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Sep 22, 2010 04:21 PM

Best Southern, Soul Food in Jackson, Miss or near Jackson

Besides my aunts cooking I would like to venture out when I visit in Oct. for some real southern cooking. I am game for any type of place does not have to be fancy. Thank you.

Two Sister's was all I found so far, good bbq would be nice too.

Two Sisters Cafe
373 SW Frontage Rd, Winona, MS 38967

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  1. Do they have southern comfort soul food in SF Ms. Lori. Just kidding. You will find some great southern cooking in Jackson. Will you have a car. If not where will you be staying. Elite is outstanding. They are open on Sunday for brunch. Big Apple has great soul food. Remember you are in Mississipp not California. It's different here but the food is outstanding. Collin;s Dream Kitchen has good southern comfort food. Julep serves good southern cuisine in a nice casual atmosphere. Good one. Lumpkin's BBQ is outstanding. Peach's is soutern soul 100 %. Walker's Drive In is the best restaurant in Jackson.

    Elite Restaurant @ 141 East Capitol St., Jackson, MS. 601 - 352 - 5606.
    Big Apple Inn Restaurant @ 509 North Farish St., , Jackson, Ms. 601 -354 - 4549.
    Collins Dream Kitchen @ 1439 Terry Rd., Jackson, MS. 601 - 353 - 3845.
    Julep Restaurant @ 1305 East Northside Dr., Jackson, MS. 601 - 362 - 1411.
    Lumpkin's BBQ @ 182 Raymond Rd., Jackson, MS. 601 - 373 - 7707.
    Peach's @ 327 North Farish St., Jackson, MS 601 - 354 - 9267.
    Walker's Drive In @ 3016 North State St., Jackson, MS. 601 - 982 - 2633.

    Go to Mama Hamil's N of Jackson at Madison for good BBQ. Go to Strawberry Cafe just N of MH's for good lunch.

    Mama Hamil's BBQ @ 480 Magnolia St., Madison, MS. 601 - 856 - 4407.

    The Strawberry Cafe @ 107 Depot Dr., Madison, MS. 601 - 856 -3822.

    Big Apple Inn
    509 N Farish St, Jackson, MS 39202

    10 Replies
      1. re: Clarkafella

        Clarkafella these blogs are great and I quit enjoy reading food blog especially when it comes to the local flavor. I would of never been able to find these, thanks for the local insight much appreciated.

        1. re: Lori SF

          Keep in mind that many of these places are not in the best of areas. Some of the poorest areas in the poorest state in the Union can be a little overwhelming to someone if they aren't used to it. Don't be scared but do be cautious- you *will* be rewarded with some good eats!

          1. re: Clarkafella

            Thanks for the heads up and I assumed so having been in Jackson many years ago.

      2. re: Littleman

        Littleman good Southern food is non existent in San Francisco that is why I want to experience it while I am in Jackson. I am staying at my aunts house and I will have a car so venturing out will be fun and easy to do so.
        That is one very thoughtful list you posted and I thank you very much. I am especially thankful for the bbq suggestions another thing we lack in most of California.

        Thanks again!

        1. re: Lori SF

          Lori.......Mimi's is a new mom and pop joint on N State Street in Jackson, MS just N of the football stadium. It's open for breakfast and lunch. The menu changes often. Add this to your list.

          I would also like to add that Mimi's is a block N of the best restaurant in Jackson, MS. I hope you take time to try Walker's Drive In.

          And also you must try Brent's Soda Fountain which is one block E of Mimi's on Duling. They have outstanding burgers, sandwiches, salads and of course ice cream. My wife makes me go by there every trip to Jackson, MS.

          What part of town is your aunt's home. My wife is from Jackson, MS and I lived there a few years. I may be able to point you to some places close by.

          What are your top 10 restaurants in SF. I have some friends headed there soon.

          Mimi's Family and Friends @ 3139 N State Street, Jackson, MS 601 - 366 - 6111.

          Walker's Drive In @ 3016 North State St., Jackson, MS. 601 - 982 - 2633.

          Brent's Drugs and Soda Fountain @ 655 Duling Avenue, Jackson, MS 601 - 366 - 3427.

          1. re: Littleman

            Thank you. Walker's is on my list and now intrigued by Brent's just because the last time I ate a Drugs store soda fountain style was when I was a very young kid in the 70's.

            1. re: Littleman

              Littleman -My Aunt and Uncle live in Peal near El Dorado Rd. They do a lot of cooking and eat healthy as I do too but most likely they are not eating at the places I will want to explore so I am happy to have all of the above recommendations.

              Top 10 favorites here in SF, that is a hard one. But, Littlleman just remember to tell them they are in California and not in Mississippi ; ), its pricey here!

              High end- special night out
              Ame- I am not a fan of hotel lobby dining but I do love their food. Sleek and modern Japanese/New American Fusion. I recommend sharing their the Taste of Ame Sashimi plate and ordering a couple entrees the Broiled Sake Marinated Alaskan Black Cod and Shrimp Dumplings in Shiso Broth are popular for a good reason.
              689 Mission St
              In the St. Regis Hotel
              (415) 284-4040

              Boulavard- is a classic SF institution, California cuisine
              Best service and amazing wine list. Cannot go wrong.
              1 Mission St
              (between The Embarcadero & Steuart St)
              San Francisco, CA 94105
              (415) 543-6084

              Bar Crudo- more on the casual side, has the best treasures form the sea. Freshest raw fish and oysters. I have not ordered anything from the hot menu because I love all their raw items.
              I also like NOPA which is a block away very sf vibe good food and cocktails, lively.
              655 Divisadero St
              (between Hayes St & Grove St)
              San Francisco, CA 94117
              Neighborhood: Western Addition/NOPA
              (415) 409-0679

