Culinary Standouts in Jackson, Mississippi
A restaurant doesn’t necessarily have to be one of the latest to be one of the greatest in Jackson.
This tiny wing shack in the historic Farish St. district serves basic breakfast foods along with exemplary fried chicken. There’s no printed menu at Sugar’s, but if you’re looking for wings or chicken and waffles in the morning accompanied by a funky soundtrack, this is your place!
Broad Street Baking Company
A Jackson stalwart, Broad Street has been baking artisan breads and pastries since 1998. They also serve full menus for all three daily meals with egg dishes and varieties of avocado toast at breakfast, burgers and sandwiches for lunch and rich pasta dishes for the evening repast. A beverage menu of coffee drinks plus beer and wine completes the dining experience.
Focusing on wood-fired meats, seafood and pizzas and boasting the largest whiskey collection in town, The Manship sounds like it would be named after a decidedly masculine sailing vessel. In truth, the name comes from the historic gothic revival mansion located not too far from the restaurant in Belhaven. The Manship strives to utilize whole animal cookery whenever possible out of respect for the farmers and their livestock that provide the proteins. This philosophy shows up throughout the Mediterranean-leaning menu from charcuterie boards of cured meats to pasta sauces to pizza toppings.
Aladdin Mediterranean Grill
Flavorful selections, competitive prices and a real neighborhood feel make Aladdin the kind of spot that invites regular travels, and that’s just as owner/chef Yoseph Ali intended. Opened on Lakeland Drive in November 2004, Aladdin’s Mediterranean cuisine wraps in flavors from Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Lebanon, a bit of Greece. With the sprawling University of Mississippi Medical Center just across Lakeland Drive and St. Dominic Hospital right down the street, Aladdin is in a sweet spot to reach health-conscious professionals as well as diners in Fondren and beyond with a taste for adventure.
The Pig & Pint
The “Pint” in the name of this affable barbecue bar refers to the taproom in the back which features one of the most impressive selection of craft beers in Jackson. The bar is lined with trophies from competitive BBQ events, and that’s where the “Pig” comes in. The pitmasters moved from contests to serving their delectable smoked meats to the public instead of just lucky judges. From super smoky cola-glazed ribs to peppery beef brisket to their popular smoked bologna, Pig & Pint is a winner. Try their cheesy Bacon Melt sandwich with pork belly, brisket and collard greens for a taste of Mississippi on toast.
This family-owned pie shop is located in a lovely restored Craftsman-style bungalow divided into many distinct spaces where you can find people working quietly on their laptops or sharing a flight of sweet and savory scones. They take their coffee very seriously at Urban Foxes, and that care is evident in each deliciously complex cup that they brew. Evenings feature occasional live music and trivia nights, so there’s always something going on in the Foxes’ den.
Adventurous diners from across the country have discovered what locals have always known: Stamps’ burgers are some of the best they’ve ever had. Located in West Jackson near Jackson State University, this small mom-and-pop grill turns out thick, juicy pattied burgers that are big enough to feed even the hungriest diner. Many people around town swear by their turkey burger as well.
This Belhaven refuge combines a sort of woodsy feel with a novel almost steampunk industrial vibe to create an eminently comfortable neighborhood hang. The bar and lounge area are great places to enjoy a craft cocktail or beer while you wait for a table to open up, which is a common occurrence at this popular eatery. Patience is rewarded with a seasonal menu of dishes inspired by Southern, French and Creole influences. Even with so many excellent choices on the menu, the No.7 Burger with candied bacon and tomato-bacon aioli is always a power move.
Sal & Mookie's New York Pizza and Ice Cream Joint
Intriguing pizza combinations and a commitment to their New York-style make this 15-year-old Jackson restaurant a local treasure. Relocating to The District at Eastover in 2021, the red-checkered tablecloths, welcoming patio, and dough made from scratch daily made a move, too. Sal & Mookie’s also brought along their family-friendly ice cream scoop shop that opens to an outside pickup window for after-school treats on good weather days.
Johnny T’s Bistro & Blues
Johnny T’s occupies a beloved spot on historic Farish St., the former home of the iconic Crystal Palace which was the hub of entertainment in the middle of the 20th century. Murals of some of the entertainers who performed there like Lena Horne, Muddy Waters and Redd Foxx show up in murals that decorate the interior and exterior of this stylish cafe. The bar offers premium spirits, and the food menu takes inspiration from classic Southern dishes with a real focus on seafood. A hip lounge upstairs showcases diverse musical acts in a classy showroom with floor-to-ceiling mirrors to make it easier to see and be seen.
