EAT, STAY, PLAY: GREENWOOD
Beginning where the rolling hills meet the lush flatlands, Greenwood is in the heart of the Mississippi Delta. It’s history, as striking as its landscape, will continue to fascinate generations. From three graves marking the resting place of a blues icon, to three rivers for the adventurous traveler to explore, to new Delta cuisine at one of the hamlet’s many interesting eateries there is something for every traveler.
Lusco’s is one of Mississippi’s oldest, most distinctive restaurants and just celebrated their 80th birthday. Lusco’s emerged from a grocery store into a restaurant and is a go to stop for Delta culinary enthusiasts for succulent steak, whole broiled pompano and crisp onion rings.
Delta Bistropub features the award-winning cuisine of James Beard-nominated Chef and co-owner, Taylor Bowen Ricketts. Chef Taylor’s unique cuisine is presented in an equally unique setting, a modern, contemporary interior tucked inside a beautifully restored historic building located one block north of The Alluvian hotel in downtown Greenwood.
Giardina’s, one of the Mississippi Delta’s most historic restaurants, was founded in 1936 by Joseph Giardina. A unique blend of sophistication and warmth, Giardina’s is the perfect setting for any event. Featuring steaks, seafood and Italian cuisine, Giardina’s atmosphere is old world elegant but dress is laid-back “Delta casual.”
Cross the sleek threshold of The Alluvian, and enter a realm with a nouveau-chic ambiance normally reserved for world cities. Created by world renowned architects and designers, this boutique hotel has claimed iconic status with its modern design. The Alluvian is an alluring alternative to the ordinary.
Whether you’re traveling the “Blues Highway” in search of the spirits of the early blues legends or just seeking to escape from the hustle and bustle of the modern world for a bit of serenity, Tallahatchie Flats’ old-time farm houses have what you need. Located on the banks of the Tallahatchie River on a Delta cotton plantation, these two to four-room dwellings are preserved examples of the small rural homes that once dotted the Delta countryside where so many great blues artists were born and raised and wandered.
Visit Webster’s Food & Drink, where the locals go to hear live music with great food and plenty of libations to whet your whistle after a trek across the Delta flatlands.
Take a tour of Robert Johnson’s three graves. Legend claims Johnson sold his soul to the Devil at the crossroads of Highways 61 and 49 so he could play the Delta blues. Supposedly poisoned by a jealous husband at a juke joint at Three Forks where Highways 82 and 49E intersect, Johnson was taken to a shotgun house at the Star of the West Plantation north of Greenwood, where he lingered for several days before dying on August 16, 1938, at the age of 27. Johnson’s death and burial created a mystery almost as great as his talent’s sudden appearance. His death certificate says Johnson is buried at Zion Church — but which one?
Photo: Viking Cooking School in Greenwood.
This post was written by the staff of Visit Mississippi and highlights some of our favorite destinations. To learn about other top Greenwood visitor attractions and to plan your trip, see www.visitgreenwood.com.