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Jun 16, 2009 08:51 AM

Ethnic Food in Jackson MS

What's available? Authentic Mexican? Ethiopian? Thai? Vietnamese? I want to hear about it all.



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  1. Authentic Mexican might me a little hard to find, as will be Ethopian, but there is at least one place for the other ethnic foods.

    Thai house

    1405 Old Square Rd
    Jackson, MS 39211
    (601) 982-9991

    and Saigon is the only place I know for pho and other Vietnamese foods.

    2640 Lakeland Dr, Jackson, MS 39232-8823

    1. Spice Avenue on the I-55 frontage road (just North of Northside Drive, don't confuse with other Indian place just North of Spice Avenue) has great Indian food and Taqueria La Guadalupe on Old Canton just past County Line has fantastic tacos.

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      1. re: JaneWinston

        Had lunch today at Taqueria La Guadalupe with the wife....Very friendly and polite service!
        The Taco Combo was as fresh as a morning dew. Beef, Chicken, and pork --- I could see the difference, but not taste it. All were good --- With a little salt, a squeeze of lime, and one or both of the sauces on the table they became very good!! I wanted corn tortillas, but forgot to tell the lady, so they came out flour. The wife, not a fan of the cuisine went with a chicken burrito...again very fresh ingredients. Her comments were positive, after a dash of salt.
        I will definitely drop by again...There are several other items on the menu that I want to try...
        Taqueria La Guadalupe is refreshing....


      2. Thank you both! There's a chance my husband is getting transferred there so I'm trying to figure out the food scene.

        Are there any chefs in the area that focus on local and seasonal ingredients? Any other suggestions in general for outstanding food?

        1. Here's a link to a previous discussion about Jackson food. I'd second JW's La Guadalupe rec, and Mint is a place not discussed in the original post that I've enjoyed -- although I've only had lunch there. As for chefs who seem to use a lot of local ingredients, Derek Emerson at Walker's and the guy at Ro Chez frequently source local products.

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          1. re: pkimble

            The tacos at La Guadalupe are so fresh, it makes me not want to eat anything else. Good thing it's a whole 7 miles from where I live or I'd have eaten there every day and burned out on them already.

            And this is weird - the taco salads at Baptist Hospital on Wednesdays make a good lunch for a little more than $4.00.

            1. re: JaneWinston

              Jane, you were the first person to turn me on to Spice Avenue- for this reason, I will eat lunch at La Guadalupe tomorrow (today, actually), even though we are going to a birthday party at a Mexican place tomorrow night!

              1. re: Clarkafella

                You'll love it ( I forgot, the tacos also come topped with fresh avocado) and I'm willing to bet the food won't bear any resemblance to what you eat tonight.

                Someone told me that the Mexican place behind Sal and Phil's was also good but I've yet to try it. .

                1. re: JaneWinston

                  I'm sure that it will be wonderful! It seems to me like almost all of the "Mexican" restaurants in the area use the exact same recipes and the exact same canned goods for their ingredients. It will be wonderful to try something new!

                  Since this thread is about "ethnic" food, have you tried the Big Apple's fare? Great hot tamales, an "interesting" house made sausage sandwich (not what you might expect, but for $1.05, worth taking a chance on- I love 'em), and the thing that they are famous for- the pig ear sandwich. I'm scared to try them but I've heard they are good!

                  1. re: Clarkafella

                    I haven't but I will try the tamales on your recommendation. Seems like the Big Apple Inn got some national press coverage recently for the pig ear sandwiches. I think they have an outpost across the street from my neighborhood in Triangle Mart on State Street.

                    1. re: JaneWinston

                      If people are looking for good tamales, my vote goes to Tony's Tamales on Woodrow Wilson.

                    2. re: Clarkafella

                      Here's the piece on the pig ear sandwiches at Big Apple Inn.


                      I love "Garden and Gun" magazine.

                      1. re: JaneWinston

                        Wow, weird! We subscribe to G&G! This month's issue has an article about the Shack Up Inn!

                        1. re: Clarkafella

                          Did you make it by La Guadalupe? Those tacos are not what all the other Mexican restaurants in town mean by taco.

                          1. re: JaneWinston

                            I did- you are 2 for 2 in my book! I got the combo (one pork, one beef and one marinated steak taco), and all three were great- good thing too, 'cause I don't know which was which!

