It wasn’t that long ago that restaurants in most Southern towns didn’t have that much to offer as far as diversity goes.
Most would have been cafes, serving the same food that grandma or mom served you at home: good, homestyle Southern food.
But times have changed, and Southern towns of all sizes have a fantastic array of restaurants to choose from. Jackson is undoubtedly in the vanguard of that movement. It’s hard to find a restaurant category that isn’t represented in Mississippi’s capital city.
From Greek to Mexican, Jackson has it all.
4th and Goal Sports Café – North 5100 Interstate 55 Frontage Road
4th and Goal Sports Café is one of the most popular sports bars in Jackson. They describe themselves as having “the best of everything in one location,” and many would agree.
The menu is extensive, with all the classics you might expect in a sports-centered eatery. There are almost a dozen starters which include favorites like fried pickles, cheese sticks, onion rings and lots more.
If you are in the mood for a serious burger, there are five to choose from: a BBQ bacon burger, mushroom Swiss, the classic American, three cheese and hamburger sliders. There is also a wide selection of sandwiches and wraps, salads, wings and pizza.
You won’t find a better place to watch that big game with 4th and Goal’s 360-degree HDTVs, along with drink specials, happy hour and ladies’ night.
For more information, visit 4thandgoaljackson.com.
Aplos – 4500 Interstate 55 North, Suite 174
Aplos is a Mediterranean restaurant that boasts a cozy atmosphere, great food and indoor and outdoor dining. Guests rave about the ribeye steak gyro and the gyro pizza that you will not find anywhere else.
The menu also includes some great salads, like the classic Greek.
However, there are also great Italian wood fired pizzas and other Mediterranean classics like hummus, falafel and stuffed grape leaves. Don’t forget to check out the frozen Greek yogurt.
For a full menu and more information, visit eataplos.com.
Mayflower Café – 123 West Capitol Street
Mayflower Cafe first opened in 1935 and is the city’s oldest operating restaurant. The restaurant bills itself as synonymous “with good taste and good times.”
The menu is classic Greek-inspired seafood and steaks, with recipes passed down through the Kountouris family for generations.
“Ghosts of Mississippi” featured Mayflower Café, as did Dreamwork’s “The Help.” The Food Network featured Mayflower’s famous Comeback dressing in “The Best Thing I Ever Ate,” and Maxim Magazine named the dressing as the number one condiment.
Whether it’s a cup of coffee with good friends or you are craving The Mayflower’s melt-in-your-mouth redfish, check out Mayflower Café next time you are on Capitol Street.
Learn more about the history of Mayflower Café at mayflowercafems.com.
Santa Fe Grill and Bar – 4924 Interstate 55 North Frontage Road #105
Santa Fe Grill and Bar is a modern Mexican cantina that promises a superior dining experience using the finest ingredients.
It is also well known for themed events like Margarita Monday, Trendy Tuesday, Thirsty Thursday and Finally Friday. Customers rave about the excellent food, drinks, service, and atmosphere.
The menu is extensive, but make sure to check out the specials, like the grilled shrimp chorizo quesadilla and tacos al carbon, soft tacos with chicken or steak, with grilled onions, rice and cheese. Make sure to check out the margarita specials, too!
Learn more at facebook.com/SantaFeJacksonMS.
Cultivation Food Hall – 1200 Eastover Drive #125
Cultivation Food Hall is the state’s first food hall and features the best local culinary talent and chef-inspired concepts. It offers a variety of food and drinks with vendors that rotate.
Recently, the offerings have included dishes from Birdie’s with smoothies, bowls and salads. O Hashi Sushi features rolls, nigiri and sashimi and Gold Coast offers mixed drinks, beer and wine. La Brioche’s menu features coffee, tea, gelato, sorbet and patisserie treats and Yo Mama’s has tacos and burrito bowls. And, Uncle Ray’s has comfort food bowls with your choice of rice, mashed potatoes and roasted sweet potatoes.
Stay up-to-date with what’s currently in Cultivation Food Hall at cultivationfoodhall.com.