Nearby breakfast restaurant: Café Mockingbird Cafe
There’s no place on Earth quite like the Mockingbird Café in Old Town Bay St. Louis.
I’m originally from Bay St. Louis, grew up in Kiln and discovered what locals call “The Bird” when I returned home in 2012 from college in Hattiesburg.
The door creaks when you open it, and the white walls and historic wooden floors make you feel right at home. There’s artwork for sale on the walls from local artists, and there’s a case of homemade muffins, cookies, and sweet and savory scones to tempt you before you even choose the menu.
I’m a regular at Mockingbird and a big fan of their sugar-free vanilla syrup iced latte. They make all their flavors in house and you can taste the difference.
Flights of coffees, teas and mimosas attract customers, but it’s the food that keeps them coming back. They serve breakfast and lunch and recently expanded their outdoor seating with an area of large picnic-style tables and a covered outdoor bar with high chairs and outlets for laptops and phones.
Local favorites include the chicken curry salad, Indian spiced hash browns, chicken and waffles and the Second Street Sandwich, which comes with bacon or a homemade sausage patty, eggs and cheese on a brioche bread with maple butter.
The Mockingbird is best known for its Mockingburger, which also comes in the form of a veggie burger. It’s meaty, juicy and served on a cheddar and jalapeno bun.
I’ve tried just about everything on the menu, and although the burger is something I regularly eat for lunch (I like to have it with a side of fresh fruit), my favorite thing to order – definitely – is the biscuits and gravy.
It’s not like your mom’s house and I wouldn’t describe it as “country” style. The cookies are served open-faced and are crispy toasted with a soft, buttery center. The sauce is what makes this different. It’s homemade, thick and stuffed with seasonings. It’s like a Sunday brunch in New Orleans every time I take a bite. I often find that the white sauce still tastes like the flower or is overpowered by the sausage. But at the level of the bird, the combination is right.
Next time you take a trip to the bay, get an appetizer of cookies and gravy with your breakfast or brunch. And if the line is long, wait. You will not be disappointed.
If you go to the Mockingbird Café
Address: 110 South Second Street, Bay St. Louis
Call: (228) 467-8383
Hours: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily