Cajun, Creole and Ozark Adventures with a Bite of the Bluff City and a Dash of the Delta

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Re:Cajun, Creole and Ozark Adventures with a Bite of the Bluff City and a Dash of the Del 2012/03/02 21:51:09 (permalink)
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It may taste only so-so, but it sounds intriguing!  Undoubtedly a regional taste.

On the nose.
 
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Re:Cajun, Creole and Ozark Adventures with a Bite of the Bluff City and a Dash of the Del 2012/03/03 09:52:09 (permalink)
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Cool! What's creole cabbage, Dale?

Creole Cabbage
(From "Grandma's Wartime Kitchen" by Joanne Lamb Hayes)
Makes 4 servings
2 tablespoons bacon fat or shortening
¾ cup thinly sliced onion
½ cup thinly sliced green bell pepper
1 pint home-canned or 1 (15-ounce) can tomatoes
1½ teaspoons brown sugar
Salt
2 whole cloves
1 clove garlic
1 bay leaf
1 medium head (2 pounds) green cabbage, coarsely grated
In a heavy skillet over medium heat, melt bacon fat or shortening. Add onion and bell pepper; saute until onion is golden. Stir tomatoes, brown sugar and ¼ teaspoon salt into onion mixture and bring to a boil over medium heat. Insert cloves into garlic and add to tomato mixture along with bay leaf; simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes. Meanwhile, cook cabbage in 1 inch of boiling, salted water in a large, covered saucepan, until just tender. Drain well and return to saucepan. Discard garlic clove and bay leaf; pour sauce over cabbage, and toss to combine. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve hot.

 
 
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Re:Cajun, Creole and Ozark Adventures with a Bite of the Bluff City and a Dash of the Del 2012/03/03 12:20:24 (permalink)
Dale, I must confess that I've not had the Cafe au Lait since we went there on our first anniversary in 1990.  Maybe it's changed, or my memory is wrong!
 
I like to think that Brennan's, Commander's Palace, Acme, O'Brian's, Napolean House, Cajun Hut, etc.  haven't changed, but I'm likely wrong.
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Re:Cajun, Creole and Ozark Adventures with a Bite of the Bluff City and a Dash of the Del 2012/03/03 12:41:30 (permalink)
Thanks, Michael
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Re:Cajun, Creole and Ozark Adventures with a Bite of the Bluff City and a Dash of the Del 2012/03/04 16:42:27 (permalink)
Sorry I couldn't answer some of the questions-  I was away for the weekend and just got back. I didn't know the two questions about Creole Cabbage (I just know it was good- bu the recipe provided by MH makes sense based on the flavor)  and also the question about what kind of wood is used in the smoking process- Glad that question was answered too.
 
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I'm not sure if Redfish Hannah is a regional dish or of its unique to Weidmann's, but it seems that Redfish in general is very popular in the gulf states- especially Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
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Re:Cajun, Creole and Ozark Adventures with a Bite of the Bluff City and a Dash of the Del 2012/03/04 17:02:46 (permalink)
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I'm not sure if Redfish Hannah is a regional dish or of its unique to Weidmann's, but it seems that Redfish in general is very popular in the gulf states- especially Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

Redfish is popular in L.A. (Lower Alabama) AKA The Florida Panhandle too!!
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Re:Cajun, Creole and Ozark Adventures with a Bite of the Bluff City and a Dash of the Del 2012/03/04 17:21:20 (permalink)
The grits, eggs, and debris combination looks amazing.  I've never heard of that...(heard and had debris on a po-boy, but didn't know it was also for breakfast).
 
A few splashes of Crystal sauce, and I'd be in heaven.
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Re:Cajun, Creole and Ozark Adventures with a Bite of the Bluff City and a Dash of the Del 2012/03/05 17:24:23 (permalink)
WJ
 
Did you know Benjamin Henry Latrobe is buried in St Louis Cemetary #1?
 
Without Googling him does anyone know who he is?? And why he is famous??  Davvydd you shouldnt answer yet  (hint hint)
 
 
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Did you know Benjamin Henry Latrobe is buried in St Louis Cemetary #1?
Without Googling him does anyone know who he is?? And why he is famous??  Davvydd you shouldnt answer yet  (hint hint)

My GUESS is he's who Latrobe, PA is named after and he's probably the founder of the Rolling Rock Brewing Co.
Now, I going to look him up!
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Re:Cajun, Creole and Ozark Adventures with a Bite of the Bluff City and a Dash of the Del 2012/03/05 19:08:22 (permalink)
Chapter 5- Where the Black Folks At?
Saturday February 11
 
Ok, I know the theme for chapter 5 may be considered controversial, but I think you'll understand where I'm coming from towards the end of the chapter.
 
