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Abe’s Bar-B-Q

Abes BAR-B-Q, a Clarksdale, MS institution.

Abes BAR-B-Q, a Clarksdale, MS institution.

A Clarksdale institution since 1924

Abe’s BAR-B-Q was first called “The Bungalow Inn” by founder Abraham Davis, and his BBQ reputation began its exciting from there.  Abes eventually moved to the corner of Highways 49 and 61, near Clarksdale’s “Crossroads” maker in honor of the legendary bluesman Robert Johnson selling his soul to the devil.

There are some 15 different sandwiches on the menu (but it’s hard to get past the Big Abe Bar-B-Q sandwich, or a Big Abe Chile Cheese Burger.  There are the usual sides, five of them, and both the fries and onion rings are hard to beat.

Abes BAR-B-Q sandwich.

Abes BAR-B-Q sandwich.

The dinner plates are always in demand; there are 6 of them, and most choose either the BBQ ribs, or the pork or beef plates.

Then there’s the tamales, the famous Delta hot tamales, and you can have’em plain, with chile, chile and cheese, and you can even dream of where Robert Johnson might have ever come up with is song “They’re Red Hot” (lyrics and video below).  And yes, you can even take a dozen away with you (and you’ll be glad you did).

 

Abe’s BAR-B-Q
616 North State Street (old Hwy 61)
662.624.9947
Mon. – Thur. 10 am – 8:30 pm
Fri. – Sat. 10 am – 9:00 pm
Sun. – 10 am – 2:00 pm


Was Robert Johnson inspired by Abes’ tamales?

“They’re Red Hot”
by Robert Johnson

Hot tamales and they’re red hot, yes she got’em for sale
Hot tamales and they’re red hot, yes she got’em for sale
I got a girl, say she long and tall
She sleeps in the kitchen with her feets in the hall
Hot tamales and they’re red hot, yes she got’em for sale, I mean
Yes, she got’em for sale, yeah

Hot tamales and they’re red hot, yes she got’em for sale
Hot tamales and they’re red hot, yes she got’em for sale
She got two for a nickel, got four for a dime
Would sell you more, but they ain’t none of mine
Hot tamales and they’re red hot, yes she got’em for sale, I mean
Yes, she got’em for sale, yes, yeah

Hot tamales and they’re red hot, yes she got’em for sale
Hot tamales and they’re red hot, yes she got’em for sale
I got a letter from a girl in the room
Now she got something good she got to bring home soon, now
It’s hot tamales and they’re red hot, yes she got em for sale, I mean
Yes, she got’em for sale, yeah

Hot tamales and they’re red hot, yes she got em for sale
Hot tamales and they’re red hot, yes she got em for sale (they’re too hot boy)
The billy got back in a bumble bee nest
Ever since that he can’t take his rest, yeah
Hot tamales and they’re red hot, yes you got’em for sale, I mean
Yes, she got’em for sale

Hot tamales and they’re red hot, yes she got’em for sale
Man don’t mess around em hot tamales now ’cause they too black bad,
If you mess around ’em hot tamales
I’m gonna upset your backbone, put your kidneys to sleep
I’ll due to break away your liver and dare your heart to beat ’bout my
Hot tamales ’cause they red hot, yes they got em for sale, I mean
Yes, she got em for sale, yeah

Hot tamales and they’re red hot, yes she got’em for sale
Hot tamales and they’re red hot, yes she got’em for sale
You know grandma loves them and grandpa too
Well I wonder what in the world we children gonna do now
Hot tamales and they’re red hot, yes she got’em for sale, I mean
Yes she got’em for sale

Hot tamales and they’re red hot, yes she got’em for sale
Hot tamales and they’re red hot, yes she got’em for sale
Me and my babe bought a V-8 Ford
Well we wind that thing all on the runnin’ board, yes
Hot tamales and they’re red hot, yes she got’em for sale, I mean
Yes she got’em for sale, yeah

Hot tamales and they’re red hot, yes she got’em for sale (they’re too hot boy!)
Hot tamales and they’re red hot, yes, now she got em for sale
You know the monkey, now the baboon playin’ in the grass
Well the monkey stuck his finger in that old ‘Good Gulf Gas’, now
Hot tamales and they’re red hot, yes she got’em for sale, I mean
Yes she got’em for sale, yeah

Hot tamales and they’re red hot, yes she got’em for sale
Hot tamales and they’re red hot, yes she got’em for sale
I got a girl, say she long and tall
Sleeps in the kitchen with her feets in the hall, yes
Hot tamales and they’re red hot, yes she got’em for sale, I mean
Yes she got’em for sale, yeah

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