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“The most important characteristic to becoming a great chef is integrity. Never settle. Always be willing to do the job no one wants to do and be able to do any job better than those around you.” -Jesse Houston, Parlor Market


Beautify with the best.


Local Shopping


Celebrate we will, for Jackson rocks and that’s for certain. Here’s to 2012’s best.


Business and Community

Tips for Rising Entrepreneurs

Simple steps to keep your business bustling.


How to Succeed in Business (and Life) Like Craig Noone His vision lives on.



Best Teacher Chris Frazier shows us what he carried halfway around the world.


Fairview Fête

Feisty Eats

Feast your eyes on great breasts and thighs.

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Find wearable art and useful treasures with this great guide to unique gifts.


Tat It Up

Five words: Hotdog walking down a hallway.


Top Doc

Enter Manisha Sethi—Doogie Howser’s got nothin’ on this M.D.


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Tastes Like Team Spirit

The “back of the house” steals the show at Parlor Market.


Music and Nightlife Fenian’s: Only Getting Better Top o’ last call to ye.


Enter the Islander

Trade your Remington for an oyster knife.


Jazz, Most Beautiful

We still don’t know how Pam-of-all-trades does it. Meet a musical multitasker.


Martin’s Day and Night

Judges and hipsters and doctors, oh my!


Hal & Mal’s, a History

You’ll want to keep our nifty map for out-of-town friends.


Sexy Bartenders

They may pour cold drinks, but these mixologists sizzle.



The new Keifer’s: Will you be my gyro, baby?

Try a new kind of “hotty toddy.”

A New House for Feta

Shaken, Not Stirred

Marriage and massage? Yes, please!


Superior Sound

Get to know the “Baby Boom” student band that drowns out the interstate.





Pearls of wisdom not found in any raw bar.

Jason Turner is a little bit country, and a little bit rock ‘n’ roll.

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Hops are Tops

Don’t try this at home: the hottest high-grav and domestics.

Honoring the cantankerous Mr. Case.


The Good Fight

Two pro-city urban warriors slay negative Nancies and naysayers.


Urban Living Playing Dress-up

Give this Material Girl proper credit.


Ask Bill Latham

Steal his secrets to restaurant success.


What’s on the Best Burger?

Onions, chili, peppers, mayo—a beautiful disaster.

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What Happens on the Coast …

Tom Ramsey pieces together his weekend via receipts.



All the haps heading into the fall.


Local List

Officer Colendula Green of the JPD reveals her favorite places when out of uniform.

Assistant Editor Kathleen Morrison Mitchell Art Director Kristin Brenemen Copy Editors Molly Lehmuller // Ronni Mott // Briana Robinson Editorial Writers Brett Benson // Marika Cackett // Jacob Fuller Shameka Hayes-Hamilton // Ronni Mott LaShanda Phillips // Tom Ramsey // Julie Skipper Listings Editor // Latasha Willis Interns Elyane Alexander // Matt Bolian // Aaron Cooper Piko Ewoodzie // Darnell Jackson Vergie Redmond // Victoria Sherwood Photography Staff Photographer // Trip Burns Photographers Christina Cannon // Tate K. Nations Virginia Schreiber // Jaro Vacek Photography Intern Allie Jordan Ad Design Andrea Thomas // Eric Bennett Design Intern Ariss King Sales Advertising Director // Kimberly Griffin Account Exexcutive // Stephanie Bowering Advertising Coordinator // Monique Davis Distribution Manager // Matt Heindl Executive Assistant // Erica Crunkilton Bookkeeper // Montroe Headd Publisher Todd Stauffer CONTACT US Letters to the Editor // Story ideas and pitches // Ad Sales // BOOM Jackson P.O. Box 5067, Jackson, MS 39296 p 601.362.6121 f 601.510.9019 Would you like copies of BOOM Jackson for recruiting, welcome packets or other corporate, institutional or educational uses? Call 601.362.6121 x17 or email BOOM Jackson is a publication of Jackson Free Press Inc. BOOM Jackson focuses on the urban experience in Jackson, Miss., emphasizing entrepreneurship, economic growth and city life. © 2012 Jackson Free Press Inc.

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est. Isn’t it an amazing word? It’s our locally owned businesses, non-profits, arts filled with power, inspiration, cre- organizations, even our high-school bands. So ativity, pride. When we launched we decided to do two things. First, we are startthe Jackson Free Press 10 years ing an annual glossy Best of Jackson magazine that will begin publishing ago this September, Todd next year in addition to the Stauffer and I wanted to do print edition in January. The a good newsweekly—which magazine will send the 2013 at first published every two Best of Jackson winners to weeks. Since then, we’ve an entirely new audience: gone weekly in print, added the business-class hotels; this quarterly (for now) university and business reglossy magazine you’re readcruitment offices, doctor’s ing, started breaking news offices and tourism packets daily at where we already distribute and launched a popular moBOOM. This issue of BOOM bile site (m.jacksonfreepress. previews what we plan to com). This summer we reEditor in Chief Donna Ladd at do with the new Best of launched the website with Jackson magazine. remarkable new tools, moved the Mississippi Museum of Art. The second new “Best” toy to a new and more powerful city wiki, joined the Associated is something Todd-the-tech-maven has wanted Press to widen our news scope and have plans to do for a while. This fall, we are launching a for news products we can’t quite reveal yet. Best of Jackson directory (also at bestofjackson. Why? Because we want to be the best. com) that will make each year’s winners search That doesn’t mean we want to quash the able on your mobile, tablet and web browser in competition; it means we want to be the best an exciting, dynamic way. Not only that, but we we can be at “connecting community through will have smaller monthly Best polls (you know, truth and the pursuit of excellence”—our “why like “Best pecan pie” or “Best mustache on a barstatement.” We want Jackson and Mississippi to tender”) that will keep our city’s passion for being be the best city and state possible. We want to the best front and center throughout the year. Make no mistake: These awards matter, invite and empower people to jump in and help make it happen. whether you place 1st This summer, or in Good Showing. Just walk into any of our staff gathered the Mangia Bene resfor a retreat at the taurants—BRAVO!, Duncan Gray CenBroad Street or Sal ter near Gluckstadt & Mookie’s—and and spent a Saturlook at their colorful day brainstorming BOJ award walls. Jeff to come up with that Good and Dan Blu“why.” One of the menthal know what results was realizing being best entails that we’re already (and they’ve won dozdoing something ens of Best of Jackson that celebrates the Dan Blumenthal (left) and Jeff Good (right) of Mangia Bene know how to be the best. awards over the last positive about Jackdecade as a result, son every January: the annual Best of Jackson readers’ choice see page 11). Jeff posted on Facebook earlier competition. All of you start voting in more than this year that one of his managers wanted to 100 categories in November each year; we then start the new year with a change “and I would count the ballots; publish a big issue of the JFP like to help him live into his best life.” This is the attitude we try to live here at in January celebrating the winners; and have a mammoth party somewhere reborn or about to BOOM and the JFP, and we encourage all of be (this year it was at the King Edward Hotel). you to join us, the Mangia Bene team, and all But we realized that with a trademark the winners we spotlight in this issue in new and like “Best of Jackson,” we owe the community fun ways on the road to being the best. Here’s even more ways to celebrate our personalities, to you, Jackson, and another great decade. trip burns

