by Julian Brunt
As seasons change, what could be better than an outdoor picnic in the City With Soul?
Jackson has many locations to choose from, like LeFleur’s Bluff State Park in LeFleur East, with plenty of picnic tables and trails to walk it off afterward. Or Battlefield Park in West Jackson with plenty of shade trees. Maybe Downtown’s Smith Park is more your setting with the sights of the city skyline just over your shoulder.
Planning a picnic should be hassle-free, and JXN restaurants have the fix for your perfect picnic.
The Beagle Bagel Café – 4500 Interstate 55 North Frontage Road #145
The Beagle Bagel Café has a great assortment of take-home sides and sandwich spreads, including chicken salad, tuna salad and pimento and cheese. All are available in half a pound, pound or two-pound sizes. Look for almost twenty bagel flavors to build the perfect picnic sandwich, or opt for dozen sandwiches, paninis, salads and soups from the café.
Visit thebeaglebagelcafe.com for a full menu and online ordering.
Broad Street – 4465 I-55 North Suite #101 Banner Hall
Broad Street has several options to offer for your picnic, from fresh-baked bread, bakery sweets, salads and paninis, to name a few. However, their Boozy Brunch Baskets might be just what you need. There are two to choose from: the Mimosa Brunch Basket, complete with muffins, quiche, prosecco and orange juice, or the Boozy English Toffee Iced Coffee Basket, which includes muffins, quiche, four individual Tito’s vodka servings and cold-brewed English toffee flavored coffee. Both baskets offer four servings.
Order online or browse the full menu for picnic inspiration at broadstbakery.com.
Steve’s Downtown Deli and Bakery – 125 South Congress Street
Steve’s Downtown Deli and Bakery has a great assortment of sandwiches, like the Blackened Shrimp Po’boy, made with remoulade, lettuce and tomato. They also have a great cheeseburger, ham and cheddar quiche and even a pepperoni pizza.
Visit stevesdowntown.com for more information.
Sugar’s Place Downtown – 168 East Griffith Street
Sugar’s Place Downtown is known for its catfish, chicken and waffles, a half-pound Angus chuck burger and fried wings that would be perfect for a picnic with friends or family. The restaurant also offers many great picnic sides, like potato salad, coleslaw and collard greens.
Hickory Pit – 1491 Canton Mart Road
Hickory Pit is a great barbecue option for picnic eats, whether you’re looking to dive into a rack of ribs or would prefer a sandwich. Enjoy their pulled pork sandwich, half a smoked chicken and a great homemade dessert, like their famous Hershey pie.
Keifer’s Downtown – 120 North Congress Street
Keifer’s Downtown is known for their Greek food, like pita wraps and hummus, but they also make a mean burger. Check out their gyro, stuffed with a spicy blend of lamb and beef and served with tzatziki sauce, perhaps the most famous Greek sauce of all—all perfect handle-helds for a day in the park.
Check out their website at keifersdowntown.com for their full menu.
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