Review: OB Pizza Co.

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The recently opened OB Pizza Co., located in the same building as the Mississippi Ale House, is perhaps some of the best pizza in the area.

From the mind of Chef Jonathan Mah, creator of Side Street Burgers, OB Pizza Co. is a delicious pizzeria which features traditional and imaginative creations.

But even the traditional pizzas have Chef Mah’s signature all over them.

The pizzas are topped with his signature pizza sauce, which combines San Marzano tomatoes, fresh garlic and oregano, plus Bacio mozzarella cheese.

Your pizza can be made three different ways: thin crust (6 slices), original crust (8 slices) or cauliflower crust (6 slices).

You also have options for getting your pizza. You can call in an order and pick it up, eat in the restaurant or through local delivery service Bite Squad and have it brought straight to your door.

My wife and I ordered The Hungry Man with original crust. It came out in just a few minutes time. We waited in the Mississippi Ale House and ordered a coffee stout beer and a cider while we waited. It was lunchtime on a Saturday, so college football was playing on the screens on both sides of the bar.

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Our pizza, which came topped with spicy Atlanta Italian sausage, pepperoni, bacon and Bacio mozzarella cheese, smelled just as good as it looked. It came out piping hot and fresh.

Each slice was juicy, cheesy and salty. The salt from the various meats on this particular pizza paired very nicely with the spicy Italian Atlanta sausage and Chef Mah’s signature sauce.

I’m looking forward to a return visit where I’ll likely try a pizza with the cauliflower crust and order some of Chef Mah’s Kung Fu chicken wings.

The wings are prepared in hot chili oil, buffalo wing sauce and topped with red onions and parsley.

The food, paired with some nice cold beer from the taps of Mississippi make for a great lunch, dinner or game day.

Check the restaurant’s Facebook page for new menu items, limited run menu items and other special announcements.

Review: 9 out of 10

Operating Hours
Wednesday & Thursday: 4-9 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

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OB Pizza Co. menu (photo via OB Pizza Co. Facebook page)

 

Halloween Safety Tips with Olive Branch Police Captain Kevin McKenzie

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Kids around the country look forward to every October 31st– a night in which they get to load up on candy and dress up as their favorite figures. Halloween is meant to give you some frights and scares, but never be dangerous.

While true, one of North Mississippi’s hallmarks is safety– our four most populous cities all appear in SafeWise’s Top 10 List of Mississippi’s Safest Cities of 2018— you can’t be too prepared or safe.

I spoke with Kevin McKenzie, captain of the Olive Branch Police Department’s Community Relations Division, about staying safe this Halloween season. 

One of the most important things, McKenzie said, is parents should know where their kids are at at all times.

Children should not be trick or treating alone at a young age,” McKenzie said. “I would say 6th grade and under, parent’s should accompany them. Older teenagers should be in groups or not be alone,” he added. “Older kids– if their parents are giving permission as far as them going with other kids their same age– parents need to check on them and give them a certain time of when to be back. If they are not back, they need to be able to contact them. Keep a good curfew on them.” McKenzie added.

When it comes to picking out a costume, parents need to ensure their children have good mobility, are visible and have good visibility.

“With little kids… [parents] want to make sure their costumes do not cause a problem with their mobility, as far as being able to walk safely. Nothing should obstruct their vision,” he said. “It’s good if the kids have some kind of reflecting or some kind of reflecting or flashing light to help keep them visible,” McKenzie said.

Some additional tips from McKenzie:

  1. Children and parents should have a flashlight that has intermittent flashes
  2. Avoid neighborhoods that don’t have adequate street lighting
  3. Avoid unwrapped candy and be cautious of homemade baked goods
  4. Households not wanting to participate in Halloween, should keep their porch lights off
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“Back when I was a kid,” McKenzie said, “Our parents were told to be careful of the candy that [kids] are getting, which is true,” he said. “Parent’s don’t need to let their guard down on that.”

McKenzie said parents need to visually inspect the candy to make sure no wrappers have been open. Do not let your children consume candy where the wrapper has been opened or tampered with.

“Not to rain down on people’s ability to make homemade baked goods, but they need to be careful of homemade goods as well,” McKenzie said. 

Your best bet, McKenzie said, is to attend trunk or treat events around the community. Kids are typically in a controlled environment going from car to car and in a well lit area. [Editor’s note: see this post about The Top 15 Halloween Events in North Mississippi]

For those sticking with neighborhood trick or treating, stay alert. McKenzie said common calls the Olive Branch Police Department gets on Halloween night are: kids damaging people’s decorations, kids bullying other kids and kids being out later than they should.

