A Food-Lover’s Guide to Jackson, Mississippi
With its rich culture and an eclectic dining scene, Jackson, Mississippi has earned its spot on the map as an American travel destination. The largest urban center in the state, Jackson is brimming with rich heritage and a soulful spirit. Visitors and locals alike can enjoy flavors of different cuisines and warm hospitality all in the comfort of the Jackson area.
If you’re hoping to get a glimpse into Mississippi culture, taste your way through the city by exploring some of its standout restaurants, or visit one of the historical destinations that make the city unique. You’ll soon experience firsthand what makes Jackson a true travel gem. Take a look below at some of the spots in the city well worth a visit.
A must-see museum
The highly anticipated Mississippi Civil Rights Museum opens its doors this year on Dec. 9 to share with visitors the stories of strength and sacrifice during the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement. Garner a greater understanding of the movement that changed the world and learn about Mississippi as a leader of the national Civil Rights Movement.
A ‘Chopped’-worthy chef
Jackson’s own chef Nick Wallace showed off his skills in Food Network’s ‘Chopped’ kitchen for fans of the reality television show this past October. Currently the chef and culinary curator at the Mississippi Museum of Art’s restaurant Preserve, Wallace spearheads the museum’s farm-to-table dining experience inspired by culinary traditions and contemporary innovation.
A historic hotel
Immerse yourself in the history of Jackson with a stay at the historic King Edward Hotel. Now restored as the Hilton Garden Inn Jackson Downtown, the iconic location was originally built in 1923 and welcomed the city’s visitors as they got off the train across the street. The elegant hotel became a watering hole for history and hospitality of the capital city and is now declared a Mississippi landmark.
Iconic soul food
Bully’s Restaurant opened its doors in 1982 and quickly became a beloved eatery in the city. Here you’ll find soul food such as fried catfish, macaroni and cheese, and spicy collard greens seasoned to perfection in the same recipes from over 30 years ago.
Salad dressing with a story
Since its inception in 1934, the Mayflower Café has been an iconic Jackson spot serving Greek-inspired seafood and steak. The delectable menu has been passed down from generation to generation and the famous house salad dressing has a dedicated fan base.
If you’re a self-proclaimed pastry connoisseur, a trip to La Brioche is non-negotiable. Enjoy some of Jackson’s sweetest treats like macarons, croissants and cakes all in one charming spot.
For all the seafood lovers out there, a trip to Saltine is a must. For those particularly fond of oysters, you’re even more in luck — Saltine has a plethora of fresh oysters ready for slurpin’. This contemporary dining space situated in the old Duling School building offers the most delicious Southern-style seafood, craft beer, and an oyster bar that can’t be beat.
Finger lickin’-good barbecue
The award-winning barbecue joint Pig & Pint in the Fondren district will offer you a culinary experience you won’t soon forget. The rustic-chic restaurant features barbecue with global influences, as well as an extensive craft beer list. Enjoy decadent barbecue, nachos, sandwiches and more at this finger-lickin’ good spot.
Situated in an 1898 building on Capitol Street, Parlor Market used to be a grocery store of the same namesake. The original location specialized in local produce and cured meats, and today, these still remain the focus. Parlor Market prides itself on supporting local farmers’ markets and even curing its own charcuterie. Enjoy mouth-watering soups, salads, pastas, and more to discover the tasty difference local food can make.
A trip to Jackson isn’t complete without tasting some of the city’s most notable food or visiting some of the truly historic spots. To find more information on Jackson’s booming culinary scene and discover more about the must-see museums, explore www.sippjackson.com.