Today I'll be gallivanting all over Mississippi. In fact I'll be spending alot of time backtracking across the state over the next few days, and the theme for the next chapter will explain why.
 
I left Meridian in a huff after heading on over to The Daily Grind Coffeehouse and finding out that they're not open on weekends  even though all comments on the web noted that they are. Obviously I won't be able to stop for coffee until I get to Jackson and I did at the local chain "Cups" 
 
After  imbibing some very mediocre joe. I headed south to McComb home of.
 

 
 
The Dinner Bell.
Home of the revolving table style restaurant.
For those that don't know, platters of food are set down around the edge of the revolving table. Instead of asking folks to pass what you want, you simply spin the center of the table customarily clockwise until the platter is within reach.
 

 
I arrived just in time for first seating at 11am. 
The Dinner Bell appears to cater to mostly families and older folks. 
 

 
The main courses of the day were Fried Chicken, Chicken and Dumplings, Ribs and Sausage.
Here is my first plate. 
 

 
I must say the sides are exceptional- Clockwise theres a  corn muffin, amazing fried eggplant, fried chicken, sweet potato casserole, chicken and dumplings, green beans and squash casserole. 
Again I cannot say enough about the sides, the fried chicken was better than average and the chicken and dumplings were really good.  I did not get any photos of my second plate since I didn't think a photo of a dirty plate would be very appealing (you are only given one plate) however I chose the ribs which were tough and weren't very good. 

I finished off with not one but two desserts.
 
 
 
bread pudding with a fruit topping
 

 
and Banana pudding
 
Both very pedestrian- but then again I had just left New Orleans a day earlier and I had the epiphany of Banana Pudding at Miss Myra's also the day before.
 
I was conversing with the folks at my table, some came as far away as Alabama and Louisiana, however it was determined that I traveled the furthest.
 
I really enjoyed the atmosphere of the Dinner Bell and the sides were cetainly second to none. I would certainly return.
 
From McComb which is in the southern part of the state- I beelined it back up north to Clarksdale however I had to make a special stop in  Tutwiler right off Hwy 49.
 
The downtown area near the train tracks had some really cool murals
 
 
 

 
 

 

 
As the sign says, Tutwiler is where the Southern crosses the dog.
 

 
And truth of the matter is when I headed back onto hwy 49, I almost ran over 2 of them that were in the middle of the road.
 
I arrived in Clarksdale just under 4 hours after leaving McComb. 
 
My first stop was 
Hicks Tamales
 

 
I was in luck because Buffetbuster told me that usually only the drive through was open, 
 

 
 
However the small fast food style restaurant was also open as well.
 
I got half a dozen tamales. 
 

 
warm and fresh and still in their husks. I enjoyed these tamales much more than the ones I've had previously at Abe's and Doe's
 
I finally arrived at my accomodations for the evening....
Quite different from any place I've ever stayed at
 

 
 

 
On the outside, the place looks like its ready to fall apart.
 
The interior actually was quite a surprise. However even though the room has a TV- it doesn't work since cable was disconnected, and that means no Wi Fi also- 

I met up with the owner, Rat, a blues afficiondo who has been in the hotel business since the age of 4. His mother actually opened up the hotel in the early 1940's and hosted several famous African American blues musicians.
 
This is the Bessie Smith Room. She died here after an auto accident in 1937 when the place was still a hospital during segregation.
 

 

 
I believe this is the Ike Turner Room
 

 
And we have the JFK Junior Room
 

 
Yes, JFK Jr stayed here about 20 years ago.
 
I even had to get a course from Rat on how to run the gas heating unit that has a pilot light.
 
This was my room the Hooker John Lee Hooker room. Yes he slept here.
 

 
 

 
Having some time to kill before dinner I walked over to the juke joint where I would be heading later this evening- The name of the Juke Joint is Reds, and I remember talking to Red on my earlier visit in 1999. 
 

 
Since they weren't open yet, I headed back to Downtown to take a walk and check out.
The Ground Zero Blues Club
 

 
This place is not authentic. It opened up probably a little less than 10 years ago and is what I call the Disney version of a Juke Joint.
 

