Chances are there’s not another joint like In and Out Breakfast in the entire state. It has just a handful of tables, a drive-up window, a one-page menu focused on classic sandwiches, and a daily special. Two friendly people work behind the counter: Josh Hudgens who runs the front of the house and cooks when needed, and chef Paul Monti, a 38-year restaurant industry veteran with a degree from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America.
A chef with that much experience making sandwiches and blue-plate specials? Yes, that is exactly right, but the sandwiches that come from this kitchen are far from what you might expect.
What you get here is a sandwich made with the finest ingredients, stacked almost three-inches high, at a moderate price, and it’s going to hit your table just minutes after you order. Yes, it sounds too good to be true, but the standing-room-only lunch crowd is testament to the wonders chef Monti puts out.
The breakfast sandwich dominates the early-morning selection. It’s absolutely loaded with your choice of bacon, ham, or sausage, along with eggs cooked in an omelet style, all on a fresh roll. You have never seen a breakfast sandwich like this before and on top of that, if you don’t get it in five minutes, it’s on the house. Yep, it’s free!
The menu has a vast selection of sandwiches and they are all good, but the Reuben comes as close to perfection as one could imagine. It is the standard-recipe corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing on rye but it is so thick and juicy, the juice will literally run down your arm.
If you are not in the mood for a sandwich, then Chef Monti has a special you will long remember. An Italian-American from New York, his lexicon of classics is expansive; try a meatball special that is so light, delicious, and piquant, with a grand homemade red sauce, that you just won’t believe it until you try it. The roast beef is roasted to perfection, thinly sliced, and served with fresh lettuce and tomato piled high. The chicken Parmesan, eggplant Parmesan, and chicken cutlet will make you think you’re vacationing in Little Italy.
In and Out truly is a hidden jewel. The G.I.s at Keesler Air Force Base know about this place and pack it every day. A growing number of locals are catching on, too, but the proof is in the trying. Stop in and see chef Monti, and what you think of as a great sandwich will be redefined. Hands down, it has the best Reuben in the state, great daily specials, and an Italian-American touch that you just can’t find anywhere else. Did I mention the killer cheeseburger?
In and Out is just across the street from Luckies’ Furniture store in Biloxi. I’ll see you there!
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In and Out Breakfast
1711 Pass Rd., Biloxi
Hours: Open Tuesday to Saturday, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.