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eing the best means hard work and attention to your customers’ needs; hiring and motivating diverse staffs dedicated to high standards; and knowing how to market your business. The local Mangia Bene restaurant conglomerate—BRAVO!, Broad Street and Sal & Mookie’s—has proudly filled walls in all its restaurants with 10 years’ worth of Best of Jackson awards. The owners there, and all the

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other entrepreneurs, artists, developers, nonprofits, arts groups, and activists featured in these pages have what it takes to be the best— including wanting to take others with you (as Mangia Bene is now doing with its Dollars & Sense Creative Consulting Service). As we celebrate BOOM Jackson’s fifth birthday, and parent company Jackson Free Press Inc.’s 10th, we are taking the “Best of Jackson” concept to a new level: with a glossy

magazine, an online directory and even monthly contests. Watch for details and product rollouts. Oh, and don’t forget to vote. The 2013 ballot will appear at that link and in the Jackson Free Press starting in November. In the meantime, congratulate these winners all over again and use this magazine to invite even more people to visit and move to Jackson. Our city is a secret too good to keep.



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Rising Entrepreneurs Tell All

Donivon Duffy

Brad Reeves


ave you ever wondered what it takes to start a successful business in Jackson? Who better to ask than the winners of our Best Rising Entrepreneur Awards for 2012? Chris Paige, a two-time winner of the JFP Rising Entrepreneur Award, is the owner and manager of Custom Cuts and Styles (2445 Terry Road, 601.321.9292). Donivon Duffy is a local T-shirt and clothing designer who runs Donnie Wahl, LLC ( Brad Reeves recently bought and renovated Brent’s Drugs (655 Duling Ave., 601.366.3427), and Craig and Michele Escude own and operate circa. Urban Artisan Living in Fondren (2771 Old Canton Road, 601.362.8484). Here is their best advice.

What is one major challenge for new entrepreneurs starting a business? Chris Paige: “Staying on budget is extremely difficult. Never spend more than you have. Map where all your money is going to go. Use a business plan and stick to it.” 12

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Donivon Duffy: “The most difficult part of starting a business is simple: Acquiring startup capital.” Brad Reeves: “Expect the unexpected. You might have a fantastic business plan, but nothing ever goes exactly as planned. Plan for things to go wrong, so you aren’t caught off guard when they do.” Craig and Michele Escude: “Getting the word out that you are there, while earning enough capital to keep the doors open.”

What advice would you give an aspiring entrepreneur? Chris Paige: “I advise using this simple equation: (Preparation + Seizing Opportunity) X Helping Others = Success This equation says if you know your field then you are prepared to see opportunities when others don’t. The most important part of the equation, however, is serving others. If you

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do those three things, you will be successful in life. Also, aspiring entrepreneurs need to be patient. It will take two to three years before you are going to make profit.” Donivon Duffy: “First, you have to learn to stay positive in the most negative circumstances. And second, listen closely to two types of people: those that have succeeded in your field and those that want you to succeed.” Brad Reeves: “Debt has this negative connotation right now, but the reality is that it is not always bad. In fact, in many ways, you have to learn to embrace debt. Young entrepreneurs usually don’t have piles of money, so they have to get a loan to start a business. The truth is if you have realistic predictions of what your costs and revenue are going to be, then going into debt is not only a viable option, but a good one. That is, if you plan on paying your debt.” Craig and Michele Escude: “Owning your business is much harder than working for someone else. The key is to be able to put your head on the pillow at night knowing that you gave it your all.” |

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Best Business Owner: Jeff Good Mangia Bene, 3317 N. State St. 601.982.4443 Second: Whitney Giordano, Material Girls (Renaissance at Colony Park, 1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 7005, Ridgeland, 601.605.1605; 182 Promenade Blvd., Flowood, 601.992.4553) Third: Stephanie Barnes, Bit By Bit Equine Therapy (P.O. Box 685, Madison, 769.798.8412) Good Showing: Craig Noone, Parlor Market (115 W. Capitol St., 601.360.0090); Chad Seabrook, Seabrook Insurance (6955 Old Canton Road, Suite A, Ridgeland, 601.487.8022); Michael Donovan, Plato’s Closet (1260 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland, 601.487.8207)

Best Local Professor: Jean Powers (Holmes Community College) 412 W. Ridgeland Ave., Ridgeland, 601.856.5400, Second: James Bowley, Millsaps College (1701 N. State St., 601.974.1000) Third: Matt Steffey, Mississippi College School of Law (151 E. Griffith St., 601.925.3000) Good Showing: Jay Long, Hinds Community College (3925 Sunset Drive, 601.366.1450); Bob Pennebaker, Belhaven University (1500 Peachtree St., 601.968.5940); Robert McElvaine, Millsaps College (1701 N. State St., 601.974.1000); James Stewart, Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, 601.977.7768)

Best Local Filmmaker: Robby Piantanida 903.312.0119, Second: Amile Wilson Third: Anita Modak-Truran Good Showing: Jim Dollarhide; Edward Saint Pé; Tate Taylor

Best Rising Entrepreneur: Chris Paige Second: Donivon Duffy Third (tie): Brad Reeves and Craig and Michele Escude Good Showing: Jay Long; John Skelton; Luis Caballero

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Age: 50 Height: 5’6” Shoe Size: 8 From: Greenville Job: Director, The Mississippi Museum of Art, Worked at Mississippi Museum of Art for: 10 years Favorite piece of art: “Nocturne,” one of several by James McNeill Whistler, housed at the MMA: “It’s moody and impressionistic.” Why she got into art: “I loved the opportunity to create programs where people could make art a part of their daily life. Art can changes lives.”

Best Arts Organization: Mississippi Museum of Art Second: Mississippi Arts Commission (501 N. West St., Suite 1101-A, 601.359.6030) Third: Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland, 601.856.7546) Good Showing: Greater Jackson Arts Council (255 E. Pascagoula St., 601.960.1557); New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St., 601.948.3531); Ballet Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St., Suite 106, 601.960.1560); Mississippi Symphony Orchestra (201 E. Pascagoula St., Suite 104, 601.960.1565); Ballet Magnificat! (5406 Interstate 55 N., 601.977.1001)

Best Community Garden/ Nature Attraction: Art Garden at the Mississippi Museum of Art 380 S. Lamar St., 601.960.1515, Second Place: Mynelle Gardens (4736 Clinton Blvd., 601.960.1894) Third Place (tie): Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive, 601.354.7303); LeFleur’s Bluff State Park (2140 Riverside Drive, 601.987.3923) Good Showing: Clinton Community Nature Center (617 Dunton Road, Clinton, 601.926.1104)

Best Jewelry Designer: Betsy Liles (B. Fine Art Jewelry)

Best Place to Book a Party or Shower: The South Warehouse

215 W. Jackson St., Ridgeland, 601.607.7741,

627 E. Silas Brown St., 601.939.4518

Second: Lil McKinnon-Hicks, LilMcKH Jewelry (200 S. Commerce St., 601.259.6461) Third: Alex and Lele ( Good Showing: Liz Henry (lizhenryjewels. com); Whitney Giordano, Pear by Material Girls (182 Promenade Blvd., Flowood, 601.992.4533)

