I read somewhere recently, and can’t remember what article it was, that The Dinner Bell is the last revolving table restaurant in Mississippi. But that’s not accurate, as Walnut Hills in Vicksburg is still spinning (in fact, the other day they listed on FB they were serving “Fried Chicken, Roast Beef, Shrimp Etoufee, Rice & Gravy, Butter Peas, Green Beans, Purple Hull Peas, Candied Sweet Potatoes, Mustard Greens, Smothered Squash, Coleslaw, Marinated Beets, Apple Cobbler, Mississippi Mud Cake”). On this visit, we were in McComb, and happily sat down to this table at the Dinner Bell, which was completely filled with other diners (I took this pic once everyone else had left)
Besides the food, I love meeting the other diners, as most often we’re all strangers to one another, and enjoy the dance of the table as people are so incredibly polite about taking dishes down from the lazy susan and putting them back, when to spin, and looking out for errant spoons looking to tip frosty glasses of sweet tea.
Here: (I guess the fried eggplant hadn’t yet made it around) peas, beans, sweet potatoes, greens, a dumplin, cornbread, and a fried chicken thigh
Shugie = huge fan.
Best Mississippi restaurant news I’ve heard this month: Peggy’s in Philadelphia (Neshoba County) is open again. That’s another ‘home’ restaurant in which the honor system is in place: one pays cash in a basket upon leaving.
Can’t wait to eat from these sweet plates again later this summer
Walnut Hills is a ‘revolving table’ restaurant, which means that you sit at a large table with 10 or 12 other people and food is put in front of you on a giant lazy susan that everybody spins to get the dish they like.
Just getting started:
We talked mostly to two couples, one was local and they were super-nice. They were originally from the Delta, and so we got to talk about Cleveland and that area for a while. The other couple (also super-nice) was in Vicksburg because they were on their way back from visiting their condo in Biloxi to see what damage had occurred after Hurricane Katrina. As it turns out, their condo (ground level unit) was damaged very badly. And the couple – they were from Franklin, Tennessee – were in for a fight with their insurance company. They said they had asked their agent when the policy for the condo was written about tidal waves and such, and they were told that they couldn’t get that type of policy written for that location. They will also have to fight (just like everybody else) because their condo is a huge, broken mess and if the damage is due to wind, then they have a certain amount of coverage. But if everything was okay until the storm surge, then it’s classified as a flood and they’re completely out of luck. It’s just something you feel terribly about.
We did get to talk about nicer subjects than the hurricane, and really had a lovely lunch with some very nice people.
As far as what was served, there was coleslaw, fried chicken, greens, rice, macaroni and tomatoes, I can’t even remember everything that they put out….Av especially likes their chicken. The only thing I wasn’t crazy about, that I didn’t remember from the last time we visited, was that they only served unsweet tea!
In Vicksburg, Av and I also really like Solly’s Hot Tamales (1921 Washington St).
Av and I were lucky enough to be in McComb at dinner (lunch) time this week, so we stopped in at The Dinner Bell. There was a short wait, then we were seated with about twelve others. At The Dinner Bell, as well as at other ‘revolving tables’ restaurants, the food is set on a lazy susan, and you just spin that part of the table to make whatever you like accessible.
Among all the wonderful choices that day were: fried chicken, smoked sausage, sweet potato casserole, fried eggplant (their eggplant is incredible – and the recipe’s a secret – it’s not even in the cookbook they sell), cabbage, rice and gravy, rolls, and for dessert – banana pudding and bread pudding. I’m sure I left out a few dishes in this listing, but it was more than enough and everything was of course just delicious. Yum!