Thursday December 4, 2008 cont.
My first stop once I got to Starkville was to check into my room at the Hotel Chester. A small, old hotel right in the downtown area, I really enjoyed my stay here. http://www.historichotelchester.com/
Deciding to explore the downtown area on foot, I was shocked to see another Doe's Eat Place
right next door.
Figuring this was an omen, I changed my eating plans for the rest of the day.
After visiting the Mississippi State University bookstore, I drove around the campus. Hey, its the Palmeiro Center!
Is it just my imagination or is it freakishly bigger than I remember?
When I was at Walnut Hills
, the family I dined with all agreed that I should hit The Little Dooey
while in Starkville. So, I made that my late lunch. The Little Dooey
is just off campus and is extremely popular with students and national broadcasters who come here to cover Bulldog sports teams. I had to park in an alley behind the building, but that just let me see this always welcome sight.
When you walk in, you place your order at the counter. The menu is huge
and seems to offer something for everyone. But, they are best known for their bbq, specifically the pulled pork.
I placed my order, gave them my name and sat at one of the booths in back. Not exactly deluxe accomodations,
but for a bbq parlor in Mississippi, it seemed about right. I checked out the different bottles of sauce on the table.
After a short wait, my food arrived.
The pulled pork was so soft and tender. I can see why this came highly recommended. The potato salad was nothing special, but I sure did enjoy the baked beans, which was doctored with the bbq sauce, onions and pork.
While paying, I noticed some fine looking pies in the display case and grabbed a piece of the lemon to go.
It got a little bounced around on the drive back to the hotel, but it was a very pleasing slice of lemon pie.
While still a notch below Leatha's
back in Hattiesburg, The Little Dooey
is well worth a visit. http://www.littledooey.com/index.htm
I did some more shopping, got my hair cut and relaxed in my hotel until around 9:00PM. Then I walked next door to have a late dinner at Doe's Eat Place
. The neon sign looked even better at night.
Since I just ate at the original Doe's
in Greenville a few days earlier, plus the one in Little Rock about a month ago, the plan was to try some of their other items. But, once I saw they had a manageable 1 1/2 lb. porterhouse, my decision was made.
My meal started with a 1/2 order of the shrimp. My waitress was nice enough to let me split the order between the broiled shrimp
and the fried shrimp.
Don't ask me which was better, because they were both very fresh and flavorful. The typical refreshing Doe's
My waitress surprised me with the next item.
For the life of me, I can't remember the name of these, although I do know the word drop
is in there. They are not hushpuppies. They came with honey butter, plus she brought out a jar of honey, too. Whatever they were, they were hot and delicious and dessert worthy!
Finally, it was time for the big boy!
I must have taken 20 photos of my porterhouse and this was the best I could come up with. Sorry!
I was a little concerned whether the food could live up to what I had at other Doe's Eat Places
, but this was an excellent steak. Despite everything I had eaten earlier in the day, I put this away easily. No problem with the typical wonderful Doe's
I would be remiss if I don't mention more about my waitress. Since this is a college town, no surprise she was a student. But since she hailed from Greenville, she knew all about the original Doe's
and we had a good time comparing the two places. She was a real sweetie in both personality and looks and took fantastic care of me.
Earlier in the meal, I had told her about my trip. Later on, she said the owner of the original Doe's
were here and were dining at another table.
Never the shy one, I planned on stopping over and saying hello. But the waitress told them about me and the man in the orange sweater came over and introduced himself. He is known as "Big Doe". We chatted for a few minutes and he went back to his table.
As I was leaving, I stopped to say goodbye and meet the rest of the group. All of the them were very pleasant and pleased to hear how much I enjoyed my meals. I also told them we were going to have a big Roadfood get together in Greenville in February and Big Doe said he would take care of us. Very nice people! http://www.doeseatplace.com/starkville.htm
I went back to my hotel and slept the sleep of the well fed!
Much more to come.....
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