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I am taking a solo road trip from Memphis down through the Delta, to Oxford and then to Birmingham and am looking for recommendations suitable for eating alone, particularly a few nicer places. In Oxford, City Grocery and Taylor Grocery are on my list. I need to do some more research on Birmingham, but I have Cafe Dupont, Highands Bar and Grill, Miss Myrtle's, Little Savannah, and Hot Hot and Fish Club on my list. I am open to type of cuisine and price.

Also, I will likely be in the Delta on a Sunday and Monday and it appears that a lot of places are closed, particularly on Sunday so any recommendations would be appreciated. Any chance White Front Cafe will be open? The farthest south I'll likely get is Greenville or so and then I'll head east to Alabama, but my itinerary is somewhat flexible. Thanks much!

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City Grocery
152 Courthouse Sq, Oxford, MS 38655

Cafe Dupont
113 20th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

Taylor Grocery & Restaurant
4-A County Rd 338, Oxford, MS 38655

Little Savannah Restaurant
3811 Clairmont Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35222

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  1. Ms Cookie.........I was born in Rosedale. White Front will be open. Call Barbara at 759 3842 before you go by. She usually opens around 11 AM but might open earlier if you call. Are you going through Oxford before Rosedale. You don't need to go to the Delta and then Oxford. Go south from Memphis on I 55 to Oxford then west to Clarksdale and south to Rosedale on 61. Go by Morgan Freeman's Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale. In Oxford you should spend the night at 512 Van Buren. It's a cool B&B about 2 blocks from the Square. You should have dinner at City Grocery or Waltz. There's a new place I have not tried called Lemura I think but go to CG where John Currence rules who won a JB award last year. Taylor Grocery is fine but you will have a lot more fun at CG or Waltz walking from 512 without the 30 minute drive to Taylor. Eli Manning lives in Oxford and hangs out at both places. I believe I would go south to Greenwood and spend the night at The Alluvian Hotel owned by Viking. You could go to White Front in Rosedale then Doe's in Greenville for an early dinner and drive to Greenwood for the night. Get a massage at the hotel and then head east to Birmingham. Lusco's is the place in Greenwood if you have dinner there. It's two blocks from the Alluvian.

    http://www.the512oxford.com/

    http://www.thealluvian.com/

    Highlands Bar and Grill is the place in Birmingham. Have a nice trip.

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    1. re: Littleman

      In Oxford I really like staying at The Inn at Ole Miss. The rooms are great - the price is right. I have been in a basic room and a two-room suite - both more than met my needs. Also check Taylor Grocery's hours before you make the drive out - the day I went they were closed. The Alluvian Hotel in Greenwood is very nice and I second Littleman's recomendation.

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      Alluvian Hotel
      318 Howard St, Greenwood, MS

      Taylor Grocery & Restaurant
      4-A County Rd 338, Oxford, MS 38655

    2. Hi - when I have more time, I'll try to help you a bit more, but just a few small things now:
      In Birmingham, I think you mean "Miss Myra's" rather than "Miss Myrtle's" if it's a barbecue restaurant you're thinking of. Miss Myra's is fine, but if you want barbecue in Birmingham there are plenty of other great choices - might want to do a Chowhound search on Bham BBQ to see those.

      Cafe Dupont, Highlands, and Little Savannah are good choices.

      As far as Littleman's recommendations, they sound fine, but:
      1.) Oxford: Taylor Grocery (in nearby Taylor, MS) can *not* be beat for catfish or fun. Live music and an experience like none other. Get there early, otherwise you'll be in for a long wait - for good reason - it's a beloved institution.

      2.) The Alluvian is a lovely hotel (I've stayed there on several occasions; even their breakfast upstairs is great) but its spa....um, not so much. A **very** hard sell on the products and the gratuity is automatically added to your bill at checkout, no matter what percentage (higher or lower) you were thinking of. I had a poor experience there; you can look at Tripadvisor to see what others have said.

      3.) No matter what, have supper at Doe's.

      4.) I don't agree with Littleman that Lusco's is two blocks from the Alluvian. It's more like eight or nine blocks, I think. You may very well want to drive there from the hotel; the restaurant also posts a security guard (plainclothes) outside.

