Erin and Ben's Guide to Eating Like a Local in Laurel

Understatement of the year: Home Town's dynamic duo has strong feelings about how to fill your belly in Mississippi.

You already know the Napiers are passionate about their eats: C’mon, these are the folks who created a candle inspired by their local Kiwanis Club’s annual Pancake Day.

Photo by: Chelsey Riemann

Chelsey Riemann

(Lesser-known trivia: When their friends ran into Matthew McConaughey at Estelle’s in nearby Ellisville, Big happily Photoshopped himself into the lunch-hour evidence.)

Ready to follow in their foodsteps? Have a look at some of their (many, many) happy places.

If dashing around town to try as much food as possible sounds exhausting, never fear: Back Road Bistro’s “humble food truck” might just come to you.

Photo by: Chelsey Riemann

Chelsey Riemann

Inspired by the Crescent City’s cuisine, Matt and Amy Flowers have been turning out picture-perfect NOLA favorites—like this bread pudding, a favorite of Erin’s—since 1997.

Other convenience stores, please try harder. This one puts big-city gourmet garages to shame.

Keep your eyes peeled for the Ben-crafted cutting board on the wall at The Knight Butcher—and for Ben himself, since he clearly spends some quality time there without his bacon-loving niece, too.

For an old-school sweet tea fix (or a chance encounter with Erin and Ben), head to Lee’s.

A loblolly is a handsome-looking evergreen found in the southeast. A LoblolliPop, in turn, is a frosty treat found all over Laurel.

The chili cook-off comes to town just one day a year—February 10th this time, if you feel like planning a spontaneous road trip—but it’s a mighty unforgettable day. More than 3,000 eaters turn out for 27 teams’ worth of the good stuff.

Your eyes do not deceive you: That is indeed a piece of Kool-Aid pie. Erin calls The Pearl, a neighborhood newcomer, “the jewel of the Amtrak Crescent Line, and a tribute to its past.”

When dessert is still rising in the oven or cooling on a window sill, Erin gets a quick fix at Shug’s, where Laurel indulges its sweet tooth.

Slowboat was Napiers-approved before little Duchess got there, but it’s now clearly a compulsory stop. They have a brewery kitten.

Erin really, really, really loves Sweet Somethings.

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