Giardina’s

Seafood | Steak
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Wallet alert! Giardina’s (pronounced with a hard G) is significantly more expensive than most Roadfood restaurants; and it is, in its unique way, more formal. Service is polished. Tables are outfitted with thick white cloths and snazzy Viking cutlery. The wine collection – stored in state-of-the-art Viking wine cellars – is impressive. A meal for two, with good wine, easily hits triple digits.

Why do we recommend it here at Roadfood.com? For all its high-class trappings, the dining experience is downhome Delta, meals served in private compartments just like Prohibition days. Much of the kitchen’s repertoire is upscale cotton country fare, including hefty steaks and elegant pompano, hot tamales, and a bevy of dishes that reflect the powerful influence of Italian immigrants on Greenwood’s cuisine. These include garlicky salads, house-made sausages, and a wonderful olive bread made with anchovies and Parmesan cheese.

Giardina’s in fact has humble roots. It opened in 1936 as a fish market. Gradually it became popular among cotton growers, known for those private booths where bootleg booze could be drunk in secrecy. As King Cotton lost its economic hegemony late in the 20th century, Giardina’s fortunes waned along with those of Greenwood, the South’s Cotton Capital, and eventually, it closed its doors. But then the Viking Range Corporation came to town in 1989 and the presence of the stove maker turned everything around. The Mississippi Heritage Trust awards Viking has won for rehabilitation of local properties include the transformation of the historic Irving Hotel from a ratty embarrassment to a stylish boutique hotel called The Alluvian. For us, the Alluvian’s greatest attraction, beyond its feather beds and silken sheets, is the fact that it is the new home of Giardina’s, a Mississippi Delta legend.

What to Eat
Giardina’s, Iceberg Lettuce Salad
Iceberg Lettuce Salad
Must-Try
Iceberg lettuce is the only leaf that would stay crisp and crunchy under this heavy mantle of blue cheese dressing.
Giardina’s, Giardina’s Salad
Giardina’s Salad
Must-Try
In Mississippi's less politically correct days, the item sold as Giardina's salad would have been listed on the menu as wop salad for its Italian flavors.
Giardina’s, Porterhouse Steak
Porterhouse Steak
Must-Try
One of the nicest cuts of meat in the South: a porterhouse at Giardina's. Optional side dishes include potatoes, pasta, and a not-to-be-missed item called Camille's Bread, a rugged length of loaf with a vivid Italian accent.
Giardina’s, Pompano
Pompano
Must-Try
Like Greenwood's other top-notch eccentric eatery, Lusco's, Giardina's features broiled whole pompano on its menu. If you like fresh fish, it's deliriously good.
Giardina’s, Oysters Bienville
Oysters Bienville
Must-Try
Giardina's offers several different oyster options including a fine Oysters Bienville.
Giardina’s, Hot Tamales
Hot Tamales
Throughout the Mississippi Delta, at restaurants high and low, hot tamales are a preferred way to start any meal.
Directions and Hours
closed now
SundayCLOSED
Monday5pm - 10pm
Tuesday5pm - 10pm
Wednesday5pm - 10pm
Thursday5pm - 10pm
Friday5pm - 10pm
Saturday5pm - 10pm
Roadtrips
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…

Information
Price
$$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
No
Website

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