Friday, September 4, 2015
Road Eats: Beechwood Restaurant in Vicksburg, MS.
The restaurant in question? Beechwood Restaurant, a long standing favorite in Vicksburg. Opened in 1956, it's a favorite steakhouse for the Mississippi River community.
I shouldn't have worried. While the main dining room was packed, there was a smaller room up front with a couple of booths, right across from the kitchen. This looked
We dove into the menu, which is packed with seafood options, appetizers and meat. Grav thought over the po'boys while I thought about the housemade stuffed shrimp. The admonition in the center of the menu, stating "we will not guarantee the tenderness or flavor of a well-done steak" sold it for us. Our eyes traveled to the beef, and while every steak looked tempting, we were easily lured to the idea of trying out the Show Stopper, a 24 ounce Angus Ribeye. Well, since the menu also punned us with "All our steaks are cooked right before your eyes. We won't steer you wrong," we figured it was worth a shot.
And then came dinner. Now, we had asked for an extra salad since we were sharing a steak (which seemed common practice, judging from our waiter's reaction) but just
Of course, with that one steak, what were we worried about? Now, we've both shared bigger steaks (the 33 ounce Porterhouse for Two at Taylor's in Dumas, the
Prime Rib of Beef at the Colonial Steakhouse in Pine Bluff, the sirloin at Tamale Factory in Gregory and the two pound Sirloin for Two at Russell's Beef House in
Corinth, MS all come to mind) but this one had a layer of flame-broiled goodness to it, enhanced with a blend of house steak sauce and au jus that punched all the right buttons for a rainy night. It was a substantial steak delivered to our table with flair, a big knife and a plate for sharing.
We asked for medium rare, closer to rare (pretty much the standard Grav and I choose when getting a steak) and had a hot almost red center inside that flame kissed crust. It was tender and it was juicy and it was absolutely marvelous with the offered sauce. Our waiter came by and asked if we needed any A1 or Heinz 57, but we both shook our heads. We had exactly what we needed.
We had a long way to go that evening, with a final destination of the night of Covington, Louisiana. I vaguely realized there were probably desserts, but with such a long drive ahead I really didn't think adding to my already full belly was going to get me all the way down the road. By this point it was dark.
4451 East Clay Street
Vicksburg, Mississippi 39183