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Move to Mississippi - Initial Impressions - Long

I've been here for two weeks now and done a lot of exploring. I was pretty active on the Los Angeles Chowhound board, so I'll try to keep that up here in my new home (Clarksdale.) Some of these impressions will be obvious to those of you who live here, but hopefully they might prove useful to visitors. I've also been having most of these meals alone, so I haven't been able to try as many different things as I'd like. To prevent this from becoming too long, they will be brief.

Mr. Chen's was surprisingly good for Chinese lunch. I had xiao long bao (juicy pork dumplings, soup dumplings, called "small steam bun" on the menu) which were good, though not excellent. About half of them had soup in them - which is good - and half didn't. The wrappers were good and the filling was tasty. I also had pea shoots (dao miu) which were perfectly cooked, fresh and delicious. The Asian market in which the restaurant is found, is also very good, very reasonably priced, and surprising to me in Jackson. mrchens.chinesemenu.com
The Mayflower was excellent, basic Gulf & local seafood, simply and nicely prepared. I had the grouper, one of the two blackboard specials of the night. http://www.mayflowercafems.com/

Lusco's was great for dinner. My friend had the grilled pompano for which they are justifiably famous. I had redfish which was every bit as good and differently cooked. The broiled shrimp were very fresh gulf shrimp, but not all that interesting. The place itself is fantastic and interesting. http://www.roadfood.com/Restaurant/Ov...
Delta Bistro was a great, light lunch. Blackeye pea cakes are sort of a Southern falafel and were superb with Comeback dressing. The fried chicken sliders were simple - they could have maybe used a little cole slaw or something - but also very good. http://deltabistro.com/

Doe's Eat Place - what can I possibly say that hasn't been said. This is my very favorite steak house on the planet for the quality of the steak and its cooking as well as the atmosphere. (At least the Greenville location. I'm not as crazy about the Little Rock branch.) The fries are perfect. The broiled shrimp are also superb. The salad, overdressed and icebergian, somehow is perfect. There's beer, but if you want wine, bring your own. http://www.doeseatplace.com/

McCarty's is a famous pottery studio - some of its work is in museum collections around the world, including Japan where pottery is taken very very seriously. They also have lunch in their gallery, served on their pottery. It is a beautiful, elegant place with a nice outdoor dining area as well as the indoor restaurant. White table cloths, great service, limited menu but made from locally sourced ingredients. The day I was there, there was an excellent vegetable soup, then a plate with chicken salad, stewed Merigold tomatoes and a cold green bean salad. It was all delicious. http://www.mccartyspottery.com/galler...

Yazoo Pass has really upped the food game in Clarksdale. Great, fresh soups, sandwiches and salad bar, as well as excellent dinner entrees. I had some of the best fish tacos I have ever had anywhere there - grilled redfish. I've had great gazpacho and one of the better pozoles I have had anywhere. There was a simple grilled tuna salad that was superb. Very garlicky seafood angelhair pasta is very tasty. They have very good espresso and other coffee drinks. Beer only, so bring your own wine if you want it with dinner. I only wish the bakery made enough bread to sell loaves. http://yazoopass.com/
Stone Pony is a long time downtown staple. It's good, some of its items verge on being great - Boston Pops (?) which are delicious marinated, bbq porkloinsicles. It's dependable and has a full drinks license and is open when a lot of other places around town aren't. http://www.stoneponypizza.com/
Atzimba Mexican Restaurant is better than I would have expected in Clarksdale. Huevos rancheros are pretty good - though unless you want your eggs cooked hard, ask for them runny. They have a very good spicy hot sauce that you have to ask special for. The sauce they bring you is tasty, but doesn't have much heat to it. Mixing the two works pretty well. The chile verde is good. The tortillas are all thick, not very fresh, flour tortillas - which is, I think, a shortcoming. (Good corn tortillas are not easy to come by around here.) 706 S State St,
Abe's BBQ is Clarksdale's famous bbq place at the crossroads (of Highways 61 and 49.) Nice scene, nice people, the sauce is good. For my money the thing to order is the pulled pork sandwich. I get the excellent cole slaw - very tangy, no mayo, just the way I like cole slaw - on the side. http://www.abesbbq.com/

I don't know what got into me but I was craving Chinese food. Looking on my phone I found the Big Bowl Asian Bistro that seems to get good reviews. Well, it isn't repulsive, but I sure won't be going there again. Nothing had much flavor, it was all overcooked and glutinous. It also makes the mistake that a lot of Asian restaurants make in places where there aren't a lot of them - it tries to do too much. It tries to be too many types of Asian restaurant to too many people and fails to do a particularly good job. I am looking forward to going back to Oxford and trying more local cuisine - City Grocery, for instance.

