Jackson, Mississippi, prides itself on the diversity of its population, something that is reflected in the city’s deliciously varied restaurant scene. From down home soul food to fine dining, Jackson offers excellent opportunities to discover a bite of Southern culture presented in vibrant restaurants springing up in some of the city’s burgeoning neighborhoods. Southern comfort is maintained in the cuisine but elevated to a new delicious level. Stop by Walker’s Drive In, Hal & Mal’s, and Brent’s Drugs. Some more places to eat would be Char for some sizzling steaks, CS’s for a big burger, and Pig & Pint for some anything-but-bland barbecue. This city is known for being the birthplace of American blues music and being the home to many well known musicians, but their food scene is becoming a new staple for their tourists.

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Hunter Evans’ Southern Seeds Collection

To better understand Mississippi’s agricultural past, chef Hunter Evans of Elvie's in Jackson collects Southern seeds with an eye toward what’s to come.

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In the Field

What’s Cooking in JXN, MS? Rising Stars

As Jackson grows and matures as a city, new dining establishments continue to make splashes as exciting additions to the restaurant community. It’s hard to keep up with all of them sometimes, but it sure is a delicious task[...]

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On the Road

A Meal-by-Meal Guide to JXN, MS

Travel and eat safely in Mississippi while supporting these exceptional establishments offering both dine-in and take-out options.

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In the Field

What’s Cooking in JXN, MS? City with Soul Standouts

A restaurant doesn’t necessarily have to be one of the latest to be one of the greatest in Jackson, and there are plenty more mature and or less flashy dining options worth your consideration.

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What’s Cooking in JXN, MS? Capital City Cocktails

They say a man cannot live by bread alone, so it’s fortunate that Jackson also offers some fabulous spots to grab a craft cocktail or a glass of beer or wine.

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Mississippi Catfish Po’ Boy with Creole Mayonnaise

“For me, the catfish po’ boy is king at Saltine. We fry filets of [...]

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Discover the Local Palate's thoughtfully curated selection of regional food products.