 

 

 
I did sit down at the bar and enjoyed a Lazy Magnolia Southern Pecan Ale, which I had the day before at Weidmann's. This time it was on tap.
 
I continued to walk around town, it seems that Clarksdale has certainly gentrified since I last visited but I was wondering if it was in a good way. I did pass the coffee house that I was hoping to visit the next morning. They were open but of course the sign said "closed on sundays". I did go in for a mediocre cup. I was reading the state tour guide that was there and it struck me, there is actually a town called "Chunky Mississippi"?
 
After my walk, it was now time for dinner. When I first planned this trip, I had considered re-visiting Doe's in Greenville, however there were so many other places I wanted to try. Don't get  me wrong- I loved Doe's and I hope to re-visit in the near future. However one place that I really wanted to check out is right here in Clarksdale. 
 

 
Ramon's
 
An Italian (well Italian for Mississippi) restaurant that appears to have been around forever.
As I was talking to the owner, explaining that I came here all the way from Rhode Island and asked what they were known for, a gentleman sitting nearby  overheard my conversation, walked over to my table and welcomed me to Clarksdale.

I started out with a salad (sorry no photos)
 

 
Moved on to some extraordinary crispy, handbreaded onion rings. (I could only finish half so I can save room for the main course)
 
 

 
Some of the biggest and best fried shrimp I've ever enjoyed. So good that I nearly forgot the side of spaghetti in garlic butter sauce, but considering how amazing the shrimp was, it was worth ditching the spaghetti. Truly one of the best meals of the trip.
 
After dinner I returned to my hotel befpre walking over to Red's for tonight's entertainment.
 
When I walked inside...
 

 
I noticed the red hue that permeated the place
But as I looked around
 

 
It struck me
 

 
It really really struck me!! 
 

 
Where are the Black Folks at??!!
 
I felt very very uneasy about all of this. 
I sat next to a guy who was originally from Wisconsin (accent and all) he looked like  someone I expected to see tailgating at a Brewers game-certainly not here! Later on two hayseeds walked in who looked like central casting for Hee-Haw, although I'll admit one of them did play a mean harmonica. Then a tall attractive thin brunette walked in with her boyfriend , They looked like they were ready to hit the martini bar circuit here in East Greenwich(he must obviously have money) she sat down right next to me. I know some would believe I'm thinking- "wow this attractive girl is sitting next to me" no I just kept saying to myself this is so wrong....so - so wrong....What happenned??!! 13 years ago in 1999, I walked into another juke joint (unfortunately out of business)  and I was the only white perso there. I must have spent at least 2 hours ore more there and during that time period not one other white person walked in- not- a- one !. Now that was an experience I will always treasure..
 
And then there was the act for the night.
 

 

 
Lightin Malcolm- even he's white!
 
I turned to the guy from Wisconsin, who was seated to my right and asked "what happenned?" his reply was "those days are long gone" It's only been 13 years- 13 years- 13 years!!!
 
All of it was so surreal- I sat for a few hours, I even had 2 32 oz BUDWEISERS ( I wasn't expecting anything good)
and I left .....disillusioned......
 
I leave you with that.............
post edited by wanderingjew - 2012/03/05 19:33:04
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Re:Cajun, Creole and Ozark Adventures with a Bite of the Bluff City and a Dash of the Del 2012/03/05 20:23:57 (permalink)
Dale,
  Times change. You must evolve with that or perish !
When we last visited Huber's Family Farm Restaurant ALL of the kitchen help and busboys were Hispanic...Not a redneck farmboy in sight!
   Sort of causes one to wonder where we are all going, doesn't it?

OK Now get on with your travels.....
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Re:Cajun, Creole and Ozark Adventures with a Bite of the Bluff City and a Dash of the Del 2012/03/06 09:19:58 (permalink)
Apparently Clarksdale hasn't changed since I was there about five years ago.  You captured the atmosphere very well, Dale.
 
I've never been to the Dinner Bell.  I'll have to try that next time I'm in the area.
 
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Re:Cajun, Creole and Ozark Adventures with a Bite of the Bluff City and a Dash of the Del 2012/03/06 09:49:05 (permalink)
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wanderingjew

Thanks Greymo
New Orleans is probably in my top 5....
I think in no particular order my top 5 are
Kansas City
Charleston SC
New Orleans
Austin
San Francisco


Our lists are very similar, although I would probably replace New Orleans with Memphis and find a way to slip Santa Fe or San Diego in there somewhere. 