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  1. Two weeks and no tamales? The horror, the shame.

    Stop by any shack with a sign. Or Google Tamale Trail for the ones on the map.

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      I've had tamales a lot in the Delta before. I plan to have more. Just before leaving Los Angeles a good friend - who makes my very favorite tamales on the planet (though much more in the style of central Mexico than the Delta) made me a lot of them, a whole lot of them. I'm sort of tamale'd out for a little while more. Then, Larry's here in Clarksdale is number one on my list of local places to try. So, not to worry, tamale-eating it will be.

      1. re: estone888

        Sorry, thought you were new to the area. Those tamales were the reason for a 400 mile detour one trip. Doe's, Abes, and a couple of catfish dinners were icing on the cake.

        1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

          I am new to living in the area, but I've been here numerous times on scouting expeditions before taking the plunge.

    2. Welcome to town! I hope you're settling in well. Yazoo Pass and Stone Pony are big favorites in my house. In the fall/winter, YP does a creamy zucchini soup that is my 2nd favorite soup of all time. If you haven't been to Oxbow, I do suggest you drop in. Good things happening there. And the Dutch Oven, as well, for baked goods as well as lunch. And Ramon's for deep-fried everything.

      I really can't in good conscience recommend any Chinese food around here. And I feel bad about it, because the families that run the 2 main places in C'Dale are so nice.

      In Oxford, besides City Grocery, I heartily recommend Ajax Diner, Big Bad Breakfast, Snack Bar, Boure, well, there are lots of good places there.

      Try to stay cool!

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      1. re: tracytrace

        Thanks, I'll be hitting all those spots before long. Until I find my own place I'm staying relatively near Ramon's, just haven't quite got there yet, will do so soon. I've been struggling to settle in with healthier eating habits at first, figuring to work up the habit of fried food, etc. slowly. I know myself - if I succumb too fast I'll be contributing too many pounds to the state statistics before long. I do figure that for Chinese I'll have to visit Jackson, or maybe Memphis, or mostly just cook for myself - same with Thai, Indonesian, etc. It seems that between the local Kroger and the occasional trip up to Winchester Farmers Mkt. ingredients aren't going to be a problem. (I did look for the International Grocery in Oxford the other day, but either it has closed or I couldn't find it.)

        1. re: estone888

          Yeah, I think the International Grocery has closed. Shame. Memphis is the way to go. Oh I did just pick up a chunk of really good manchego at Miss Del's, across from the library. They have some surprising things in there from time to time.

      2. Where in Miss are you (generally)?? How close to Oxford??

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        1. re: kariin

          In Clarksdale, but coming from Los Angeles I tend to drive around a lot.

        2. Gotta say, Yazoo Pass in Clarksdale continues to impress me. Since this initial post I've had a couple more dinners there. One night it was their mahi mahi special and it was as good and interesting and fresh as anything I've ever had back in Los Angeles. The salad bar was its usual excellent self as well. Last night I had the penne with grilled chicken and a variety of stuff in the pasta sauce and it was also spot on - everything cooked perfectly, served hot and all the ingredients complemented each other as well as one would hope for. It was a bit heavier - with fontina cheese - than I normally eat at Yazoo Pass, but I have no complaints.

          Otherwise, I was looking for somewhere that was open on Sunday for lunch and ended up driving to Tunica to the Blue & White. Had the buffet for $11. The fried chicken was excellent and they don't put out too much at a time, so it was nice and hot. I went on a vegetable binge and had green beans, greens, brussel sprouts and blackeye peas and everything was tasty, fresh, a little overcooked but you expect that sort of thing in a place like the Blue & White, and porky.

          While driving around I noticed a Mediterranean restaurant called Watson's Green Olive, or something like that. Anyone been? Any comments? I'm figuring I'll go back and give it a try.

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          1. re: estone888

            I've not heard about Watson's Green Olive, but will certainly look/listen for it! I love the Blue & White. When I was a tiny child, we lived in Lula and my dad worked in Tunica, and my mom and I would often meet him there for lunch. In the cooler seasons, their potato soup is divine. I had lunch at Yazoo Pass today! Grilled pimento cheese and tomato sandwich. So good.

