National newspaper lists King’s Tavern as best restaurant in state according to Internet site

Published 12:52 am Wednesday, October 19, 2016


NATCHEZ — A Natchez restaurant made national headlines this week after being named one of  the top 50 restaurants in the country and No. 1 in Mississippi.

In the article, the USA Today said it asked to find the best restaurants in each state and Washington, D.C. The Internet company that publishes crowd-sourced reviews and ratings of local businesses developed an algorithm to analyze user ratings and reviews of restaurant’s, excluding chains.

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King’s Tavern was listed as the best restaurant in the state of Mississippi. The restaurant, known for its flatbreads and craft cocktails, was featured in the travel section of Monday’s edition of the newspaper.

King’s Tavern owners Regina and Doug Charboneau bought the restaurant in 2013 as part of their plan to also open a small-batch rum distillery on the property. The distillery produced its first batch of rum in 2014.

Regina Charboneau said she gives the credit to her son Jean-Luc.

“People love his rum, love his tours and he’s a great host — not just for us, but for Natchez,” Charboneau said.

Other staff members deserve the recognition, as well, Charboneau said.

“Ricky Woolfolk has upped the cocktail game in Natchez like no one else,” Charboneau said. “Dexter Johnson has been leading the kitchen for two years. I’m proud to see how he has grown.”

“The entire staff can take all the credit,” Charboneau said.

Built circa 1789, the tavern building is one of the oldest buildings in the state and maybe be the oldest restaurant building on the USA Today restaurant list.