1. Blue Crab
The sweet meat of blue crabs is to Mississippi what bacon is to Texas — the perfect topping that makes any protein even better. Most restaurants no longer have West Indies Salad because jumbo lump is so expensive and difficult to come by. If you see this delicacy of crab marinated in homemade Italian dressing and served in iceberg lettuce cups, you need to order it. Fried crab claws, sautéed crab claws in garlic butter and fried soft-shell crab are also local favorites and much easier to find. All three are available at Mary Mahoney’s, where you can also top any entrée on the menu with gulf crab for just $9.