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The restaurant derives itâ€™s name from Mississippi State Universityâ€™s first mascot, named Ptolemy â€”after Claudius Ptolemy, an influential Greek astronomer and geographer.
The dogâ€™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 â€śTop Fiveâ€ť 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, Ptolemyâ€™s Taproom, offers the Bulldog fan a restaurant steeped in a love of all things Bulldogs in an elegant â€śCotton Districtâ€ť atmosphere.
Ptolemyâ€™s offers great food and the largest selection of beer in the Golden Triangle, according to restaurant owner Seth Adams. Ptolemyâ€™s features 24 beers â€śon tapâ€ť as well as about 40 domestic and gourmet beers from around the world. Adams said they offer the domestics and premium domestics, but Ptolemyâ€™s also has speciality selections from Belgium, Britian, the Czech Republic, Germany, Holland, Jamaica, Ireland, Italy, Mexico and Scotland.
â€śWe didnâ€™t want to just serve typical bar food,â€ť Adams said. â€śWe wanted to serve sandwiches, and since my brother and I love to grill, we fix paninis, wraps â€” anything we can put on a grill.â€ť
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 â€śbuild your ownâ€ť panini where â€śanything goes.â€ť
To have the Ptolemyâ€™s experience and meet other â€śrabidâ€ť Bulldog sports fans, check them out in the â€śpurple buildingâ€ť in the Cotton District at 700 University Drive. For a wrap or panini to go, give them a call at 615-3881.