In Starkville, Mississippi, college football game days are about so much more than kickoffs and touchdowns. Visitors, locals, and college students alike take the day to explore all that this charming town has to offer before and after time in Davis Wade Stadium.
Starkville prides itself on having a beautiful downtown area that is very walkable. All of this walking and exploring can make you hungry! Luckily, this charming city has some great places to eat.
Take this opportunity to dine at some local restaurants down Main Street, University Drive and Highway 12.
Along and around Main Street, some great places to grab a bite and a cup of coffee are Nine-Twentynine Coffee Bar, Restaurant Tyler, Proof Bakery, Central Station Grill, Georgia Blue, Rosey Baby, The Book Mart Bully Shop & Cafe, Magnolia Social, The Camphouse, Moe’s Original Bar B Que, and the ever-classic Starkville Cafe.
The Cotton District on University Drive may be best known for its nightlife, but there are some great spots to grab a bite for lunch. Relive your college glory days by dining at The Little Dooey, Humble Taco, Bin 612, Two Brothers’ Smoked Meats, Bulldog Burger, Commodore Bob’s, NutriGroove, Stromboli’s, Arepas Coffee & Bar, or Uno Mas.
On Highway 12, there are many chain restaurants to dine at, but also some local options such as Harveys, Umi, Lost Pizza Co., The Breakfast Club, and OMG Grill House among others.
Explore the City
Mississippi has some of the most temperamental weather around, but Starkville has you covered in the activities department no matter the weather!
If you are looking to enjoy the sunshine, take a walk along Main Street and stop by some of the shops downtown. There are also multiple city parks to visit for you and your four-legged friends who may be tagging along.
Some indoor activities to keep you busy are the historic sites located throughout the town. You can also take a mural tour for some fun pictures to commemorate your time in StarkVegas.
Visit The Junction
The Junction is the place to be on MSU game days. Tents start going up at the end of the week and the fun starts bright and early on Saturday mornings.
You never know who or what you’ll encounter in this sea of proud alumni, fans and college students, but you can be sure to make some friends and get your fill of cowbell before the game.
If you are looking to grab a souvenir, the MSU Cheese Store has shelves stocked with delicious cheese, milk, ice cream, and other products produced right here on campus.
The Dawg Walk will take place amongst the tents prior to the game with mascot “Bully”, coaches and players heading to the stadium. If you have sensitive ears, you might not want to find yourself there at this time because the crowd will be sure to show how proud they are to call themselves MSU fans.
Pile in to Davis Wade Stadium
Get your cowbell ready and your ticket in hand to find a seat in the stadium. Cheer on the Bulldogs and enjoy the halftime performance by The Famous Maroon Band in addition to the Spirit Squads.
Late Night Snack & Lodging
The game is over and you need something sweet. Starkville has you covered.
Some places to grab a sweet treat are the Dapper Doughnut, Bop’s, and Dolce. The Cotton District and The Guest Room are also great places to enjoy an adult beverage to celebrate – win or lose!
Starkville offers a variety of lodging options for different styles and budgets.
There are plenty of hotels and motels to spend a night (or two!) in Starkville. If you are looking for a more homey feel, there are also many bed and breakfasts and historic hotels to catch up on sleep before heading home.