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Clarksdale--best places to eat and hear blues?

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My wife and I are planning a trip to Clarksdale for a weekend and wanted to know the best places to eat and hear blues. Am well familar with Delta hot tamales, having grown up eating those at Doe's in Greenville. What are the best in Clarksdale? Any tips appreciated.

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  1. Hey! For tamales here in Clarksdale, the most famous are at Hicks'. Note, sometimes it appears to be closed, but the drive-thru is usually actually open. Personally, my favorite tamales are from a new place called Larry's, just around the corner from Hicks' in an old Quizno's location. Abe's has tamales, but, they are just meh, IMO. Sometimes, Ground Zero blues club has available an appetizer of deep-fried tamale "nuggets" that are AWESOME.

    For live music, it's hard to plan ahead, as things are very often last-minute. Ground Zero, Red's, and Delta Amusement generally have something on. You can easily ask around, at these places plus Cathead, Stone Pony, or the Blues Museum and they should be able to tell you what's up. Or just roam around downtown, it's only about three square blocks, and check out posters.

    Finally, a couple of places that should not be missed, IMO, even if you don't order or buy anything, they welcome browsers - Yazoo Pass, Oxbow, and Miss Del's, all right downtown and walkable.

    Enjoy your visit!

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    1. re: tracytrace

      Thanks, I had some of Abe's tamales years ago and wasn't sure about them now. Very much appreciate the tips, and will give a report after the visit.

        1. re: tracytrace

          Boy, were you spot on. We ate at Hicks Fri. nite. It was closed, but they unlocked the doors and fed 9 of us. I loved the tamales and the chili you put on top. Their tamales had a hint of sweetness which was interesting. Later that night I tried some of Larry's, and I tend to agree with you that they might be a little better than Hick's. The barbecued rib tips at Larry's were much meatier than those at Hick's. Tried some of Abe's tamales the next day and they didn't compare to the other two. But, best of all, were those fried hot tamale nuggets at Ground Zero. Oh my god, they need to outlaw those things--they're not awesome, they're INSANE! Of course, the fried pickles, fried green tomatoes, and fried green beans were good too. I only put on 6 pounds in 5 meals. Thanks again for great tips.

          1. re: jgilfoil

            Oh, yay, I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I had Larry's tamales today for lunch, yum,and was eyeing the rib tips. Now, with your review, will certainly try them soon. It's a funny little town, I hope you all enjoyed your visit!

    2. Larry's Hot Tamales is the best in town, and they are really friendly. Yazoo Pass is "upscale" for the area and pretty good. Stone Pony has pretty good pizzas, and their french dip is the best I've ever tasted.

      You have to go to Red's for music.