2018 Road Trip - Day 02



Wednesday 09.05.18 - Traveling to Tunica, Mississippi

We started off the day with a quick breakfast at Donut Haven.
I ordered the Down home kolache - the bread is soft and buttery.  Good ratio of meat to bread. The down home would be better with cheese.  Most standard kolaches remind me of hot dogs, but this was a great sausage. I also had a Blueberry glazed donut - packed with blueberries made like a cake donut.  The glaze adds the right amount of sweetness. Rich velvety texture.



Then we drove by the Muffler Man: Bubba's Cowboy at Topps Trailer Sales.


We tried to visit the Bonnie & Clyde Ambush Museum in Gibsland, Louisiana. The sign said open on Wednesdays at 10am, but no one showed up. We hung around for a little while, then left.


We ended up in Cleveland, Mississippi at Hey Joe's, where we shared The Kevin Bacon burger. It looked small but was actually the perfect size. The lettuce, tomato, and house pickles are served on the side. The pickles were crisp and tasty with the fresh dill. We got it with house made chips and they were perfect.
KEVIN BACON
1/3rd lb patty, applewood smoked bacon, your choice of cheese, onion, tomato, house pickles, Hey Joe's sauce, served on a potato bun.

We also split the Gonzo Dog - surprisingly there is a hot dog under all that.  A thick juicy dog that stands up to the toppings. I chose onion rings as my side.  It was 3 HUGE rings, I love the crunchy batter and the thick wide onion.
GONZO DOG - Cheddar cheese, bacon bits, onions jalapenos, BBQ sauce

They served our food on frisbees lol.
It was great value as we both ate for $22 drinks, side, and entree. Plus, we couldn't finish our meal. The only thing that would enhance the meal would be a shake.  5 star lunch, for sure!

 

We had to refuel & happened upon Dodge's Fried Chicken & Gas. Since we were so full from lunch, we did not bother trying the fried chicken. Maybe next time.

We next stopped at our hotel for the night Tunica Roadhouse. Overall, it was a nice hotel & we did enjoy our stay there. My only critiques would be the tiny toilet (not ADA/fat friendly) I had to remove TP holder from wall so my legs could fit comfortably. Also, the glass shelf was falling off the wall. Furthermore,there was no desk area in the room. 
 Here's a little pro tip... Shelly & I both are credit card holders with Caesar's Entertainment. We generally pay $20 or less per night, (including full service hotel amenities) thanks to our Total Rewards status. When we plan these road trips, we try to stay at as many of their properties as possible.

room key


room placard


hallway left


hallway right


entering the room


"fancy" open air tub - view #1


"fancy" open air tub - view #2


"fancy" open air tub - view #3


"fancy" open air tub - view #4


the comfy bed


the comfy bed again


a couple of nice chairs


tv, dresser, & mini fridge


closet, tv, dresser, & mini fridge


closet


iron, safe, ironing board & luggage rack


entry door to bathroom


water closet & shower door


sad little toilet


his & her's sinks


inside view of bathtub area




hair dryer & water closet door


toiletries


shower


shampoo & shower gel


shower head

For dinner, we dined at the Blue & White Restaurant.

From their website, "The Blue and White was originally established in 1924 on Route 61 along the railroad in downtown Tunica, Mississippi. In 1937, the Pure Oil Company moved The Blue and White Cafe and Service Station to its present location on what is now Highway 61 shortly after the construction of the new Route 61. The Blue and White was owned and operated for many years by the Pure Oil Company. During the early years, the Blue and White included a tobacco and newsstand, a Greyhound bus stop, a full-service restaurant and service station. Since that time, the Blue and White has experienced a world war, operated successfully during the terms of over a dozen U.S. Presidents, and thrived throughout many other economic and domestic changes in both Tunica and this great country of ours. The restaurant is now owned and operated by Steven Barbieri and Joe Weiss. Some of the staff have been with the restaurant as long as 40 years. In the kitchen you will find a grandmother cooking side by side with her daughter-in-law and two of her grandchildren as she passes down a seventy-year-old tradition of true Southern style cooking. Serving great food along with true Southern hospitality was and still is the driving force behind everything we do at the Blue and White. The research and purchasing of the meats and freshest produce available, our commitment to food safety and a clean environment, and our expert cooks and friendly wait staff make it possible for us to ......Provide the Ultimate Restaurant Experience."

Here's the notes I jotted down after this stellar dinner:

  • Tasty coffee and fabulous sweet tea. 
  • We both had a cup of chili, no beans, MS folks know good chili.
  • Blackened catfish has great seasoning, perfectly cooked flaky 
  • Magical mac n cheese is the best I've ever had out.  So creamy and cheesy.
  • Elote was a whole corn cob with plenty of Parmesan and sauce.  Delicious and hit the spot for some Mexican flavor.
  • The hush puppies had chunks of jalapenos, yum.
  • The fried chicken had a great crunch and juicy meat.  Add the Louisiana hot sauce for next level goodness.
  • The fried catfish is great, but the fried chicken was much better and I wished I got the chicken plate.  
  • Spaghetti is spectacular with a meat sauce.  It had a different flavor than any I've ever had.  I wished I had the recipe.
  • Banana pudding brings me back to my childhood.  
  • Coconut cream pie is just as it should be.  Seriously plan on getting dessert here.
Now here's some pics for you to drool over...
Homemade Chili
Fresh cooked ground beef, fresh tomato and yellow onion are the base
of this great chili! (no beans)


Mississippi Pond Raised Catfish
Two “Pride of the Pond” fillets prepared blackened.
Served with Mac & Cheese, Hush Puppies and Mexican Corn on Cobb.


Mississippi Pond Raised Catfish
Two “Pride of the Pond” fillets prepared southern fried.
Served with fresh coleslaw, and hush puppies.


Blue & White Southern Fried Chicken Leg
Coated in our unique blend of spices and southern fried


Homemade “Country” Spaghetti (+ Mac & Cheese)
Fresh cooked pasta covered in our own special country style meat sauce.


adding a little heat to the tartar sauce


banana pudding


coconut cream pie


souvenir mug

After that awesome meal, we went back to the hotel. The following morning, it was time to jump back on the road. Next stop, Elizabeth, Indiana. I'll tell you all about that on my next post

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