More Mid Morning Meals: Brunch in JXN

The Bean in Fondren

by Aspen Hansen

Brunch menus are ever evolving. Although we may be a bit biased, Jackson has some of the best spots for the what some would argue is the new most important meal of the day.

From classics like biscuits and gravy to uniquely sweet and savory chicken and waffles, here are a handful of brunch spots to check out in the City With Soul.

The Bean – 2914 North State Street – Fondren

Originally opened under the name “Sneaky Beans,” new ownership in 2020 has revamped The Bean into the “coffee with breakfast and brunch” shop in Jackson, Monday through Saturday.

The menu includes classics such as steel-cut oatmeal, avocado toast and a sausage, egg and cheese biscuit sandwich. The café also offers a unique breakfast bowl, made with breakfast potatoes or gouda cheese grits, scrambled egg, green onions, shredded cheddar and Country-Pleasin sausage.

Pair one of the many coffee, tea or cocktail creations offered with your breakfast or brunch to complete your meal. From a traditional Old Fashioned to an iced latte, there’s a beverage for everyone.

Brunch is served exclusively on Saturdays until 1 pm with a special menu that changes each week. Stop by to see what’s on the menu for that day.

Learn more and view the full breakfast menu at thebeanjackson.com.

Iron Horse Grill Downtown

Iron Horse Grill – 320 West Pearl Street – Downtown

Sunday Brunch has never been more customizable. At Iron Horse, the dining room is lined with chef stations set up for your made-to-order omelets and waffles.

Choose from sausage, bacon, crabmeat, ham, crawfish, cheddar cheese, mushrooms, bell peppers, green onions or any combination of these ingredients for your omelet.

Or, opt for a fluffy, Belgian waffle topped with maple syrup, blueberries, strawberries, cherries, cinnamon, pecans, powdered sugar, whipped cream or all of these above for a sugar fix at Iron Horse brunch.

Iron Horse also offers bottomless Bloody Marys and Mimosas for just $14.95 as part of the brunch menu.

Brunch is served every Sunday from 10:30 am to 3 pm. Visit theironhorsegrill.com for more information and the history of the restaurant.

Estelle Downtown

Estelle – 407 South Congress Street – Downtown

Located within The Westin Jackson, Estelle specializes in unique, farm-to-table dishes served in a modern, upscale atmosphere. Their brunch dishes include everything from the classic Eggs Benedict to sweet and savory chicken and waffles, topped with Tabasco honey and spiced cinnamon apples.

If you want to add a brunch cocktail to your meal, Estelle has several choices, all bottomless for just $17 per person. A classic Mimosa, Kir Royale, Bloody Mary or the Sweet Estelle – made with wine, pomegranate and strawberry.

Estelle serves brunch from 7 am to 2 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Visit their website at estellejackson.com to view the full menu, get more information or make a reservation.

Fine & Dandy in LeFleur East

Fine & Dandy – 100 District Boulevard East – LeFleur East

More than just a hot spot for date night, Fine & Dandy also offers a killer Sunday brunch. The menu includes everything from small plates to burgers to desserts. One wildly popular dish is the Salmon Croquettes: two traditional croquettes served with crème fraiche, minced chives and salmon caviar.

For a more Southern, creative brunch – created in consultation with Chef Enrika Williams, try the “Shoutout to Shoney’s,” Chef Williams’ ode to the popular breakfast buffet of years past. It’s housemade bacon served with breakfast sausage rice, “legit” scrambled eggs, Lady J’s potatoes and topped with a biscuit crust. There’s also the NOTORIOUS Benedict, a nod to rapper Biggie Smalls: sliced rib eye, poached egg and Boursin cheese, slathered on toasted brioche, with skills class hollandaise, and Welch’s grape steak sauce, served with Lady J’s potatoes.

Fine & Dandy’s brunch is available on Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm. Learn more or make a reservation at eatdandy.com.

El Centro Downtown

El Centro – 318 State Street – Downtown

At El Centro, brunch is truly an event with delicious brunch dishes, cocktails, live music and even hookah bar specials.

Dishes on the brunch menu include the Centro Sandwich, made with a slice of grilled bread topped with strips of steak, onion, fried egg and mozzarella cheese. Or, for those who prefer a low-carb option, the Eggrito is perfect. Made with a scrambled egg “tortilla,” this burrito is filled with grilled onions, bell pepper and cheese, along with your choice of chorizo, steak, turkey bacon or sausage.

El Centro also offers a mimosa pitcher, complete with your choice of juice base. Or, if you aren’t feeling a mimosa, the drink menu also consists of a tequila highball, Bloody Mary, margaritas and Micheladas, to name a few.

Brunch is served every Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm. To learn more, visit elcentrojackson.com.

Ecoshed in Industry Park

Ecoshed – 133 Commerce Park Drive – Industry Park

A new edition to the local landscape, Ecoshed – the creative mixed-use development in Jackson’s Industry Park neighborhood – offers event-based brunch opportunities. Previous events have been curated by Chefs Enrika Williams and Rashanna Newsome with future events showcasing the talents of up-and-coming local culinary artists.

Every Saturday in the month of August, Ecoshed – in association with AND Gallery – will have jazz musicians from New Orleans  performing along with a brunch option which will change from week to week. To kick it off on August 7, a buffet style biscuit bar brought is being offered through Ecoshed’s in-house bar, Spacebar. Unlimited drink options are included for this ticketed event

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Aspen Hansen

Aspen is a contributing writer for eat. drink. MISSISSIPPI, a food magazine dedicated to sharing Mississippi's passion for food with the world. All opinions expressed in this post are the opinions of the writer and not necessarily those of Sipp Jackson.