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Doe’s Eat Place

Doe’s Eat Place Located in Greenville on Nelson Street, this family-owned and operated restaurant is a cultural and culinary icon of the Mississippi Delta. Doe’s Eat Place tells the complicated story of Italian immigration, Delta foodways, and Mississippi social history.

http://www.doeseatplace.com/

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One of the top 10 steakhouses of 2008 by Gayot Guides, one of America’s top restaurants according to Bon Appetit, and a feature in Alton Brown’s “Feasting on Asphalt”; normally these sort of accolades are awarded to a 150 year cornerstone of cuisine in Chicago or New York, but not this time. This time, all of this high and lofty praise is lauded on a tiny restaurant in even tinier Greenville, Mississippi. It’s named Doe’s Eat Place, and on Saturday evening, I found myself passing through the cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta en route to Doe’s and a taste of their world class fare...

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Credit to: Cynical Cook

http://www.cynicalcook.com/2009/06/does-eat-place-greenville-ms.html

In the 1930s, the restaurant’s founder, Dominick “Doe” Signa, was working at the Greenville Air Base, where he acquired a recipe for hot tamales from an unnamed co-worker. Doe left the air base in 1941 to take over the grocery store that his father opened in 1903. And he soon began selling the hot tamales he made form this recipe to the neighborhood’s largely black clientele. Word spread and the white community came calling for Doe’s tamales, as well as traditional Italian fare such as spaghetti and meatballs. In the early days, the front of the simple wood frame house was a juke of sorts for African-Americans, while the rear of the building was where Greenville’s white community would pick up steaks and hot tamales to go...

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Credit to: Southern Foodways Alliance

https://www.southernfoodways.org/oral-history/does-eat-place/

Credit to: Visit the Mississippi Delta


From Jackson, it takes about two hours to get to Greenville. Mr. Jackson and I recently decided to take this journey, and invited our Delta-dwelling in-laws to join us! You may not believe me when I tell you this, but I could feel how good this meal was going to taste before we even left Jackson!...

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Credit to: Eat Jackson

http://eatjackson.com/blog/2011/11/25/three-very-important-words-does-eat-place/

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