Greenwood Restaurants

Greenwood Restaurants

The Mississippi Delta has inspired writers, artists, and musicians. And, just as importantly, it has inspired cooks. Spend time winding along the back roads and you’ll uncover culinary jewels: roadside hot tamale stands, Greek-owned cafés that specialize in fried quail, barbecue joints that stake their reputation on ribs, and filling stations that sell slices of sweet potato pie baked by somebody’s grandmother.

Over a plate of ribs and sauce, Delta folks will tell you stories. Stories about Highway 61, the Civil Rights Movement, King Cotton, writer Walker Percy, or bluesman Robert Johnson—stories that you would never have learned if you had not sat down to eat.

In this project, you’ll meet the Pinkston family, fourth-generation owners of Lusco’s restaurant—famous for its broiled Gulf seafood and its curtained booths. You’ll also meet Pearl Johnson, a veteran practitioner of the Delta’s hot tamale tradition.


This project was funded, in part, by a grant from Viking Range Corporation.


Interviews

Cotton Row Club - Stacy Ragland - Greenwood Restaurant

Cotton Row Club

The Cotton Row Club has been a fixture in downtown Greenwood for as long as anyone can remember. Once a… Read More…

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Gelman’s Cafe

In 1946, Myer Gelman and his brother opened Gelman's café on Howard Street, where Myer's wife, Mabel, worked the front… Read More…

Lusco's - Andy and Karen Pinkston - Greenwood Restaurants

Lusco’s

Visiting Lusco’s is an experience like no other, for it holds within it a patina of age and an unusual… Read More…

Mattie's - Mattie Smith - Greenwood Restaurant

Mattie’s Restaurant

Mattie Smith, originally from Minter City, Mississippi, began her cooking career in her grandmother’s kitchen. When she moved to Greenwood… Read More…

Reno's Cafe - Pearl Johnson - MS - Tamale Trail

Reno’s Cafe

Pearl’s tamales are different from most Delta-style tamales. She cooks and serves them in a tomato-based sauce. When asked if… Read More…