Ramon’s

Italian | Seafood
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It takes a diehard Roadfood devotee to drive along Oakhurst Street in Clarksdale, spy Ramon’s, and think, “My, what an excellent-looking place to eat.” It is, to understate the point, a less-than-handsome restaurant far off the beaten path in a residential neighborhood. The savvy tipster who took us there, Roger Stolle, described going to Ramon’s “like eating in a small Florida restaurant from the 1970s … but with serious roof problems.” Roger explained that local lore says Thomas and Barbara Ely, the couple who run it, rent the building for a dollar a month, so there’s no real incentive for them (or the owner) to repair or renovate. Continue reading

It takes a diehard Roadfood devotee to drive along Oakhurst Street in Clarksdale, spy Ramon’s, and think, “My, what an excellent-looking place to eat.” It is, to understate the point, a less-than-handsome restaurant far off the beaten path in a residential neighborhood. The savvy tipster who took us there, Roger Stolle, described going to Ramon’s “like eating in a small Florida restaurant from the 1970s … but with serious roof problems.” Roger explained that local lore says Thomas and Barbara Ely, the couple who run it, rent the building for a dollar a month, so there’s no real incentive for them (or the owner) to repair or renovate. Tables are bare, chairs are mismatched. Still, there is some serious effort to make the dump charming: empty fifths of Jack Daniel’s and 3-liter jugs of Taylor Chablis have been made into decorative lamps all around the two dining rooms.

Roger said his favorite thing to eat was a plate of chicken livers and spaghetti, but he also said that any of the fried things on the menu were great. We got a full order of a dozen fried butterflied shrimp, each of which was the size of a moon pie. What a feast! Ramon’s onion rings are big and luscious; and Roger was right: the fried chicken livers are sensational: unspeakably rich, luxuriously crunchy, and filling beyond all measure.

What to Eat
Ramon’s, Onion Rings
Onion Rings
Must-Try
Big, oily hoops of crisp-fried onion make a good appetizer or side dish for a plate of fried (or non-fried) food.
Ramon’s, Jumbo Shrimp
Jumbo Shrimp
Must-Try
Each shrimp in this immense order is a several-bite proposition.
Ramon’s, Chicken Livers & Spaghetti
Chicken Livers & Spaghetti
Must-Try
The Italian influence is huge in Mississippi Delta cooking; and spaghetti is an excellent foil for the house specialty, fried chicken livers.
Directions and Hours
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
9 stops | 3 hr 49 min total driving
5 stops | 3 hr 56 min total driving
Information
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
No
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
No