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Top Choice Southern US in Mississippi Delta

Delta Bistro

A tasty upmarket cafe serving southern treats like fried catfish and barbecue shrimp po'boys and crab bisque, as well as fine departures like the tender elk brisket, and a seared duck breast served with pork belly a…
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 dedicated to the legendary bluesman, it also tackles life in the Delta as a whole. This is the best museum in the re…
Southern US in Clarksdale


Upscale comfort food done with some degree of aplomb. The crawfish cakes (seasonal) are nice and the grilled asparagus with balsamic reduction is a winner. The burger is decent too. Overall, it's good, not great, un…
Sculpture in Clarksdale

The Crossroads

The Crossroads of Hwys 61 and 49 is supposedly the intersection where the great Robert Johnson made his mythical deal with the devil, immortalized in his tune 'Cross Road Blues.' Now all of the implied lonely fear a…
Blues in Mississippi Delta

The Blue Front

The Holmes family opened The Blue Front during the Jim Crow period, when African Americans weren't even allowed to sip Coca-Cola. They sold house-stilled corn liquor (to blacks and whites) during Prohibition and wel…
Museum in Vicksburg

Lower Mississippi River Museum

Downtown Vicksburg's pride and joy is this surprisingly interesting museum which delves into such topics as the famed 1927 flood and the Army Corps of Engineers, who have managed the river since the 18th century. Ki…
Arts & Crafts in Clarksdale

Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art

Friendly St Louis carpetbagger and author, Roger Stolle runs a colorful, all-purpose, blues emporium. The shelves are jammed with books, face jugs, local art and blues records. Stolle seems to be connected to everyo…
Landmark in Mississippi Delta

Tutwiler Tracks

Tutwiler is where the blues began its migration from oral tradition to popular art form. Here, WC Handy, known as the Father of the Blues, first heard a sharecropper moan his 12-bar prayer while the two waited for a…