The Dinner Bell Review – McComb, MS

Dinner Bell, McComb, MS(From the Burgerdogboy travel archives!) I’d been wanting to hit the Dinner Bell in downtown McComb for some time. On the way back from my Southern hot dog quest, I drove another couple hundred miles out of my way to take advantage of time and opportunity.

The Dinner Bell is only open Tuesday thru Sunday for lunch, 11A – 2P, so you have to time a visit from out of town just right.

The Bell serves its meals family style, at round tables that sit 18. Atop the table is a huge “lazy susan,” laden with entrees, salads, side dishes, desserts, and icy pitchers of sweet ice tea. On a typical day, you might find any of the following: fried chicken, carved ham, turkey, chicken and dumplings, meatloaf, catfish, ribs, liver and onions, white rice, dirty rice, gravy, sweet potato casserole, cole slaw, greens, green beans, black-eyed peas, okra, red beans, corn, biscuits, rolls, corn bread and a multitude of desserts. Sundays at the Bell are even more lavish.

I dare say it’s the best fried chicken I’ve “ever et anywheres,” and I don’t usually give a hoot about fried chicken.

The 50 year old restaurant specializes in “comfort food” and has been in its present location, a restored home from the early 20’s, since 1959. The restaurant has passed through several generations of owners, and the current proprietors, although new to the Bell, are old-timers in the area, and have continued the traditions, menu, and service of the Bell without missing a beat.

The Bell is available in the evenings for private parties. You need a minimum of 36 people for that. Otherwise, weekday lunches are $8.50, Friday and Saturday it’ll cost you a sawbuck, and on Sunday, be prepared to drop $12.50 a person.

Well worth the price. Well worth the drive. The Bell is at 229 Fifth Street, McComb, about 90 miles north of downtown New Orleans.

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The Dinner Bell Review

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