Just make a bigger list!
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Re:Cajun, Creole and Ozark Adventures with a Bite of the Bluff City and a Dash of the Del 2012/03/06 10:25:48 (permalink)
Great report, so far. I'm loving it. As for Chunky, MS, it's right outside my hometown of Meridian. Used to be well known for it's fish camp and great fried catfish. Not sure if it's still there or not. Glad to see Weidman's has opened back up. Now I have a reason to stop in next time I pass through on the way to NOLA.
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Re:Cajun, Creole and Ozark Adventures with a Bite of the Bluff City and a Dash of the Del 2012/03/06 13:44:28 (permalink)
Walnut Hills in Vicksburg is identical to Dinner Bell and just as good.
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Re:Cajun, Creole and Ozark Adventures with a Bite of the Bluff City and a Dash of the Del 2012/03/06 18:20:10 (permalink)
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Even I know that times have changed. But it s only been 13 years.  There's still a large African American population in the Delta When I previously visited , the band that was performing was young and most of the crowd at the Juke Joint were in their 30's, 40's and 50's, so it's not like they are too old to go out and enjoy live music 13 years later. So I'm just wondering what really happened, if you recall I mentioned that downtown  Clarksdale seemed like it was going through gentrification compared to my last visit and I was wondering if that was in a good way.  "Disney Delta" is not exactly a good thing.
 
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Interesting tid-bits on "Chunky" . Definitely check out Weidmann's- it was one of my best meals of the trip.
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Re:Cajun, Creole and Ozark Adventures with a Bite of the Bluff City and a Dash of the Del 2012/03/06 19:30:52 (permalink)
There are still real Jukes in Mississippi and the area. Try Betty's Place in Prairie Point on the Alabama border or even Wild Bill's in Memphis. And there  are clubs in Greenville and Indianola. Each year BB King returns to a juke in Indianola for a very cool very late show.
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Re:Cajun, Creole and Ozark Adventures with a Bite of the Bluff City and a Dash of the Del 2012/03/06 19:53:40 (permalink)
WJ:  I have spent quite a bit of time.  I know Clarksdale and the Delta very well.  I have visited every place you did and I agree that the tamales were super.  I wish we had them in Knoxville.  Ground Zero is better on weekends at least when I was there.  I was a bit pricey and they may be one of the reasons why you saw quite a few whites because the main industry around the  Delta is farms that employ a huge amount of blacks.  The are huge corporate farms and the owners reside in other cities.  The area is super if you know where to go and it seems that you found them
 
Very nice write and we enjoyed our time in Nashville with you. 
 
I started a plasma business in that city.
 
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Re:Cajun, Creole and Ozark Adventures with a Bite of the Bluff City and a Dash of the Del 2012/03/06 22:04:31 (permalink)
I'm new to the site and just wanted to say that I really enjoy your reports. I have lots of family around the NOLA area and the food there is great. Thank You for the great reports.
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Re:Cajun, Creole and Ozark Adventures with a Bite of the Bluff City and a Dash of the Del 2012/03/07 09:18:24 (permalink)
Smokestack Lightning
 
Apparently there are some "real" juke joints left, however Red's is supposed to be one of them- it's been around at least since the 1970's- it used to be called "Red's South End Disco" and was part of the "triumverate" of Clarksdale which included Smitty's Red Top Lounge  and Margaret's Blue Diamond Lounge. Both Smittys and Margarets are gone-I went to one of them back in 1999- I don't remember which one. I remember going to Red's earlier that day  but there was no live music that night (interestingly enough Red dropped by briefly early in the evening on my visit last month and he looked exactly the same as he did in 1999.
 
Paul
 
Thanks, same here- when are you going to make it up here to New England?
 
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Thanks for the compliment and welcome to Roadfood !
 
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Re:Cajun, Creole and Ozark Adventures with a Bite of the Bluff City and a Dash of the Del 2012/03/07 09:37:05 (permalink)
WJ:  New England is quite a journey for a old man like me although I have been in that area many times.
 
Thanks for the BD gift you presented me.  I used it yesterday on a pork butte and it was super.
 
I am anxious for your next pics.
 
