Dining in the Heart of Downtown: Old Capitol Inn

The Restaurant: The Old Capitol Inn is a boutique hotel nestled in the heart of the hustle and bustle of Downtown, Jackson. Known for its Roof-Top Bar and Sunroom Dining, the Old Capitol Inn is a dining and event destination for all, from special events and weddings to business meetings and conferences.

The Atmosphere: With the 2017 MS Legislative Session in full swing, one can reasonably expect a place like Old Capitol Inn to bustle with legislators and businesspersons discussing policy, politics, and other matters over lunch. Indoor dining with beautiful window light or covered patio dining with peaceful scenery are both great options, and there’s usually no wait time. I selected my favorite table, the two topper in the corner, next to the window overlooking the koi pond nestled beautifully in its patio landscape. It was a cold and damp day, so my palette was set on savory comfort.

The Menu & the Food: I opted for the Daily Lunch Special, which typically features that day’s special dish, coupled with a house salad and beverage. To my surprise, this Thursday’s Daily Lunch Special featured Chef Nate’s award winning Seafood Lasagna with layered shrimp, crawfish, and crab with five cheeses and Old Bay Mornay Sauce, served with a side of fresh mixed sautéed vegetables. These were not your run of the mill “mixed vegetables”. It was a medley of snow peas, carrots, red onions, heirloom tomatoes, bell peppers, squash, and asparagus. I ordered the Daily Lunch Special with the Tropical Mango Sweet Tea as my beverage. As I awaited my meal, I enjoyed their staple Artichoke Cheese Dip and warm pita bread. My colleague and I enjoyed the warm appetizer while we retreated from the cool, dampness of this rainy day.

When my dish arrived, I decided to start with my vegetables first, leaving me to savor the Seafood Lasagna bite by bite, morsel by morsel. The side dish was just as pleasant to the taste as it was to the eyes. The vegetables were perfectly sautéed and seasoned to my liking, with just enough crunch consistency to inform the diner that these were, indeed, fresh and never frozen. Now to the Seafood Lasagna, every bite was filled with shrimp or crawfish and lots of gooey cheese with a blend of herbs, spices, artichokes, spinach, and bell peppers. It was the perfect combination of savory comfort without the guilt and weightiness. Instead, the dish was fresh, bursting with meaty flavor, and light, leaving me to head back to work to carry out the rest of my day. But not before I indulged in their strawberry shortcake, with bits of fresh strawberry and white chocolate sauce. Yum-yum!

The Service: Tonja was my server. She was personable, attentive to our table-side needs, very knowledgeable about the menu offerings, and even provided us with intel on where we could find Chef Nate’s recipe for this delectable lasagna sensation. Although, I wouldn’t dare attempt this on my own, folks. I’ll just go visit them on Thursdays from now on.

To keep up with Chef Nate Ballard’s weekly specials, you can sign up for email alerts or follow Old Capitol Inn on Facebook for a sneak peek of their daily specials. Lunch is served daily in its Sunroom from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm.

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Carlyn Hicks

Carlyn Hicks, founder of Jackson Foodies, lover of all things culinary, pro-Jackson advocate