on the half shell, salmon benedict, or applewood smoked bacon burger as they were meant to be enjoyed—at a patio table just steps away from where they were made.
- Anjou Restaurant ($$)
Classic French Bistros like Anjou typify the joie de vivre at the core of outside dining. Owned and operated by an authentically French father and daughter team, Anjou merges culinary precision with Southern ingredients to the betterment of both traditions.
Enjoy a melon ball mimosa and shrimp omelet for brunch, a crawfish crepe for lunch, or an oven roasted duck breast for dinner—all while taking in views of the nearby lake from your patio table. Whatever meal you decide to take at Anjou, bon appétit!
- Local 463 Urban Kitchen ($$)
Owner and operator Derek Emerson—award-winning chef and James Beard semi-finalist—made a name for himself by blowing minds at Local 463 with affordably elevated favorites and tastebud-cracking classics.
Gorgeously plated kung pao rock shrimp starts off your al fresco experience, followed by spicy Thai flatbread and a grilled redfish sandwich. For dinner, the tuna tartare and super Kobe burger are sure to leave their mark. From surf to turf and everything in between—you won’t forget your trip to Local 463.
- Zea Rotisserie & Bar ($$)
What started as the brainchild of three accomplished chefs on a catering assignment in Hawaii has become, at last, Zea Rotisserie & Bar—an upscale, casual restaurant combining American culinary standards with international zest.
Centered on an authentic French open-flame rotisserie—perfect for crisping chicken, pork, ribeye, and ribs—Zea elevates the rust-and-char BBQ experience into something equal parts transnational as transcendent. Start with some duck empanadas or a serving of hummus before diving into your signature Thai ribs.
- Pelican Cove Grill ($$)
Seafood and outdoor seating couldn’t be better partners. At Pelican Cove, with its covered patio hovering above the waters of the Barnett Reservoir, you’ll get the best of both entrée and environment.
Kick your feet up with a signature cocktail or margarita and contemplate your meal to the sound of lightly lapping waves. Try the mahi tacos, catfish basket, or signature B.L.T before going all in with a slice of key lime pie. Al fresco dining at Pelican Cove is so satisfying that it almost qualifies as a vacation in itself.
- CAET Seafood ($$$)
When going outside meets going all out, CAET Seafood (pronounced “Kate”) satisfies with opulent dishes in a casual atmosphere guaranteed to satisfy. Featuring a full oyster bar and an expertly curated wine menu, you’ll find options and pairings to last you a lifetime.
Wood-oven baked crab fondue, black pepper calamari, crispy lobster rolls, and (of course) green apple and shallot mignonette raw oysters—whatever you choose at CAET, you won’t believe how good it is.
Go Al Fresco in Ridgeland
A good meal is a luxury, an experience free of concern. Dining outdoors in Ridgeland can provide a peace of mind that pairs perfectly with a fine meal. Be sure to commemorate your al fresco experience by snapping a pic and posting to your social with #VisitRidgelandResponsibly.