Best Community Activist/HellRaiser: Brad Franklin

Second: Kenneth Stokes Third: Jeff Good Good Showing: Malcolm White; Knol Aust; Craig Noone

Second: Fairview Inn/Sophia’s (734 Fairview St., 601.948.3429) Third: Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Jackson/King Edward Hotel (235 W. Capitol St., 601.353.5464) Good Showing: Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave., 601.941.1342), Parlor Market (115 W. Capitol St., 601.360.0090), The Cedars (4145 Old Canton Road, 601.366.5552), Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive, 601.981.5469)

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How to Succeed in Business (and Life) Like Craig Noone by Marika Cackett


uring his brief but action-packed and successful life, chef and businessman Craig Noone left a mark on the city and many of our residents. The man who envisioned restaurant Parlor Market (see pages 54-55) died in a car accident last fall, but his legacy lives on through the lessons he taught about life, love and business. Here are a few of them. Marika Cackett

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When he spoke to you, it was as if you were the only person in the room. You had 100 percent of his attention, and he made you feel like what you said mattered.

Craig never met a stranger and always had something positive to say.

Craig was “Craig” because he was fearless. He was “Craig” because he was one of the kindest, warmest persons ever. Craig never met anyone at his restaurant with anything less than the largest, warmest smile the world could offer. We didn’t just lose a person in Craig. We lost an enormous part of an entire city. We lost a enormous soul, an enormous heart.

Arthur Jones The ultimate salesman.

Elise Russell He had the amazing ability to make everyone who walked through the doors feel like they were special, and would do anything to make their night more memorable. You don’t go to many businesses where if you have too much to drink, the owner leaves to drive your car home to make sure that you get home safe. On occasion, he would drive around with to-go boxes and hand them out to the homeless. He took care of the people that he loved and did everything that he could to make sure that at the end of the day they were taken care of. He had so much passion for the restaurant, the food, the story it would leave behind one day and the people who would help get him there. He showed me how to love a place completely, and that’s how you become a rock star.

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Tom Ramsey

My favorite thing about Craig was talking about our vision for Jackson and the potential our city has for being awesome. Whether it was talking new business ideas or current events, Craig was always pumped up to talk Jackson progress. It’s fun talking to those kinds of people about the city you love. There was never a “Yeah, right, that’ll never happen in Jackson” ... It was always, “We’re not there, yet, but what it will take? ... Let’s do it, let’s make it happen.”

Luck and determination.

Julie Skipper I think a big part of what made Craig so successful was that he was fearless and did everything with such fierce commitment and passion. I don’t think trial runs or doing anything halfway was even a concept he could fathom; it was always full out, full throttle, all the time. That kind of energy and drive is contagious, and I think it’s what made others want to be where he was and a part of what he was doing.

Germaine Benoit I think his life was a case study in what having vision, no boundaries and extreme passion for what you are doing can produce! He lived his life at a different frequency than most people do these days! Most of us get a notion or idea, but then think too hard on it and talk ourselves out of it. But Craig did just the opposite: he got that idea and then immediately acted on it, trusting that inner pull. I believe that’s why he achieved over-the-top success in such a short time. He had a vision for what he wanted and he went after it with veracity. Jaro Vacek


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Best Photographer/Photo Studio: Sterling Photography 731 Pear Orchard Road, Suite 36, Ridgeland, 601.982.3032, Second: Christina Cannon, Photography by Christina ( Third (tie): Josh Hailey, ( and Justin Rives Photography ( Good Showing: Ron Blaylock, Fondren Studio and Gallery (3017 N. State St., 601.506.6624); BlueGenes Photography by Becka Wigton (; Followell Fotography (Robby Followell,

Best Jackson Dancer: Nicole Marquez Second: Kathy Thibodeaux, Ballet Magnificat! (5406 Interstate 55 N., 601.977.1001) Third: Tracie James-Wade, LaMorne’s Dance (123A Highway 80 E., Suite 274, Clinton) Good Showing: Sujan Ghimire, Salsa Mississippi (605 Duling Ave., 601.213.6355); Michael Day, Dance Connection Ballroom Dance Center (306 N. Bierdeman Road, Pearl, 601.932.2374)

Best Live Theater: New Stage Theatre 1100 Carlisle St., 601.948.3531, Second: Fondren Theatre Workshop ( Third: Black Rose Community (103 Black St., Brandon, 601.825.1293) Good Showing: MADDRAMA at Jackson State University (1400 J.R. Lynch St., 601.979.2121); Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St., 601.960.1537); J. Lee Productions (; Actor’s Playhouse (

Best TV Sportscaster: Rob Jay (WLBT) Second: Aslan Hodges (WAPT) Third: Ray Coleman (WAPT) Good Showing: Jason Hurst (WJTV), Jon Wiener (FOX 40), Michael Rubenstein (WLBT)

Best TV Personality: Barbie Bassett (WLBT) Second: Maggie Wade (WLBT) Third: Howard Ballou (WLBT) Good Showing: Megan West (WAPT), Bert Case (WLBT), Walt Grayson (WLBT) |

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Best Local Cop (tie): Colendula Green, Jackson Police Department, and Ricky Bracey, Ridgeland Police Department Second: Lee Vance, Jackson Police Department Assistant Police Chief Third: Malcolm E. McMillin, former Hinds County Sheriff Good Showing: Wendall Watts, Precinct 4, Jackson Police Department; Tyrone Lewis, Hinds County Sherriff; Tim Sarrett, Pearl Police Department; Kenny Dunn, Jackson Police Department SWAT Team

Best Project Under Construction: Farish Street

Second: Museum to Market Trail Third: Old Capitol Green Good Showing: Fortification Street; Downtown Jackson; Fondren

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Best Radio Personality, Best Radio Station: Nate and Murphy, WYOY (101.7) 265 Highpoint Drive, Ridgeland, 601.956.0102,

Best Radio Personality Second: Rick and Kim (MISS 103) Third: Brad and Mandy (Rock 93.9), Scott Steele (WUSJ 96.3) Good Showing: Bo Bounds (The Zone 105.9), DJ Unpredictable (Hot 97.7), DJ Jonasty (Hot 97.7)

Best Jackson Writer: Kathryn Stockett Second: Beth Kander ( Third: Jill Conner Browne ( Good Showing: Susan Marquez (susanmarquez.

Best Local Visual Artist: Wyatt Waters 307 Jefferson St., Clinton, 601.925.8115,

Best Radio Station Second: WJMI (99 JAMS) Third: WMSI (MISS 103) Good Showing: WRBJ (97.7); WRXW (ROCK 93.9); WWJX (JACK 94.7)

Second: Ginger Williams-Cook ( Third: Josh Hailey (, Good Showing: Ellen Langford (; William Goodman (; Tony Davenport (

Best Teacher Adam Frazier teaches sophomore English at Ridgeland High School. He recently returned from a trip to India, Nepal, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates, Greece, France, Sweden, Denmark and Germany. He let us peek inside his backpack.

