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

Tamales wrapped in corn husks

Hot Tamales

Finely chopped pork and cole slaw piled in a bun

Barbecue Sandwich

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

Biscuits & Gravy

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

Clarksdale’s Best Restaurants

Ground Zero Blues Club - Hot Tamales
Ground Zero Blues Club






Rest Haven


Double decker BBQ sandwich includes cole slaw and sauce ... blues crossroads BBQ
Abe’s | Blues Crossroads BBQ | Clarksdale, MS


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