            1. re: tracytrace

              They do have an excellent grilled pimento cheese and tomato sandwich. I just had chicken salad at Oxbow for lunch. It was okay, nothing to write home about. One of these days we're bound to run into each other - if we haven't already. We'll have to have some secret signal so we recognize each other.

              1. re: tracytrace

                Oh, the Green Olive is on the northeast corner of Prichard Rd. at the north end of town along Hwy 61. It's in the H.R. Watson & Sons Bldg. I saw something online about it, which is the only reason I'm even calling it Mediterranean, but I can't recall where I saw it.

                1. re: estone888

                  Oh, Watson's Cash Store! I used to teach at Rosa Fort High School right next to that place. I imagine we will run into one another. Maybe, if one of us suspects, we could "cough-cough-chowhound?" Lol.
                  I've never had Oxbow's chicken salad, but their tuna tacos are the best I've ever had. And, csb, I was in there getting some a while back and Andrew Zimmern was there, too. He got himself some, and later tweeted that they were the best he'd ever had as well!
                  It's so hot here right now, We are hardly getting out at all. I bought a plastic chair to put in our pool. My kid splashes and plays for hours on end, and I sit there with my iPad in a ziploc bag, trying to stay a little bit cool.

            2. Rather than starting a new thread every time I have a meal, I am just going to add to this one. Undoubtedly the onslaught of meals in restaurants will cease as soon as I have my own place and can actually start to cook at home again. At that point, trips to Winchester Farmers Market will become regular features of my life here.

              Meanwhile: yesterday, here in Clarksdale, I had lunch at Guadalajara - the new Mexican restaurant in the shopping center that has Sears and a tire store in it on State St. across from Kroger. It's gigantic. They really should hire a large mariachi band and open up a dance floor. It was about on par with Atzimba - good under the circumstances - the circumstances being that it's opened in a place without a huge, demanding of great authentic, even regional Mexican food population. I asked if they had a salsa that was "mas picante," and they did and it was very good. The enchiladas verde that I had were good and not at all too glopped up with cheese. It does have an enormous menu so I'll be going back to try different things.

              Then tonight I was out and about taking pictures in the evening light and found myself near Marks, knowing that it wasn't really all that far to Como, where I have been told there is a good steakhouse - the Como Steakhouse. It was pandemonium in there, jam packed. Somehow I squeezed onto a stool at the bar and managed to order dinner. The salad was simple and fine, the baked potato was perfectly cooked though they were out of sour cream and it was rather drenched in butter. The 14 oz ribeye was cooked to a perfect medium-rare as I like. It tasted good and was an excellent piece of meat, but it also tasted a little too much of either the wood smoke from the grill or some sort of slightly sweet marinade. I tend to like my steaks seasoned with salt and black pepper and not much else - to taste of steak and pretty much only that. This was, in my humble carnivorous opinion, a good steak but not a great one. By comparison with Doe's, it wasn't a contender. Still, it was a fun place and I do want to go back and try some of the other restaurants along the strip of downtown Como.

              Tomorrow I'm off to Memphis and then St. Louis for baseball games. I might post something on the Tennessee and Missouri boards about ballpark food, or I might not.

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              1. re: estone888

                Ooh, I noticed a whole bunch of trucks in the parking lot and thought Sears must be having some sort of sale LOL, didn't realize Guadalajara finally actually opened! We will check it out in the next few days. If you're heading to Autozone Park, I highly recommend the bbq nachos! Rendezvous is not my favorite bbq by a long shot, but the nachos are good.
                Our dinner last night was fried chicken from the Double Quick convenience store at the corner of 2nd Street and Lee Drive. Best chicken in town! Sides are not good, though, we get those from Popeye's, if we have 20 minutes to wait for them.

                1. re: tracytrace

                  Good to know. I've been looking for good chicken and I'm not far from there at all.

              2. The growing thread continues. I have now decided that I am going to try every single non-chain (national or international chain - local or small regional chains get a pass) dining establishment in Clarksdale.

                To that end, here's the latest:

                Resthaven Restaurant - I had the lunch special there one day and it was very good. Some kind of chicken stuffing that I wasn't familiar with (which is why I ordered it) with gravy. A bit heavy and starchy, but tasty. I had it with nicely cooked green beans and field peas - a little less overcooked than usual and if I recall correctly some cornbread. Very reasonably priced and quite good overall. I tried going for breakfast one morning but got there about three minutes too late. So, I ordered a club sandwich - at the time that seemed kind of breakfasty. It was okay, although it had some sort of roast beef or brisket in it that was strange in a club sandwich and I wasn't crazy about. I will be going back to try both the breakfast and the Lebanese food, maybe some Italian food, too.

