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The Hollywood Cafe in Tunica Resorts, also known as Robinsonville, Mississippi is as much a part of legend here as blues artists. It was referenced in the famous song “Walking in Memphis” by musician Mark Cohn, who has his own wall of fame in the restaurant. It was also included in John Grisham’s classic A Time to Kill as a place where Jake took his protege for a meal. And even more, it’s the place that claims to be home to the original fried dill pickle.
Opened in 1969, The Hollywood Cafe is not named for the California version, but instead for a town nearby where the original restaurant was located, which since burned down. The current building is a 1922 commissary that hosts notable visitors and locals alike.
The beer battered fried pickles are obviously the most famous item on the menu, even appearing on the Travel Channel show “Deep Fried Paradise.” But the fried green tomatoes and fried catfish sandwich were also favorites of mine.
If You Go
The Hollywood Cafe is located at 1585 Old Commerce Road, Robinsonville, Mississippi 38664. It’s located around 45 minutes from downtown Memphis and less than 20 from Tunica proper. They are open Tuesday to Saturday from 11 am to 9 pm.