Entries by Nick Ortego


The Art of Crafting the Perfect Cheesecake: What Makes a Great Cheesecake?

Cheesecake lovers, rejoice! There’s nothing like sinking your fork into a creamy, luscious cheesecake. But what separates an ordinary cheesecake from a truly great one? Is it the texture, the flavor, or perhaps the crust? This post will explore the key ingredients and techniques that make a cheesecake exceptional. Let’s dive into the delectable world […]

Mississippi’s best cheesecake now shipping nationwide

Mississippi Made Cheesecake — shipped nationwide to your doorstep Cotton Blues 4lb whole cheesecake is now shipping nationwide straight to your door. The cheesecake, which has been named Mississippi’s best multiple times, separates itself from other cheesecakes with its top-secret recipe. What’s the secret? While Cotton Blues won’t reveal all of their cheesecake secrets they […]

Coming Soon: Cotton Blues Kitchen & Marketplace

Mississippi-Made meals in a safe and comfortable setting Cotton Blues is proud to announce a major renovation that will give patrons several options for quality dining in the Hub City.  Cotton Blues Kitchen & Marketplace is an ambitious project that will offer  An outdoor commons for family picnics  An assortment of fresh produce, artisan cheeses, […]

Family meals you can heat up at home

Comfort food for when you need it | Call 601.450.0510 Hattiesburg, as we all adjust to the new ways of life required to fight COVID-19, we have decided to offer pre-cooked comfort food for you and your family. Beginning Wednesday March 18, we will offer prepped and ready to heat meals that you can purchase […]

More Menu Options | Plates $9-$10 | Family Meals $30-$50 | Call: 601.450.0510

we’ve expanded our temporary menu pick-up and delivery single plate and family meals. Temporary Menus as of 3/24/20 Daily comfort food family meals We’ll also continue to offer our daily Comfort Food Family Meals, which we will announce on our Facebook page the night before they come available. These vary from day-to-day but will always […]

Win free Cotton Blues every day​ for one year!

Like Pancakes? You could win Cotton Blues food for one year! We’re giving 10 people a chance to compete for free Cotton Blues food for a year!  On October 4th we will randomly select 10 entrants for an opportunity to compete in our Pulled Pork & Pancakes eating contest. The person to eat the most of our […]

Pulled Pork & Pancakes the must-try​ dish in South Mississippi

“If it’s not your idea, it’s not original, why do it?” When Cotton Blues, in Hattiesburg Mississippi first opened in 2012, chicken and waffles were a fast-growing food trend for restaurants around the country. Cotton Blues owner, Chris Ortego says they had a few requests for chicken and waffles, but a large chain restaurant opened […]

Why our Strawberry Icebox Pie almost never made the menu

Strawberry Icebox Pie — Lemon Icebox Pie’s Evil Twin The Strawberry Icebox Pie is one of the best selling desserts at Cotton Blues Restaurant in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. It’s light, creamy and bursting with fresh strawberries. But this amazing dessert almost failed to make it out of our test kitchen. It has to be exact, or […]

How Cotton Blues chef became the ambassador of southern cuisine

Dedication and Determination Jordan Creel did not always know he wanted to be a chef. In his early 20s, Creel worked in a few chain restaurants in Hattiesburg, where he says he grew tired of opening up bags of sauce and throwing them in the microwave. Creel wanted more, “If I’m going to do it, […]