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Top Choice Blues in Clarksdale

Red's

Clarksdale's best juke joint, with its neon-red mood lighting, plastic-bag ceiling and general soulful disintegration, is the place to see bluesmen howl. Red runs the bar, knows the acts and slings a cold beer whene…
Top Choice Museum in Mississippi Delta

Emmett Till Museum

In 1955, Emmet Till, a 14-year old black boy from Chicago, was lynched in Mississippi after being accused of flirting with a white woman. An all-white jury acquitted two white men, Roy Bryant and JW Milam, who later…
Top Choice Southern US in Mississippi Delta

Delta Bistropub

A tasty upmarket cafe serving Southern treats like fried catfish and barbecue shrimp po'boys and crab bisque, as well as fine departures like local shrimp with lemon zest and fried basil, and a seared duck breast se…
Top Choice Coffee in Vicksburg

Highway 61 Coffeehouse

This awesome coffee shop has occasional live music on Saturday afternoons, serves Fair Trade coffee and is an energetic epicenter of artsyness, poetry readings and the like.
Historic Site in Vicksburg

Vicksburg National Military Park

Vicksburg controlled access to the Mississippi River, and its seizure was one of the turning points of the Civil War. A 16-mile driving tour passes historic markers explaining battle scenarios and key events from th…
Museum in Mississippi Delta

BB King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center

Stopping in the tiny Delta town of Indianola is worthwhile to visit this modern museum. While it's ostensibly dedicated to the legendary bluesman, in many ways it tackles life in the Delta as a whole. The museum is …
Steak in Mississippi Delta

Doe's Eat Place

This family-run steakhouse feels like it's been in the Delta region as long as the river itself. The menu is basically Delta tamales and slabs of steak you could build a house with (if you wanted the tastiest house …
Southern US in Clarksdale

Bluesberry Cafe

This isn't just a greasy spoon – there's grease on the forks, knives and napkins too. But who cares? The food – eggs, bacon, homemade sausages and big sandwiches – is cooked to order and delicious, and on many a mor…
Books in Mississippi Delta

Turnrow Books

This excellent little independent bookstore is a beloved Delta outpost for good coffee, conversation and love of the written word. Regional authors often pop in for readings, and this is a great spot to while away s…
Southern US in Vicksburg

Walnut Hills

For a dining experience that takes you back in time, head to this eatery where you can enjoy rib-sticking, down-home Southern food elbow to elbow, family-style.