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Second Saturday Artwalk Hotspots- May 2023: Thorny Oyster, Ms Mary's Snoballs & Ice Cream, and Parrot Head Bar & Grill
104 N. Beach Blvd.
Thorny Oyster is a renowned dining destination located in The Pearl Hotel in the heart of Old Town Bay St. Louis. The hotel is known for its elegant aesthetics and charm, but it's the restaurant that has truly captivated the attention of both locals and visitors.
Executive Chef Jeffery Hansell's dedication to food and his restaurant is evident throughout Thorny Oyster. Growing up on the Gulf Coast, Hansell always wanted to bring something back to his community, and his commitment is reflected in the delicious, creative menu and overall dining experience.
Thorny Oyster's menu draws inspiration from a range of sources, including the low country style of North Carolina, Louisiana, and Spanish and French influences. As a seafood-heavy menu, it features options such as clams, mussels, lobster, oysters, and crab, making it a must-visit for seafood enthusiasts.
When asked about fan favorites, Chef Hansell recommended the lobster roll and bouillabaisse. The lobster roll is a popular choice for lunch, while the bouillabaisse, a seafood stew that includes fish, shrimp, mussels, and clams, is a rich and slightly spicy dish that is perfect for dinner. It's one of Chef Hansell's favorites as well.
Upon entering Thorny Oyster, guests will immediately notice the stunning and thoughtfully designed decor. With blond wooden floors, custom-designed green wallpaper, high ceilings, and white globe ceiling lights, the ambiance is truly unique. The white marble-topped bar with black chairs adds to the classy atmosphere. The open kitchen is the highlight of the restaurant, where patrons can sit and watch their meals being prepared. What’s more impressive is that Chef Hansell designed the kitchen himself while his wife and business partner, Amy Hansell, designed the restaurant’s fabulous dining room and bar.
One of the exceptional aspects of Thorny Oyster is its relaxed and upbeat atmosphere. Despite its impressive culinary offerings, the restaurant does not have a formal dress code or pretentious airs, making it the perfect spot for diners of all backgrounds and attire. Chef Hansell's goal was to create a welcoming environment that would appeal to anyone, whether they were coming in to celebrate a special occasion or just getting off the boat.
Experience why Thorny Oyster is the ultimate seafood dining destination by visiting them this Second Saturday. Celebrate their Hot Spot status with live music and savor Chef Hansell's creative menu, which highlights the Gulf Coast's diverse seafood offerings in a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. From a casual lunch to a special dinner, Thorny Oyster has something for everyone.
Ms Mary's Snoballs & Ice Cream
203 N. Second St.
Looking for a place to indulge in some sweet treats with your loved ones? Look no further than Ms. Mary's Snoballs and Ice Cream! Located at 203 N. Second Street, this family-owned joint has been serving up delicious desserts since 2020.
When Ms. Mary's Snoballs and Ice Cream first opened their doors, they started with just snoballs and a small two-person rod iron table that they brought from their home for customer seating. Today, they have outdoor seating that accommodates over 100 people and offer so much more than just snoballs. Their menu now boasts an array of mouth-watering options including ice cream, shakes, food, and of course, snoballs!
There are some seriously scrumptious treats on the menu that have become local favorites. For a creamy, nutty indulgence, try the turtle pecan shake or the mocha cappuccino shake for an extra dose of caffeine. But if you really want to experience something magical, you have to try their famous specialty Unicorn Snoball! It's a stunning blue raspberry and cotton candy snowball or milkshake, piled high with a mountain of fluffy cotton candy, whipped cream, and bright colored glitter sprinkles. And don't forget about the rainbow candy tail and the swirl lollipop unicorn horn that truly make this treat a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds.
The atmosphere at Ms. Mary's Snoballs and Ice Cream is warm and welcoming, making it the perfect place for families and friends to spend quality time together. Kids can ride their bikes to the shop from their homes or walk from the neighborhood. The music is always clean and kid-friendly, adding to the overall experience.
As soon as you step up to Ms. Mary's Snoballs and Ice Cream, you'll be transported to a charming, Mayberry-style setting. It's no wonder that this spot has become a local favorite for people of all ages.
Ms. Mary's Snoballs and Ice Cream will be celebrating their Hot Spot this upcoming Second Saturday, May 13th. Visitors can enjoy live music all day long and discover the three new cookie sundaes that will be available for the first time, including lemon blueberry, salted caramel, and chunky chocolate chip. Additionally, in honor of the Queen for a Day Mother's Day Event, the first 25 moms who visit the shop on Second Saturday will receive a complimentary small ice cream or snoball of their choosing. Mark your calendars for this exciting event and come satisfy your sweet tooth at Ms. Mary's.
Parrot Head Bar & Grill
111 Court Street
Just steps away from Bay Saint Louis’ sandy beaches, you'll find the popular local hangout spot: Parrot Head Bar & Grill. Located in the Bodega building on 111 Court Street, this popular watering hole offers a one-of-a-kind experience with great food, tasty drinks, and an unbeatable atmosphere.
As soon as you step inside, you’ll be transported to a tropical paradise. The outdoor seating area is surrounded by lush palm and banana trees, while the walls inside are adorned with all sorts of beach adventure decor, from paddle boards and kayaks to wind surfing equipment and bicycles.
But it’s not just the ambiance that sets Parrot Head apart. Their menu is filled with delicious eats and daily specials that will make your taste buds dance. From fan-favorite French Dip au Jus and wings to their mouth-watering specialty burger and crabby cheesy bread, there's something for everyone. And don't forget to try their signature margaritas, mojitos, and lemonades made with fresh, juicy fruits.
But the fun doesn't stop there. Parrot Head hosts live music every other Saturday from 3-6pm and karaoke every other Friday night. And if you're looking for something extra special, mark your calendars for Second Saturday on May 13th! Parrot Head is celebrating their Hot Spot status with a variety of exciting specials. Enjoy live music by Shelby Martin Anderson from 3 to 6pm while indulging in their delicious Second Saturday Chicken Cordon Bleu special, and sip on their unique specialty drinks at the bar. Parrothead Bar & Grill will also be hosting a Giftcard Giveaway this upcoming Second Saturday. Receive an entry into the drawing with any drink purchase made at the bar on May 13th.
So why not escape to Parrot Head Bar & Grill this Second Saturday and experience the ultimate beachy vibe for yourself? You won't be disappointed!