Before we left Tunica, we figured a stop at The Blue & White Restaurant was in order. A fixture on Highway 61 since 1924, no doubt many a bluesman fed his howlin' wolf of hunger here, so we walked in and parked our butts at the counter. (click here to see our full story on the Mississippi Blues Trail!)
Huge portions of typical down home food came out the kitchen window on old fashioned blue plate china, but what really caught our eye was their signature dessert... The Donut Tower. Two hot caramelized donuts filled with ice cream and topped with whipped cream and chocolate sauce. Don't see how anyone could have the blues while stuffing this thing in their face.
We ordered the standard model, but our very friendly chef "Pooh Baby" informed us that there are a chocolate (both the donuts and the ice cream) and a strawberry/raspberry version as well. Too late to change our minds, we had already devoured the bulk of our tower.
Pictures of the original Blue & White added to the mystery of the crossroads when we noticed that the current route of Highway 61 is not the same as it was back then. The cafe moved to the new 61 in 1937, which meant that we could blaze on by the junction of the "new" 61 and 49 a few miles south and head further on down the road to the old crossroad, which is a main intersection in Clarksdale.(click here to continue along on the Mississippi Blues Trail!)
Bonus Time: The marker for James Cotton just south of Tunica on Highway 61.
YOUR TURN: Are you a blues fan? Did you learn anything new? Is this a roadtrip you'd consider taking?
David & Veronica, GypsyNester.com
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