When Adam Frazier isn’t teaching, he exchanges a school backpack for one more suited to world travel.

Best Teacher (K-12): Adam Frazier, Ridgeland High School

1. Mp3 player and headphones 2. Multi-country power adapter 3. Towel from the Hilton hotel in Tanzania 16

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4. Travel knickknacks 5. Lots of pens 6. Various toiletries 7. Backpack netting 8. International currency

9. Netbook 10. Yoga beads 11. Passport: Now with lots of new stamps. 12. Journal from India 13. Hiking boots: These

have stood on top of Mt. Kilimanjaro. 14. Drawing, a gift from a child in Tanzania 15. EMS field guide 16. Two cameras

Second: Lesley Benton (Pisgah Elementary School) Third: Natalie Long (Utica Elementary) Good Showing: Ashley Hewitt (Green Elementary School); Taylor Hildebrand (Brown Elementary School); Laura Blackwell (McWillie Upper Elementary School) |

A Bride’s Best by Kathleen M. Mitchell


up at museums, libraries, schools and more. But if you want true, old-fashioned southern glamour, there’s only one place to turn in Jackson: The Fairview Inn. When you walk into

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rides these days have more options than ever before, and as a result weddings are as individual as the women planning them. Wedding ceremonies are popping

Michelle and Clayton Smith wed this spring at The Fairview Inn.

734 Fairview St., 601.948.3429, Second: The Cedars (4145 Old Canton Road, 601.366.5552) Third (tie): The South Warehouse (627 E. Silas Brown St., 601.939.4518); Mynelle Gardens (4736 Clinton Blvd., 601.960.1894) Good Showing: Luckett Lodge (214 Clark Creek Road, Brandon, 601.829.2567), Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland, 601.856.7546), Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive, 601.432.4500)

Best Nonprofit Organization: Stewpot Community Services

Best Real Estate Agent: Don Potts

Best Local Preacher: Chip Henderson

1100 W. Capitol St., 601.353.2759,

Nix-Tann & Associates (1776 Lelia Drive, 601.982.7918)

Pinelake Church, 6071 Highway 25, 601.829.4500

Second: Mary Janita Tyree, Charlotte Smith Real Estate (601.982.7998) Third: Hayley Hayes, The Overby Company (2630 Ridgewood Road, 601.366.8511) Good Showing: John Skelton (601.540.8099)

Second: Keith Tonkel, Wells Memorial United Methodist Church (2019 Bailey Ave., 601.353.0658) Third (tie): Rob Hill, Broadmeadow United Methodist Church (4419 Broadmeadow Drive, 601.366.1403); Dwayne K. Pickett Sr., New Jerusalem Church of Jackson (1285 Raymond Road, 601.371.6772) Good Showing: C. J. Rhodes, Mount Helm Baptist Church (300 E. Church St., 601.278.5620); Mike Campbell, Redeemer Church (640 E. Northside Drive, 601.362.9987); J. Ligon Duncan III, First Presbyterian Church of Jackson (1390 N. State St., 601.353.8316)

Second: Community Animal Rescue and Adoption Inc. (CARA) (960 N. Flag Chapel Road, 601.922.7575) Third: (tie) Salvation Army (1450 Riverside Drive, 601.969.7560); Junior League of Jackson (805 Riverside Drive, 601.948.2357 Good Showing: Operation Shoestring (1711 Bailey Ave., 601.353.6336); Mustard Seed (1085 Luckney Road, Brandon, 601.992.3556); The Good Samaritan (114 Millsaps Ave., 601.355.6276)

the 1908 Colonial Revival mansion, you can’t help but feel you’ve stepped back to a time that most of Jackson has left behind. The historic inn offers a multitude of gorgeous photo locations, from the tall white columns in the front to the intimate gazebo in the back. Plus, with 18 guest rooms, including a honeymoon suite for the bride and groom, the nomiSpa on site and Sophia’s Restaurant, Fairview can take care of everything from the pre-rehearsal dinner massage to the post-wedding brunch. Fairview also has relationships with local vendors for cakes, flowers, event planners, musicians and photographers, making it easy to bring the best Jackson has to offer together for the big day. After the wedding, Fairview remains a popular place to visit for anniversaries, special occasions, or just for the ever-popular Sunday brunch, an upscale buffet.

Best Place to Get Married: Fairview Inn

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Most Under-Appreciated Jacksonian: Funmi Franklin Second: David Watkins Third (tie): Leslee Foukal; Kimberly Jacobs Good Showing: Marika Cackett; Melinda Murph


Best Of Jackson 2012: Business & Community

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Best Vet or Vet Clinic: North State Animal and Bird Hospital

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5208 N. State St., 601.982-8261

Fredrick Smith / Courtesy Bryan Jefferson

by Vergie Redmond

Second: Briarwood Animal Hospital (1471 Canton Mart Road, 601.956.5030) Third: All Creatures Animal Care (262 New Mannsdale Road, Madison, 601.856.5339) Good Showing: Dr. Richard Gill (497 Springridge Road, Clinton 601.924.4169); Canton Animal Hospital (3114 Liberty St., Canton, 601.859.2703)

Best Stage Play: ‘Everyone Plays the Fool’ by J. Lee Productions


nown as the “Baby Boom” to Murrah students and alumni, Murrah High School’s band knows how to make a good impression. Under the guidance of band director Bryan Jefferson, Murrah’s band is also called the “Sound of Perfection.” Fitting, as it was named the best high-school band in the Jackson metro area. The group of dedicated students works hard to achieve the many accolades the band has collected over the years, including superior ratings at Jackson Public School’s All City band competition. Many of the band’s members, past and present, have also participated in the All City Honor band as well. Band members are not the only ones who help maintain the band’s success. The strong parent support group and the faculty, staff and

students of Murrah High School show their consistent support for the devoted group.

Best High School Band: Murrah High School 1400 Murrah Drive, 601.969.6602, Second: Madison Central High School (1417 Highland Colony Parkway, Madison, 601.856.7121) Third: Ridgeland High School (586 Sunnybrook Road, Ridgeland, 601.898.5023) Good Showing: Jim Hill High School (2185 Coach Fred Harris St., 601.960.5334); Northwest Rankin High School (5805 Highway 25, Flowood, 601.992.2242); Pearl High School (500 Pirate Cove, Pearl, 601.932.7931)

Second: “Annie” by New Stage Theatre Third: “Dracula” by New Stage Theatre Good Showing: “Assassins” by Fondren Theatre Workshop; “A Christmas Carol” by New Stage Theatre; “Guys and Dolls” by Black Rose Community Theatre; “Driving Miss Daisy” by New Stage Theatre

Best Public Figure: Former Gov. Haley Barbour Second: Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. Third: Gov. Phil Bryant

Best Visionary: David Watkins Second: Craig Noone Third: Brad “Kamikaze” Franklin Good Showing: Jeff Good; Bill Cooley

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rom Charles Schultz’s Linus in the comic “Peanuts” saying, “I love mankind. It’s people I can’t stand,” to Raymond Chandler declaring, “It is not a fragrant world,” curmudgeons share their viewpoint with the world. Sharing his view is where this year’s top curmudgeon, broadcaster Bert Case, excels. Starting in radio at Ole

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Miss after graduating from Murrah High in 1957, he entered the local news scene in 1965. While viewers today think of him in the WLBT anchor chair, sharing his travels down the Pearl River or posing questions to an irate Gov. Fordice threatening to “whip his ass,” Case sees his work during Hurricane Camille and the resulting Weather Service documentary as the most significant story of his career. He has been with WLBT since 1974.

