People come to Tupelo, Mississippi for many reasons—it’s birthplace of Elvis Presley, headquarters of the historic Natchez Trace Parkway, and it’s home to Gumtree Arts Festival, to name a few. One of the most fabulous things about Tupelo is the down-home friendly folks and the food. And speaking of the food… Connie’s Fried Chicken is a place you don’t want to miss.
Connie’s Fried Chicken opened its doors in 1979 by owners and cooks, Constantine and Nan Asters. Constantine, fondly known to family and friends as “Connie”, started the restaurant by creating good food and a family-friendly atmosphere.
Thirty years later, the restaurant is still run the same way, only now it’s by Connie’s sons, Mike and Jay Asters. Mike and Jay keep Connie’s running the way their parents started, by overseeing it all themselves. It’s not uncommon to see Mike and Jay holding the door as people walk in and stopping to sit and talk local news with customers, all while still running the kitchen.
Now for the food!
Connie’s makes food how it should be made in the south: homemade and fried. Locals around here know how important it is to get breakfast while it lasts. I’ve stood in lines out the door, and even gone through the drive-thru and taken my to-go food inside to eat because they’re just that busy.
The most famous breakfast menu item is the “Chicken Open Face.” This dish is a homemade biscuit, cut open, and smothered with creamy, thick, white pepper gravy, and then as if that doesn’t sound good enough, they go and top it with fried chicken.
Breakfast at Connie’s is not complete without a…wait for it… “hot from the fryer” blueberry donut. It just might be the best donut you ever eat. People sit and wait on them to come out hot. (I even had a friend from high school who served them at her wedding!)
Lunch and Dinner
Lunch and Dinner are equally as busy as breakfast and equally delicious. You really can’t go wrong with anything from Connie’s, but the most highly recommended items would have to be the hand-breaded chicken tenders or fried chicken livers. And then the best part of any lunch or dinner is the hand-breaded, fried-to-golden-goodness onion rings; the kind of onion rings that could make an entire meal!
And I would hate to leave y’all with the impression that Connie’s only serves these few fried things, because they always have a fresh salad bar with homemade chicken salad, a mean charbroiled chicken tender dinner, and a hamburger grilled to perfection.
Overall… if you’re in Tupelo you CANNOT miss out on a meal at Connie’s. You just can’t. It’s good ole fried southern food at its finest.
FOOD: Like I mentioned, breakfast is the crowd favorite. The blueberry donuts can’t be missed! They’re part of what defines local food in Tupelo!
SERVICE: When you order at Connie’s you go straight to the counter, then choose your seat, and just wait for your name or number to be called!
ATMOSPHERE: When you walk in Connie’s, it’s a low-key casual dining area, with framed newspaper articles on past stories, pictures of local baseball teams they’ve sponsored, and pictures of the original days at the restaurant. It’s friendly, clean, and casual!