One of the most important (and tastiest) aspects of Double Decker is the food. With 25 different vendors to choose from, there is sure to be something that will make your taste buds happy. This year’s festival will introduce a few tents to the traditional mix as new Oxford restaurants make their Double Decker debut.
For a smoky-sweet barbecue chicken, check out My Guys.
My Guys, formerly known as Embers, will be participating in the festival for their first time. The barbecue restaurant recently opened a second location on West Jackson Ave. that allows customers to sit down and enjoy their meals.
Though My Guys is known for their pulled pork, they wanted to step away from serving it and promote their smoked chicken instead. They will be offering some of their most popular sellers, such as smoked chicken sandwiches, sausage biscuits and ham biscuits.
“I’m excited,” Ross Polancich, operator of the West Jackson Ave. location, said. “It’s something to look forward to in the springtime.”
Polancich said he is also eager to show off featured items. In order for that to work, he plans on starting preparation a few days ahead. The smoked chicken and biscuits will be prepared at the restaurants and kept hot on site.
“It will be a long couple of days but it’ll be very worth it,” Polancich said.
Double Decker gives new restaurants the chance to show off their menus before they open their doors. Grit, a southern cuisine with a sophisticated twist, is one of these restaurants. Husband and wife team Angela and Nick Sicurezza said they are excited to participate in Double Decker this year.
“Nick and I have participated in the past when we hosted a booth for Lamar Lounge, so we think we know what we’re getting into,” Angela Sicurezza said. “We’re definitely excited to be a vendor this year and we’re really excited, and a little nervous, as it will be the first thing we do as Grit.”
Sicurezza plans to serve Mississippi hot catfish po’boys, Moon Pie ice cream sandwiches and strawberry lemonade. The items served are a good representation of what Grit will have to offer at their new restaurant, opening this June in Taylor.
Trying to serve a large amount of people can be a little difficult since there isn’t a set number of attendees, but Sicurezza said they plan to base it off the average attendance from years past.
Sicurezza said they are most excited about the sense of community at Double Decker.
“We really enjoy the camaraderie when working alongside other businesses in Oxford,” Sicurezza said. “We love the support and we try to offer the same to other business owners.”
A popular food truck will be making the rounds at Double Decker this year. Sunday’s Best, a food truck based out of Abbeville, offers reasonably-priced homestyle favorites, such as southern fried catfish and homemade burgers.
And you can’t forget the most important meal of the day: dessert! Sugary treats will be offered from Southern Sweets and More, while Sno Biz will cool you down with their icy cones.
Other restaurants that will be participating this year include The Second Line and Boneheads Oxford. However, many old favorites will be returning, such as Sleddog’s and Old Venice Pizza Company. For a full list, head to doubledeckerfestival.com.
Double Decker only comes once a year, so it’s essential to try as many different and fun foods that your stomach can handle. So get out there and eat!