At the back of an ordinary-looking Marathon gas station are some of the best po boys along the Gulf Coast, served “dressed and pressed” (all the way and toasted) on freshly-baked bread. Top choices: the country roast beef po boy and the spicy boom oyster po boy.
A classic small-town southern cafe with such entrees as fried chicken and ham and a full repertoire of Dixie vegetables that includes fried okra, boiled cabbage, pinto beans, creamed potatoes, and fried potatoes. There's cornbread on the side and sweet tea to drink -- all for well under $10.
A Roadfood gem, featuring glorious okra gumbo, fried shrimp and oysters, and terrific French fries on the side. You'll also get plenty of comeback dressing, for dipping fries as well as adorning salad.
Brought back from Greenwood's past, Giardina's is a colorful Mississippi Delta restaurant specializing in great steaks, broiled pompano, and meals that reflect the Italian heritage of many of Greenwood's population.
As good as the meat is, the sides are even better. The coleslaw is fresh and crisp, with a solid mustard taste. The spectacular potato salad uses large chunks of skin-on potatoes and is even more mustardy.
In this less-than-handsome restaurant far off the beaten path, a full order of fried butterflied shrimp is a dozen, each the size of a moon pie. What a feast! The fried chicken livers are sensational: unspeakably rich, luxuriously crunchy, and filling beyond all measure.
Crystal Cafe is a lunch-and-supper spot, and a favorite among folks from every walk of life. Crystal Grill pies may be 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 includes Dixie vegetables and excellent hot tamales.
Rich and with a hard kick of pepper spices, each Hicks tamale is hand-shucked; and they are available by threes, sixes, or twelves. A plate of three is served with chili and cheese and baked beans and Italian-seasoned coleslaw. There is a whole menu of ribs, rib tips, and chopped pork shoulder cooked over flaming hickory logs.
The Old Country Store serves a classic Southern buffet for very little money. Deep-fried chicken is juicy and deep-down flavorful. There are ribs that taste like pure essence of pig, greens sopped in their pot likker, dirty rice, candied yams, and cornbread.