McElroy’s Seafood used to be called McElroy’s Harbor House, but that was back when the restaurant was in Biloxi, right by the Small Craft Harbor on the mainland across from Deer Island. It had a great reputation for seafood then, but hurricanes have not been kind to the venerable old restaurant, and when Hurricane Katrina destroyed the building, the restaurant relocated across the rebuilt bridge to the arts community of Ocean Springs. In many ways, the move was for the best, because the new location, very near the site of the original French settlement of Biloxi, backs up to Indian Bayou, with lovely water views through the big picture windows. I’m reliably told the seafood is as good as ever, but the surprise here is breakfast. Amazing breakfast, I might add. Nothing too unusual, pretty much the standard omelettes, bacon and eggs, yet delicious, accompanied by the water views mentioned above, and also with one unique coastal addition to the menu, New Orleans-style beignets, which are hard to resist, even after an omelette. And now McElroy’s has reopened in Biloxi at their former location, high off the ground in case of another hurricane. Either location is worth checking out for lunch, dinner or even breakfast.
705 Bienville Blvd
Ocean Springs, MS 39564