A little wood frame building sits right on Highway 49 between Yazoo City and Bentonia, at Little Yazoo. At first, you may think that naming your place "Hall of Fame" may be a little braggadocios. But Jerry Clower used to say, "It ain't bragging of you can do it."
And at Hall of Fame, their burgers can do it; live up to the name.
Actually, the Hall of Fame name came about in a couple of ways. The restaurant is owned by the brother of NFL Hall of Fame member, Willie Brown of the Oakland Raiders. David Brown says when he opened the place they intended to be the best.
"And uh, we went into this business and we were trying to come up with a name," said Brown. So well we got to be the best. And in order to be the best you've got to be in the hall of fame. So that's why we came up with the name, Hall of Fame Restaurant."
Now, you could pick a great name and not put anything behind it and you'd just have a great name. But David Brown knew what he had to do was to make his food live up to the name.
"In order to be the best, we had to get the best cooks. And we told them what we expected and they came through," added Brown.
Hazel Davis heads up the kitchen. She didn't mind my camera in her territory. She knew I wouldn't pick up on any of her major trade secrets. Because the main ingredient in her food is intangible, anyway.
I asked Hazel what's the secret to a good hamburger? She said, "Love!"
Not only will you find a lot of football memorabilia in the dinning room at the Hall of Fame Restaurant, but on the menu, too. Dave's burgers have familiar names.
"The best guys, the best football players, one of their names is Peyton Manning. Ely Manning, Jerry Rice, Willie Brown. And that's how we came up, we try to get the best. Keep the best football players with the best hamburgers," said Brown.
William Gilmore, a regular customer told me,
"I drive a long way just for one of these burgers here," said William Gilmore, a regular customer.
No doubt. Once you get a taste of the big time, nothing else will do.
Any NFL player would be honored to be inducted into a hall of fame somewhere. But you KNOW you've arrived when you have a burger named for you at the Hall of Fame Restaurant in Little Yazoo, Mississippi.
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