Summertime temperatures are hot. The further south one lives or travels, the hotter it can be. With air conditioners struggling to keep things cool, not every family is all that interested in heating up the house by cooking dinner. That’s what restaurants are for when it’s really, really hot.
Except for national chain restaurants the selection of family-style restaurants across the south has become limited. Most independently owned dining establishments cater to couples or to college-aged patrons. For a while it appeared that the only real choices for families would be fast food outlets. The search for a family atmosphere where children are welcomed was usually fruitless.
Fortunately change has come to at least one southern city. Hattiesburg MS is home to the University of Southern Mississippi with its thousands of students, and much of the year to tens of thousands of Army reservists training at nearby Camp Shelby. Numerous restaurants prosper in the city, not all of which cater to either older couples or young college students. There is a growing number of Family Restaurant Hattiesburg MS which offer traditional and regional cuisine in a family friendly atmosphere.
No matter how good a family’s daily routine is, now and then a break from it is welcome to parents and children alike. As soon as they are old enough to read a menu and order for themselves, children enjoy the experience of what they consider “grown up” eating. Manners appear as though from nowhere, and none of the acting out that regularly occurs at home is present. Something as simple as dining out can bond a family together.
Family Restaurant Hattiesburg MS is also a source for catering for special events such as family reunions, birthday parties or other occasions when the family wants to enjoy themselves without the chores inherent in planning, preparing and cleaning up after a meal.
One of the family friendly restaurants in Hattiesburg MS which specializes in southern cuisine for dining-in as well as for catered events of any size is Cotton Blues. The name is carefully chosen to be representative of two of the distinguishable heritages of the deep south, as reflected in the menu choices.