A culinary guide curated in partnership with The Local Palate and writer Chris Chamberlain
Soul Food — Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerGet Directions (601) 352-2364
Open Monday through Friday from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Sugar's Place offers home cooked meals just like Mama's! Enjoy fried catfish, vegetables, cheeseburgers, salads, daily lunch specials, etc. Please call ahead…
Made-From-Scratch Baked Goods, Breakfast, Lunch & DinnerGet Directions (601) 362-2900
Open Mon-Sun for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Closed New Years Day, July 4, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Mediterranean Reimagined, Fresh Upscale Dining
Mediterranean Cuisine, Cozy AtmosphereGet Directions (601) 366-6033
Now serving you at two locations, Fondren and Dogwood, Aladdin Mediterranean Grill, is a distinctly charismatic and casual elegant dining destination. For a taste of the Mediterranean, head to this small but…
Memphis in May Award-Winning BBQ and Craft BeerGet Directions (601) 326-6070
Experience chef-driven award-winning competition barbecue and local craft beers, whether it’s nachos, a salad, tacos, delicious sides, or ‘que plates.
A Jackson Original Hole-In-The-Wall Burger JointGet Directions (601) 352-4555
Open Mon-Sat (10 am - 8 pm) for lunch and dinner. Closed Martin Luther King Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. No checks accepted.
Southern Inspired With a Casual, Vintage Industrial VibeGet Directions (601) 487-6359
Lou's Full-Serv Neighborhood Kitchen is located in the heart of the Historic Belhaven Neighborhood. Lou's Full-Serv is a dream come true for Owner/Chef Louis LaRose, a native of Jackson, MS. At its…
New York-Style Pizza, Sandwiches, Wings, Ice Cream & MoreGet Directions (601) 368-1919
Intriguing pizza combinations and a commitment to their New York-style make this 15-year-old Jackson restaurant a local treasure, red-checkered tablecloths, welcoming patio, and dough made from scratch daily - and more.
Modern Cuisine Mixed With America’s MusicGet Directions (601) 954-1323
Hours: Tu-W. 11am-2pm/6pm-2am, Th. 11am-2pm/6pm-12am, F. 11am-2pm/6pm-2am, Sat. 6pm-2am, Sun. 6pm-12am. Private dining room for large groups. Motor coach/bus/RV parking available. 1 meeting room (2500 sqft.) …
Soul Food — Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
168 W. Griffith St.
Jackson, Mississippi 39201 (601) 352-2364 Website
Sugar's Place / Sugar's Catering168 W. Griffith St.
Jackson, Mississippi 39201
Made-From-Scratch Baked Goods, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4465 I 55 Frontage Rd N, 101 Banner Hall
Jackson, Mississippi 39206 (601) 362-2900 Website
Broad Street Baking Company & Cafe4465 I 55 Frontage Rd N, 101 Banner Hall
Jackson, Mississippi 39206
Mediterranean Reimagined, Fresh Upscale Dining
1200 North State Street
Jackson, Mississippi 39202 (601) 398-4562 Website
The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen1200 North State Street
Jackson, Mississippi 39202
Memphis in May Award-Winning BBQ and Craft Beer
3139 N State Street
Jackson, Mississippi 39216 (601) 326-6070 Website
Scratch-Baked Pies, Coffee & Community Café
826 North Street
Jackson, Mississippi 39202 (769) 572-5505 Website
A Jackson Original Hole-In-The-Wall Burger Joint
1801 Dalton Street
Jackson, Mississippi 39204 (601) 352-4555 Website
Southern Inspired With a Casual, Vintage Industrial Vibe
904B E. Fortification St.
Jackson, Mississippi 39202 (601) 487-6359 Website
New York-Style Pizza, Sandwiches, Wings, Ice Cream & More
200 District Blvd.
Jackson, Mississippi 39211 (601) 368-1919 Website
Sal & Mookie's New York Pizza & Ice Cream Joint200 District Blvd.
Jackson, Mississippi 39211
Modern Cuisine Mixed With America’s Music
538 North Farish Street
Jackson, Mississippi 39202 (601) 954-1323 Website
Johnny T's Bistro & Blues538 North Farish Street
Jackson, Mississippi 39202