Best Curmudgeon: Bert Case, WLBT 715 S. Jefferson St., 601.948.3333, Second: Chris Jones Third: Kenneth Stokes Good Showing: Vince Falconi; Ian Williams |

Fighting the Jackson Fight by Victoria Sherwood

Trip Burns


warrior’s image is tough and strong: muscles, gleaming metal chest plates and weapons to defend their territory. But a warrior doesn’t always have armor that is visible. Brad Franklin describes an urban warrior as a “soldier for the city, someone who takes up the mantle for Jackson and goes to battle against those people who would look to see our demise. Someone who’s a fighter.” Franklin and Julie Skipper, who are both freelance columnists for BOOM Jackson’s sister newspaper, tied for this year’s Best Urban Warrior title for their dedication to the city they call home. Both Franklin and Skipper share an enthusiasm for Jackson’s development and emphasize the importance of retaining the city’s creative thinkers. Brad Franklin, known to most by his hip-hop name Kamikaze, is a Jackson native. He is an established entrepreneur and hip-hop artist, with his own company, Hour Glass Media Group, and record label, and is a managing partner in Dreams JXN. Franklin’s first career plan wasn’t always music, but after landing a record deal in Atlanta, he realized his future platform. “(Music) gives me the opportunity to speak about social issues around me,” he says. “The people who mentored me in music were people who said it was very important that you had a voice, and that hip-hop has some type of social voice to it.” Franklin advocates for everything Mississippi and considers himself a “ProJack,” a term he coined, meaning someone who pushes the positive aspects of Jackson. “The image that people see of Mississippi on the national media is not one that I’m happy with,” he says. “We need to get people to see the better

Julie Skipper and Brad “Kamikaze” Franklin know the importance of retaining the city’s creative thinkers. parts of Jackson and the better parts of Mississippi.” Franklin sees Jackson as an urban metropolis with a small-town feel, perfect for fostering people’s creativity, and a place for citizens to “do your own thing.” As a father of four, with his oldest attending Jackson State University in the fall, Franklin hopes that Jackson’s young people and college graduates will realize the city’s potential and stay. “We have had a real brain-drain problem, and if we can impress upon our most talented people to stay here and fight the good fight, it will make this a better place,” he says. “We have to stop losing our most talented people to other cities.” After receiving her undergraduate degree from Millsaps College, Julie Skipper did not plan on returning to Jackson. But after getting her law degree in 2004, she found herself back in the city. “I felt like that

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because I wanted to go away I must have ended up back here for a reason,” she says. “Being away I saw what was possible (for Jackson), and I wanted to come back to help it achieve that.” Upon her return, Skipper had to find her place in the city all over again. “Everyone’s Jackson is different, but you can find yours,” she says. “I just got out there.” In 2008, Skipper became the director of development and communications for the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson. She joined Watkins Partners in 2010 and began working on the Farish Street project, a two-block renovation in downtown Jackson. Ultimately, she says the project is about creating a place to foster innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship in Jackson. “We are doing things that are really game changers, and things that people say can’t be done,” she says.

Skipper recognizes the frustrations and fight it takes to make huge changes, but understands jobs, recreation, music and culture are going to bring in young entrepreneurs. “You have to do some fighting sometimes, so I guess that’s the warrior part,” she says. “You have to have your armor on because there are still a lot of naysayers, so you have to be tough.” “Loving the city and wanting to see it achieve its potential gets me out of bed every morning,” she says.

Best Urban Warrior (tie): Julie Skipper, Brad Franklin Second: David Watkins Third: Craig Noone Good Showing: Jeff Good; Jonas “DJ Jonasty” Adams; Ben Allen



Urban Living

Best Dressed by Kathleen M. Mitchell



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we’ve got to find the best one, the best prices, the best fit, everything,’” Giordano says. “So we research, get here and then try to find the best ones that we know that no other stores in Mississippi are going to have.” The season is another important aspect when it comes to stocking the shelves. “With the holidays coming, we want to have enough dressy dresses for Christmas and holiday parties and Mistletoe (Marketplace) … Tate K Nations

t’s 6:30 a.m. in Los Angeles, and Whitney Giordano has a cold. But fashion waits for no woman, and she is up and running, gearing up for another long day dressing Mississippi’s trendiest women. Giordano, with her long, blonde hair and cheery smile, is at a national showroom, selecting inventory that will hit the shelves of Material Girls, the popular boutique Giordano opened eight years ago. It’s a whirlwind week, one that will determine the success of her four stores through the winter season. “It’s just very fast paced,” she says. “I literally wake up at 6:30, and we’re out of here by like 7 or probably 7:30, eat a quick breakfast, and then by the time we’re back, it’s probably been a whole 12 hours, pretty much going the whole time. And sometimes we don’t even eat lunch because you just have to work through it and keep going. There’s so much to see and so much to do, and you want to make sure you have it all.” Fast-paced is the way Giordano likes her business. When the first Material Girls became a reality at its original location in Flowood, Giordano was still finishing her degree at the University of Southern Mississippi. “I opened my first one in 2004. I did it for six months while I still was in college,” she says. “I already knew I was going to do it. There was never a doubt in my mind. I just wanted to get my degree first.” Since that first opening eight years ago, the boutique has grown at a wild pace, adding three more locations (at the Renaissance in Ridgeland, and in Oxford and Hattiesburg), and expanding into an original perfume line. A lot of planning goes into picking the clothes for the boutiques, including researching the latest trends. “Like right now, it’s a bunch of print jeans and colored jeans that is really popular, so while we’re here, we were like, ‘OK,

Whitney Giordano dresses many of Mississippi’s trendiest women.

all the different functions that are going on,” Giordano says. “With football season, we’re big on dressing everybody for the tailgating and whatnot, so we’re making sure we have all the school colors. That’s really important to us, and we’ve definitely gotten very well known for making sure we

have all the colors (of USM, Ole Miss and Mississippi State).” Giordano is also keenly aware of what her customers want. There is no New Yorker blackon-black-on-black fashion at Material Girls. Every store features an explosive color palette, with bright yellow blazers and shiny orange wedges fighting for attention with a shock of hot-pink purses. Soon after Giordano returns to Mississippi, shipments of the clothes she chooses at the show arrive, fast and furious, and there is a big push to turn over the inventory at each of the stores and get the word out about new items. Social media is a big part of advertising and sales for Material Girls. In addition to its four locations, Material Girls also offers the option to shop online ( or via its Facebook page. The store posts new or on sale items on Facebook, and it offers customers yet another way to interact. They can inquire about sizes, put items on hold to pick up at the store, or have items shipped directly to them, all via social media. “I think it’s just listening to what they want and knowing if there’s a need,” Giordano says of her connection to her customers. “I really do have a good idea of what people want and what they need, and I’m big on customer service. I make sure my girls are all educated on how to help people and what’s expected, whether it’s answering a question on Facebook or on the phone or for someone from the dressing room.” But whether Giordano is at home or in farflung locations—she typically travels to L.A., Las Vegas or New York about every other month to attend shows—Giordano constantly has Mississippi and Material Girls on the brain. “The only time I’m not working or not thinking Material Girls or about my customers is when I’m sleeping,” she says with a laugh. |



