Restaurants in Clarksdale, MS

It is said that Clarksdale is where the blues began; it certainly has been home to an inordinate number of blues masters, including W.C. Handy, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Ike Turner, and John Lee Hooker. One of the town’s main culinary attractions, a BBQ parlor named Abe’s, is located right at the crossroads where music mythology says Robert Johnson traded his soul to the devil in exchange for mastery of the guitar. Clarksdale also is home of the Ground Zero Blues Club, featuring such regional favorites as Delta catfish, southern-fried chicken, hot tamales, and fried green tomatoes. Curiously, a big ethnic influence on Clarksdale cooking is Lebanese, which can be tasted at Rest Haven, a mom & pop country cafe where the normal menu is amended by the likes of kibbie omelets, stuffed cabbage rolls, grape leaves, and hummus.

Clarksdale’s Most Famous Dishes

Six thick half-slices of bread, dipped in egg batter and fried, are arrayed on a plate under fruit jam, with a pitcher of syrup on the side.

French Toast

Biscuit is topped with sausage as well as fried chicken and pimento cheese

Biscuits & Gravy

Huge ham & cheese omelet on a plate sided by a a pork chop, which looks small in comparison


Two tamales, wrapped in corn husks, bask in the sun


Clarksdale’s Best Restaurants

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