If you enjoy modern mexican, try Caliente Grill on Hardy St. They make everything from scratch and use local produce. Real nice people. Caliente on Facebook
Also, there is a new greek place called Old Athens Grill on hwy 49 across from the football stadium. Also opened by USM alums, one is the former owner of Mugshots and Bottling Company. Old Athens on Facebook
Other non chain places I'd consider are The End Zone, Po Boy Express (both on 4th street), Leatha's, Jutamas Thai restaurant on timothy lane, keg and barrel etc
there are many more, really depends on what you're looking for. i lived there for 5 years. im from new orleans, so this is a "new orleans" palette giving advice for hattiesburg cuisine.
This post was edited on 8/20 at 1:42 pm