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Johnnie's Drive In

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908 E Main St, Tupelo, MS
662.842.6748
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A very unique place!! :-)

I have eaten at Johnnie's all my life (70+ years). I knew the original owner and the BBQ's and hamburgers are still cooked the same. Give it a try!

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
Wallace R
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Nampa, Idaho
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Nampa, Idaho
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

I have eaten at Johnnie's all my life (70+ years). I knew the original owner and the BBQ's and hamburgers are still cooked the same. Give it a try!

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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

We found out of this place from the museum, and it was so worth it. I ended up posting so many photos to my hash tag #dvrvtour just from this place! The food is good also, basically what you would find in most small pit stops. This place is great for a quick bite, and the history lesson it gives... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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81 restaurant reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Johnnies is billed as the oldest restaurant in Tupelo, established in 1946. We visited in the off season (March) and came late (1:30 PM) for lunch, but there were still more than a dozen old timers sitting around in a couple of groups. Once recognized as tourists, we were invited to have lunch in Elvis Presley's booth. The owner then... More 

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Blue Springs, Mississippi, United States
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42 reviews 42 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Nothing beats the burgers and fries from Johnnie's Drive In. It's a local haunt that hasn't changed in 60 years. If you're an Elvis fan go inside and see or sit at his favorite booth and check out old photos gracing the walls. If you're a health nut worried about your grease intake don't bother with this establishment. But for... More 

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Tupelo, Mississippi
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Not much has changed at Johnnie’s over the last sixty-odd years since Elvis patronized it while growing up in the neighborhood. They still have car hops and the booths inside are original, cut from plywood. But be advised the building is small, parking is very limited and seating is difficult to obtain during the busy local lunch crowd so come... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

A must visit if you come to Tupelo as an Elvis fan as I am! It was my first visit to Elvis' birthplace and I couldn't believe that I sat in the same booth as Elvis did at the diner... The staff seems to LOVE Elvis fans! Johnnie's is now a "must stop" when in Tupelo. The city fathers should... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Just up the road from the Elvis Presley birthplace museum is Johnny's Bar-B-Q, a little drive-in BBQ restaurant where Elvis Presley and his friends hung out. The food is nothing too special but it is standard southern BBQ and the usual options, but it's very cool to be able to eat where Elvis did, and the place doesn't look like... More 

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Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Was lucky enough to visit on our Elvis Tour,we sat in the same booth Elvis did and to top it all the food was great. Definitely worth a visit.

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Halton Hills, Canada
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54 reviews 54 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Johnnie's Drive In was one of our stops during our food tour of Tupelo. We stopped in and although I was there years ago to have a slug burger, I decided on an AM (all meat) burger. In the burger world Johnnie's gets it. It's about the burger! The toppings are there to enhance the flavour and texture of the... More 

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Alabama
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55 restaurant reviews
337 helpful votes 337 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

This being Elvis' childhood fave, we wanted to give it a try while in town. It's a neat little down-home place with friendly people, but I will order differently the next time I am there. Elvis' choice, the "dough burger" was kinda gross in my opinion...edible, but that's all. It is a small burger with bread mixed up in the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 908 E Main St, Tupelo, MS
  • Location: United States  >  Mississippi (MS)  >  Tupelo
  • Phone Number: 662.842.6748

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

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