The food in America is a reflection of all the different cultures that have been merged into the fabric of the country over the last 100 years. The South might have some of the most interesting delicacies.
The Lee’s Big Apple Inn in Jackson, Mississippi, has been serving up pig ears since 1939. That’s right! Nice succulent, tender pig ear sandwiches. Bizarre Foods in America chef and foodie host Andrew Zimmern ran across the Big Apple and, of course Mr. maggot salads himself, ordered two pig ear sandwiches, two smokes or sausage sandwiches, and something called a tamale. Now Zimmern claims that this is not an acquired taste, that anyone would enjoy the tender ear. But, as we said, Mr. dried cockroaches on a stick has a palate unlike any other.
The present owner, Geno Lee said his great grandfather got the ball rolling all those many years ago and he wasn’t sure about working there himself until he saw and interacted with the people. He also gave a very interesting historical fact about the business. Civil rights activist Medgar Evers used to have his office right upstairs over the restaurant, but he would have his meetings in the restaurant.
“When he would have meetings, he would have to have them in our place because his office was so small.”
Mr. Lee has made a mainstay out of the business because of the customers they still keep lined up all the way to the door.
“I had to take a big pause. It’s just a little old raggedy hole in the wall until I started working down here and saw how people just love the place and then I was like ‘Wow, I have a cool job!'”
One woman interviewed by Zimmern admitted that she had been coming to the restaurant since the sandwiches were ten cents, 60 years ago. They are now $1.25. Zimmern said if you like “yummy pig skin” you’ll love this. Check out the report.