by Rebecca Fending
If you thought you had to board a plane to indulge in the world’s cultural tastes, you’d be wrong.
Jackson has a host of locally owned eateries with international flair, from Asian to Caribbean. If you’re looking to expand your palate, here are just a few of the city’s options for global cuisines.
Taste of the Island – 436 East Capitol Street
Located in the old Fanatics location on the corner of Capitol and President streets, Taste of the Island is primarily a carryout joint with some seating available inside the restaurant. Crowd favorites include the jerk pork, jerk chicken and oxtails and gravy.
The meals are made to be as authentic to these Caribbean staples as possible, making it a favorite for those who take cultural comfort in the recipes or a new favorite for those looking to expand their palate.
For more information, follow Taste of the Island’s Facebook page.
Sakura Bana – 4800 I-55
This spot was Jackson’s first-ever sushi restaurant when it opened in 1987. Sakura Bana serves traditional Japanese dishes, as well as fresh, high-quality sushi. The menu is massive and offers a wide array of sushi types, including nigiri (thin-sliced fish over rice), sashimi (thin-sliced fish for eating with soy sauce) and more familiar maki (rolls featuring fish, vegetables and seaweed).
For those looking to enjoy a roll without the rice, Sakura Bana also offers no-rice rolls. These rolls are comprised of just fresh fish, vegetables and sauce. The paradise roll is made of fried salmon on the outside with rock shrimp, crab and avocado on the inside.
For more online ordering and the full menu, visit their website.
Jerk City Grille – 4157 Robinson Road
Boasting a newly updated menu and pricing, Jerk City Grille has several Caribbean-style bites with classic Southern twists. The jerk chicken po’boy is a popular menu item, loaded with juicy jerk chicken, sausage and stir-fried veggies. Another is the red strip rib, made by slow braising a rack of ribs and glazing with Jerk City’s special sauce.
If you’re looking for pasta, Jerk City also has a creamy, jerk-seasoned dish called Rasta pasta. The dish includes sausage, jerk chicken, penne and vegetables tossed in Alfredo sauce.
To keep up with Jerk City Grille, follow the Facebook page for more.
Green Ghost Tacos – 2820 North State Street
This Fondren favorite serves up delicious, small-batch-made food crafted from secret family recipes handed down through generations with various traditional tacos, burritos, enchiladas and fajitas.
Popular menu items include shrimp, redfish and carnitas tacos. Most tacos on the menu are served traditional style with just onions and cilantro on top. However, you can “Americanize” your toppings by also adding cheese, lettuce and tomato.
Green Ghost also serves birria tacos, those cheesy, dripping fried tacos you’ve likely seen all over social media recently. You can order these with traditional shredded beef or chicken.
Learn more or see the full menu at greenghosttacos.com.
O Hashi Sushi – Cultivation Food Hall
If you’re looking for a sushi place other than Sakura Bana, O Hashi Sushi is now part of the lineup at Cultivation Food Hall. This restaurant offers classic sushi favorites, signature rolls, fried rolls, appetizers and even fried ice cream.
O Hashi’s menu features creative rolls catered to local tastes, including the Mississippi red roll, made with spicy tuna, shrimp tempura, crab, avocado, cucumber and special sauce. The magnolia roll includes salmon, tuna, crab, yellowtail, avocado, cucumber and a ponzu drizzle.
To see the full menu, visit Cultivation Food Hall’s website.
Tuk Tuk Boom – 4500 Interstate 55 North, Suite 153
A fusion of fresh Thai favorites and sushi rolls, Tuk Tuk Boom in Highland Village is perfect for when you’re craving something fresh, quick and with a refreshing coastal atmosphere.
The menu here consists of traditional Thai dishes, poke bowls and salads, sushi, cocktails, and frozen drinks. The house poke bowl is made with sushi rice, avocado, spicy tuna, salmon, edamame, carrot, red onion, seaweed salad, sesame, and topped with Kabayaki sauce and Tuk Tuk sauce.
If you’re looking for something with noodles, try the Spicy Beef Noodles, made with rice noodles, beef, wok egg, tomato, broccoli, onion, green beans, Thai basil. Otherwise, you can’t go wrong with an island roll: seasoned tuna, crab, cucumber, avocado, sweet bell pepper and scallions, topped with pink sauce and Kabayaki sauce.
To learn more or see a full menu, visit tuktukboom.com.