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Recession not hurting business at Doe’s

When it comes to the recession, there are a lot of things folks may do without, but a trip to Doe’s Eat Place in Greenville isn’t one of them.

Doe’s has been in the vernacular of my family for as long as I can remember.

Even though I didn’t grow up in Greenville, my family spent many hours traveling the Delta roads between Cleveland and the River City to have dinner when I was growing up. I even had a senior party at Doe’s, oh so many years ago.

Since then, I have been many places and eaten at many restaurants, and nothing really can compare to an evening at Doe’s.

Don’t just take my word for it.

In 2007, the rustic restaurant was honored as one of five special honoree awards presented by the James Beard Foundation.

That same year, Bon Apetite Magazine named Doe’s as one of the three best steak houses in America.

Having said all of that, there are lots of places that grill mighty fine steaks.

But when you walk into Doe’s, the experience is like none other — from entering the establishment through the kitchen on original old tattered wooden floors to getting a big hug from Florence Signa to sharing a wonderful meal with everyone in the building.

My wife and I shared a great meal this past weekend with a table of friends.

First, we walked in and grabbed a couple of adult beverages from the cooler near the entrance — no need to order when you can do the job yourself.

After, there’s a couple of dozen hot tamales and broiled shrimp to share with the rest of the table.

Two big porterhouses were the main course, already cut into manageable portions that are passed around like the best family meal you may have ever eaten.

And that’s what makes the Doe’s experience so special.

Regardless if you are from Europe on a trip to visit the holy sites of the Mississippi Blues Trail or have just meandered in from a long day of planting in the fields of  Washington County, there is a atmosphere of sharing and family that cannot be matched in so many restaurants that can boast a nice juicy steak.

So, while others are battling the effects of a national recession that has people finding a way to cut back on every unnecessary dollar spent, Doe’s is proving to be a necessity for families from Benoit to Budapest.


Contact MBJ managing editor Ross Reily at ross.reily@msbusiness.com or (601) 364-1018.

About Ross Reily

Ross Reily is editor of the Mississippi Business Journal. He is a husband to an amazing wife, dad to 3 crazy kids and 2 dogs. He is also a fan of the Delta State Fighting Okra and the Boston Red Sox.

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