Mississippi Blues Highway Feast

192 MILES | 3 hr 49 min | by Michael Stern
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The magic of Highway 61 from Graceland down deep into the Mississippi Delta, through cotton fields and past speck-on-the-map small towns, is all about the blues. You might be singing them if you walk away from the casinos of Tunica with empty pockets, and you can hear them sung by the masters in juke joints all along the way. Our eating tour starts with fine Memphis-style barbecue on the way out of town and concludes with one of the best steak dinners anywhere.

1

Interstate Bar-B-Q

Interstate is one of Memphis' top BBQs, serving ribs, shoulder meat, sausages, and bologna with all the proper fixins, including addictive bar-b-q spaghetti.

2

Blue & White Restaurant

If you are looking for quality Southern food at reasonable prices along old Route 61 near Tunica, Mississippi, Blue & White is treasure.

3

Ramon’s

Far off the beaten path in Clarksdale, Mississippi, Ramon's is a colorful restaurant serving fine fried shrimp and sensationally luxurious chicken livers.

4

Ground Zero Blues Club

Ground Zero is a colorful restaurant / blues club named to signify the blues-lore belief that Clarksdale, Mississippi, is where the blues began.

5

Hicks’

Hicks' tamales pack a hard pepper kick. The Clarksdale landmark also has a full menu of ribs, rib tips, and chopped pork shoulder cooked over hickory.

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6

Abe’s

At the famous Clarksdale crossroads of Highways 61 & 49 in Mississippi blues country, Abe’s serves thin-sliced, crisp-edged barbecued pork and hot tamales.

7

White Front Café

Tamales are at their best at the White Front Cafe, a Mississippi Delta destination where they're the only thing on the menu.

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8

Rhoda’s Famous Tamales

Blue-ribbon beef & chicken tamales emanate irresistibly appetizing aroma. No wonder Rhoda's is the pride of Lake Village.

9

Doe’s Eat Place

Doe's is a funky backroom restaurant in the Mississippi Delta that serves four-star steaks accompanied by skillet-cooked French fries and/or hot tamales.