Best Boutique: Material Girls 182 Promenade Blvd., Flowood, 601.992.4533; 1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, 601.605.1605, Second: Treehouse (3000 N. State St., 601.982.3433) Third: Libby Story (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 5003, 662.323.1427) Good showing: Migi’s (131 Market St., Flowood, 601.919.8203); Pink Bombshell (270 Dogwood Blvd., Flowood, 601. 919.1366, 1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 5007, 601.853.0775); circa. URBAN ARTISAN LIVING (2771 Old Canton Road, 601.362.8484); 4450 (4450 Interstate 55 N., 601.366.3687)

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Model: Lindsey Killen


Fushia top, $36.95 Leopard Blazer, $48.95 Leather Skirt, $48.95 Black Fringe Wedge Booties, $42.95 Gold Chunk Bracelet, $29.95 Lily and Laura Bracelets, one for $12 or three for $30 Necklace, $29.95 Earrings, $18.95

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Libby Story

Model: Jamie Ainsworth


Vince Top, $285 Vince Leggings, $235 Angel Court Necklaces, $158-398 Rebecca Minkoff Cross-body Purse, $195 Aquatalia Boots, $425

Free People Beat it Tank, $118 Free People Daisy Check Crop Bra, $38 Newold Crop Demin Tie Top, $39 Jack by BB Dakota Joel Skirt, $54 Libby Story Vintage Twist Chain Necklace, $14 Assorted Vintage Bracelets, $14-20 Jeffrey Campbell Damsell Wedge, $168 |



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Best Of Jackson 2012: Urban Living

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Go Local with LaCru by LaShanda Phillips courtesy Stephanie Barnes


LaCru salon owner Stephanie Barnes maintains a commitment to integrity in her business.

air, skin and nails are often my top priorities. Luckily for me, I can get pretty in a local spot and save gas and time. LaCru Salon Tan and Spa, opened by Stephanie Barnes eight years ago in February, has offered services including color, haircuts and styles, facials and tanning. “Our goal as a team will always be a commitment to performance, integrity and change,” Barnes said. The professionals can also wax and do various nail treatments. Be sure to check out the Jane Ireland mineral cosmetic line.

Best Museum, Tourist Attraction: Mississippi Children’s Museum 2145 Highland Drive, 601.981.5469,

Best Museum Second: Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive, 601.354.7303) Third: Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St., 601.960.1515) Good Showing: Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive, 601.432.4500); Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St., 601.359.6920); Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center (528 Bloom St., 601.960.1457)

Best Tourist Attraction Second: Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St., 601.359.6920) Third: The Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland, 601.856.7546) Good Showing: Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St., 601.960.1515); Welty House and Garden (1119 Pinehurst St., 601.353.7762); Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St., 601.352.2580)

Best Category We Left Off (tie): Japanese Hibachi / Weight Loss Facility / Travel Agent 24

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Best Locally Owned Business: LaCru Salon Tan and Spa

Best Facialist/ Esthetician: Laya Parisi, LaCru Salon

5352 Lakeland Drive, Suite 600, Flowood, 601.992.7980

5352 Lakeland Drive, Suite 600, Flowood, 601.992.7980,

Second: circa. Urban Artisan Living (2771 Old Canton Road, 601. 362.8484) Third (tie): Parlor Market (115 W. Capitol St. 601.360.0090); Sneaky Beans (2914 N. State St., 601. 497.6349) Good Showing: Material Girls (1000 Highland Colony, Ridgeland 601.605.1065); Mangia Bene (3317 N. State St., 601.982.4443); Plato’s Closet (1260 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland, MS 39157 601. 487.8207)

Second: Linda Whitaker (Sun Gallery, 6712 Old Canton Road, Suite 3, Ridgeland, 601.957.7502) Third: Tamar Sharp (nomiSpa, 734 Fairview St., 601.948.3429) Good Showing: Rachel McDuffie (Aqua the Day Spa, 4465 Interstate 55 N., 601.362.9550); Ryan Hodges (Sanctuary Body Spa at the Township, 340 Township Ave., Suite 200, 601. 790.2222)

Best Bridal/Gift Registry: The Everyday Gourmet

Best Dance Lessons: Salsa Mississippi

1625 E. County Line Road, Suite 500, 601.977.9258,

605 Duling Ave., 601.213.6355,

Second: Batte Furniture (1010 E. Northside Drive, 601.366.0335) Third: Persnickety Home Accents and Fine Gifts (2078 Main St., Madison, 601.853.9595) Good Showing: The Early Settler (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 118, 601.366.2715); The Cupboard (745 Clinton Parkway, Clinton, 601.924.5245); The Paper Place (2941 Old Canton Road, 601.366.3675); Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland, 601.856.7546)

Best Beauty Shop or Salon: Barnette’s Salon 4465 Interstate 55 N., 601.362.9550; 1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, 601.898.9123, Second: LaCru Salon (5352 Lakeland Drive, Suite 600, Flowood, 601.992.7980) Third: Smoak Salon (622 Duling Ave., Suite 206, 601.982.5313) Good Showing: Social Agenda Salon (419 Mitchell Ave., 601.982.5575); Lacey’s Salon (1935 Lakeland Drive, Suite C, 601.397.6389)

Second: Dance Connection Ballroom Dance Center (306 N. Bierdeman Road, Pearl, 601.932.2374) Third: Ballet Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St., Suite 106, 601.960.1560) Good Showing: Dance Unlimited (6787 S. Siwell Road, Suite E, Byram 601.373.6143; 3091 Highway 49 S., Suite E, Florence, 601.373.6143); Beverly’s School of Dance (107 Office Park Drive, Brandon, 601.825.4056); Ballet Magnificat! (5406 Interstate 55 N., 601.977.1001); The Dance Studio (665 S. Pear Orchard Road, Suite 100, Ridgeland, 601.899.8880)

Best Caterer: Fresh Cut Catering & Floral 108 Cypress Cove, Flowood, 601.939.4518, Second: Mangia Bene (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 101, 601.362.2900) Third: Cosmopolitan Catering (2947 Old Canton Road, 601.983.4450) Good Showing: Julep Restaurant & Bar (4500 Interstate 55 N., 601.362.1411); VIP Grand Events (4500 Interstate 55 N., 601.713.4040); Julie Levanway’s Fresh From the Flame (5446 River Thames Road, 601.957.6123) |

Best Comic Book Store: Heroes and Dreams: Comics and Collectibles 5352 Lakeland Drive, Suite 1700, Flowood, 601.992.3100, Second: Van’s Comics and Cards (558 Highway 51, Ridgeland, 601.898.9950) Third: Java Ink (420 Roberts St., Pearl, 601.397.6292) Good Showing: Comic Commander/Action Island (579 Highway 51, Suite D, Ridgeland, 601.856.1789)

