Fine dining doesn’t always demand white linens and fancy plates. Sometimes plastic tablecloths and well-worn dishware are all you need. I was reminded of that culinary truth on my last visit to Doe’s Eat Place, located off the beaten path in Greenville, Mississippi.
On the way into the restaurant, I followed the line of patrons waiting at the back door and snaked through the kitchen, where a pre-dinner floor show of sorts took place—steaks sizzling on the grill and servers balancing platters brimming with salads and tamales.
At the table—cluttered with condiment bottles and a red plastic basket containing individually wrapped Saltine crackers—a waitress ran down the menu options because there’s no printed version. Swayed by the sight of that broiler, I ordered a porterhouse and soaked in the unpretentious and down-home atmosphere of this iconic eatery.
It’s memorable experiences like this that drive foodies to hit the road. Adventures are easily found by following these Southern food trails, each of which is themed around regional food or drink specialties. Simply decide what you’re craving and set off with a hearty appetite.