The scene: When going out for seafood, dining on the water, especially on a coast famed for its fishing, is always a good bet. If you want to put the odds of having a great meal with the best-quality fish even more squarely in your favor, it’s best to go straight to the source, and Rosetti’s Old Biloxi Café hits all these high notes in Mississippi. It is a very casual eatery located within the large retail and distribution headquarters of Quality Poultry & Seafood, one of the best distributors on a coast known for the quality of its catches straight from the Gulf of Mexico. Since 1951, the company has been supplying many of the best restaurants, and large casino hotels more recently, along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. At lunchtime only (Monday through Friday, 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.), Rosetti’s serves up its own renditions of local favorites to a crowd of die-hard regulars and in-the-know travelers. Many patrons grab lunch here while also shopping for the seafood they plan to cook for dinner at home.
Rosetti’s is tacked on the end of the warehouse space, separated only by a half-height wall and some fishing net decor from the long retail fish counters in the main building, and features indoor and outdoor seating, mounted deer heads on the walls, and tables inlaid with whimsical depictions of local sea creatures. You order at the counter and get your food no frills-style in plastic boats lined with red and white checkered paper. The current location opened 12 years ago, when Quality built a new bigger warehouse, but the old one also had a restaurant, so the “new” operation continues a rich heritage.