Best Campaigner for Best of Jackson Award: Chris Paige Second: Jeff Good Third: Janis Boersma Good Showing: Whitney Giordano/Material Girls

Best Fitness Center/Gym: The Courthouse Racquet and Fitness Multiple Locations, Second: The Club (multiple locations: theclubms. com) Third: YMCA (multiple locations) Good Showing: Fitness Lady (331 Sunnybrook Road, Ridgeland, 601.856.0535, and 5720 Highway 80 East, Pearl, 601.939.2122); Baptist Healthplex (717 Manship St., 601.968.1766); Anytime Fitness (4924 Interstate 55 N., 601.321.9465; 628 South Pearson Road, Pearl, 601.664.0330; 655 Highway 49 S., Richland, 601.933.1945)

Best Bookstore: Lemuria Books Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202, 601.366.7619, Second: Choctaw Books (926 N. State St., 601.352.7281) Third: Heroes and Dreams: Comics and Collectibles (5352 Lakeland Drive, Suite 1700, Flowood, 601.992.3100) Good Showing: The Book Rack (1491 Canton Mart Road, Suite 7, 601.956.5086; 584 Springridge Road, Suite C, Clinton, 601.924.9020); JSU Bookstore (Jackson State University, Student Center, 1400 J. R. Lynch St., 601.979.2021)

Best Reason to Live in Jackson: The People Second: Fondren Third: Family Good Showing: Shopping; Community; Belhaven

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Bringing The Community Together:

Promoting Racial Harmony and Facilitating Understanding

2012 Friendship Golf Outing Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012

8:00 a.m. shotgun start, Colonial Country Club

Seeking players, teams, sponsors and volunteers. Any level golfer (or non-golfer) welcome! The Golf Outing is our annual fundraiser for Jackson 2000 operations, including Dialogue Circles and monthly luncheons. Call Hibbett Neel (601-9483071) or Jonathan Larkin (601-957-0434) for sponsorship, player and team information.

Monthly Discussion Luncheons Second Wednesday, 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Jackson 2000 invites you to lunch and learn from provocative speakers and forums held at the Mississippi Arts Center.

2012 Dialogue Circles Ongoing for adults and youth - see website

Jackson 2000 presents dialogue circles, a series of facilitated, curriculum-based discussion sessions that can open minds, change hearts and build lasting friendships.

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The Best to Give (and Receive) // by Aaron Cooper


t can be easy to fall into the gift-giving rut of gift certificates and generic home goods from bigbox outlets. This year, to truly wow, look to Best of Jackson winners for Most Unique Gifts. Each store offers a different style and aesthetic, but all have one thing in common: going beyond the ordinary to use glass, wood, precious metals and stones, and even leather or signature scents in a way that probably isn’t in your home, yet. When you wander through these stores, something is sure to grab your eye (and your wallet)—and once you’re in the gift-giving mode, why not treat yourself in addition to the ones you love? Mistura Wood and Leather Watch, $245, circa. URBAN ARTISAN LIVING This extremely masculine watch can be worn by both men and women, adding an urban edge to any wardrobe.

Chart Metalworks Mississippi Brass Cufflinks, $110, circa. URBAN ARTISAN LIVING For those who want to keep a little Mississippi close at hand, these cufflinks feature vintage maps of the state.

Decorative Owl Fan, $89.95, Pine Cone This standing owl fan is a quirky way to keep your office or home cool in the Mississippi heat.

Three E Designs Cookie Jar, $178, Persnickety Add a bit of whimsy to your home-baked treats with this flowered jar.

Chart Metalworks Mississippi Brass and Leather Belt, $210, circa. URBAN ARTISAN LIVING With a vintage map to match the cuff links in the center of the buckle, this piece adds style and state flair to your outfit.

Best Unique Gifts: circa. URBAN ARTISAN LIVING 2771 Old Canton Road, 601.362.8484, Second: Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland, 601.856.7546) Third: Apple Annie’s (106 Autumn Ridge, Suite 6, Brandon, 601.992.9925 and 1896 Main St. Suite D, Madison, 601.853.8911) Good Showing: Pine Cone (1220 E. Northside Drive, Suite 220, 601.713.1421); Turkoyz (4500 Interstate 55 N., 601.981.4000); Persnickety Home Accents and Fine Gifts (2078 Main St., Madison, 601.853.9595)

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Purple Heart Bowl by Walter Catt, $375, Mississippi Craft Center Made from small pieces of extremely rare Peltogyne wood from South America, this bowl will liven any arrangement, counter or party.

Naturally Dyed Scarf by Winki Allen, $85, Mississippi Craft Center This beautiful silky scarf is dyed chemical-free using tea, rust and berries. 27

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Mallory Palmertree

Best Day Spa: Aqua the Day Spa 4465 Interstate 55 N., 601.362.9550; 1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 8001, Ridgeland, 601.898.9123, Second: Trio Medi Spa (4812 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, 601.608.8746) Third: LaCru (5352 Lakeland Drive, Suite 600, Flowood, 601.992.7980) Good Showing: Skin District (2629 Courthouse Circle, Suite B, Flowood, 601.981.7546); Drench (118 W. Jackson St., Suite 2B, Ridgeland, 601.707.5656); Mon Ami (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 128, 601.366.7721); nomiSpa (734 Fairview St., 601.948.3429)

Best Barber Shop: Maurice’s Multiple Locations: call 601.362.2343 Second: Custom Cuts and Styles (2445 Terry Road, 601.321.9292) Third: Bob’s Cut and Curl (3015 N. State St., 601.362.0326) / Good Showing: Lil’ Dave’s (3013 J.R. Lynch St., 601.354.1010 or 601.355.0003); Madison Family Barber (211 Hoy Road, Madison, 601.853.8084); Nappy Kutz (3807 Robinson Road, 601.923.6444)

Best Tattoo/Piercing Parlor: Squench’s Tattoos and Body Piercing 3780 Interstate 55 S., 601.372.2800,

Weird Ink

Second: Black Diamond, formerly The Ink Spot (5015 Interstate 55 N., 601.982.9437) Third: House of Pain Tattoo (Swinging Bridge Shopping Center, 22 Holiday Rambler Lane, Suite 300, Byram, 601.321.9040) Good Showing: Twiztid Images (557 Highway 49 S., Richland, 601.664.0000); Eternal Body Art (3611 Interstate 55 S., 601.346.5963); Animal House Tattoo Co. (420 N. Bierdeman Road, Pearl, 601.933.1120)

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Q: What’s the strangest tattoo you’ve ever given? Squench’s Tattoos and Body Piercing (3780 Interstate 55 S., 601.372.2800) A: Mallory Blalock: A cover up (of what) was supposed to be a portrait, (but) the original artist did it backwards; it was really bad and dark. I had to put a koi fish with waves over it. Black Diamond (5015 Interstate 55 N., 601.982.9437) A: Mallory Palmertree: A hotdog walking down a hallway (pictured).

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Best Dentist: Jim Ed Watson, Center for Smiles

Best Plumber: Skeen Plumbing and Gas Inc.

