Abe’s Bar-B-Q (616 N State Street, Clarksdale) was our first stop when we arrived in Mississippi. It’s got some great history behind it, how could it not?
Let me explain.
In 1924, the Bungalow-Inn opened its doors. It made a name for itself selling the South’s most delicious BBQ. After the first World War, its founder Abraham Davis moved the restaurant to the crossroads of U.S. 49 & 61.
The new location sat right next to where Delta blues legend Robert Johnson would allegedly sell his soul to the devil. In 1960, the Bungalow-Inn became Abe’s Bar-B-Q to honor its founder.
Hot Tamales & more
My wife Marcela and I were 100% positive that the first thing we try needed to be a Hot Tamale. Although its history is shaky as to where these gems came from, one thing is for sure; they are must-eats.
If you’re in the area and really wanna go hardcore, then you should probably follow the Southern Foodways Alliance’s Hot Tamale Trail Map.
The hot tamales are rather small, and just a few bites, but they’re addictive. They were like mixing a tasty corn tortilla with some great chili.
I’d skip over the cheeseburger and head straight for the chili cheese dog served on a white squishy burger bun or even the cup of chili. The burger needed some of the magic from the majestic chili.
I may have also sampled a bite of the Bar-B-Q Pork Sandwich and Marcela’s Bar-B-Q plate, but it was the hot tamales and chili that left me mesmerized.
I ask for the check and then think better of it. Can I please get an order of chili cheese fries?
Those chili cheese fries were so good that I’d consider selling my soul for them, honestly.