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Re:Cajun, Creole and Ozark Adventures with a Bite of the Bluff City and a Dash of the Del 2012/03/07 09:49:48 (permalink)
Sundancer7

WJ:  New England is quite a journey for a old man like me although I have been in that area many times.


An old man like you? I'm older than you, and I'll be driving up to Connecticut later this year, and maybe driving to Alaska come late August. And definitely driving to Mobile next February, too.


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Re:Cajun, Creole and Ozark Adventures with a Bite of the Bluff City and a Dash of the Del 2012/03/07 10:03:55 (permalink)
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WJ:  New England is quite a journey for a old man like me although I have been in that area many times.


An old man like you? I'm older than you, and I'll be driving up to Connecticut later this year, and maybe driving to Alaska come late August. And definitely driving to Mobile next February, too.


MH
 
I agree,
 
last I heard, 70 is the new 50 (I guess in my case that means 47 is the new 27 since I'll be entering my late 40's next week)  When you  & Lleechef come to Connecticut- please let me know- if you can cross the border to Rhode Island even better! I'd be happy to play tour guide
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Re:Cajun, Creole and Ozark Adventures with a Bite of the Bluff City and a Dash of the Del 2012/03/07 10:13:57 (permalink)
WJ, a great report as always! A tamale trip is definitely something I could get on board for. When I was a girl, we would have TV dinner nights when my dad was away for business ---- I always chose the Mexican dinner with the tamale. But we can imagine how bad that frozen meal actually was. I keep asking around locally for someone who makes tamales out of their home, but no luck so far.
"Juke joints" --- now that dates all of us!
 
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Re:Cajun, Creole and Ozark Adventures with a Bite of the Bluff City and a Dash of the Del 2012/03/07 11:21:54 (permalink)
WJ,
Next time you ar ein Birmingham, we will have to go to Gip's Place.  A sure-enough, real juke joint!
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Re:Cajun, Creole and Ozark Adventures with a Bite of the Bluff City and a Dash of the Del 2012/03/07 19:19:48 (permalink)
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Thanks, it's always good to hear from you. Who would have thought that Mississippi would be a haven for tamales.
 
Lynn
 
I'm up for anything blues related, hopefully there won't be a 7 year gap before my next visit to Birmingham like there was last time.
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Re:Cajun, Creole and Ozark Adventures with a Bite of the Bluff City and a Dash of the Del 2012/03/07 20:25:01 (permalink)
Chapter 6- Closed For Business
Sunday February 12
 
I already knew when I woke up it was going to be a long drive back to Jackson without decent coffee since the only decent coffeehouse in Clarksdale is closed on Sundays. Come to think of it- just about everything in Clarksdale will be closed on Sundays. For that matter the entire state of Mississippi seems to be closed on Sundays, well, not every place. 
 
I arrived in Jackson for another mediocre cup of coffee at the local chain, Cups.  After my 2nd blah experience I already decided I'm going to try to find a better coffee house in Jackson the next morning before I leave.
 
One place I was looking forward to returning to, again after 7 years was.
 

 
Two Sisters Kitchen
 
Looks like I made it in time for the after church crowd. The parking lot was close to full- and I looked at the license plates- all Mississippi tags. That's a good sign. As I entered- I could over hear the classic central Mississippi drawl among the patrons
 

I entered the old house and got on the buffet line and made the rounds for plate number 1
 
 
 

 
I started out with this fine, dense, warm doughy roll
 

 
Counter clockwise you'll find creamed corn, mashed potatoes, fried okra, black eyed peas, greens and Fried Chicken. With the exception of the Mashed Potatoes , the creamed corn and fried okrah, the sides take  a distant second place to the sides at the Dinner Bell from the Day Before in fact the greens and black eyed peas didn't impress me at all. The fried chicken at Two Sisters Kitchen on the other hand just "owns" the fried chicken at the Dinner Bell. Two Sister's Kitchen fried chicken was crisper, crunchier and spicier,
 
I returned to the buffet line (with a clean plate) for round number 2.
 

 
a corn muffin that was much tastier than I remembered last time- this time it was fresh and warm
 

 
 
I returned for some more fried chicken, and the sides I enjoyed (the mashed potatoes and cream corn) this time I went with cabbage as well. Unfortunately I wasn't impressed.
 
I ended my meal, the same way concluded it 7 years ago.
 

 
Unfortunately as I much as I touted the banana pudding previously, this was NOT the same banana pudding I remembered, a let down. 

