Crystal Grill

Diner | Meat-and-Three | Pie Shop | Small Town Café
One of the best

At the corner of Lamar Street on Carrollton Avenue, halfway between the plush Alluvian Hotel and the great old restaurant Lusco’s, is a Greenwood cafe that has been around for over a century. Originally a small diner called the Elite catering to C&G Railroad men who’d stop their train on the tracks just across the street for late-night supper, the Crystal Grill used to be open from 4am until midnight. It’s now a lunch-and-supper spot, and a favorite among folks from every walk of life.

We were originally clued into this Roadfood gem by a barber up in Clarksdale who said that Crystal Grill pies were the best in the Delta. Coconut and chocolate pies are lofty meringue monuments, and the lemon ice box pie is an only-in-the-South delight.

The pre-pie menu is an eccentric spectrum of traditional Dixie vegetables, excellent hot tamales, Gulf seafood, and a few kitschy diner delights such as pink velvet frozen salad, which is crushed pineapple, Cool Whip, cherry pie filling, and condensed milk. You also can get a pear salad, which is canned pear halves topped with mayonnaise and grated yellow cheese.

Remodeled and expanded many times over the years, the Crystal Grill today is a cozy maze of small dining rooms that are near enough together that the tone at lunch is noisy and boisterous, like a town birthday party to which everyone is invited.

What to Eat
Crystal Grill, Coconut Pie
Coconut Pie
A close view of the lofty coconut pie. Dessert is included in the price of a Crystal Grill meal.
Crystal Grill, Chocolate Pie
Chocolate Pie
Chocolate pie is topped with featherweight meringue.
Crystal Grill, Lemon Icebox Pie
Lemon Icebox Pie
Cool, sweet-tart lemon icebox pie rests on a Graham cracker crust.
Crystal Grill, Shrimp & Crab Newberg Casserole
Shrimp & Crab Newberg Casserole
Shrimp and Crab Newberg Casserole is cheese-rich and creamy. Behind it is a side dish of yams.
Crystal Grill, Fried Shrimp
Fried Shrimp
Maybe not a well-balanced meal, but a good one: fried shrimp, sweet potatoes, and mashed potatoes.
Crystal Grill, Pear Salad
Pear Salad
The list of side dishes changes with every meal. One lunchtime, we could not resist this fine and funny offering: pear halves, topped with shredded cheese. (Jane asked them to hold the mayo that normally comes atop the pears, too.)
Crystal Grill, Delta Tamales
Delta Tamales
Tamales: a staple in Mississippi Delta restaurants of every stripe. The Crystal Grill's strike a good balance of meatiness and earthy corn flavor.
Crystal Grill, Shrimp Creole
Shrimp Creole
The menu bills this jolly lunch as 'Gulf Shrimp Creole over Hot Fluffy Rice.' It's a gentle-flavored dish, here shown with fried okra and creamed corn in the background.
Crystal Grill, Four Vegetable Plate
Four Vegetable Plate
Four Vegetable Plate: Pinto Beans, Mashed Potatoes, Fried Okra, and Greens
Crystal Grill, Fried Chicken
Fried Chicken
Fried chicken accompanied by greens and mac 'n' cheese with a doot of rice, too
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday11am - 9pm
Tuesday11am - 9pm
Wednesday11am - 9pm
Thursday11am - 9pm
Friday11am - 9pm
Saturday11am - 9pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
8 stops | 179 MILES | 3 hr 45 min

From the street corners of Memphis through the Mississippi Delta, tamales are sold in eateries of every kind. There is no clear explanation for the ubiquity of a Mexican dish in the deep Southeast other than the surmise that workers from Mexico who came to pick cotton inspired African-Americans to give the pork and corn…

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

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