The Best Places To Eat in Jackson, Mississippi

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4 December 2016

With an eclectic dining scene that includes everything from classic steakhouse and contemporary Southern cuisine to tapas and Italian dishes, Mississippi city Jackson has something to offer any foodie visiting the city. We list its top 10 culinary hotspots with our updated article on Jackson’s must-try restaurants.

Interior of the restaurant | Courtesy Parlour Market

Parlour Market

Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, $$$
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Located in the heart of downtown Jackson, Parlour Market is a trendy restaurant serving up seasonal Southern cuisine made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients from local suppliers. The restaurant is located in a building constructed in 1898 that formerly acted as a grocery store also called Parlour Market and its interior features a gorgeous design with exposed brick and wooden beams made from Louisiana cypress.


Bar, Restaurant, Tapas, Cocktails, Wine, Beer, $$$
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Babalu is a successful group of restaurants with three locations across the Southern states of the USA including its branch in Jackson’s hip Fondren neighborhood. Established in late 2012, the restaurant specialises in serving innovative taco and tapas dishes that mix both Spanish and Southern influences.


Bar, Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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BRAVO! Italian Restaurant & Bar Jackson
BRAVO! Italian Restaurant & Bar Jackson | Image courtesy of Bravo!
A fixture on Jackson’s dining scene for over 20 years, BRAVO! first opened its doors in 1995 and since then has been offering diners high quality Italian cuisine in a stylish and modern space that exudes warmth. An in-house Sommelier will keep wine-lovers happy with BRAVO!’s extensive wine list.


Bar, Restaurant, Steakhouse, American, $$$
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Based at Jackson’s upscale retail centre Highland Village, Char is a classy steakhouse joint that serves contemporary Southern cuisine made from the highest quality ingredients in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Located within a picturesque brick building, the restaurant’s interior is chic and simple with dark marble floors, a large wooden bar and stylish tan leather banquette seating.

Chimneyville Smokehouse

Restaurant, BBQ, Coffee, Tea , $$$
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Chimneyville Smokehouse, Jackson
Chimneyville Smokehouse, Jackson | Image courtesy of Bravo!
Established over 20 years ago, the Chimneyville Smokehouse originally started life in a tiny trailer with only outside seating for its guests and has since grown into a firm favorite with diners in Jackson, now occupying a renovated former train depot close to the Mississippi State Fairgrounds. The restaurant’s popular, delicious barbecue food is smoked overnight in traditional wood smokers using fresh hickory wood.

Hal and Mal’s

Restaurant, Bar, American, Vegetarian, French, $$$
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Hal and Mal’s has been a Jackson culinary institution since brother Hal and Mal White first opened the restaurant back in 1985 in a former 1920s GM&O freight train depot building in the heart of Jackson downtown. With a quirky and retro interior that exudes classic Southern charm Hal and Mal’s is divided into several different areas including the classy Dining Room, the Red Room where live music is often played and the Courtyard with its unique New Orleans French Quarter style.


Restaurant, American
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Mint offers diners a unique and contemporary take on classic Southern cuisine favourites in beautiful, opulent surroundings that boast creative design elements like sleek hardwood floors, gold framed mirrors and a huge, striking red chandelier. Opened in late 2008 by local restaurateurs Patrick and Mary Kelly, for the past six years the restaurant has been wowing diners with inspired menus that include appetisers such as the Gulf tuna tartar with scallions, spicy Ponzu and house-made potato chips and entrées like the grilled pork loin served with sweet potato pie, bacon cream and Carolina BBQ sauce. Finish with a comfort food-style dessert like chocolate pudding cake with salted caramel pecan sauce and vanilla ice cream.

Table 100

Bar, Restaurant, American, European, Wine, Beer, Fast Food, $$$
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Table 100
Table 100 | Courtesy The Manship
Table 100 is a trendy spot located in the Jackson Metropolitan Area’s Flowood that serves European and American cuisine in surroundings evocative of a turn-of-the-century New Orleans bar. Table 100’s interior features a piano bar serving craft cocktails while the restaurant’s name refers to it special 100th table; a beautiful design of bodock wood made by master craftsmen.

The Manship

Located in the city’s historic Belhaven neighborhood, The Manship offers diners an eclectic menu defined by dishes that fuse Southern classics with flavors borrowed from across the Mediterranean in a chic, yet rustic and welcoming space. With a menu based around seasonal ingredients sourced from local producers and using a traditional wood fire to give their dishes an amazing, flavorsome taste.

The Manship, 1200 North State Street, Jackson, MS, USA, +1 601 398 4562

Underground 119

Restaurant, Nightclub, Cocktail Bar, Cocktails, American, Fast Food
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Underground 119 is a restaurant serving gourmet Southern-inspired cuisine that also doubles as a music venue. Boasting a spacious interior with marble floors, music-themed artwork, a dining area and comfy leather sofas perfect for reclining on with a post-dinner drink, Underground 119 first opened its doors in August of 2009 and hosts a programme of events featuring a wide range of musical genres including blues, funk, bluegrass and jazz. Try an appetiser of fried green tomatoes with comeback sauce followed by an entrée of Delta Pride Mississippi catfish served with hushpuppies before retiring with one of Underground 119’s signature cocktails.

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