If you leave Greenwood hungry, you have only yourself to blame. The Ballas family has been rolling comfort food and world-famous mile-high pies out of the Crystal Grill’s kitchen for three-quarters of a century. Giardina’s and Lusco’s feature upscale evening dining choices that range from pompano to porterhouse. Expect the unexpected at Fan & Johnny’s, a fresh culinary experience for the Delta with unique specials updated daily from James Beard semifinalist, Taylor Bowen Ricketts. If you are looking for an ethnic treat, try the 100-year-old family recipe eggrolls at Mai Little China on Park Avenue or the Pico de Gallo at San Miguel Taqueria. Turnrow Books’ upstairs cafe is the place to go for lunchtime soups, salads and sandwiches, and Webster’s is a cozy spot just across the Keesler Bridge in North Greenwood. Other culinary temptations range from Serio’s open-face meatball sandwich to Veronica’s intricate cakes and treats to Steven’s barbecue and famous chocolate cake. And if you’re inspired to try your own hand at kitchen magic, sign up for one of the Viking Cooking School’s classes, where you can become the master of your grill or the pastry chef of your neighborhood!
If you’re a guest at the Alluvian, you’ll find a complimentary, full Southern breakfast in the 4th floor Terrace Room each morning. Steven’s BBQ opens before daybreak with Southern diner breakfast offerings every weekday and Jeem’s diner (cash only) is another great choice to feel like a local and meet the regulars. If brunch is more of your speed, Serio’s pop-up brunch has you covered!(Check their dates) Don’t miss the chance to try a Delta donut at Honest Abe’s or even a morning hot tamale if you’re feeling spicy. Fuel up for a full day with a latte and a homemade pastry at our local downtown coffee shop, Mississippi Mo Joe Coffee Company.
Turnrow Books features an upstairs cafe with daily soup specials, creative salads and a variety of sandwiches that are more than a meal. They’ll also fix you a latte or espresso to enjoy on their screened porch. Steven’s BBQ lays out the barbecue, briskets, a southern vegetable smorgasbord and the best chocolate cake in the Delta each day at lunch. Fan & Johnny’s sports a Monday-Friday menu of unique appetizers and daily surprises from the creative kitchen of James Beard Award semifinalist, Taylor Bowen Ricketts. The Crystal Grill has been overwhelming their patrons with a mile-long menu for the past seventy years. Whether you’re hungry for a vegetable plate that spills over the side, onion rings that melt in your mouth or a chef salad that doesn’t even pretend to be healthy, don’t forget to save room for the mile-high pies behind the counter. For an authentic ethnic hidden culinary gem, try San Miguel Taqueria and make sure you try the Pico de Gallo.
When the sun goes down, Greenwood gets serious about nobody going to bed hungry. Fan and Johnny’s offers dinner Wednesday-Friday only, with their artisanal menu changing daily. Lusco’s has been opening its doors on Carrollton Avenue since Prohibition, which explains the curtained rooms and the air of “anything goes.” Famed for its whole pompano and steaks, Lusco’s invites you to bring your own bottle and settle in for a meal that might go on from sundown to late night, with tons of laughs in between. Giardina’s, connected to the Alluvian lobby by its popular bar, carries a legendary Delta culinary name into the new century. As with Lusco’s, you’ll probably have your own private room with exceptional white-linen service and cosmopolitan creations. Start off with their famous onion rings with a comeback and move on to world-class steaks, seafood or pasta. Serio’s honors the family’s classic Italian culinary traditions from the original Serio’s of the 1940’s, while weaving a contemporary twist into the cuisine, including a variety of fish, steak and healthy eating options. Play a little Bocce ball in their lovely patio area while you’re there. Webster’s is tucked into a historic home just across Yazoo River in North Greenwood. Pick up a drink at their well-stocked bar and settle in for a relaxed hamburger, po-boy, salad or specialty item. The atmosphere is casual and you’ll often find the young folks of Greenwood gathered here for a lively round of trivia or football watching on the patio. Mai Little China offers elegant entrees like Catfish Mai as well as their homemade eggrolls. The eggroll recipe has been in the family for over 100 years!
Viking Cooking School
325 C Howard Street • 662-451-6750
Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. www.vikingcookingschool.com
Just across historic Howard Street from the Alluvian Hotel, the Viking Cooking School is housed in a former J.C. Penney building. The space now features a vast array of kitchen appliances and gadgets and the ever-popular demonstration kitchens. Reserve your space to learn the latest in culinary techniques, taught by Viking’s personal chefs in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
From the novice to the experienced cook, thousands of students including kids, moms and dads, business professionals, and others come alone, or together with friends to attend our classes each year. If you love to cook, entertain, or just appreciate the pleasure of great food, the Viking Cooking School is the place to indulge your passions. You can expect the same type of performance from our teachers as you would a Viking range. Our culinary spirit keeps us on the cutting-edge of all things food and inspires us to constantly evolve our menus with the seasons and current cooking trends. Select from our wide array of exciting classes covering subjects such as ethnic cuisines, basic techniques of cooking, baking, vegetarian, and cocktail and dinner parties, whatever you choose, we’ll make sure you have a blast.
After experiencing the exceptional performance of our Viking Range equipment in your cooking class, you may be inspired to update your own kitchen. Our trained Appliance Specialist at the Viking Cooking School would be happy to help you with selecting all the products you will need to complete your dream kitchen!
Don’t miss the Viking Retail Store for every kitchen gadget you never knew you needed!
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