anniversary trip part 3 | bay st. louis

I know what you’re thinking. (Shut up about your anniversary!)

Sorry! One last quick post before I fall even more behind. On the same day we visited Lazy Magnolia, we started and ended our day in Bay St. Louis, a lovely coastal town just about an hour from Gautier. Like much of the Mississippi coast, Bay St. Louis was hurt badly by Katrina. But it is so nice to see it push hard to bring itself back. This was my first time, and I’d love to go back as soon as I am able!

We started with breakfast at the Mockingbird Cafe.
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Then we wandered around doing some antiquing and shopping before a boutique owner asked us if we were from around the area. When she found out we weren’t, she urged us to go by the tourism office and get us some Magnolia Money. It’s just lovely! In an effort to boost tourism in the county, out-of-towners get vouchers that are as good as cash. We first ran over to Lazy Mag, then we came back to claim our MM—$20 each!

Of course, the restaurant that caught our eye didn’t accept it, but that was probably because it had only been open a month. James recalled a restaurant that he and his family used to go to when he was young—Dock of the Bay. We knew that Katrina washed it away, but we weren’t sure where it had been. So James asked the bartender, and the response?

“Right here.”

So we decided to stay at The Blind Tiger, a hip little restaurant right on the water. Guests sit indoors but the outdoor bay breeze blows through. We ordered too much food and a couple of drinks.
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Check out my grouper sandwich with chipotle mayo. Amazing!

Then we spent that Magnolia Money! New PJ shorts and cute little Kitchen Papers place mats from a boutique.
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Tada! Crab on Kraft.

This truly was a great anniversary trip.

Oh, and we finished off the day with wine and Veep.
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Check out the rest of our trip:
anniversary trip part 1 | what we ordered: ole biloxi schooner
anniversary trip part 2 | lazy magnolia

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The Blind Tiger on Urbanspoon

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