If you see something like this happening on Halloween night, McKenzie says to call the non-emergency phone number. In Olive Branch, the number is (662) 895-4111. Check your local police department’s website to find the non-emergency phone number.

In Olive Branch, McKenzie said they have a full patrol shift that will be working and doing routine patrol in neighborhoods that typically have a high turnout for trick or treating. Many other departments will be doing the same.

If going door-to-door is not a good option for you, there are plenty of community events happening in North Mississippi. You can check out my recommendation of the Top 15 Halloween Events in North Mississippi.

Top 15 Halloween Events in North Mississippi

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There are some great Halloween events going on over the course of the next week in North Mississippi.

Whether you’re looking for a fun ‘trunk or treat’ event, a place to watch Hocus Pocus or participate in a charity event, there’s something for everyone this Halloween season.

The list is highlighted by one of the community’s most anticipated events, Southaven’s Trunk or Treat in the Park, which drew hundreds of participant in its first year will feature food for sale from places like Chik-fil-a and the Kona Ice truck.

The Spooktacular 2018 @TCALF Church event is headlined by a Nintendo Switch giveaway.

Northwest Mississippi Community College and the University of Mississippi at the DeSoto Center are hosting its first annual event, featuring a showing of Hocus Pocus, the cult-classic 90’s Disney movie featuring Bette Middler.

And if you’re looking to spread some cheer this spooky season, stop by the Superhero Trick or Treat for Charity event, with all proceeds going towards building a new animal shelter for the City of Hernando. Bonus: free photos with Marvel and DC superheroes.

Plus, tons of city and church-hosted ‘trunk or treat’ events to get your kids their candy fix.

Note: The only order this list is presented in is chronological order. It is not a comprehensive list of all events, but a selection of 

Olive Branch Family YMCA Trick or Treat 

Oct. 25th; 5-6:30 p.m.

“You’re invited to join the Olive Branch Family YMCA for an evening of excitement at our Trunk or Treat. This free event is open to all ages and will offer many exciting activities including candy, games, and lots of fun!”

8555 Goodman Rd. Olive Branch, MS 38654
Phone: (662) 890-9622

Halloween Weekend III

Oct. 26th 3 p.m. – Oct. 27th 1 p.m.

“Boo! Come join us for Halloween! We will have “Hey Hey” Rides, a magical pumpkin patch, costume and site decorating contests, a Haunted House, arts & crafts, and plenty of Halloween-themed games! Try out candy corn witch pitch, Frankenstein bowling, and mummy wrap.”

1400 Audubon Point Dr., Horn Lake, MS 38637
Phone: (662) 280-8282

Superhero Trick or Treat for Charity 2018

Oct. 27th; 12-4 p.m.

“Back by popular demand! We had so much fun last year, we’re doing it again! Save the date Saturday, Oct 27 2018 noon-4pm for our 2nd annual Superhero Trick or Treat for Charity event at the Gale Center! We’ll have a Halloween costume contest for kids 10 and under, a cake walk with cakes & prizes, a silent auction, raffle items, pumpkin painting, slime making with the Ghostbusters, Excel by 5, and Seize the Clay will be setup! We will also have FREE photos with our Superhero team including Spiderman, Batman, Nightwing, and Super Girl , just to name a few!! Admission is FREE but any donation is appreciated. There will be food trucks on site so grab lunch with us and enjoy the entertainment!! All proceeds go to help build a new animal shelter for the City of Hernando. Hope to see you there!”

2601 Elm St., Hernando, MS 38632
Phone: (662) 429-9096

Trick or Treat TangerStyle!

Oct. 27th; 1-3 p.m.

“Calling all ghosts, goblins, princesses and superheroes! Tanger Outlets Southaven is inviting you to a Spooktacular Halloween Celebration! Join us for Trick-or-Treating at Tanger Outlets Southaven from 1 – 3 pm on Saturday, October 27th. Join us at 2 pm at the playground to show off your costume at our costume contest.

Stores and Shopper Services will provide candy to children 12 and under. Masks for children only. Look for display decals on entrance doors of participating stores.”

5205 Airways Blv., Ste. 800
Southaven, MS 38671
Phone: 662-349-1701

Maples Memorial United Methodist Church Trunk or Treat
Oct. 27th; 5-7 p.m.

