for those interested. Viking Range remodeled an old 4 story hotel in downtown Greenwood, MS. It's The Alluvian now and lst class. I've stayed at Ritz Carlton's all over the US and great hotels in NY like The Plaza, Plaza Athenee, St. Regis, et al and The Alluvian is every bit as nice. The rooms (about 40 or so) are large, with fireplaces, huge marble bathrooms and great furniture. The price is around $l40/night.
Giardinia's was an old Italian family restaurant in GW that closed after many, many years. Viking bought their recipe's and made a new restaurant in the hotel to resemble the old Giardinia's. It's lst class. There are booth's with tables for 6/8/l0/l2 or so and curtains to close off the booth. It's fun. Lusco's has redecorated their old place with new paint, new menu's, etc. but the food's the same. It's great. The Crystal Grill is still going strong and the food is excellent for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
In Greenville, Doe's Steak House is the same, Shapley's is nice and Sherman's is still great as always. Clarksdale has Madidi's, owned by Morgan Freeman and it's nice. It's in an old building, the atmosphere is great and the food's fine. He has a Blue's club, Ground Zero, also, that's going strong.
In Cleveland, KC's is excellent. The Joe Family started KC's but the old restaurant burned. They rebuilt a great place, copied after a Napa Valley restaurant and it's really nice. Viking Range backed Wally Joe in a new restaurant in Memphis and it's called Wally Joe's. He still comes down to Memphis a few days a week and his brother, Don, helps run the Cleveland place. Crawdad's is a nice steak house in Merigold, MS., about 5 miles north of Cleveland. Looks like an old country shack but it's nice and big.
The original Back Yard Burger is in Cleveland. There are several great tamale places in the Delta. Doe's is great, Rick's in Greenville, Hick's in Clarksdale and the best if The White Front Cafe in Rosedale owned by Joe Pope. Gourmet just wrote an article about Joe.
Good luck and good eating. The Delta is still going strong.