Authentic Southern Comfort Meal: Best Blue Plates
When you’re in the mood for an authentic Southern comfort meal, nothing beats a blue plate.
Usually consisting of a meat and two or three sides with a drink, blue plates are filling, tasty, fresh, and always a go-to when it comes to getting a quick lunch. Most places offer different blue plates each day, and some places allow you to pick your meal, but no matter how a blue plate is served, it’s sure to be delicious. Check out some of our favorite places for blue plate lunch in the Jackson area.
A Jackson staple, Lou’s serves up Cajun-Southern plate lunches every weekday. For just $12, choose from Red Beans and Rice on Mondays, Crispy Chicken with Whipped Potatoes and Black Eyes Peas on Tuesdays, Meatloaf with potatoes and butterbeans on Wednesdays, Pork Chop with Andouille Dirty Rice on Thursdays, and Shrimp and Crawfish Etouffee with Stone Ground Cheese Grits on Fridays. Each blue plate price includes a salad, bread, and tea, too, so you’re sure to get a well-rounded meal at Lou’s Full-Serv. Check out their plate lunch menu and full menu here: lousfullserv.com
Located in the heart of Fondren and a Jackson area favorite, Walker’s Drive-In is known for their quality cut steaks and Redfish Anna, but during lunchtime, you can also enjoy a delicious plate lunch. Plate lunches range from Smoked Brisket or Red Beans and Rice on Mondays; Baked or Fried Chicken or Hamburger Steak on Tuesdays; Smothered Pork Chop or BBQ Baked Chicken on Wednesday; Meatloaf or Smoked Brisket on Thursdays, and Fried Catfish or Chicken Tetrazzini on Fridays. Each blue plate comes with your choice of two veggies and a salad all for just $11. You can also choose four sides and enjoy a Veggie Plate. Veggies include mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, mac and cheese, green butter beans, carrots, cabbage, and sautéed zucchini and squash. Next time you find yourself around Fondren for lunchtime, stop by Walker’s for a delicious lunch that’s also easy on the wallet. Check out the rest of their menu here: walkersdrivein.com/menus.html
Right across the street from Walker’s is another Fondren hotspot known for their small plates and fun cocktails. Barrelhouse is also serving up Southern blue plates, and each one is available every day of the week. Each comes with a meat and two sides and a slice of cornbread for just $11. Meats include Fried Catfish, Fried Chicken Breast, Hamburger Steak, Chicken and Dumplings, and Braised Pork Shoulder. Choices of sides are green beans, collard greens, mac and cheese, homestyle mashed potatoes, house cut fries, black-eyed peas, roasted sweet potatoes, pimento cheese grits, butter beans, fried okra, or a house salad. Or, you can opt for four sides and make yourself a veggie plate. Barrelhouse’s food is flavorful, and the atmosphere is perfect for a quick blue plate lunch. Check out their menu here: barrelhousems.com/menus/Barrelhouse_Lunch.pdf
Known for their holiday hams and catering orders, Logan Farms is also serving up delicious sandwiches and plate lunches. Small blue plates at Logan Farms include one meat and two sides for $8.50, and the large blue plate includes one meat and three sides for just $10. The daily offerings and list of meats available are so extensive that there’s sure to be something for everyone no matter which day you go. Everyday offerings include Smoked Chicken, Fried Chicken Tenders, Chicken and Dumplings, BBQ, and Sliced Ham or Turkey. Other main dishes are available on different days of the week, such as Fried Chicken Parmesan, Broccoli Rice and Cheese Casserole, and Fried Chicken Tender Caesar Wrap on Mondays; Smoked Pork Loin, Fried Pork Chop, Squash Casserole, or Philly Cheesesteak Poboy on Tuesdays; Mississippi Pot Roast, Country Fried Steak, Squash Casserole, or Pot Roast Poboy on Wednesdays; Homemade Meatloaf, Hamburger Steak, Green Bean Casserole, or Old Fashioned Patty Melt on Thursdays; Fried Catfish, Baked Parmesan Catfish, English Pea Casserole, or Fried Catfish Poboy on Fridays; and Country Fried Steak or Twice Baked Potato Casserole on Saturdays. The list of veggies and sides is just as long, with options ranging from corn nuggets to sweet potato fries to just a bag of Zapp’s potato chips. Check out Logan Farms at Maywood Mart any day of the week, and you won’t leave hungry. Look over their menu to decide which day (or days) you want to stop by for lunch! jackson.loganfarms.com/pdf/Jackson-Lunch-Catering-Menu-2018.pdf
If you find yourself more towards downtown for lunch, stop by Parlor Market for a home cooked blue plate lunch. Each PM blue plate comes with two veggies, a sweet potato muffin, and a tea. Enjoy Southern Porkchop on Mondays, Meatloaf with Red Gravy on Tuesdays, Buttermilk Fried Chicken on Wednesdays, Pot Roast on Thursdays, and Slow Smoked BBQ Ribs or Fried Simmons Catfish on Fridays. Or of course, opt for a veggie-only plate any day of the week. Veggies include lima beans, green beans, whipped potatoes with gravy, Daniel’s braised greens, ginger beer glazed carrots, Grit Girl grits, or smoked cheddar mac and cheese. No matter which day you go, Parlor Market is sure to have a tasty blue plate waiting on you. Check out the rest of their menu here: parlormarket.com/food.html
Iron Horse Grill
While everyone loves the fajitas and signature dishes at Iron Horse, sometimes you’ve got to get in and out of a restaurant quickly on your lunch break. If you’re craving Iron Horse during lunch, check out their daily specials on their Iron Horse Grill Express Plate Lunch menu. Served daily from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., you’re sure to get a delicious meal and back to work on time. For only $10.95, choose from Hamburger Steak with Mashed Potatoes and Vegetables on Mondays, Chef Selection of Tacos with Rice and Beans on Tuesdays, Baby Back Ribs with Mac and Cheese and Cole Slaw on Wednesdays, two pieces of mixed fried chicken and mashed potatoes on Thursdays, and Fried Delta Catfish with Mac and Cheese, Turnip Greens and Cornbread on Fridays. theironhorsegrill.com/menus