Abe’s Bar-B-Q

Abe's Bar-B-Q
616 N. State St.
Clarksdale, MS 38614
(662) 624-9947

Abe’s Bar-B-Q has been in business in the same location since 1937. Pat Davis, Sr. remembers Mexican vendors peddling hot tamales in downtown Clarksdale when he was a kid. At the same time, Pat was helping his father, Lebanese-born Abraham “Abe” Davis, make his own pork-filled tamales by hand in the kitchen of the family’s restaurant. Eventually, Pat talked his father into buying an extruder to make their tamale chores a little easier. Today, their tamales are contract manufactured according to Abe’s original recipe. Recently, the Davis family introduced the “Tamaco,” a green salad with tamales on top. It’s a whole new twist on the generations-old tradition of hot tamales.

Date of interview:

August 19, 2005

Interviewer:

Amy Evans

Photographer:

Amy Evans


People don't do it no more, but the way to eat a hot tamale--and I've seen it because we used to eat them from the Mexican on the street. We would get them, and when he cut the string off we would hold them by the bottom and push them and slide into your mouth, and that way you get the juice and everything.

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