Ramon’s

Italian | Other | 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.

Dishes to try
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
Driving Tours
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 and Policies
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
No
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
No
Reservations Accepted
No
Delivery Available
No
Takeout Counter
No