                The Dutch Oven - I had a white chili that was much better than I expected it to be. Very hearty, probably more of a meal for winter than a hot summer day, but it had a bit of a tang from green chilies in it and a nice cheese along with the white beans. The fresh bread that came with it was very good.

                The Ranchero - I had the gumbo and it was okay, not fantastic but a huge bowl of it, with nice freshly made bread and a deal for the price. The salad bar was sort of sad, but it did have a nice variety of pickled stuff on it if that's what you want. The bite I had of my friend's steak was very good, especially at the quite reasonable price.

                Ramon's - the fried shrimp are probably the best I've ever had anywhere, crisp, fresh, hot. Highly recommended. The Ramon's salad was also very good with a nice variety of things in it.

                Delta Amusements - always good for a plate lunch or a simple breakfast. Very reasonably priced. I have not yet been for the fried pork chops but I hear great things about them. The last time I was there I had a sort of pot roast with potatoes and vegetable and it was simple, very nicely cooked and a good deal at the price.

                Crossroads Market & Deli - I had a piece each of the fried and the baked chicken. The fried was better, great crunch, moist and squirty juicy inside. The greens and green beans had a nice porky flavor but were cooked almost beyond recognition. The simple corn bread was very good and not sweet. I'm not much on dessert so I didn't even try the cobbler that came with it. A real deal at the slightly above $6 price including drink. (Although mine cost closer to $9 because I ordered the two types of chicken.)

                Fortune Cookie - I've blocked out what I ate there as it was by far the worst food I've had since coming to Mississippi. I went in knowing better than to expect good, authentic, fresh Chinese food, but it was awful even for bad, inauthentic, mostly canned and not good ingredients Chinese food. The unsweet tea was okay, and it was cheap.

                Western Hibachi Buffet - a big improvement over Fortune Cookie, but still nowhere that I'd bother returning to. (I can hardly wait to get my own kitchen going so that I can cook my own Asian food.) The greens from the Western section of the buffet were excellent, however and the "Chinese" shrimp with celery and some other stuff was very good so long as I avoided the fake crab meat. Strangely, the hot and sour soup wasn't bad. It needs vinegar and chili and white pepper. The Louisiana hot sauce provided some vinegar and chili but black pepper isn't quite the same. In any event, it was okay.

                Ground Zero - eh, fried stuff is pretty good, the burgers aren't bad. It's good enough for what it is.

                BBQ - one night during Sunflower Fest I had superb ribs from a guy in front of Red's Lounge. They were perfect - charred and crisp on the outside, tender, red, moist and porky on the inside. Rubbed with something good enough that sauce would have been a mistake. The guy who was cooking them, whose name I can't recall, said that they were "St. Louis style" and that he only cooks ribs a few times a year. I wish he did it more often.

                Then on Sunday in front of Cathead I had Red's chicken wings. They were also superb, incredibly smoky, bits of crisped skin, and moist and tender on the inside. Well done, Red.

                Went back to Guadalajara where I asked what was the spiciest dish on the menu. Shrimp Diablo, I was told. When I have got this dish elsewhere it generally involves a very spicy red fresh or high-quality canned tomato sauce with some peppers and onions that shrimp have been cooked in. Here it was more like shrimp cooked in a mess of buttery onions with some sort of chili thrown in. It was oily and not nearly spicy enough. Still, when I asked for the salsa mas picante for the chips they brought out a red and a green salsa that were both excellent - much better than the standard stuff they bring when you sit down.

                Yazoo Pass continues to impress. Stone Pony is reliable for some things, though I do wish they had some lighter dishes.

                Now that I've decided to try everywhere I've noticed a lot more places than I had initially as I drive around town. If anyone has any suggestions, pass them on, please. Tracytrace? When are we going to run into each other anyhow?

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                1. re: estone888

                  Well, it sounds like you've just about made the rounds!

