Mississippi’s favorite spot for Caribbean flavor, island music

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Godfrey Morgan’s flagship restaurant “Godfrey’s” promises a Caribbean flavor explosion with flamboyant food sculptures that will make you stop and stare because of the life-like features presented utilizing edible foods.

Godfrey’s is a Caribbean food specialty restaurant that is served with island music and signature drinks in the heart of the South at the intersection of Highway 49 and Highway 80 in Flowood, Mississippi.

Executive Chef Godfrey says, “There’s no legacy behind why the restaurant is called Godfrey’s, it’s just my name and I decided that would be the best name for my business.” 

Chef Godfrey is a European trained food purveyor who has worked on cruise ships; casino restaurants in Tunica and Vicksburg; Jackson State University; and Hinds Community College Culinary School. “I’ve combined every food experience (Jamaican/Asian inspired) to develop my own recipes that are featured in my own restaurant. Being a native of Jamaica, I wanted to offer Mississippians a piece of my culture with the ambience of the Caribbean that they don’t have to travel to the islands to experience. 

“Because of the festive music and food heritage that Mississippi has, I felt island world music would be an added benefit for people of the South to experience while enjoying new foods that resemble their own food culture but with a twist.”

Godfrey’s Flagship Restaurant offers Caribbean foods that includes Jerk Chicken, Ox Tails, Pork, Lamb Chops, Sticky Ribs, and all types of Greens, Okras, Carrots, Mushrooms, Spring Rolls, and Lima Beans; and a full bar in an island atmosphere that is unrivaled across neighboring states.

Food sculpture is another unique offering that Godfrey Morgan has perfected, adding food presentations one sees on cruise ships, Las Vegas casinos, and hotels in Europe. Chef Godfrey said, “I loved to draw and carve as a child, which is the basis for an artist that creates physical art. I also spent time in Indonesia with native carvers learning different techniques that are very similar to African carved masks. 

“It was easy for me to recreate food sculptures with everyday foods such as melons, coconuts, flowers, and other tropical fruits that are native to Jamaica and familiar to Mississippi. Therefore, when people see a melon with a face carved onto it, they are intrigued and fascinated, which engages them aesthetically, drawing them into the island mystic that creates food conversations. I find that restaurant goers and foodies not only want to eat new and different foods, they crave a unique food experience. I’m happy we can give them both.”

Godfrey’s also provides live music on weekends. Full and small catering for private/public events and parties is available with reservations required for large groups. The restaurant is open Tuesday-Thursday 11:00 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Sundays. Doors are open Friday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. 

Call Manager Patricia Joiner at 601-398-3172 for reservations and catering. 

Follow Godfrey’s on Facebook and visit www.godfreysflagship.com to see the extensive Jamaican menu and pictures of his opulent food sculptures ($350-$1,500 and up dependent on intricacy) that can be preserved for three days usually. Godfrey Morgan’s “Caribbean Cuisine for All Seasons” cookbook is available on Amazon.

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Mississippi’s favorite spot for Caribbean flavor, island music

By Brinda Fuller Willis
February 26, 2024