Pig ear sandwiches!
Meet Geno Lee, the fourth-generation proprietor of the Big Apple Inn in Jackson, Mississippi. Known as “Big John’s” by its faithful customers, the Big Apple Inn is known for two specialties: pig ear sandwiches and hot smoked-sausage sandwiches, a.k.a "smokes." For more than 70 years, it's been an anchor on Farish Street, Jackson's historically African-American business district. Blues harmonica legend Sonny Boy Williamson once lived in an apartment above the restaurant, and civil rights leader Medgar Evers held meetings in the dining room. If you're not sure if you want a "smoke" or an "ear," order them both: each sandwich is served on a slider-sized bun and priced at just $1.05. If you need more convincing, Smokes & Ears, a short film about the Big Apple Inn by SFA filmmaker Joe York, will help whet your appetite.
The Big Apple Inn is located at 509 N. Farish Street in Jackson.