Thorny Oyster claims to be a celebration of local ingredients and creative dishes made to excite the senses. Maybe I’m not mature enough to say that name three times fast, or maybe that’s what they wanted me to think. Either way, Thorny Oyster is a new southern seafood restaurant located inside the Pearl Hotel.
We followed Lauren Joffrion, Chef de Cuisine, to Thorny Oyster because we love her cooking that much. Apparently, we’re not alone since she was the recipient of this year’s Country Roads Magazine Small Town Chef Award! Alex Perry, the Executive Chef of Vestige in Ocean Springs, says, “Lauren is one of a handful of young chefs in Coastal Mississippi who is striving to change the way people perceive a traditional Southern dish.” Her recipes defy the ordinary and challenge the boundaries of traditional culinary offerings.
Since we were on the Gulf, we had to have the Bouillabaisse filled with fresh seafood. However, it was Lauren’s Campfire dessert that thrilled and delighted us. Imagine an oversized s’more with homemade graham crackers, chocolate ganache, toasted meringue, and vanilla bean ice cream. Now double how delicious that sounds and pair it with an over-the-top presentation. That’s classic Chef Joffrion for you!