              Mid price range-
              Perbacco- is one of my favorite places to keep going back to- both lunch or dinner. the PAPPARDELLE pappardelle short rib ragu is what I keep coming back for, they have perfect salads and then their are the sea scallops and the TRUFFLE-HERB RICOTTA GNOCCHI. You can oder half plates of their pastas. Good service and wine list I think one of the better values here.
              230 California St
              (between Battery St & Front St)
              San Francisco, CA 94111
              Financial District
              (415) 955-0663

              Also in the Financial District
              I am going to mention Bix because its a very special place in terms of style, atmosphere has that speakeasy supper club vibe, the food is good not great, nice place to have a cocktail.
              56 Gold St
              (between Balance St & Montgomery St)
              San Francisco, CA 94133
              (415) 433-6300

              Universal Cafe- one of my all time favorites, seasonal, charming, never lets you down. Good brunch option too-
              2814 19th St
              (between Bryant St & Florida St)
              San Francisco, CA 94110
              Neighborhood: Mission
              (415) 821-4608

              Burma Superstar- I have a funny relationship with this place, I always forget to bring my reading glasses so I never really know what I am ordering or have to have someone order for me, I don't think I've had a bad dish yet.
              I recommend going for lunch or a very casual dinner not fancy, gets very crowded at night.
              309 Clement St
              (between 4th Ave & 5th Ave)
              San Francisco, CA 94118
              Neighborhood: Inner Richmond
              (415) 387-2147

              Some of my new favorites-
              Wexlers- this might be similar to what you can find in the South but it is inventive and seasonal. Categories are American and, Barbeque- although any Southern would think we are confused. I do love the Cornmeal Crusted Skate-is excellent, I like this place for lunch.
              They can go here for lunch and walk up to North Beach and China Town also close to Bix
              568 Sacramento Street
              (between Leidesdorff St & Montgomery St)
              San Francisco, CA 94111
              (415) 983-0102

              Flour + Water- pizza, Italian casual, don't even try without a reservation, small space.
              2401 Harrison St
              (between 20th St & 21st St)
              San Francisco, CA 94110
              Neighborhood: Mission
              (415) 826-7000

              Nopalito - order the carnitas! very casual, good lunch spot then they can make their way over to Golden gate Park so much to see there.
              306 Broderick St. (near Oak Street
              )San Francisco
              Tel. (415) 437-0303
              Map |

              I also, think the Slanted Door is worth while, I take out of town guest there and always pleased.

              They should got to the Ferry Plaza especially on Saturday morning for the farmers market, its a great thing to do on a Sat. morning, get a cup of coffee at Blue Bottle, eat at one of the vendor stands or one of the many places inside the plaza.

              My favorite classics for the last two decades-
              Zuni Cafe- have not been for a while. beside Chez Panisse, Zuni is one of the places to put California Cuisine on the map.
              Swans oyster Depot - they close at 5:00
              Lunch and Line, if you go on the earlier side its better around 11:30 AM, Classic SF place, best crab and shrimp cocktails, or salads, oysters and Anchor Steam beer
              1517 Polk St
              (between California St & Sacramento St)
              San Francisco, CA 94109
              Neighborhood: Nob Hill
              (415) 673-1101

              I have many many more, you can have them email me for more suggestions better knowing their budgets and types of food they like. Also, side trips around the Bay Area so many beautiful places to see. Make sure they put from Chowhound in the subject box.

              1. re: Lori SF

                Ms. Lori..........a place you might take your A&U is Crechale's which is W of Pearl on Highway 80. It's not too far out of the way from El Dorado Road. Also you will pass Lumpkin's BBQ on Highway 80 on your way to Crechales. Crechlales is an old family seafood restaurant that's not changed in it's lifetime. They have an old juke box and great food. Check it out. It's about 11 miles W of El Dorado and Highway 80 in Pearl.

                Crechale's @ 3107 Highway 80 West, Jackson, MS. 601 - 355 - 1840.

                Lumpkin's BBQ @ 182 Raymond Rd., Jackson, MS. 601 - 373 - 7707.

                3107 Highway 80 W, Jackson, MS 39204

                1. re: Littleman

                  well hot dam that sounds perfect really thank you for that.

        2. For "Down Home" Southern Cooking in a Restaurant setting...In addition to some of those mentioned........

 ~~~ They do a pretty good job..Good fried Catfish on the buffet ...

 ~~ The Dinner Bell..About 80 miles South in McComb..The fried eggplant alone makes the drive worth it...Oh! and try the yellow squash. They have an interestingly different, and delicious twist to the dish...See if you can figure out what it is....

 ~~ About 75 miles down the Natchez Trace at Lorman Mississippi...A beautiful drive, and awesome fried chicken...Call before you go to make sure he is open...Go for lunch and plan on a light supper..if anything....Mr "D" will sing for you, and if you're lucky he'll personally bring you hot cornbread muffins.

          Have Fun & Enjoy!

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          1. re: Uncle Bob

            These are perfect. I love how the menu is set up at The Dinner Bell you just don't see that. The Country Store looks great.

            Thank you so much...looks like I will be gaining 10 pounds on this trip.

            Country Store Restaurant
            3974 Highway 278 E, Tillar, AR 71670

          2. What about Bully's? I loved it when I lived in Madison/Jackson 1998-2003. I'm back because my uncle is in the hospital, and while Baptist Hospital's cafeteria is about the best and cheapest hospital food I've ever had, it's still hospital food.

            Here's a post with pics from the blog Clarkafella kindly gave the link to

            It was a sketchy part of town 7 years ago. They still serve on school cafeteria trays. But how is the chow these days at Bully's?

            1. Hands down the best high-end southern food is at Parlor Market on W. Capitol Street in downtown Jackson.

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