The restaurant derives it’s name from Mississippi State University’s first mascot, named Ptolemy —after Claudius Ptolemy, an influential Greek astronomer and geographer.
The dog’s owner was a mathematician.
Friends and family had the opportunity to vote on the name of the restaurant. It became a contest and the “Top Five” suggestions were voted on by the masses. Everyone loved the rich history of the name Ptolemy, and with a passion for MSU and Bulldog fans, the new restaurant concept became the ultimate spot for Bulldogs fans to relax, eat great food and meet before or after a game in Starkville or watch an away game with a favorite gourmet beer.
In business a little over a year, Ptolemy’s Taproom, offers the Bulldog fan a restaurant steeped in a love of all things Bulldogs in an elegant “Cotton District” atmosphere.
Ptolemy’s offers great food and the largest selection of beer in the Golden Triangle, according to restaurant owner Seth Adams. Ptolemy’s features 24 beers “on tap” as well as about 40 domestic and gourmet beers from around the world. Adams said they offer the domestics and premium domestics, but Ptolemy’s also has speciality selections from Belgium, Britian, the Czech Republic, Germany, Holland, Jamaica, Ireland, Italy, Mexico and Scotland.
“We didn’t want to just serve typical bar food,” Adams said. “We wanted to serve sandwiches, and since my brother and I love to grill, we fix paninis, wraps — anything we can put on a grill.”
One of the most popular items on the menu is the Ptolemy BarkBQ panini for $5.99 which features pulled pork on white bread with regular or spicy BBQ sauce.
Another wildly popular menu item is the Cuban Wrap for $7.99 that features pulled pork, ham, swiss cheese, banana pepper relish and chipotle mustard.
And everyone loves the BBQ Nachos for $7.99 which features pulled pork, smoked cheddar and BBQ sauce.
Another popular menu feature is the “build your own” panini where “anything goes.”
To have the Ptolemy’s experience and meet other “rabid” Bulldog sports fans, check them out in the “purple building” in the Cotton District at 700 University Drive. For a wrap or panini to go, give them a call at 615-3881.