Local Experiences

Healthy Choices on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi

5/31/2018 | Tricia McAlvain

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If you are looking for healthy choices when dining on the Gulf Coast, there are two destinations you will not want to miss!  Allow me, a local, to guide you to an exquisite fine dining experience at Thirty-two, and an amazing casual spot at the Naturel Café for delicious and organic menus for vegetarians or people who simply want good eats that fit their healthy lifestyle.  
My top choice for a fine dining experience offering a full vegetarian menu is at Thirty-two, the modern European style cuisine restaurant located on the 32nd floor of the IP Casino, Resort & Spa, in the City of Biloxi, hotel tower. Go for the breathtaking view of the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, and dine there to enjoy the highest level of culinary experience.

Thirty-two located at IP Casino Resort is an award-winning AAA Four Diamond-rated restaurant. Executive Chef, Mr. Shannon Johnson and Specialty Room Chef, Mr. Matthew Kallinikos think outside of the box to bring the best of excellence in Thirty-two's all new exclusive full vegetarian menu. Choose from three appetizers; braised button mushrooms, Moroccan lentil cakes, or seared tofu scallops. The wild mushroom and truffle soup is a must have. Five healthy choices on the entrees including a mouthwatering 32" veggie burger, blackened vegetables and grits, herb marinated grilled tofu, fresh goat cheese ravioli, and summer ribbon vegetable pasta. 

Atmosphere and presentation are outstanding and promise to deliver to the most discerning food critique. All the items on the vegetarian menu are uniquely prepared with the best of local ingredients to spoil your taste buds. Five items can also be altered to suit the vegan appetite. Select from the best wine selection and menu on the Gulf Coast. When I had the pleasure of dining at 32, the Newton 2013 unfiltered cabernet sauvignon from Napa Valley paired well with every item on the menu. Thirty-two is closed Monday and Tuesday, Open 5-10PM Wednesday through Sunday, featuring live music on the weekends. Reservations recommended. Visit their website for a preview of what to expect at: www.ipbiloxi.com/dine/fine-dining/thirty-two

To eat organic and fresh, in a casual dog friendly atmosphere, my four-legged friend and I travel to my favorite coastal spot, the Naturel Juice Bar &Café.  Located at 705 Bellande, on the East Coast in the heart of the downtown district of the City of Ocean Springs and established in 2017, Naturel instantly received attention for its freshness and flavor. Your body will thank you for their 100% natural ingredients at the only juice bar in Ocean Springs. 

The name "Naturel” derives from the ingredients used, all natural ingredients from the earth, no processed food and for the most part organic. The Founders (a Doctor and a Nurse) being both in the medical field decided to make a change in life style by trying a moderate plant based diet combined with an exercise routine. After seeing the impact a small change in life style took on them, they decided to become ambassadors of healthy living and opened Naturel. 

Enjoy a made to order smoothie, or one of the organic fresh salads prepared daily with the best local ingredients. Everything looks desirable and tastes out of this world good. Build your own nutrient stuffed sandwich to go, meet friends for dine in, or call for a healthy choice when catering. Enjoy excellent prices and always knowledgeable fast and friendly service. Open every day of the week, 8AM-3PM. Download WAITR app now to order healthy & tasty food delivered to your door. Check them out on Facebook or visit their website at: www.facebook.com/NaturelJuiceBar

What I love most about eating at either of these healthy choices is that my taste buds are so overloaded with flavor that I forget I am eating healthy.  I never leave hungry, and I always carry out a box with delicious leftovers for a treat later. Thirty-two in the IP Casino is succeeding at what no other fine restaurant has dared to offer on the coast, and they are taking it to new heights. Make a reservation right away!  And there is simply no other juice bar like Naturel to be found anywhere on the Gulf Coast. Do not hesitate to treat yourself with these two unique and enjoyable venues for superb health-conscience experiences!

Besides the two great selections we visited here is a list for you to explore the Mississippi Gulf Coast Healthy Food Trail.

Plant Based - Vegetarian - Gluten Free - Tasty!


LuLu's on Main Street

126 Main St, Bay St Louis

American Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly

Mockingbird Cafe

110 S 2nd St, Bay St Louis

AmericanVegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free OptionsVegan Options

Starfish Cafe

211 Main St, Bay St Louis

SeafoodGreekAmericanVege tarian Friendly, Vegan OptionsGluten Free Options


Orchid Indian Restaurant

162 Teagarden Rd, Gulfport

IndianVegetarian Friendly, Vegan OptionsGluten Free Options

Good Karma Cafe

2346 E Pass Rd, Gulfport

Vegetarian, Vegan friendly.

Aztecas Restaurant & Cantina

9400 US 49, Gulfport

MexicanSouthwestern, Vegetar ian Friendly



850 Bayview Ave, Biloxi *Inside IP Casino

American, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options

Sal & Mookie's

110 Lameuse St, Biloxi

ItalianAmerican PizzaVeget arian Friendly, Vegan OptionsGluten Free Options

Southport Line 

647 Howard Ave, Biloxi, Mississippi 39530

Cajun, Vegan, Gluten free, Vegan options. 


Pepe's Bosque

10027 Central Ave, D'Iberville

Mexican, Southwestern, Spanish , Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options


Hacienda San Miguel

4833 Amoco Drive, Moss Point

MexicanSouthwestern, Vegetar ian Friendly


Aztecas Restaurant & Cantina

2405 US-90, Gautier

MexicanSouthwestern, Vegetar ian Friendly


The Kettle Café & Tea Room

1064 Thorn St, Ocean Springs

Vegan Restaurant

Mosaic Tapas Restaurant & Bar

1010 Government St, Ocean Springs

International, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options

Apron Strings

434 Porter Ave, Ocean Springs

American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options

Naturel Juice Bar & Café

705 Bellande Ave, Ocean Springs

American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options


Nura Juice Bar

303 Delmas Ave, Pascagoula

American, Smoothie & Juice Bar

Tricia McAlvain