Saturday December 6, 2008
Since burgers worked so well for breakfast the day before, let's try it again! I pulled up at Phillip's Grocery
in Oxford around 8:00AM. I have been to the original Phillip's Grocery
in Holly Springs twice now and loved the place, so I had high hopes.
The interior is like a newer, shinier version of the original and is a cool place to hang out.
Except at this point, I was still their first and only customer of the day.
I tried to order a burger, but was shot down. They don't start serving them until 10:30AM. Curses, foiled again! Looking over the breakfast menu, I settled on the ham, cheese and egg biscuit.
Though not what I came here for, this was a perfectly satisfying little sandwich and a good way to start my day.
On the way out, I noticed this sign.
Of course I understand why you would want to avoid pickpockets, but the other part..... http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Writeup.aspx?ReviewID=1313&RefID=1313
Oxford, MS has to be the second prettiest town in all the South, following behind Athens, GA. Did I get that correct, Ort
? I have walked around the campus of Ole Miss several times in the past, so I didn't bother this time. I did find a store right off the town square that sold Ole Miss clothes and I hit it rather hard. Here is what the square looks like.
Once reaching Clarksdale, I quickly found my lunch destination, Hick's.
According to the review by the Sterns, if there isn't a banquet going on, they are most likely only open through the drive-thru. Of course, I was hoping I would be able to go inside and order.
When I pulled up, there were lots of cars outside, so it looks like I got lucky. I got to a door and a big man (who turned out be owner Eugene Hicks) asked me through the glass if I was with the others. I said no, so he unlocked the door and told me to come on in. (The people going to the banquet had a seperate entrance). Based on these signs,
there can be no doubt what to order here. And here is another sign that always grabs my attention.
After perusing the menu,
I decided to start off light by ordering three tamales and a Lil' Daddy. The tamales came wrapped in husks, with crackers on the side.
The friendly, upbeat woman who delivered my food told me she put some chili on my plate for me to try.
I unwrapped the oily husks and dug in. By forking some of the tamale on the cracker and then dipping it in the chile, I got the full compliment of tastes and it was superb. These were clearly the best tamales of the trip. What did they taste like? Lots more! I ended up eating a dozen all together. Here is a close up of the inside.
As you can imagine, I went through many, many napkins eating these. With the oil from the chili running all over my paper container, it was incredibly messy just getting the husks off of the tamales. I don't know if the individual tamales themselves were that great, but putting everything together and it was heaven! This is was clearly the single best item I ate on my trip.
I also had a sandwich called a Lil' Daddy to contend with.
As you can see, it isn't so lil'! And it was a fine sandwich, including pork, turkey, onions and lots of condiments. But at this point, it was all but an afterthought.
I walked out to my car and was greeted by this sight.
The drive-thru also serves as a walk-thru! Note to ChiTownDiner
: Not only is Mr. Hicks an expert tamale maker, he is also a big Cubs fans! http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Writeup.aspx?ReviewID=3165&RefID=2776
I checked into my hotel in Clarksdale. Ready for something sweet, I ate my extra piece of caramel cake from the night before.
Now you didn't really think I only got two pieces of dessert, did you? This was areally good piece of cake, but still a notch below the banana cake.
Much more to come.....
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