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restaurants in Tunica?

Rochester, New York
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restaurants in Tunica?

DH and I will be visiting Tunica for the first time at the end of the month, staying at Sam's Town. I was hoping someone who is familiar with the area could recommend a good place to have breakfast - somewhere other than in one of the casinos. Not looking for anything fancy - just a diner-type place where the locals go to eat. The only place I've come up with is the Blue and White Restaurant, but since we will be there for four days I would like to have a back-up plan in case we don't care for it. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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1. Re: restaurants in Tunica?

I can't think of anywhere besides the Blue and White in that area and even its a bit of a drive from the casinos. If you want a casino breakfast one day, I suggest the Paula Deen buffet at Harrahs. There are a few fast food places around like Sonic, McDonalds, etc.

Are you spending any time in Memphis as a day trip? If so, you could eat breakfast in Memphis that day as its only an hour from Tunica.

If you want a dinner away from the casinos, I suggest the Hollywood Cafe, which is not associated or in the Hollywood casino. Its actually right off the highway that goes to Sam's, not too far from where you turn off of Hwy. 61.

Rochester, New York
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2. Re: restaurants in Tunica?

Thanks for the info Deb. It looks like the only day we would be able to try Paula Deen's buffet is Saturday. According to Harrah's website they don't serve breakfast during the week. We had planned on having breakfast in the coffee shop at Sam's, but there is no reference to it anymore on their website so I'm assuming they've closed. We are going to Memphis one day - got to go to Graceland, even though I'm not really a fan. Looking forward to getting away for a few days, and hoping the weather will be nice.

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3. Re: restaurants in Tunica?

I didn't realize the the coffee shop at Sam's had completey closed. For a while there it was only open on the weekends. The snack bar has a large variety of food items including some breakfast items, hot sandwiches, ice cream, doughnuts, etc. with a seating area next to it. In my opinion, next to Paula Deen's, the Sam's buffet is the next best one in Tunica. Also, imho, the worst ones are Bally's and Gold Strike. Seriously, the last time we ate the Gold Strike buffet it was free and vowed to never eat it again, even for free.

If you're up for it, you could dine in Memphis on your day trip. For breakfast, my first recommendation would be Brother Junipers (not open on Mondays and only open for breakfast and lunch). Another suggestion would be Blue Plate either on Poplar or downtown, depending on where else you're headed while here. If you choose to have dinner in Memphis, you should definitely try barbecue somewhere. I'd suggest Interstate on Third (only during daylight hours, but its light here until almost 8 p.m. by the end of March) or their Stateline location any time of day, Rendezvous if you're downtown or Corkys on Poplar. If you want to see Sun while you're in the city, there is a free shuttle from Graceland to Sun to downtown, but you must take the studio tour to use it.

www.memphisrocknsoul.org/sunstudioshuttle

The weather is amazing right now; sunny and around 80. Hope its just as nice for your trip.

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4. Re: restaurants in Tunica?

There isn't many places to eat outside of the casinos. You have the one local place, other than that it's pretty much fast food. Some times I do like to go to the Waffle House for breakfast. Memphis is good eats! Also not sure if you knew, but Sam's Town does have Corkys BBQ on their lunch buffet, and we go there just for that. Avoid the Gold Strike right now! They are redoing the buffet and as some one stated, NOT even for FREE!

Rochester, New York
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5. Re: restaurants in Tunica?

Thank you for the additional info. I guess we'll plan on doing breakfasts right there at Sam's Town. I definitely do plan on eating some barbecue while we're there, but I have a question about Corky's. I've read that if you are going to do Corky's the place to go is to their place on Poplar. Would you know - is there really that much of a difference between the original location and the other places they have?

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6. Re: restaurants in Tunica?

You're so welcome. IMHO, the Corky's restaurants are much better than what they offer on the Sam's buffet. The items are prepared at the restaurants vs. being sent to Sam's.

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7. Re: restaurants in Tunica?

Corkys is upstairs in Sams Town, they also serve it in the buffet for lunch and dinner I believe. The real place you want to eat is Twain's upstairs at Sam's Town. Beautiful atmosphere, great food and oh so conveniently located. We get atleast one or two meals comped there, but even if I had to pay I would. It is WAY nicer than just about any casino steak house I have been to and you can still go in casual. Outside of the casinos you do have to go aways to find any regular restaurants. I think the best you could do is go into the actual downtown Tunica to Blue and White or to Hollywood Cafe-1585 Old Commerce Rd in Robinsonville call 662-363-1225 for their hours of operation. Last time I was in Sam's town in October '12 the snack bar/deli was still open.

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8. Re: restaurants in Tunica?

Corkys upstairs in Sam's is closed. I believe the only place to get the Corkys now is on the buffet.

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9. Re: restaurants in Tunica?

We have found the breakfast at Resorts and Hollywood just across the street from Sams Town to be the best in that area. Although for quick meals the snack place at Sams is really tasty. Their buffee is normally free from playing but it's about average.

Talking about Sams I am starting to miss it. I love playing at Roxy's

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