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Doe's Eat Place

502 Nelson, Greenville, MS - (662) 334-3315
Posted By Michael Stern on January 6, 2009 12:24 PM
There are Doe's in Little Rock and in Fayetteville, Arkansas, as well as Oxford, Mississippi, and their steaks are top-drawer; but there is a special magic about the original Doe's in Greenville. Located on the wrong side of town in the back rooms of a dilapidated grocery store, it does not look like a restaurant, much less a great restaurant. Many of the dining tables are in fact located in the kitchen, spread helter-skelter among stoves and counters where the staff dresses salads and fries potatoes in big iron skillets. Plates, flatware, and tablecloths are all mismatched. It is noisy and inelegant, and service -- while perfectly polite -- is rough and tumble.

Doe's fans, ourselves included, love it just the way it is. The ambience, which is at least a few degrees this side of "casual," is part of what makes it such a kick. Mississippians have eaten here since the 1940s; for regular patrons the eccentricity makes the experience as comfortable as an old shoe. Newcomers may be shocked by the ramshackle surroundings, but Doe's is easy to like once the food starts coming.

Start with tamales and a brilliant salad made of iceberg lettuce dressed with olive oil and fresh-squeezed lemon juice. Shrimp are usually available, broiled or fried, and they are very, very good; but it’s steak for which Doe’s has earned its reputation. “Baby Doe” Signa, son of the founder, tells us that it is merely “US Choice” grade, which, frankly, we don’t believe. To us, it tastes like the primest of the prime, as good as any steak we have eaten anywhere: booming with flavor, oozing juice, tender but in no way tenderized. The choices range from a ten-ounce filet mignon up to a four-pound sirloin. Our personal preference is the porterhouse, the bone of which bisects a couple of pounds of meat that is very different in character on either side of the bone. The tenderloin side is zesty and exciting; the other side seems laden with protein, as deeply satisfying as beef can be. With steak come some of the world’s most delicious French fries – dandy to eat “neat,” even better when dragged through the oily juices that flow out of steaks onto the plate.

Doe's is not cheap; but it shouldn't be. This unique combination of top-drawer steak and downscale atmosphere is priceless Americana.
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Posted By Law on October 26, 2010 11:00 AM
I have been to Doe's several times, each time memorable. The only problem the people at my table had had was deciding between the T-Bone and the Filet. So we did what any meat loving person would do, we all had T-Bone's, with a Filet on the side for everyone to taste (who needs veggies). Delicious, and the Tamales are very unique, tasty, and addictive!!
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Posted By Kris Baker on March 11, 2009 11:03 PM
The BEST steak, anywhere!

We shared the two-and-a-half-pound porterhouse ($52 with fries included), a salad ($4), garlic bread ($1.50), six tamales ($8), two beers, and a can of Coke for a total of $79 plus tip. We ordered our porterhouse rare-plus, and that's exactly how it came out. It was bursting with flavor, and we dived right into it. The fries (included with the steak price) are freshly-fried, crispy on the outside and just right inside.

The salad is lemony and luscious with olive oil and tomato bits. We now have a challenge to duplicate it at home. Yes, we know we will fail. The garlic bread (three slices which we fought over) is buttery, crispy and perfect. We'd order everything again, except for the appetizer tamales (which were unexceptional and filled us a bit too much before dinner). We'll try the shrimp next time.

Be sure, if your budget is tight, to ask the price of everything; there's no printed menu. The waitress tells you what kinds of steaks there are, then offers side dishes in an off-handed way, with no prices. Knowing you're in for a treat, you either roll with the flow or keep track of what you're spending. Either way, you'll leave HAPPY!
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Posted By Alex Pavin on December 7, 2008 7:52 PM
As someone who has visited Greenville many times on business over the last thirty years I have had the opportunity to eat at Doe's on a number of occasions. This is one place that never fails to delight. The steaks served here rival anything you will eat in Chicago or New York (I live in Chicago and visit top steak houses regularly). The only problem you will have is finishing one, because they are large.

It is a real kick to walk through the kitchen to get to your table (it's the only way in) and see the steaks being prepared and the salads being tossed (there is only one choice of dressing, the one they are tossing it in: oil and vinegar). The fries are fabulous, just like your mom probably made in a frying pan when you were a kid, and they are the only potato available. To stay in the spirit of things you absolutely have to start your meal with one of their hot tamales, which seems to be out of place in Mississippi but is the local appetizer of choice.

Once you eat at Does you will never forget the experience, and I guarantee you will spend a lot of time figuring out how you will justify returning to Greenville so you can eat there again.
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