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Happy Thanksgiving! The Joy of Southern Elegance

In Sina's Posts, Tamás' Posts, Trips on December 11, 2011 by SN

We spent Thanksgiving at the River Inn of Harbor Town, a chic restaurant on Mud Island. Mud Island is a larger island located in the midst of the Mississippi River.

Hernando de Soto Bridge, Sunset.

Seeing the river was very special, because of its significance in American cultural and literary history. The Mississippi River was the American Frontier until the 1840s before settlers moved on to explore the trans-Mississipi West. The Mississippi fascinated many writers, first and foremost Mark Twain whose stories about Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn have entered the American canon.

At the Old American Frontier.

The restaurant is located across the street from the river bank. Although it is owned by an Austrian business man, it displays Southern elegance. Dimmed light, velvet furniture, and great waiters make this a very classy space.

The River Inn of Harbor Town, Interior.

The Southern style was also evident in the conversations of the guests. We heard guests complementing on each other’s family ties, supposedly something that is quite common in the South: Tell me to which caste you belong to, and I tell you if I will do business with you.

The Thanksgiving dinner consisted of a delicious four-course meal including pastry, soup/salad, turkey, and dessert:

First Course: Self-Baked Warm Pastry with Powder Sugar.

Fourth Course: Cheese Cake, Crème Brûlée, and a Painting.

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