We just visited Portico on Tower Dr. I saw the reviews and have to think that possibly things have changed. Everything was perfect. It took about 10 minutes for a server to greet us at our table. She apologized for the wait and the busy night. She took our Drink orders and my Cup of Gumbo request, and was off. Shortly returning with the Gumbo she took our orders and the food was much better than listed in some of the reviews. The fried Catfish. Loaded Potatoe, and my wifes Sandwich were very good. The downside was that we were sitting on the bar side, and not the restaurant side; and it was very noisy. Cigarrette smoke also wafted in from the outside deck. No complaints other than the noise. I work in a plant and it was loud enough to wear hearing protection.
I love Hot Tamales whether it's Hormel in the can or what. I wanted some Tamales and the writeup sounded very impressive. I ordered a 3 piece. Service and the place was ok. Upon arrival and opening my Tamales there was very little aroma and they were dry. I ate one that night. It tasted pretty weak with no HEAT (spice) at all. Since I was full from Gregory's Kitchen and the fish I decided to eat the other two in the A.M. I had the worst case of diarreah and abdominal cramping I have had in a long time.. I was fine an hour before eating the thing. I will never buy anymore. I noticed that on the wall, they have posted a "B" rating from the Board of Health Department. Gregory's Kitchen had an "A", I noticed earlier. Buyer Beware.
BEST FRIED CATFISH IN VICKSBURG !!!! Everytime we want delicious Fried Catfish in V'Burg, we never fool around with anything less than Perfection or Gregory's. These are tender fillets that are fried up crisp and tasty. They are not overly seasoned where you can't taste the food. Gregory's also serves Fried and grilled Shrimp. The sides are just as good as the Fish. Fresh Down Home Vegatables are served 'Piping Hot', and well seasoned at your table. As far as the Owner, Mr. David Darby is the best host hands down. He likes to check on you personally to make sure you have what you need. Don't miss Sunday Lunch Buffet, too good to pass up for the Buk.