Welcome to The Crown Restaurant

Open for Lunch 11 to 2 Tuesday through Saturday
Gift Shop Open 9 to 5

Home of Taste of Gourmet's Delicious products and our new cookbook, "The Crown of Southern Cooking, Recipes from the Birthplace of the Blues!"  $19.95 at The Crown or this website!

The ONLY place to buy our famous Smoked Catfish Pate!
Call The Crown at 662-887-4522 or 662-887-3923 to ask about the delicious products we create!

We hope you'll come to Indianola soon to have lunch with us and visit the
B.B. King Museum! We love to work with tour groups visiting Indianola and the Museum..our lunches at The Crown get rave revues from group organizers.
The Crown is also available for Rehearsal Dinners and Private Dinner Parties,
Call us for details - 662-887-4522

The B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola, Mississippi is open and welcoming visitors from around the world...an experience you do not want to miss. Museum is Open Sun - Mon 12 to 5 Tues - Sat 10 -5

Visit the King and Eat at The Crown, we're just three blocks from the Museum, in downtown Indianola.

Indian Bayou Arts Festival
Saturday, September 28, 2019
"Last Saturday in September"
2019 is our Eighth Festival
Outdoor Festival across from the B.B. King Museum and the Blue Biscuit in Downtown Indianola!  Free Family Fun!   .
Ricky Nobile, renowned cartoonist and Moorhead MS native will be a special attraction at this year's festival....doing his caricatures for FREE!
Many new Artists have signed up to show this year in addition to the great group for our first two Festivals. Artists returning to display their work on the Bayou, Charles Chapin from Greenwood, known for his portraits of B.B.King, Greg Harkins, Master Chair Maker, photographer Jack Catlette, Potters:Pat Irvin and Susan Sheridan and dozens more potters, painters, photographers, woodworkers, textile artists   Live Music, Children's art activities, Festival Food...Click here for more information and to download a vendor application! 
Make plans to be in the Delta for Indianola's Bridging the Blues Event...Indian Bayou Arts Festival - Saturday September 26, 2015!

Read about the 2012 Festival in this article in Life in the Delta's September Issue!  http://digitalpublication.lifeinthedelta.com/publication/?m=14744&l=1



In the News
September 9, 2015 - Tupelo, Mississippi's newspaper, NEMS Daily Journal, just did a lovely article on The Crown and Rice and included our recipe for Bayou Rice Pilaf from our new Cookbook, "The Crown of Southern Cooking!"  We sure want you to try the recipe and we ALSO want you to make the trip to Indianola for the food and the atmosphere!  Thanks to Ginna Parsons for another great article!  Years ago, Ginna also did an article on Catfish from my first book, the 1992 "Classic Catfish",  and included the recipe for Catfish Allison, a Crown favorite.  

 National Geographic Traveler did a great article on the Mississippi Delta including Indianola and The Crown!  As well as other Indianola restaurants, blues venues and attractions! Have a look and come to Indianola!

Delta Magazine has just chosen The Crown's Bayou Beer Bread as one of the Top 100 things to eat in The Delta!  And noted that you can buy a box to take home and eat hot out of your own oven!  So buy it on-line or come to Indianola to eat at The Crown!

Air Tran's in-flight magazine featured food from Mississippi Delta restaurants....including The Crown! Great article and yummy pictures. Read it in detail: http://www.airtranmagazine.com/features/2010/05/travel-report-mississippi/6

Country Living magazine's May 2010 issue includes words and a picture of our Mississippi Mud Pie in an article about regional desserts. It looks heavenly, and you can try this yummy dessert during lunch at The Crown Tuesday - Saturday!

Saveur magazine included The Crown in their October 2009 issue, one of six Mississippi restaurants featured. The article "Southern Glories" on pg. 20, boasts "The Crown- The Catfish Pate and Catfish Allison (a whole fillet grantineed in a scallion cream sauce) have kept this Indianola restaurant going strong for 33 years!"  

The Crown was chosen by 2009 Delta magazine readers as "Best Place to Do Lunch and Shop" ........Thanks so much ya'll!

A great 2008 travel article in the Los Angeles Times tours Indianola, the Mississippi Delta, the new B.B.King Museum and The Crown. Follow writer Kay Mills' advice and come to visit Indianola! 
NOTE: Sept. 2009, we had visitors from LA last week who were following Kay's steps and came for lunch!  Loved visiting with them....ya'll come see us too! http://travel.latimes.com/articles/la-tr-mississippi31-2008aug31

The June issue of Bon Appetit has included The Crown in their Mississippi Delta tour article with a great description of our Catfish Allison and a picture of our Delta Fudge Pie! And we are loving all the comments from people who have just seen us on the Travel Channel's Taste of America: Mississippi Delta show with Mark DeCarlo! Good Food Does Get Talked About!

 The Crown is located in downtown Indianola, Mississippi in the very heart of the Mississippi Delta - the home of our exciting multi-million dollar B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center!

