Starkville Restaurant Challenge: Cappe’s Versus Harvey’s


In our first matchup of The Great Starkville Restaurant Challenge, we have one steakhouse pitted against one of the classic restaurants of Starkville. It’s Cappe’s Steakhouse versus Harvey’s. The winner will move on to the second round.

Cappe’s Steakhouse

So what is Cappe’s? Here is how they describe themselves on their website.

"Cappe’s Steakhouse was est. in 1993 by Sue Thompson. Cappe’s was located at 604 South Jackson St. in Starkville; Ms. Sue Thompson named the restaurant after her daughter, Cappe. Sue continued the tradition of cooking steaks over an open flame of charcoal, like her late husband Cy Thompson. The setting was a 3-bedroom house renovated into a little steakhouse.In 2001, Sue moved locations to 105 Eckford Dr. where it stands today. Then in 2002 she turned the restaurant over to her daughter and son-n-law so she could purchase Old Hickory in Columbus, which was originally started in 1960. By Cy Thompson (cappe’s dad).Though Cappe’s has turned into a great spot to dine for lunch it still serves some of the best steaks in the south. Along with lunch and dinner Cappe’s Steakhouse is now catering. Catering options are unlimited ranging from parties of 10-1000 serving foods like: Steaks, Chicken, Shrimp, Fried Fish, and much more. Please contact us at 662-324-1987 for all you Catering needs."

Cappe’s is a relative newcomer, but their customers are passionate about their food. It’s a tough matchup with a restaurant that is an icon in Starkville.


If you don’t know anything about Harvey’s, I have to question if have ever been to Starkville. But just in case, here is how they describe themselves on their website.

"Since our beginnings, the experienced management team behind Harveys, the Central Station Grill, the Jackson Square Grill, Fairpark Grill, and Sweet Peppers Deli has built a proven track record of successful restaurant development. As in any successful business, the experiences of the past fuel our plans for the future.1982Myrrl Bean and her son, John opened their first restaurant with family friend and partner, Harvey Seifert. They called the restaurant Harveys in his honor. It was located inside the University Inn in Starkville, MS. The restaurant was small (seating only 75), but it had a bar seating 150 and a banquet facility for about 200. With live entertainment six nights a week in the bar, Harveys was a popular night spot.1984Robin Fant purchased Bulldog Deli from its original owners, Lanier Hurdle and James Haycroft. The restaurant started as just a small sandwich shop in the University Square Shopping Center with only 8 tables.The Beans opened a second Harveys restaurant in an old tannery building in Columbus, MS. Because the night club business tends to be sporadic, they decided to put all their energy into the food and casual atmosphere. The Starkville restaurant moved to its present location on Highway 12 across from the Holiday Inn, in what had been a drug store."

So tell us which one you think should move on. Vote in the poll and come back to find out who the winner is. Remember, this is about who has the best food, so focus on the food.