                  As for Resthaven, I loooove their kibbe (fried for me, though most of my family likes it raw) and the baklava. And their pies are really good. And if you do get there early enough, the biscuits are just meltingly delicious. I don't get there early. My dad is one of a group of old guys who tend to hang out there in the morning, pouring their own coffee and absorbing Fox News. But, good kibbe! And baklava!
                  The Dutch Oven, I love, but it gets so crowded. Probably once a week I buy a frozen casserole from there in cooler weather. Their pimiento cheese is really good, but I have to special-request it without jalapenos, as I am a wimp.
                  Ranchero - meh. My whole family eats there once a month or so, because it's where my parents had their first date, and the little kids like to find my dad's and uncles' pictures on the wall, but, it's just reeeally mediocre. Steak is usually ok, shrimp I have found are too often poorly cleaned.
                  I love Ramon's, but I think all I've ever had is fried shrimp and onion rings. I know they make other things, but when it comes down to it, I always succumb to the shrimp and onion rings.
                  The Chinese scene is truly grim. My daughter is school-friends with the daughters of the Fortune Cookie and Western Hibachi families, and they are so nice, and I so want them to succeed, but.... just ... no.
                  For the best delta tamales, try Larry's, in an abandoned Quizno's location.
                  And if you want a truly Southern Gothic, Tennessee Williams freaky experience, try Kathryn's on Moon Lake. Call ahead to be sure they're open, because often the cook is too drunk to carry on. If he's able, the food is good, though maybe overpriced, but the old lady hostess-type person is interesting, and it usually makes for an entertaining evening. Don't go alone!

                  1. re: tracytrace

                    In retrospect, I think I have confused Kathryn's with Uncle Henry's Place at Moon Lake. Both have decent food, though overpriced, but Uncle Henry's is the one with the drunks and eccentrics!

                    1. re: tracytrace

                      I've been to Kathryn's and it was pretty amusing and the food was good. I think Uncle Henry's may have closed down, however, or so I've heard. I'm going to have to start looking hard for more places to eat. I noticed a "soul food" place on MLK out past DeSoto the other day and a few others. I suppose in another few weeks I'll run out of places to try. Then again, before too long I think the new place going in to the old Stackhouse Records building will be open. Isn't Larry, of Larry's tamales doing the cooking there? Or is it Jerry of Jerry's tamales. I'm so confused.

                      I still need to get up to the Green Olive in Tunica.

                2. A lot...A LOT of years ago the Rest haven used to have the best homemade pies...Chocolate, Lemon, and Coconut. Sounds like it's under new ownership. Every time I traveled to Clarksdale I had to have a piece of pie if nothing else.

                  Ranking in the top three best raw oysters I've ever eaten was at the Ranchero. Can you believe it??? In the Mississippi Delta. They had just arrived from Abbeville Louisiana which explained it. I cancelled everything I had ordered and ate my fill.

                  Thanks for the long ago memories.

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                  1. re: Uncle Bob

                    I think the Resthaven is still known for its pies, but I was so full that I couldn't bring myself to order any. I'll have to go back for that specific purpose. Raw oysters at the Ranchero sounds almost frightening, but I'll try anything once. If other people are eating it, it's probably not going to kill me.

                    1. re: estone888

                      Good to know the Rest Haven is still in the pie business. The meringue looked to be three inches high! Went with a guy onetime who ordered a slice of each...that was his full meal deal. ~~ Oysters are perfectly safe to eat this time of year, and taste good too...provided they have been properly handled, but I find them to be at their peak flavor in the late fall. Maybe something to look forward too.


                      1. re: Uncle Bob

                        Late fall I'll be meeting some friends in New Orleans, plenty of oysters will be part of the program.

                        1. re: estone888

                          Maybe in the interim before late fall....say next month sometime, you could try the Ranchero. Inquire about their source.

                          Have fun!

                    2. re: Uncle Bob

                      For some odd reason, the best fried shrimp I have ever had have been in the Delta. No particular place either, just different places in the Delta! I have no idea as to why, but by the same token the best crab cakes I have evr had have been in Atlanta.

                      Since neither the Delta nor Atlanta are anywhere close to the ocean, it seems strange but it is really true.

                      1. re: Clarkafella

                        What you say. I don't get it, either, but it is definitely true. For that matter one of the very finest grilled fish tacos I have ever had is at Yazoo Pass here in Clarksdale. I don't really get that either. I'm curious about Uncle Bob's recommendation of oysters at Ranchero - another odd one, but I'm willing to try.

                        1. re: estone888

                          I grew up here, eating shrimp all kinds of ways. And I have been all over the world, 6 continents, and have never liked a shrimp or prawn in any other place. I don't know why, and I keep trying, but ..... it just never works. They are different here.

                          1. re: estone888

                            I'm curious about Uncle Bob's recommendation of oysters at Ranchero - another odd one, but I'm willing to try.