Overall the Two Sisters Kitchen was a mixed bag, but I would certainly return, if not just for that delicious fried chicken. 
 
After checking into the downtown Hilton, I realized that there will be absolutely nothing to do today since Mississippi is closed for business.  I did want to check out Trustmark Park, the home of the Mississippi Braves in suburban Pearl. The last time I visited in 2005, the new ballpark was almost competely finished. This time I'll get to see how it looks after setting in for a few years.
 

 
 

 
Unfortunately the park was closed, but I managed to squeeze a photo of the scoreboard. 
Trustmark Park seems like a nice little ballpark, hopefully I'll get a game in here someday.
 
Afterwards, I checked my triple A guide book for something, anything in the area. It seems the Antique Mall of the South in Ridgeand is open. I get there and I'm ready to expect acres and acres of antiques.....It was just a building with antiques that I managed to go through in less than 20 minutes. 
 
I did have an assignment to try and fulfill while I was in Jackson. I have a post card collection that goes back 25 years. 
I collect downtown birds eye view postcards of the larger cities in each states. I obviously have post cards from 48 contiguous states and I'm still missing birds eye views of Hartford CT, Sioux Falls SD (I already confirmed they don't exist) and Jackson MS. Once again, I hit the two major malls (actually one of them, Metrocenter mall appeared half empty and quite depressing) and absolutely nothing.  At this point I was only a few miles away from my dinner stop.
 

 
Crechales Cafe
 
One of the classic, old school greek owned joints in Jackson. The other two of course are The Elite (which I've been to before) and The Mayflower Cafe (which is closed on Sunday). I believe that the restaurant owners of all three are somehow related.
 
I walked into the place and it was virtually pitch black. I did ask for a window table, as I sat down, the waitress closed the window drapes, I asked her to open them as I need all the remaining sunlight I can get.
 
Each meal begins with a basket of garlic rounds
 

 
and of course I noticed the bottle of the "only in Mississippi" comeback dressing on my table as well
 

 
which complimented my salad quite nicely.
 

 
For my main course I ordered the Fried Red Snapper.
 

 
The snapper was fried perfectly, and had a nice clean flavor and crispy coating. Unfortunately, however I did not like the home made tarter sauce served with the meal. It tasted like someone dumped a load of olive juice into the tartar sauce.
 
The meal even came with fresh cut fries
 

 
that was a nice surprise and  went very well with the comeback dressing which I used as a dipping sauce, however the waitress noted that they are famous  for their onion rings, well after the rings I enjoyed the night before at Ramon's in Clarksdale, I was in onion ring overload.
 
Unfortunately another disappointment for dessert.
 

 
A lemon tart- although it's homemade- I didn't care for the hard, thick outer shell. 
 
Besides the dessert and tarter sauce this was a good meal. 
 
As I left I spoke with the owner who recommended I should also try the Elite and the Mayflower the next time I'm in town.
 
I took a photo of the cool neon sign as I left.
 

 
Afterwards, I returned to my hotel, went to the hotel bar and had another pint of the Lazy Magnolia Southern Pecan Nut Brown ale before calling it a night....
 
much more to come...
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Re:Cajun, Creole and Ozark Adventures with a Bite of the Bluff City and a Dash of the Del 2012/03/07 21:54:56 (permalink)
Great report. Thanks!
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Re:Cajun, Creole and Ozark Adventures with a Bite of the Bluff City and a Dash of the Del 2012/03/07 21:58:44 (permalink)
The lemon tart looks great, I wish it were as good as it looked. All in all sounded like a good meal.
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Re:Cajun, Creole and Ozark Adventures with a Bite of the Bluff City and a Dash of the Del 2012/03/08 00:57:45 (permalink)
WJ:  Might I suggest that the peas at the Two Sisters appear to me to be Field peas with Snap Beans.  Certainly a traditional southern sidedish but I would not consider them as Black Eyed Peas (New Years Tradition).  I have eaten both all my life, being from the South and I think they taste completely different.  The field pea  is normally what is called a purple hull pea (I think) and it has a lighter eye, it is much smaller then the black eyed pea and certainly not as robust.  Black eyed peas would normally be cooked with pork for flavoring but I have never had field peas cooked with pork that I remember, but often with snap beans.
Field peas are best eaten with a dollap of mayo! My favorite.
 
The comeback dressing is it spicey, or similar to Thousand Island?
 
Enjoy all your trip reports keep 'em comingl.
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