originally opened in 1940 as Bill Beard's Beer Joint, serving ice
cold beer to
the soldiers of the WWII era. Don and Elle Gill acquired the run down,
heart pine shack in 1989, opening Donanelle's Bar & Grill in 1990.
Between those times the old building housed everything from a country
store with a hand-cranked gas pump to a Justice of the Peace Court.
is the last of many such pubs, which lined Hwy 49 during Camp Shelby's
WWII hay-day. Keeping with tradition, Don hand-layed
the brick for the only real fire grill in the region. Only local pecan
wood and hickory charcoal is used to fire the grill and beer is ice
cold. In the past 15 years, we have served rednecks and millionaires
alike, from the occasional hitchhiker to 5-star Generals and United
...when I eat steak I go to Donanelle's on U.S. 49 South. My friend
said, "It ain't much to look at, but the steaks taste
great." Donanelle's is the quintessential joint. If you want a
salad, your dressing choices are: Ranch, ranch or ranch. No apologies.
are cooked over live charcoal, and my son can watch while they cook.
- Robert St. John ... author, chef, restaurateur
little "Mom & Pop" specializing
in choice steaks, ribs, and Yellow Fin tuna, cooked over charcoal
and pecan wood. Don't ask for steak sauce and
don't wear a tie!
- ChefMoz Dining Guide
the menu pretty simple but really good. We offer steaks, ribs, and
grilled tuna with a variety of side dishes ... including beans,
french fries, and onion rings. Everything tastes great, but I think
thing that has made us most famous is our "Ribs From Hell"; lots
of ribs and lots of very, very warm sauce that you won't forget for
a very long time.
- Elle Gill