The goals I had set for my four days in Clarksdale, Mississippi, were to stay at the Shack Up Inn, visit the Delta Blues Museum, see the Crossroads and eat from Ground Zero Blues Club. This lucky fella over here accomplished all of them and more.
Clarksdale, Mississippi Table of Contents
- Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale
- Ground Zero Blues Club
- Shack Up Inn
- Rust Restaurant at Shack Up Inn – CLOSED
- More Clarksdale, Mississippi Stops
- And More Clarksdale, Mississippi
Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale
You are not allowed to take photographs at the Delta Blues Museum, so I couldn’t document everything I saw for you visually, unfortunately. I’m a giant fan of the Delta Blues, and this museum delivered.
Pictures and artifacts galore of all the blues legends lovingly fill the walls and displays. Marcela was bored out of her mind, and I didn’t want to leave.
She couldn’t find me at one point, and I was sitting on a bench taking the entire Delta Blues Museum in. It was close to a religious experience for me.
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Delta Blues Museum
1 Blues Alley
Ground Zero Blues Club
Conveniently located adjacent to the Delta Blues Museum is the Ground Zero Blues Club. If you’re not familiar with this club slash restaurant, it is co-owned by Morgan Freeman of Se7en fame.
We never ended up listening to live music while there, but we ate lunch twice. I even tagged a table with my name on my way out.
The hot tamales and burgers were great. Don’t sleep on the peach cobbler; it was next level.
Ground Zero Blues Club Menu
Ground Zero Blues Club Food Pics
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Ground Zero Blues Club
387 Delta Avenue
Shack Up Inn
Over the last few years, through many trips, I’ve become enamored with the “South” and driving through it and enjoying the scenery. With some friends, I visited Amory, Holly Springs, and Oxford, Mississippi, and was left wanting more.
Marcela wasn’t part of that trip, but I had a feeling she would love the countryside. I had been eyeing the Shack Up Inn (001 Commissary Circle) in Clarksdale, Mississippi, for years, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to pull the trigger on staying there.
Our Dogs are on Vacay
So, with our two dogs in tow, we made the long drive (which we loved) and arrived at the Shack Up Inn to stay in our shack, Dogtrot.
This is probably the most relaxing vacation I have ever taken. We were able to have the dogs running around the back area.
They were having the time of their lives. We sat on the porch and just took everything in for posterity’s sake. It was a perfect setting.
I’m sure you’re wondering a few things, so I will read your thoughts and answer your questions:
Toilet & Shower = Yes
Air Conditioning = Yes, Wall Unit
WiFi = Definitely Yes
Rust Restaurant at Shack Up Inn – CLOSED
On Friday, our last night in Clarksdale, we ate dinner at Rust (their in-house restaurant, now closed) with a couple whose shack was right across from ours. I had one of the best burgers of the road trip here (the Rust Burger – 80/20 grass-fed beef, roasted red peppers, & dijon’s on a Ciabatta Roll) with some great fresh-cut fries.
We capped the night off by watching our front-door neighbor perform with the other members of his guitar camp.
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More Clarksdale, Mississippi Stops
One morning I woke, and Marcela surprised me with breakfast from Daylight Donuts (521 N State Street, Clarksdale). It was this morning that I fell in love with sausage Kolaches.
Dreamboat BBQ – CLOSED
What caught our attention initially was Dreamboat BBQ’s building (
232 Sunflower Ave, Clarksdale). We were already in full-blown hot tamale obsession, so those were a no-brainer.
The hot tamales were washed down with an order of mac n cheese and smoked ribs, no complaints here.
Larry’s Hot Tamales – CLOSED
Marcela and I were driving around right after eating at Dreamboat BBQ and spotted Larry’s Hot Tamales (
947 Sunflower Ave, Clarksdale). We picked up a few hot tamales we enjoyed later that night at our shack.