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Jackson: Where Flavor Moves The Soul

By: TLP's Partners

Everywhere you look, from its storied past to the present day, Jackson’s culinary sensation as a flavor destination is on display. The City With Soul’s gourmet eateries, James Beard Foundation award-winning chefs, local favorites, traditional family recipes, and historical restaurants bring people together in ways you’d never expect.  

A person sprinkling salt onto their fries at Stamps Super Burgers in Jackson, Mississippi.

Jackson is a place where food and culture, art, history, and music are all wrapped up together. It’s a city where you can even dine in restaurants that fueled the Civil Rights Movement, like the Smokes and Ears, which you can still get at Big Apple Inn. Hear the stories of Medgar Evers enjoying his lunch after long hours in the NAACP office right upstairs from the Big Apple Inn. And, when you visit, you can taste the same dish, the same family recipe, today.  

 Stories and traditions get told to us in song, too. Music legends like Bobby Rush, local favorites, visiting artists, and more perform at culinary gatherings at places like Hal and Mal’s. Enjoying world-class musicians while eating tantalizing food fare is just how we like to do things in the City With Soul.  

Plate of food from Sambous African Kitchen in Jackson, Mississippi.

Building off of its historical roots and music background, Jackson’s premier restaurants like Iron Horse Grill, The Pig & Pint, Pulito Osteria, James Beard semi-finalist Sambou’s African Kitchen, and dozens of others continue to enrich this vibrant, diverse food scene. Hunter Evans, the executive chef of Elvie’s, was named a James Beard Award semi-finalist two years running, and this year, he was a finalist for the James Beard Award for Best Chef of the South. Jackson is excited to see how he continues to bring unique flavors that bring people together.  

Discover soul-satisfying cuisine from award-winning restaurants to historic eateries in Jackson, Mississippi's food scene.

Likewise, superstar chef Nick Wallace—a Chopped winner and Top Chef alumnus—brings the heat with his immense talent and community-minded spirit. Wallace not only serves as chef and owner of Nick Wallace Culinary and Nissan Cafe but is also the founder of Creativity Kitchen, a nonprofit promoting healthy eating in the Jackson community. Jackson chefs are trailblazing for this flavor destination by investing in the future and embracing the regions stories. 

Jackson invites you to take part in it’s culinary tradition, where every bite tells a story, the Jackson story. 

Go to VisitJackson.com to see where the city’s flavors can move you.  

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