For almost 40 amazing years we've served lunch at The Crown to wonderfully loyal customers and friends.  The recipes we have created continue to become a part of Taste of Gourmet's "menu" of glorious foods. The Crown's guests are still our "taste testers," as we constantly experiment with flavors, creating new, exciting products that you can buy through this website, select gourmet stores across the country and at The Crown! The Crown has been host to the Food Network, Turner South, Southern Living, CNN, Travel Channel, Bon Appetit - so many other writers and journalists like Susan Puckett who wrote Eat Drink Delta - a travel guide to the Mississippi Delta and Chris Chamberlain who wrote Southern Foodie. 
I would sure love for you YOU to come to see us too! And I know you'll love our recipes in the 2015 new cookbook, 'The Crown of Southern Cooking, Recipes from the Birthplace of the Blues!"  Lots of the favorites from The Crown and from my family!  Come see us!


Our Story (as told by Jennifer Roughton Schaumburg)

In 1972, my parents Tony and Evelyn Roughton, out in the middle of a cotton field in the hot Mississippi Delta, opened the doors of The Antique Mall, and began importing 18th and 19th century country antiques from England. In 1976, to draw more customers out to the country, we opened The Crown, a tearoom, serving lunch and afternoon tea, in an English pub setting using antique tables and chairs. We served only one entree with a salad bar, and we passed dessert from table to table on a wooden Victorian tea cart.  

I keep saying WE because it was, and still is, very much a family business. I was the little girl pushing that Dessert Cart from table to table on Saturdays and during the summers - serving slices of Fudge Pie and Plantation Pie and Lemon Pie. We still serve those same desserts, plus a few more from our Dessert Table at The Crown. Today those pies are also available in a Mix for you to take home and make for yourself!

In 1980, we added a gourmet Catfish dish to the menu, and around here we call it the other catfish- we cook it every which way BUT fried! Southern Living magazine and CNN visited Indianola to do stories on the Catfish industry and featured The Crown and our great foods - Southern cooking with a French heritage! 

We created our Catfish Pate for a Catfish farmer's daughter's wedding reception and in 1990 that Pate won the Best Hors D'Oeuvre Award at the International Fancy Food Show in New York!  Other products have also won awards and honors including the feature on Food Network's Food Finds and Bobby Flay's Food Nation, and on Turner South's Blue Ribbon show. Those programs are still showing from time to time. We have very definitely been blessed!

Antiques are now secondary to the foods we produce, but you can still buy your dining room chair or the brass candlestick on your table or the Victorian Salt Cellar right off your table. The walls of the Dining Room are covered with paintings by local artists, and the Gift Shop is filled with original pottery and handmade jewelry. Our children's toy and book corner feature classic toys that are so hard to find - china tea sets, slinkys, musical instruments - a trip through your own childhood or your mother's. Back to Books, our cozy little book store, features our own cookbook, Classic Catfish, of course, as well as a great variety of books by Mississippi authors and artists. 

We moved The Crown into town a few years ago, when we began adding to our Taste of Gourmet line of delicious products, and needed more room for expansion in our building in the country!  We have created our line of products and we produce every one of them in our own plant right here in Indianola, Mississippi!

We hope you'll come to Indianola to have lunch with us at The Crown!  My mother will be there, making sure you feel welcome and maybe even have a taste for you of what's new from the kitchen. She likes nothing more than having "fun in the kitchen" - that's what she and my dad call experimenting on a new recipe or a new product. Come see us! You'll feel welcome at The Crown, in our little town of the bayou and the blues!

Oh, I forgot to tell you and I hope you already know that Indianola is the hometown of B.B.King, the King of the Blues. In September of 2008, Indianola opened the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center right downtown - just 3 blocks from The Crown. The Museum is a marvel and a Must See for all ages! Open from noon to 5 on Sunday and Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. Ya'll come to Indianola!

We look forward to inviting you into The Crown! If you can't make it to Indianola, just order some of our scrumptious goodies on this website. We feel that every product that you order or buy at The Crown is an extension of our own home and kitchen, and we welcome you to share our hospitality!  You'll find lots of our memories of The Crown and family in Mama's new cookbook, "The Crown of Southern Cooking, Recipes from the Birthplace of the Blues."

Jennifer Roughton Schaumburg

The Crown Restaurant

Home of Taste of Gourmet Products
112 Front St.
Indianola MS 38751


We invite you all to visit Indianola, our beautiful little town on Indian Bayou,and enjoy lunch at The Crown!

We are open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm, serving lunch from 11 am to 2 pm. If you can't make it in time for lunch, you can always stop by for a cup of coffee and a piece of pie, available all day! Wi-Fi is free at The Crown...so come by to do your work and enjoy our atmosphere! If you are part of a tour bus planning to visit The Delta, ask your organizer to call us. We take great care of tour groups for lunch!

The Crown is filled with original art, classic children's toys, shelves of books about the Blues, the Delta, cookbooks, samples to nibble....so much to enjoy! 

Come see us soon, we'll be looking for you!
Evelyn and Jennifer