Outdoor Dining in JXN

With the weather changing, diners at area restaurants are looking forward to enjoying dining al fresco.

There is something about eating outdoors that seems more relaxing. Maybe it’s the fresh air or the birds chirping in surrounding trees. Jacksonians flock to restaurants with outdoor seating each spring to enjoy the nice weather as they dine.

Here are five spots to consider.

Urban Foxes "front yard" dining space
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Urban Foxes – 826 North Street

Time for a coffee break? Enjoy a specially made cup of joe at Urban Foxes, located on the edge of downtown Jackson. A family-owned pie shop, Urban Foxes offers a rotating menu of small-batch baked goods in a restored craftsman-style house.

While the inside is cozy, on a beautiful spring day you will want to enjoy the courtyard or porch seating at the restored craftsman-style house.

Enjoy the weather with fresh brewed, locally roasted coffee and baked goods made in-house or featured from various other area bakeries. You may just catch some music on the front porch if you’re lucky.

The courtyard in the back is a beautiful place to enjoy a beer while relaxing with friends in the afternoon or evening.

See the full menu and stay up to date at urbanfoxesjxn.com.

a rustic, covered porch
Crawdad Hole

The Crawdad Hole – 1150 Lakeland Drive

When it’s time to let your hair down a bit, gather up some friends and head to The Crawdad Hole on Lakeland Drive, near the entrance of Smith-Wills Stadium. There is a large covered outdoor area with plenty of picnic tables where you can pinch tails and suck heads with other crawfish-loving folks.

But don’t worry if crawfish isn’t your thing; the Crawdad Hole also offers boiled shrimp, crab claws, gumbo, tamales and turkey necks. Live music every Friday night makes for a fun spring night out with friends.

Check online for special events at the Crawdad Hole as well.

For events and the full menu, visit thecrawdadhole.com.

An enclosed patio
The Pig & Pint
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The Pig & Pint – 3139 North State Street

Guests at The Pig & Pint enjoy barbeque while sitting on picnic tables, either under the outdoor awning in the front of the restaurant or on tables located in the grassy area on the side. There's even a giant homemade Jenga game! It’s not unusual for strangers to share a table or see an occasional dog or two hoping to catch some leftovers.

Located on North State Street in Fondren, folks flock to The Pig & Pint for the smoked brisket, pulled pork and smoked chicken. Their smoked meats are served in barbeque tacos, nachos and on their sharable Fondren Fries, smothered in queso, smokehouse beans, pickled onions, pico de gallo, jalapenos, Mississippi “sweet” barbeque sauce and sour cream. The Pig and Pint also has an impressive selection of beers.

To learn more and see the full menu, visit pigandpint.com.

an outdoor restaurant patio
La Cour Kitchen and Bar
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La Cour Kitchen and Bar - 4500 Interstate 55 North Frontage Road Suite 130

For a more sophisticated outdoor dining experience, visit La Cour, the newest culinary offering at Highland Village.

Imagine Paris in the springtime, sitting at a brasserie along the Champs-Élysées, dining on local delicacies.

La Cour offers a selection of locally-sourced dishes that celebrate the influences of French, continental and new American cuisines for lunch and dinner on weekdays and brunch on the weekends.

Choose from classic cocktails and espresso drinks from the beautiful bar inside. Get there early to enjoy outdoor seating in the Highland Village Courtyard.

Find out more at lacourkitchenandbar.com.

red chairs with gray tables
Nissan Cafe by Nick Wallace
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Nissan Café by Nick Wallace - 222 North Street

In addition to an amazing museum experience, those visiting the Two Museums in Jackson can enjoy a meal at the Nissan Café prepared by the talented Nick Wallace.

Nick has been recognized on a national level for his work, including being featured on numerous shows on The Food Network, and more recently, Bravo's Top Chef.

At the Nissan Café, Nick offers salads, soups, entrees and desserts that are ideal for eating in the spacious outdoor areas at the Museums. Mississippi gumbo is served daily, made with Delta brown rice, okra, turkey, collards, butterbeans and filé. The soup of the day is always made with fresh farm-to-table ingredients.

Entrees include a Southern-style ramen bowl, shrimp and grits, shrimp vermicelli or penne pasta with your choice of pressed chicken, Gulf shrimp or pork belly. Don’t miss the smoked brisket wrap with fig-tomato marmalade, goat cheese dressing and candied jalapenos on flatbread.

Place your order and find a spot to soak up some sunshine while you enjoy lunch.

View the full menu at nickwallaceculinary.com/nissan-cafe-by-nick-wallace.

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