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Hungry for the exceptional? Then Natchez should be your next foodie destination. Here at the Devereaux Shields House, we recommend places for our guests to dine every night of the week and, without exception, the Cotton Alley Café is one of our go-to suggestions. With sumptuous daily specials and staple menu items such as grilled steaks aged 21 days and fresh fish, fried catfish, shrimp and burgers, the only challenge here is deciding which entrée to choose.

Among our personal favorites is the Pasta Jambalaya. With chicken, country sausage, red peppers, mushrooms and onions all swimming in a delightful Cajun cream sauce, served on a bed of fettuccine, it’s as outstanding as it sounds. Another of our personal favorites is the steak. A mouth-watering prime 10-ounce sirloin strip, aged for 21 days, is served with properly sautéed vegetables, hot bake potato and house salad served with the amazing house dressing which is a garlic sour cream vinaigrette. In the mood for a salad?  Try the salmon salad with 8 ounces of grilled salmon on top of mixed greens with sliced boiled egg, cucumbers, roma tomato, purple onion, capers and dried cranberries, also served with the amazing house dressing.  Like salmon?  Try the grilled salmon with lemon dill sauce, served with fresh vegetables, baked potato and a roll. They are ridiculously good rolls, by the way. Light, fluffy and oh so good…shhhh…they are deep fried but you’d never know it. Be sure to check out the delectable dessert selection in the case before you sit down for your meal. We recommend you choose one and order it early along with your dinner. They are all made in house in limited quantities and they go fast.  Need a lighter desert choice? Gelato flavor selections are also on the menu.

The restaurant staff are always courteous, polite and helpful and go out of their way to make everyone feel welcome. Whether you sit upstairs or down, you are sure to enjoy the warm and friendly ambience of this lovely restaurant. Upscale enough to feel special yet casual enough to be comfortable.

Located on Main Street in the heart of downtown Natchez, it is walking distance to almost everything. Peruse the many antique stores and boutiques nearby before dinner or take a casual walk along the riverfront afterward, especially in the evening when views of the bridge over the mighty Mississippi are nothing short of captivating.

With restaurants like this in town, the only question you should be asking yourself right now is, “How soon can we go on a Natchez getaway?”