There is hardly a more beautiful way to see much of rural Mississippi than by slowly making your way along the Natchez Trace Parkway. It’s a lovely meandering pathway with historical markers and beautiful woodlands to mesmerize you mile after mile. If you find yourself just north of Kosciusko or south of Houston, and you are ready for something really good to eat, then find your way to historic French Camp, and the log cabin where the Council House Café is located.
The original cabin was only 17 feet by 17 feet and was constructed of white oak around 1820. It was a meeting place of Greenwood Leflore, the last chief of the Choctaw Indian Nation east of the Mississippi. You can still see the cut marks made by the broadax and adzes, hand tools that required a strong back and would guarantee a healthy appetite, too.
And that’s exactly what you should bring with you to the Council House Café! It features a simple menu of loaded sandwiches, delicious salads, homemade soups, and desserts so good that they alone are worth the drive. The menu says “Sandwiches that are nuttin but gooooood,” and that’s the truth.
You have the choice of ham, smoked turkey, Cajun roast beef, or a combination of meats; plenty of condiments, including great smoky bacon; and lots of cheese. You just can’t make a bad choice with these sandwiches, but the house special is the Big Willie, and it should receive your serious attention. It’s a BLT stacked with 10 pieces of bacon, lettuce, and tomato, and a big dollop of homemade spicy garlic mayo.
The freshly baked white, sorghum, and wheat breads make these thick sandwiches even better. The bread is baked fresh daily by Miss Annie, as it has been baked on this property for more than 50 years, and you will be hard pressed to find better bread anywhere. It is preservative free, and you can buy it by the loaf to take home to your own table.
Another feature on the menu that is surprisingly good is the broccoli salad. Think of a great potato salad, made with pecans, bacon, onions, and a sweet house dressing, topped with ripe tomatoes, but just substitute broccoli for the potatoes. It makes a great side for a sandwich or a good meal on its own.
You will never forgive yourself if you do not try the Mississippi mud cake. It’s made with rich chocolate, pecans, and marshmallows and crowned with two scoops of vanilla ice cream.
On top of great food, the Counsel House Café is owned and operated by French Camp Academy. Its website describes it as “a Christian boarding school and home experience in central Mississippi for young people needing an alternative place to live and learn.” So what could be better? You get delicious food, and the proceeds go to a great cause. Put this place on your short list.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Council House Café
91 Le Fleur Circle, French Camp
Hours: Monday- Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.