                            Have you tried their tortas? Someone else had ordered one, and it looked really good too. I want to go back and try one- and I probably will on Monday...

                            1. re: Clarkafella

                              I haven't tried anything but the tacos but I've seen the soup and it looks delicious too.

                              If this is real Mexican food then I say bring it on! They are open 7 days a week which is nice.

                              1. re: JaneWinston

                                Yes, I think that this is closer to the real thing- I eat at a place in Memphis (Los Tortugas?) that is supposed to be "authentic" and that was the first thing I thought about here. I talked to a couple of the ladies behind the counter though- one was from Colombia and one was from Peru, so I would guess that they might be adding their own little touches to some of the stuff- for example, the chicken soup was a Colombian recipe I think...

                                Anyway, it sure is good to move away from the norm in Mexican food around here- thanks for the tip! Now if we could just get Ethiopian...

                                1. re: Clarkafella

                                  I'll let you know if I stumble on some great Ethiopian food in Jackson but I wouldn't hold my breath. We were discussing on Tom Freeland's blog the other day about how the Thai House has gone downhill.

                                  1. re: JaneWinston

                                    Sorry to hear that- Thai House always seemed hit or miss to me anyway. The last time we ate there, we had both the red curry and the green curry, and both were wonderful! I ate the same stuff on the lunch buffet once and it was total yuck...

                                    1. re: Clarkafella

                                      Maybe I should try ordering off the menu, then.

                                      1. re: JaneWinston

                                        You haven't been? There is a *big* difference in what you get- at least it was for us! Been a little while since we've been there though.

                                        You mentioned eating at Baptist Hospital- do you ever go to Pizza Shack? They have a great roast beef sandwich- good pizza too!

                                        1. re: Clarkafella

                                          Spent all day blogging about tacos so had them for dinner. Heaven.

                                          Pizza Shack is great.

                                          1. re: JaneWinston

                                            Good for you- we had Mexican from one of the 800 clones in the area....

                                            1. re: Clarkafella

                                              For whatever it is worth, took my wife and her sister there for lunch today. Had tacos and empanadas. Again, everything was wonderful!

                                              He said that on Sunday they do a special Colombian chicken dish that sounded really good. Don't think I can make it for three days in a row! I did ask him if they had tostones- even though they aren't on the menu, he said just to ask- they would be happy to cook some up!

                                              1. re: Clarkafella

                                                I stopped by there around 1 after getting a pedicure down the street. I was determined to get the chicken soup but was told they only have that on weekdays. I happily settled for tacos.

                                                I'm cooking lunch for my Dad tomorrow otherwise I'd drag my boyfriend there for my third meal in three days but maybe we can get dinner there. And then the chicken soup on Monday night.

                                  2. re: Clarkafella

                                    I live in Memphis, and I like Las Tortugas. Even though it's in a strip mall out in a suburb, the owner makes everything as authentic as possible. He has fresh produce delivered daily.

                                    1. re: megany09

                                      Oh, I like Las Tortugas too! That's what I was saying- this place reminds me of Las Tortugas, so I think that it is pretty authentic. And they also make everything fresh- to the point of slicing the avocado right on to their tacos after you order one- just like LT!

              2. Went by La Guadalupe to check out today's special. It was Arroz con pollo served with chicken soup on the side. Unfortunately, they had sold out by lunch and since I didn't get there until 5 p.m. I was forced to eat the incredible tacos instead. Maybe next time. I'm still dying to try one of their soups since I am a major soup fan.

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                1. re: JaneWinston

                  It seems like I am on my own here, but I am not very impressed with Guadalupe (and I love taqueria-style tacos). Has anyone tried La Morena on Old Canton? I have been hearing about it a lot recently and Carpe Jackson recently put up a very favorable review ( ).

                  1. re: nekst

                    I've tried La Morena and felt like their tacos were very much inferior rto the ones at La Guadalupe. The ones at La Guadalupe are LOADED with meat and fresh vegetables.

                    One warning, don't try the Tres Leches cake unless you are prepared to be addicted.

                    1. re: JaneWinston

                      Guadalupe is where we go for Mexican food, but we have ventured across the street to La Morena as well. The food was good just a bit more dressed-down, and two of us ate for under $20.