City Social Magazine

MAR-APR 2019

City Social Magazine in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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53 The Coliseum Theatre harkens back to the glory days of theatre. Built in 1924, this performance space now accommodates both live productions and film screenings. If you want an overview of Corinth's history, start with the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center, part of the National Park System and a good prelude to a visit to the Shiloh National Military Park about 30 minutes north in Tennessee. Both offer well-produced films, historical artifacts and a chance to digest the enormous impact of the Civil War. At the Interpretive Center, for instance, there's a sculpture-fountain using granite blocks and moving water that clearly explains the country's buildup to war, the major battles and the war's lingering effects. "This is a visual representation of what not to do," said Park Ranger Tom Berryhill. "I ask visitors to sit here and reflect. We need to ask ourselves, 'Do we really want to do this again?'" History aside, the town is a vibrant one, with restaurants serving up fabulous food, boutiques selling unique wares and Mississippi residents always being friendly and helpful. So, while it's good to learn history and avoid the mistakes of the past, Corinth makes a great day trip to enjoy modern attractions, as well. For dining suggestions, we recommend getting breakfast at Abe's Grill, the oldest diner on Mississippi Highway 72. It's a visual treat, not to mention a culinary one. Be sure to sample the chocolate gravy with your biscuits and make friendly with its father-and-son owners! Smith Restaurant, located in the former Rankin Printery in the heart of downtown, delivers a unique take on Southern cuisine. Their brunch is to die for! You can also order pizza at Pizza Grocery, but we highly recommend Italian dishes, too! And for fine dining, Vicari, located in a renovated downtown building from the late 1800s, is an absolute must. For information on the quaint town of Corinth, visit Cheré Coen is a food and travel writer living in Lafayette, Louisiana. She is the author of the Viola Valentine mystery series and several other novels under the pen name of Cherie Claire.

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