Blue & White Restaurant

Diner | Meat-and-Three
One of the best

Once a blip on the blues highway, Tunica has become a gambler’s destination for all its casinos. It offers plenty of cheap buffets, fast food, and franchises. But out on Highway 61, the old Blue & White Restaurant is operating pretty much the same way it’s been doing things since opening day in 1937. The gas pumps out front are gone, so it is now only a restaurant, not a full-service travelers’ stop; but if you are looking for good, Southern food at reasonable prices in a definitively non-casino atmosphere, this is the place to go.

We first visited on the cusp of breakfast and lunch hour. “You have ten more minutes to order breakfast,” our waitress warned. “Then the lunch buffet will open.” For breakfast we had a classic country ham plate, the vigorous, well-aged slab of pig accompanied by eggs, biscuits, chunky sausage cream gravy, coffee-flavored red-eye gravy, and a bowl of stout, buttery grits. What a great morning meal!

When the buffet opened up, we helped ourselves to chicken and dumplings, which was superb: powerfully chickeny, loaded with meat, and laced with free-form mouthfuls of tender flavor-infused dough. On the side, we spooned up black-eyed peas, creamed corn, escalloped potatoes and some of the most amazing turnip greens we’ve every eaten. These greens were oily, salty, luscious, and rich, almost more like the pork that was used to flavor them than the green vegetable they appear to be. On the side of this good meal came a sweet-dough yeast muffin and a crisp corn stick: both oven-hot and delicious.

What to Eat
Blue & White Restaurant, chicken & dumplings
chicken & dumplings
In the foreground is chicken and dumplings. Behind it are turnip greens, creamed corn, and great northern beans.
Blue & White Restaurant, country ham
country ham
Here is a Southern breakfast! Ham is the star; the constellation of things around it includes biscuits, sausage gravy, grits (glorious grits!), an egg at the back of the plate and a bowl of red-eye gravy in the rear.
Blue & White Restaurant, Catfish Creole
Catfish Creole
The pink creole sauce used to cover the catfish includes bacon, shrimp, and smoked sausage. You can get your catfish grilled, blackened, or like here, fried. The sides of fried green tomatoes and greens were also excellent!
Directions and Hours
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
9 stops | 192 MILES | 3 hr 49 min

The magic of Highway 61 from Graceland down deep into the Mississippi Delta, through cotton fields and past speck-on-the-map small towns, is all about the blues. You might be singing them if you walk away from the casinos of Tunica with empty pockets, and you can hear them sung by the masters in juke joints…

Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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