Doe's Eat Place

Doe's Eat Place

Doe's Eat Place is a chain of restaurants in the United States that specializes in steaks, shrimp, and tamales.

Doe's Eat Place was established in Greenville, Mississippi in 1941 by Dominick "Big Doe" Signa and his wife, Mamie. Doe's father moved to Greenville in 1903 and opened a grocery store in the building that now serves as the restaurant. The family lived in a house behind the store. The grocery, which the Signa family called "Papa's Store," performed relatively well financially until the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927. After the flood, Big Doe Signa started a bootlegging business to help provide for his family. After several years he finally sold his 40 barrel still for $300 and a Ford Model T.

Around 1941, someone gave Mamie a partial recipe for hot tamales. She improved on the recipe and began selling them. This was the beginning of Doe's Eat Place.

At first, Signa ran a honky-tonk, strictly for blacks, in the front part of the store. Buffalo fish and chili were regular menu items at that time. Because of the racial segregation at the time it was socially unacceptable for whites to come into Doe's. Therefore, when a local white doctor began to stop at Doe's for a meal between house calls, Doe would serve him steaks in the rear of the store. As word-of-mouth spread about the steaks, Doe decided to start a restaurant in the rear of the building. For a short time, the honky tonk and restaurant co-existed. As the restaurant continued to grow in popularity, the honky-tonk was eventually closed. "Big Doe" retired in 1974 and passed along the business to his two sons Doe Jr. and Charles. Doe, Sr. died on April 27, 1987, and Mamie died on November 5, 1955.

The original Doe's Eat Place is still run from the building in which it started. It is a relatively small and shabby building in the middle of a downscale neighborhood. The dining area contrasts with the outside of the building by being clean and nicely maintained. Doe's has been described as having a "dive-y atmosphere" and "ramshackle surroundings."[1] Customers enter the restaurant through the kitchen, and are traditionally greeted by a member of the Signa family (usually male). Though time has taken its toll on the building and fixtures, it only adds to the atmosphere of dining at an old family restaurant where the true authenticity of the 1940s grocery and restaurant still remains. To contrast with the atmosphere that has been described as "at least a few degrees this side of 'casual,'" the prices at Doe's are more upscale. Steaks can cost in the neighborhood of thirty dollars.

Although Doe's serves tamales, gumbo, catfish, and shrimp, they are most famous for their steaks. The steaks are cooked in a natural gas oven. The burners in this oven are mounted on the top and shoot flames down. This allows the drippings from the steak to fall into a pan underneath the grill so that they can be poured back over the steak.

In addition to the Greenville location, the restaurant located in Paducah, Kentucky is family-owned. Doe's Eat Place has franchised out from its original location in Greenville into 11 additional locations across six states. In the 1992 presidential campaign Clinton staffers frequented the Little Rock franchise of Doe's Eat Place. Franchised locations are found in Little Rock, Bentonville, Fort Smith, Fayetteville, and Hot Springs, Arkansas; Manhattan, Kansas; Baton Rouge and Broussard, Louisiana; Springfield, Missouri; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Bryan, Texas.

The original Greenville location was named to the James Beard Foundation's list of "America's Classics" in 2007.[2]


  1. ^ 417 Magazine: "Doe's Eat Place: Beef and More Beef"
  2. ^ 2007 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards

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