As New Yorkers who dine out often, we were very pleasantly surprised while visiting family in the Deep South to dine at this excellent Creole/Cajun seafood & steak restaurant in McComb, MS. Quite possibly, this is one of the best restaurants between New Orleans and Florida. The food, the service, and the ambiance were wonderful. Located in a charmingly redone train depot, its tables are set with sparkling crystal, white linens, and lovely flower center pieces. The seafood was exceptional --from the scrumptious crab cakes and blackened redfish and crunchy catfish--to the incredibly delicious, creamy seafood pasta that was chock full of juicy Gulf shrimp, crab, and other fresh, local tidbits. The steaks were prime, juicy, and perfectly done. To accompany the meal, we found a sophisticated and extensive wine list. We selected, on one of several visits, an excellent Rombauer Vineyards Carneros Chardonnay. Besides the California selections from Sonoma, Monterey County, and the Napa Valley, The Caboose also offered some excellent wines from France, Italy and other countries--a surprisingly diverse list for a restaurant in Southwest Mississippi. The genial chef-owner, Lloyd Kinchen, and his charming wife, Dionne, are warm and welcoming hosts and the service staff is attentive and friendly. Lloyd's over 40 years of experience as a restauranteur in New Orleans and elsewhere before opening The Caboose---as he chose to name his last restaurant---shows in every detail of the food and service. While somewhat pricey for the local area, we thought the prices were in line with dining in fine quality restaurants almost anywhere. If traveling near McComb, make it a point to try The Caboose if you enjoy good food. But, call ahead--it's a popular place and it would be safer to have a reservation. We enjoyed it very much and look forward to going back on our next trip South.
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