      5.) The Alluvian has a restaurant called Giardina's which is fantastic - it has the traditional Delta curtained tables - but in my book Lusco's is better.

      6.) Lusco's is closed on Monday; Giardina's is open.

      7.) While in the Delta, get yourself some tamales! Hick's in Clarksdale is fantastic.

      Have a wonderful time!

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      Cafe Dupont
      113 20th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

      Giardina's Restaurant
      314 Howard Street, Greenwood, MS 38930

      Taylor Grocery & Restaurant
      4-A County Rd 338, Oxford, MS 38655

      Lusco's
      722 Carrollton Ave, Greenwood, MS 38930

      Little Savannah Restaurant
      3811 Clairmont Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35222

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      1. re: deepfriedkudzu

        Kudzu is correct on Lusco's. It is about 8 blocks and you would need to drive. Pull up in front and the security guard will help you in and let you park out front rather than across the street in the lot. You might want to go to Giardinia's in the hotel since it is in the lobby. The food is very much similar but you can carry a bottle in Luscos. You will have to buy at Giardinia's. I like the Alluvian and never had a bad time there. I have not been in the spa but my wife has. She only gets massages so I can't speak for the products. The Crystal Grill is located between the Alluvian and Lusco's on a corner. Great lunch there. Have fun on your trip. Be careful.

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        Lusco's
        722 Carrollton Ave, Greenwood, MS 38930

        Crystal Grill
        423 Carrollton Ave, Greenwood, MS 38930

      2. Thanks for all of the advice. I fell in love with Mississippi and can't wait to go back. I drove down 61 from Memphis and stopped in Clarksdale to go to the Delta Blues Museum and had a fried catfish sandwich for lunch at Ground Zero.

        I then headed to Oxford for a few days. I had an amazing dinner at City Grocery - cold celery crab soup, curried pork belly and chocolate bread pudding w/peanut butter ice cream (seriously one of the best desserts I've ever had). I stayed at Puddin Place B&B (right off of the square and highly recommended) and they had a fantastic breakfast every morning. I was too full from breakfast for lunch my first day, but stopped at Bottletree Bakery for a chocolate croissant and iced coffee in the afternoon. Lovely cafe! I had intended to have dinner at Ajax, but a sewer pipe burst and pretty much everything had to close as the water had to be shut off. I did manage to get a delicious plate of shrimp and grits at Boure before they closed. On Sunday, I went to a Portugese bakery (Lusa's I believe) on Lamar about a mile or two north of the square. They had a really nice selection of pastries. My dinner options were pretty limited so I had pizza at Old Venice, which was good for munching while watching some baseball.

        I then headed back to Clarksdale for tamales and BBQ at Hick's (tamales were outstanding, BBQ was okay) and drove down Route 1 for a while. Sadly, White Front was closed that day. I stopped in Greenville for an early dinner at Doe's. Wow, that was a truly fantastic steak (I had the ribeye)! I got some tamales to go and really didn't care for them. I decided to head to Arkansas rather than Alabama. It was a great vacation, foodwise and otherwise and I greatly appreciate all of your recommendations!

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        City Grocery
        152 Courthouse Sq, Oxford, MS 38655

        Bottletree Bakery
        923 Van Buren Ave, Oxford, MS 38655

        Boure'
        309 N Lamar Blvd, Oxford, MS 38655

        Ground Zero
        2230 University Blvd, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

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        1. re: cookiegirl

          Fantastic! Thanks for the great report. I'm tickled that you liked Hicks and Doe's. That's some good eatin'!

          1. re: cookiegirl

            Great review Cookie Girl. I hate you missed Joe's White Front. I'm happy you got to spend time in one of my favorite cities in Oxford, MS. I hope you got to the Ole Miss campus and Faulkner's home. I love the Square in Oxford. Did you see the pictures of President Clinton in Hick's. Eugene loves to show them off. I wish I had known you were going to AR. I would have told you to stop at Cow Pen, Lake Shore Cafe or Rhoda's in Lake Village for good road food. If you headed back N from Lake Village to Helena, AR you passed some good BBQ joints just W of Helena. Maybe next time.

            Good luck and come back again soon.