The hard wooden booth at Johnnie’s Drive-in hardly seems like a throne fit for a king. It’s square and upright in the way furniture designed before the 1950s is, like an old school desk that makes you feel sorry for school kids of yesteryear.
But the booth was good enough for a young Elvis Presley, native of Tupelo, Mississippi, and a regular at Johnnie’s, the city’s oldest restaurant. Look above the booth, and you’ll see a picture of the King, smiling over his hamburger in this exact spot. Johnnie’s is but one of the many Elvis-infused attractions in Tupelo, a city oft visited for the King’s birthplace and left just as fast. But delve past the shotgun shack on Elvis Presley Boulevard. and you’ll find a place worth sticking around a while, where music history, food, and the King of Rock and Roll converge.