Small Towns, Big Sandwiches

By giftshop  |  February 21, 2013  | 

Lunchtime eateries around the Delta are assembling some seriously satisfying sandwiches. Sample these local crowd faves and editor’s best eats up and down Highways 49, 61 and 82

BY MELISSA TOWNSEND • PHOTOGRAPHY BY JAY ADKINS

Pimento Cheese SandwichCHUNK-A-CHEESE
Pimento cheese, that is, and a chunk they do serve at South Main Deli, Greenville’s newest lunchtime hot spot. The beauty of this beast? The extra-sharpness in the cheddar, made the homemade Delta pimento cheese way, and served like a toasted BLT—and, yes, that means bacon and extra mayo. South Main Deli Market, 1697 South Main Street, Greenville

PHILLY STEAK
Fratesi’s, ground zero for killer sandwiches in 076Leland’s neck of the woods, offers more than 20 different poboys. This farmer-feeding tote-sum slings more Philly Steak sandwiches than any other! With melted Swiss, the grilled steak is delightfully moist and creamy (and when you can’t decide between the Philly Steak or the Philly Chicken, order half of each). Fratesi Brothers Grocery, 1402 Highway 82 East, Leland

THE POP MALOUF
Ask a Greenwood local their favorite
sandwich at K K’s Deli and you’ll likely get a different answer every time. The choices are endless, but meat lovers should look to the po-boys side of the menu for the Pop Malouf, made with roast beef and ham, for a hearty family fave. K K’s Deli, 109 Grand Boulevard, Greenwood

EGG AND OLIVEeggolive
Summer and fall are the unofficial egg-and olive seasons in the Delta, but there’s a reason this sandwich is so comforting year round at Mississippi Grounds, Cleveland’s coffee shop hangout. It’s made fresh with love from a special family recipe from Ellen Schleich, co-onwers Tracy Portner’s mother and Daye Radford’s grandmother, of Greenville, Tennessee. Served on wheatberry, it’s a traditional Southern-style egg and olive spread kicked up with a hint of Tabasco. No wonder it tastes just like homemade. Mississippi Grounds, 219 South Court Street, Cleveland

skeeballKNUCKLE SANDWICH
The rock ‘n’ roll vibe at Hey Joe’s is carried into their themed menu with burgers and sandwiches that, yes, “rock.” Layered with grilled chicken, smoked turkey and applewood smoked bacon, the Knuckle Sandwich comes with all the fixins on a hoagie, served Delta-style—with a side of ranch for dunking. Hey Joe’s Records and Café, 118 East Sunflower Road, Cleveland

CHIVITO SANDWICH
Thomas Johnson’s unexpected sandwich special is a local crowd fave at the bright and bustling Tom’s on Main in downtown Yazoo City. The national sandwich of Uruguay, this hearty sandwich variation features thinly-sliced ribeye steak topped with ham, bacon, melted pepper jack, grilled onions, and a few slices of hard-boiled eggs. Served burger-style with lettuce and mayonnaise on a sesame seed bun, it’s otherworldly indeed. Tom’s on Main, 219 South Main Street, Yazoo City

THE PROMISED LAND
“People say they live in God’s country; I say I live in the Promised Land,” proclaims Stafford Shurden, of his native Drew, Mississippi. The namesake of Mr. Buddy Tuck’s plantation, this stout signature sandwich is packed with oven roasted turkey, pitt smoked ham, applewood smoked bacon, melted cheddar, pesto mayo and wine and cheese sauce on a buttery croissant. Turns out, it’s been on the menu since day one, when the downtown eatery opened in 2004. Stafford’s on Main, 119 North Main Street, Drew

Delta Magazine March/April 2013

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