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Mar 5, 2007 10:36 AM

One night in Jackson, MS--where should I eat?

Hello Southern Chowhounders!

I'm visiting Jackson, MS for one night next week (from the Bay Area) and have one dinner open. It's my first time in the South, and I'm excited about the food. I'm really open to anything in town that's good, any price range.

I'd love any suggestions you can offer!


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    1. I'm not sure whether you're looking for something "local" or not, but Nick's has the best food in town IMO. It's fine dining. Walker's is also great -- it's our neighborhood place and where I eat more than any other. It's a little more casual. Plus you can eat out on the patio if the weather is nice. Pavoni's is a new place that's very good -- I posted a review after our dinner there New Year's Eve. It's brown bag. DW LOVES Bon Ami; I like it as well but not quite as much as she does. Also brown bag. Tico's is dreadfully tacky -- and the sides are barely passable -- but they have the best steak in town. Amerigo's is probably the best Italian place in town, but I don't find myself there very frequently. AJ's is a good seafood place, but a couple of people who ate there recently didn't have good things to say so it may have gone downhill. Julep's can be good, but it is really inconsistent. It's probably the most "Southern" place on this list, though. If you're looking for a more authentic Southern experience, let me know, and I'll post some suggestions. It's just that type of food isn't my favorite. Heresy, I know ... In sum, the food at Nick's is great, but I prefer the atmosphere at Walker's. I've been to Pavoni's several times recently and loved it each time. It is reservation only (no walk-ins) and it can take a while, so if you are not OK with that try somewhere else.

      1. I agree Nick's is your best bet for one dinner. I have never been disappointed there.

        For soul food LUNCH, go to Bully's, 3118 Livingston Road, Jackson - 601 362-0484

        4 Replies
        1. re: AreBe

          AreBe, I'm surprised you didn't recommend the Thai House or Five Happiness. Of course those two places do have some strange characters that eat lunch in there on a regular basis -- such as Mark and Clay.

          1. re: Sister Sue

            re your message - Unfortunately, a place can take on the flavor of its regulars.

            1. re: Sister Sue

              Five Happiness? I haven't eaten there. Is it worth trying (I'm not a huge Chinese fan)?

              1. re: pkimble

                Not really. AreBe use to work with my husband. There was a group of men from the office that went to lunch together often. Five Happiness was one of the places that they went to at least once a week. My husband took me a couple of times. I was not impressed. But, no Chinese restraunt has ever measured, up in my opinion, to the first one in which I dined 25+ years ago --- Ruby Chinese in Oxford.

                I was surprised to run across someone on this board that I actually knew. So my post was really just a shout out to R.B.

          2. Lina, Nick's is good, but I prefer Walker's. In fact, I had planned to take pkimble's advice and try Pavoni's for my birthday, but ended up back at Walker's. The seafood is always fresh and well prepared. The service is attentive without being intrussive. The atmosphere is relaxed.

            Bravo's at Highland Village is another one of my favorites for dinner. Great bar.