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MissTiger91
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Dispatches from Pluto
I'm currently reading Dispatches from Pluto by Richard Grant. Although I'm currently living in MS, I'm not a native. The book is very entertaining, but are the perspectives he writes about the Delta true? I've never been to the Delta and I'm stunned the extreme poverty and the stark contrasts between the classes. And is it really as Bat- shite crazy as he describes? I haven't yet Googled some of the stories. All in all, it's a fun read.


rebelrouser
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re: Dispatches from Pluto
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extreme poverty and the stark contrasts between the classes


Yes. Go visit the Delta. Its worth it for the food alone.


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Spyhunter3
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re: Dispatches from Pluto
Go visit Winona or Clarksdale some time. Time just never changed.


The Johnny Lawrence
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re: Dispatches from Pluto
I loved that book. A crazy look at what an outside person sees when they think and live in the South for the first time.


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prplhze2000
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re: Dispatches from Pluto
Yup. I know the author. Great guy. Called it as he saw it.


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MeridianDog
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re: Dispatches from Pluto
Loved the book. It was the crazy quirkiness of that part of Mississippi.

His place was on the West side of Bee Lake. H49 goes by Bee Lake and the beer and marijuana bar he and the black guy went to is a hundred yards or so from the old cotton gin on H-49.

The wife paints and did that gin a year or two back. It hangs in our front hallway.



You should drive through. cross the lake at the gin.





Drive the circle (about 12 miles). When you come to the tractor barn. Their place is/was across the road, down a turn row.



MissTiger91
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re: Dispatches from Pluto
Thanks, I've wondered about all this. After reading it I thought it might be fun to take a road trip up through the Delta. Where's a good place to eat at up there?


MeridianDog
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re: Dispatches from Pluto
It is not too far to Greenwood, and several there. If you are going that way, stop on your way up in Bentonia and see if the Blue Front Cafe will be open the night you go. As for me, I would frame my trip around a Saturday and come back by the Blue Front. If it is open, Jimmy Duck Holmes will be there and you can tell your grand kids you heard him.

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Good/decent places to eat in Greenwood, Cleveland, Clarksdale, Indianola, Greenville. I'll come back and post some after thinking a bit.

Nothing I would recommend in Yazoo City, unless you want McDonalds or chain store chicken.

I think the kitchen at Blue Front is no longer open. A word of caution - The Blue Front is very much a Black Juke Joint and Blues club. However you will be very much welcome there, maybe even with a tour buss load of folks from Germany or Denmark. It is a destination spot for Blues lovers from all over the world.







MeridianDog
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re: Dispatches from Pluto
Mississippi Delta Dining

Greenwood, MS
-Stone Creek Dining
-Revery
-Oaken Barrel Brewing

Greenville, MS
- Doe’s Eats – The original location (Must see to believe)
- Hot Tamale Heaven
- Scotts Hot Tamales

Cleveland, MS
- Airport Grocery
- Delta Meat Market
- Grammy Museum – No food

Clarksdale, MS
- Ground Zero Blues Club (Morgan Freeman’s club, hotel and restaurant) A destination place
- Abe’s BBQ
- Hicks Tamales and BBQ

Indianola, MS
- Lost Pizza Company – Original location
- BB King Museum – excellent – no food


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