Gather Around: Family-Friendly Restaurants

For some families, going out to eat with kids can sometimes be a task. Thankfully, there are several restaurants in Jackson that have great menus and atmospheres that are perfect for the entire family, even the kids. Here are some of our favorite places to take the whole family without breaking the bank.

Sundaes at Brent’s

Brent’s Drugs – A Fondren Staple
Brent’s Drugs has been serving the Jackson area since 1946. Still complete with a soda fountain and classic bar stools, Brent’s is perfect for all ages, including kids. The kids menu at Brent’s includes Kids Burger, Grilled Cheese, Hot Dog, and Buttermilk Pancakes. Even the pickiest of eaters will find a yummy meal at Brent’s. Kids under 12 even eat free on Friday nights with the purchase of an adult entree. Of course, no meal at a diner would be complete without a milkshake to wash it all down.

Choose from classic flavors like Chocolate, Vanilla, and Strawberry, or get a little out of the box with flavors like Nutella, Dreamsicle, or PB&J. Other desserts include items like a Cookie Monster Sundae, complete with cookies & cream ice cream hot fudge, Oreo cookies, and graham cracker crumbs. Brent’s is a simple and charming diner that is perfect for any lunch or dinner with the whole family, and kids and adults alike will find themselves coming back for years to come. Check out their menu:

Deep South Pops

Deep South Pops – Popsicle Love
Who doesn’t love popsicles? No matter what age, Deep South Pops provides delicious popsicles, gelato, pastries, coffee, and even beer for the adults. With two locations in Jackson, Deep South Pops is the perfect way to cool down and hang out with family at their State Street or Highland Village location. Their handcrafted popsicle flavors vary daily depending on the location and can range anywhere from Buttermilk to Chocolate to Creole Cream Cheesecake.

Deep South Pops also offers dairy-free popsicles like Orange Vanilla, Mixed Berry, Avocado Coconut Cream, and Blueberry Orange. While the kids enjoy a popsicle or a scoop of gelato, mom and dad can enjoy beers on tap like Tin Roof Blonde Ale, Southern Prohibition Crowd Control, or Yuengling. If your family is looking for a sweet treat this summer and want the perfect family-friendly place, Deep South Pops should be on their list. Check out their Facebook for daily updates on flavors, or check out their website for full menus. Deep South Pops permanently closed on November 30, 2019.

Sal and Mookies pizza

Sal and Mookie’s – Pizza and Ice Cream
What kid doesn’t love pizza and ice cream? Sal and Mookie’s is the perfect place for both! Though Sal & Mookie’s is known as a pizza joint, there is so much more to this place than pizza. Most restaurants give out coloring sheets and crayons to kids to keep them entertained, but not Sal & Mookie’s. Kids can keep themselves busy with strands of wax and make wax creations while they wait on their food. Creations of all kinds don the walls of the restaurant, and it adds a creative touch to the interior of the building. Sal & Mookie’s has even been voted the best restaurant for families in Parents and Kids Magazine since 2007, and there’s absolutely a reason why.

Sal & Mookie’s makes it fun and easy for families with kids to go out to eat, and parents can even reward their kids at the end of a meal with a treat from the ice cream parlor that’s right inside the restaurant. Countless flavors of ice cream, sundaes, splits, shakes, malts, and ice cream floats are available for the kids… and even the adults. Check out Sal & Mookie’s menu and see for yourself why kids and adults both love it.

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Paige McKay

eat. drink. MISSISSIPPI is a food magazine dedicated to sharing Mississippi's passion for food with the world. From local chefs making their culinary mark to the many great restaurants this state has to offer, Mississippi's hospitality shines through in the pages of this magazine. It is our desire to preserve our culinary heritage and inspire today's cooks with a new passion for cooking and eating. All opinions expressed in this post are the opinions of the writer and not necessarily those of Sipp Jackson.

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Sal and Mookies has the best gelato in the city. The kids love to pick their favorite.