“Come and trick or treat around the parking lot at Maples Memorial United Methodist church. Free Hotdogs, chili, chips, cookies and water. AND need a pumpkin? Maples has those for sale as well.”

8745 Goodman Rd. Olive Branch, MS 38654
Phone: (662) 895-2279

Church of the Harvest Trunk or Treat
Oct. 27th; 6-8:30 p.m.

“Come out to our Trunk or Treat! Dress up in a costume and bring a bag for your candy!”

14707 Highway 302, Olive Branch, MS 38654
Phone: (662) 890-1573

Spooktacular 2018 @TCALF Church

Oct. 28th  5:30 p.m. / 6:30 p.m.

“SPOOKTACULAR is a FREE family-friendly event that includes an amazing service, high-energy worship, costumes, games, food, and candy for ALL KIDS!

This year, we have TWO experiences to choose from: 5:30PM and 6:30PM

FREE CANDY! FREE FOOD! FREE GAMES!

After a brief service which will include giving away a NINTENDO SWITCH, Trunk-R-Treat begins in our field space, along with plenty of games and food. There will also be photo-ops as well as costume contests for kids & teens/adults. With tons of decorated cars filled to the brim with candy, this is an event your family won’t want to miss. Admission is FREE, along with food and candy as long as it lasts!

Admission is FREE, but you must be present in the auditorium at either 5:30PM or 6:30PM to be registered to win the Nintendo Switch.”

7180 Goodman Rd., Walls, MS 38680
Phone: (662) 781-2151

2+2 Spooktacular

Oct. 30th; 6-8:30 p.m.

“Join Northwest Mississippi Community College and the University of Mississippi at the DeSoto Center (5197 W.E. Ross Parkway) for our first-ever 2+2 Spooktacular! The event is free and open to the community. We’ll have trunk or treat at 6 p.m. and a showing of Hocus Pocus on the lawn at 6:30 p.m.! Bring your chairs and blankets!”

5197 WE Ross Pkwy, Southaven, MS 38671
Phone: (662) 342-4765

Halloween Costume Parade at the BJ Chain Public Library

Oct. 31st; 10:30-11:30 a.m.

“Come and join us for a special Halloween Storytime and costume parade!”

6619 Highway 305 N., Olive Branch, MS 38654
Phone: (662) 895-5900

Trunk or Treat in the Park

Oct. 31st; 5-8 p.m.

“Join us Halloween night for a fun and safe place to trick or treat! We will have moon bounces, trunks to visit, games, the Kona Ice truck, food for sale from Chick-fil-A, and more! Add this event to your calendar!”

6285 Snowden Grove Lane, Southaven, MS 38672
Phone: (662) 890-7275

Graceview Harvest Festival 2018
Oct. 31st; 6-8 p.m.

“The Graceview Harvest Festival 2018! Hayrides! Petting Zoo! Bounce House! Plenty of candy and games for the kids! Always FREE and always very family friendly.”

7660 Swinnea Rd. Southaven, MS 38671
Phone: (662) 349-0133

Trunk or Treat Cornerstone Church

Oct. 31st; 6-8 p.m.

“Cornerstone Church will be hosting our annual Community “Trunk or Treat” on October 31st! This event is always a lot of fun and it’s safe for the whole family! We will have a ton of candy this year in one of our 50 decorated trunks! There will also be prizes, live music, and an outdoor movie screen! Come join us here at Cornerstone Church this fall and get ready to have a blast!”
5998 Elmore Rd. Southaven, MS 38671
Phone: (662) 349-0216

Trunk or Treat at First Baptist Church Olive Branch

Oct. 31st; 6-7:30 p.m.

“Bring your family and come enjoy a time of Trunk-or-Treating as well as a snack. We will have a photo booth available so you can get some great pictures of your family. Invite a friend and join us at FBCOB!”

9155 Highland St., Olive Branch, MS 38654
Phone: (662) 342-4765

Trunk or Treat at Carriage Hills Baptist Church

Oct. 31st; 6:30-8 p.m.

“Carriage Hills Youth and Children’s Ministries will be handing out candy in the south parking lot. Be sure to add us to your list of Trick or Treating stops!”

8352 Farmington Dr. West
Southaven, MS 38671
Phone: (662) 342-1772

Trunk or Treat at Christview Christian Church

Oct. 31st; 6:30-8 p.m.

“Come join us for a night of free Halloween fun! Bouncy castles, face painting, popcorn, games, coffee for the adults, and more!!”

8100 Greenbrook Pkwy., Southaven, MS 38671
Phone: (662) 342-1000

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