Dining at Highland Village
For decades, Highland Village has been known as a destination shopping experience, specializing in unique boutique and “first-and-only” Mississippi shopping opportunities in the heart of Jackson. But did you know that Highland Village is a dining destination with something for every diner’s palate? With an expanding roster of eateries, now’s the time to explore what the storied center has to offer.
Founded 28 years ago by high school friends and business partners Dan Blumenthal and Jeff Good, BRAVO! is Italian cooking, redefined. The hearty fare here goes well beyond noodles and sauce. Seasoned chefs prepare amazing and mouthwatering steaks, chops and seafood on this menu, along with signature wood-fired oven pizzas, salads and pasta dishes. Daily chef specials are offered, as well as weekend brunch. Complimentary bread is baked daily by BRAVO’s restaurant sister, Broad Street Baking Company. bravobuzz.com
Char’s comfortably classic ambiance swings from approachable Southern specials at lunch to white tablecloths, lower lights, high-end steaks and fresh Gulf seafood. Offering only the highest quality USDA beef, Chef Derek George and staff are proud to serve guests delicious steaks and other classic dishes, including short ribs, fried Simmons catfish, no-filler crab cakes, crab claws and a variety of meat & two options for lunch. Plus, the restaurant offers one of the best weekend jazz brunch menus in town. jackson.charrestaurant.com
This charmer in the courtyard at Highland Village brings a Mediterranean slant to the spot. Here, Chef Alex Eaton distills quality ingredients, world travels and nuanced flavors to their essence for simplicity that sings. Counter service, the fresh and casual feel, a limited but enticing bar and a menu that intrigues rather than overwhelms all work in harmony.
Lebanese, Greek and Italian cuisines flavor the menu. Hummus, stuffed grape leaves, wraps, Greek salad, and a half dozen pizza selections cruise past those influences with a tasty nod and a friendly wave. Happy Hour is seven days a week from 3-6 pm with half-priced pizzas and $2 Stella on draft. eataplos.com
Established in 1995, The Beagle Bagel Café is a family-owned and operated restaurant with a deli menu including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and catering services. The eatery has a great assortment of take-home sides and sandwich spreads, including chicken salad, tuna salad, and pimento and cheese. All are available in half a pound, pound or two-pound sizes. See why their freshly-baked, handmade bagels, desserts, and world-famous chicken salad have been a southern staple for over twenty years. thebeaglebagelcafe.com
Thai & sushi fast-casual dining and take-out is the newest offering at Highland Village. In the former Stride Rite Shoes, below BRAVO! and across from Beagle Bagel, “Tuk Tuk” offers a Ferris Company-designed, modest dining space that opens to the covered South Plaza, assuring year-round dining. Beyond the setup, the food is inspired by owner Will Puckett’s trip to Thailand, curated by Chef Craig Hamilton and sous chef Soi Ha. Craft cocktails, appetizers and traditional Thai entrees are highlights of the menu. tuktukboom.com
Coffee Prose began serving in Midtown Jackson in February 2019. Since that time, they’ve honed a menu of delightfully delicious drinks, all while slinging used books as part of their model. Specialty lattes with literary inspiration – Moby Dick, My Dog Sip and The Gatsby among them – are served alongside locally pre-prepared baked goods and entrees. Gourmet Popsicles are on the menu, too. Coffee Prose occupies the former home of Deep South Pops, in the courtyard next to Aplos. coffeeprose.com
Whole Foods Market
Whole Foods offers specialty prepared foods, a hot bar, salad bar and a bakery with delicious confections from cakes to bread and cookies baked in-house. The grocer seeks out the finest natural and organic foods available, maintaining the strictest quality standards in the industry with an unshakeable commitment to sustainable agriculture. The Yazoo Bend Tap Room (currently closed due to COVID-19) serves beer on draft and specialty coffee drinks. wholefoodsmarket.com
Inspired by the brasseries of Paris, La Cour is a melange of culinary influences, creating innovative, locally sourced dishes that celebrate the influences of French-meets-American Southern. Located in Highland Village’s picturesque courtyard, La Cour will be open for lunch, dinner, weekend brunch and late night. The restaurant will offer an excellent bar program featuring classic cocktails, wine, beer and espresso drinks, all set in a highly designed, curated interior that flows naturally into outdoor seating.