Jackson is not only the state’s capital, but it’s also the largest city in Mississippi. Known as “the city with soul,” Jackson has a lot to offer, including amazing restaurants. As with any large city, the dining options are virtually endless, so making a decision on where to eat can be a bit difficult. Luckily, the travel and lifestyle website,
, set out to find the greatest restaurants in Jackson, and after scouring the city, these 8 eateries were determined to be the best. The Culture Trip
1. Parlor Market (115 W. Capitol St.)
This trendy eatery is located in the heart of downtown Jackson, and is known for serving up mouthwatering southern cuisine – all of which is made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients. While sticking to his roots, the restaurant’s executive chef isn’t afraid to get creative, offering delicious creations, like Gulf oysters with soy mignonette and duck breast with sweet tea brine.
2. Babalu Tacos and Tapas (622 Duling Ave., Ste. 106)
As the name implies, this restaurant specializes in tacos and tapas, which is Spanish for appetizers or snacks – although, snacks may be a bit of an understatement. A combination of Spanish and southern influences, the restaurant’s fare includes an array of mouthwatering options, from tamales and Creole shrimp with grits to redfish tacos and filet-on-a-stick.
3. Bravo! (4500 Interstate 55 Frontage Rd., Highland Village Suite 244)
When its high quality Italian food Jackson residents want, they head to Bravo!. The popular restaurant has been in business for over 20 years, and in that time has gained a reputation for serving up classic Italian dishes with a bit of an innovative twist, such as shrimp and basil pesto wood-fired pizza and fried calamari with a caper-studded marinara sauce. And just to make sure you choose the right wine to complement your meal, there’s an in-house sommelier.
4. Char (4500 Interstate 55 N. Frontage Rd.)
Opened in 2002, Char is a steakhouse with a southern twist. Offering brunch, lunch, and dinner, the chic restaurant’s menu includes an impressive fare of perfectly cooked steaks, southern favorites, like country fried steak and gumbo, innovative dishes, and daily specials.
5. Chimneyville Smokehouse (970 High St.)
No list of Mississippi eateries would be complete without at least one barbecue joint, and that’s where Chimneyville Smokehouse comes in. Located in a former train depot, the restaurant is a local favorite, known for its impressive barbecue fare of pulled pork, smoked chicken, beef brisket, and ribs – all of which is smoked overnight in a wood smoker using hickory wood.
6. Hal & Mal’s (200 Commerce St.)
Owned by two brothers, Hal and Mal, this Jackson staple has been in business since 1985. Browse the menu and you’ll find a unique variety, which includes traditional southern cuisine along with some Mexican and New Orleans-inspired dishes. As if it couldn’t get any better, the restaurant’s unique retro interior makes for one memorable dining experience.
7. Table 100 (100 Ridge Way)
Among the restaurant’s “Euro-American bistro fare” are some amazing steaks, particularly the filet mignon. Named one of the best in the state, Table 100’s Certified Black Angus Beef filets are lightly seasoned with coarse salt and pepper, topped with rosemary garlic infused olive oil, grilled, and then allowed to rest for several minutes before serving, resulting in a steak that is nothing short of perfection.
8. The Manship (1200 N. State St. Ste. 100)
If you’re indecisive, you definitely don’t want to visit The Manship. The restaurant’s extensive menu is jam-packed with mouthwatering options that combine classic southern dishes with Mediterranean-inspired flavors. Further adding to the food’s flavor is the wood fire grill used to prepare a majority of the food, with top dishes including veal tenderloin, rabbit ravioli and shrimp and barley risotto.