A Steak-Lover's Paradise
At these three Southern gems, the broiled seafood and hot tamales are worth mentioning; however, it's the steaks that will bring you back.
Giardina's, one of the area's oldest and most historic restaurants, relocated to the fashionable Alluvian hotel in downtown Greenwood last June. Under the watchful eye of proprietor Frank Leflore and executive chef David Ferris, guests are treated to a food-and-wine experience with a decidedly Delta feel. Be sure to request one of the 14 private booths; once the curtain is drawn, you'll dine in an intimate atmosphere.
Like most steaks in this region, Giardina's are lightly seasoned and broiled under intense heat, which creates a flavorful crust and a juicy interior and allows the beef to do the talking. Steaks range from a filet mignon right up to a hearty porterhouse. For a couple of bucks more, steaks can be topped with lump crab, shrimp, or crawfish tails. Sides are extra, but necessary to complete the food pyramid. The extensive wine list, featuring gems from all over the world and in all price ranges, is perfectly tailored to suit the restaurant's menu. 314 Howard Street, Greenwood; (662) 455-4227. Entrées: $9-$30.