                            Remember...they had just come in from Abbeville Louisiana by truck. Abbeville is just a few miles North of the Gulf/Vermillion Bay. Check their source.... and timing (fall & winter) is everything!

                      2. I wanted to be good, really I did. I went to Yazoo Pass for lunch today thinking I'd have the salad bar. But then, something got into me and I ordered the grilled pimento cheese with bacon and tomato instead. It was almost certainly the single worst thing for me I have eaten since moving to Mississippi. I can practically feel my arteries hardening. But it was good, oh so very very good. The pimento cheese was a very sharp cheddar, which it usually isn't, the bacon was perfect, it was a big chunk of tomato. It was well worth the two or three weeks that it has possibly taken off of my life. My only complaint was that the bread could perhaps have been a bit better, not quite so soft and mushy, or more toasted, or possibly even a baguette or something.

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                        1. re: estone888

                          My dad keeps leaving bags of tomatoes on my porch, and I too have fallen victim to the grilled pimento cheese with tomato sandwich. Practically every day this week. The best one was made with sharp cheddar and Dubliner on a pretzel roll. With tomato soup on the side. So, so good.

                          1. re: tracytrace

                            Pretzel roll sounds perfect. Was that anywhere out and about, or at your place? If so, am I going to have to knock on doors all over town until I find you and then beg for a pimento cheese with tomato on a pretzel roll? For that matter, where does one find pretzel rolls anywhere short of Memphis?

                            1. re: estone888

                              Yeah, that was at home, and the pretzel roll was from the Fresh Market in Memphis. Haven't seen anything like it around town, unfortunately.

                        2. Tonight I got to Watson's Green Olive in Tunica. When I try a place I generally prefer going with at least one other person, if not a crowd, so that I can try more than just a dish or two. But all too frequently since moving here I have been on my own. Tonight was no exception.

                          Anyhow, the place was pretty simple, nice enough although the big TV showing America's Top Model was something I could have done without. Waitress was friendly and efficient. The menu is not huge, but seems to offer a variety of Eastern Mediterranean - like Lebanese - food and some Italian.

                          I had an appetizer of baba ghanouj (a charred eggplant dip) that was excellent, truly one of the better ones I've had anywhere. Better, even, than my great Aunt Fan's used to be. The last time I recall her making it she was 101. Then she died. The pita bread that came with it was a little too soft and unnecessarily brushed with olive oil - the dip has olive oil in it and I prefer it with warm, but dry pita.

                          My main course was gyros, with something purporting to be rice pilaf and some roasted potatoes with a light brushing of tomato sauce on them. It was supposed to come with a homemade "white sauce" - usually a garlic sauce - but they forgot to put it on my plate and I forgot about it until after I was done. The gyros were good, not great but good, with perhaps not quite enough spicing in the meat and cooked a little too long so that they were drier than they ought to have been. The rice, which didn't seem very pilafy, was okay, nothing particularly great. It also came with more of the pita that had been brushed with olive oil.

                          All told I liked it fine. I will gladly go back and try some more of what they've got - especially on the strength of the baba ghanouj. They have falafel, which would be a nice thing to have nearby

                          It wasn't particularly cheap, though. My bill, with an unsweet tea, came to $18.99, so with tip it was $23 by the time the smoke cleared.

                          1. I have really enjoyed following your excursions around your new home in Mississippi. We will be in Lake Village (Arkansas) for the week of Thanksgiving. Are there any places we have to try while we are near. I have been wanting to explore Clarksdale - is there one or two places that stand out above the others? I am thinking about lunch and we really enjoy regional southern food. If it is a place we can take my (mostly adult) niece and nephews that would make this uncle happy. We have a dinner at Doe's planned but beyond that we usually find good tamales at Rhoda's or a nice burger locally. Last trip we found a good bite at a gas station which was a new experience for me.

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                            1. re: johnmart11

                              There are some pretty good lunch options around Clarksdale. For sort of traditional Southern meat and three (or two), the Resthaven on State St. is good, I like the Crossroads Grocery at the Crossroads, Delta Amusements is good (especially if you are there when they've got their fried porkchops.) Abe's BBQ at the Crossroads is a local favorite - go for the pulled pork, I'm not especially crazy about their ribs. If you are coming over the bridge from Helena, Arkansas, the Blue & White in Tunica is good, as is the Hollywood Cafe north of Tunica (where they claim to have invented the fried pickle.)

                              1. re: estone888

                                Thanks for the feedback. We will becoming from the north via Memphis (and hopefully a nice meal at Arnold's in Nashville).