1437 Old Square Road, Suite 203, 601.366.7645,

220 Christopher Cove, Ridgeland, 601.856.5758,

Second (tie): Lance Dillon (927 Highway 51, Madison, 601.898.3000), Chad Stokes (200 Key Drive, Madison, 601.856.5227), Rusty Riley (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 238, 601.366.1117) Third: Brad Armstrong (459 Pebble Creek Drive, Madison, 601.856.3141) Good Showing: Paula Stewart (505 Springridge Road, Suite C, Clinton, 601.924.2446), Jason Cox (105 Belle Meade Point, Flowood, 601.919.8575), Amy Sherman (1004 Hugh Ward Blvd., Flowood, 601.992.9975)

Second: Chris Wright (Wright Plumbing, 114 Southern Ridge Drive, Madison, 601.898.3223) Third: Buford Heating and Plumbing (5625 Highway 18 W., 601.372.7676) Good Showing: Neill Plumbing (4321.1/2 N. State St., 601.366.0507); T.J. Hare Plumbing (Springridge Road, 601.922.1874); Wesley Brisendine (at Mr. Rooter) (601.414.0020)

Best Hair Stylist: Lacey Norris, Lacey’s Salon & Accessories

Best Kids’ Event: WellsFest September, Jamie Fowler Boyll Park, 1398 Lakeland Drive, 601.353.0658,

1935 Lakeland Drive, 601.906.2253 Second: Eddie Outlaw, William Wallace Salon (2939 Old Canton Road, 601.982.8300) Third: Claire Kinsey, Gloss Salon (733 Lake Harbour Drive, 601.898.8640) Good Showing: Griff Howard, Ritz Salon (775 Lake Harbour Drive, Suite H, Ridgeland, 601.856.4330); Crystal Williams, Social Agenda Salon & Boutique (2945 Old Canton Road, 601.982.5575); Stephanie Barnes, LaCru (5352 Lakeland Drive, Suite 600, Flowood, 601.992.7980)

367 Highway 51, Ridgeland, 601.853.4000, Second: Old House Depot (639 Monroe St., 601.592.6200) Third: Interiors Market (659 Duling Ave., 601.981.6020) Good Showing: Repeat Street (626 Ridgewood Road, 601.605.9393); Interior Spaces (5060 Interstate 55 N., 601.956.4199); St. Martin’s Gallery (2817 Old Canton Road, 601.362.1977)

Best Place to Buy Shoes: The Shoe Bar at Pieces 425 Mitchell Ave., 601.939.5204 Second: Earth Walk Shoes (4500 Interstate 55 N., 601.981.1975) Third: Material Girls (182 Promenade Blvd., Flowood, 601.992.4553; 1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 7005, Ridgeland, 601.605.1065) Good Showing: Maison Weiss (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 109, 601.981.9621); Plato’s Closet (1260 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland, 601.487.8207)

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3025 N. State St., 601.981.6449, Second: JoyFlow Yoga (7048 Old Canton Road, Suite 2F, 601.613.4317) Third: Courthouse (46 Northtown Drive, 601.956.1300) Good Showing: Studio OM (665 Duling Ave., 601.209.6325); Tara Yoga (200 Park Circle, Suite 4, Flowood, 601.932.7700)

Best Martial Arts Studio: Jason Griffin’s Tae Kwon Do 103 Christian Drive, Suite D, Brandon, 601.824.0058; 125 Dyess Road, Ridgeland, 601.977.9000, Second: Academy of Kung Fu (626 Ridgewood Road, Ridgeland, 601.856.5051) Third: Gracie South (5352 Lakeland Drive, Suite 1400, Flowood, 601.502.7634) Good Showing: West Hapkido Academy (291 Highway 51, Ridgeland, 601.856.8487); Martial Arts Academy (2160 Main St., Suite F, Madison, 601.898.5555); Knockout Fitness and MMA (205 Belle Meade Pointe, Flowood, 769.233.7901)

Mal’s St. Paddy’s Parade Factoids

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Best Place to Buy Antiques: Antique Mall of the South

Second: KidsFest (April, Freedom Ridge Park, 235 W. School St., Ridgeland, 601.853.2011) Third: Rip the Cypher (121 Millsaps Ave., 601. 540.5991) Good Showing: Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive, 877.793.5437); Pump It Up (1576 Old Fannin Road, Suite P, Brandon, 601.992.5866); Mississippi State Fair (October, 1200 Mississippi St., 601.362.6121)

Best Yoga Studio: Butterfly Yoga

In 2006, 50,000 people attended the parade. By 2012, 70,000 people attended and brought $7.6 million into the city. Established in 1983. Known to some as “a green Mardi Gras.”

Best Annual Event, Best Outdoor Event: Mal’s St. Paddy’s Parade Downtown Jackson, 601.948.0888,

Best Annual Event Second: Mistletoe Marketplace (Mississippi Trade Mart, 1200 Mississippi St., 601.948.2357) Third: Chimneyville Crafts Festival (Mississippi

Trade Mart, 1200 Mississippi St., 601.856.7546) Good Showing: CelticFest (celticfestms. org); Wellsfest (; Fondren Unwrapped (Fondren neighborhood, 601.981.9606)

Best Outdoor Event Second: Pepsi Pops (Old Trace Park, Post Road, Ridgeland, 601.960.1565) Third: Wellsfest ( Good Showing: CelticFest (; Jacktoberfest (; Fondren After 5 (


Best Of Jackson 2012: Urban Living

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A Life of Service by Vergie Redmond Tate K. Nations


Dr. Manisha Sethi is living the service-driven career path she chose at age 4.

t the age of 4, Manisha Sethi knew that she wanted to become a pediatrician. When she was 15, she enrolled at Millsaps College and graduated magna cum laude at 18. She has served on the faculty at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, and held the position as chief of pediatrics. By 31 years old, Dr. Sethi had already accomplished something that most doctors would have just started: beginning her own practice. Sethi has been at the helm at the Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Association in Ridgeland for seven years. Her medical care is not only limited to children, however—Dr. Sethi provides service to patients young and old.

Best Doctor: Dr. Manisha Sethi 6919 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland; 601.956.0911 Second: Dr. Bard Johnston (401 Baptist Drive, Suite 104, Madison, 601.605.3858) Third: Dr. Meredith Travelstead (501 Marshall St., Suite 400, 601.354.0869) Good Showing: Dr. Bruce Black (401 Baptist Drive, Suite 104, Madison, 601.605.3858); Dr. Dan Woodliff (971 Lakeland Drive, Suite 250, 601.982.1283); Dr. Massie Headley (6250 Old Canton Road; Suite 100, 601.957.1015); Dr. Joe Terry (935 Highway 51, Madison, 601.856.5986)

Best Liquor/Wine Store: Kats Wine and Spirits

Best Men’s Clothes: The Rogue and Good Company

Best Garden Supply/Nursery: Lakeland Yard & Garden Center

921 E. Fortification St., 601. 983.5287,

4450 Interstate 55 N., 601.362.6383,

4210 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, 601.939.7304,

Second: Briarwood Wine and Spirits (4949 Old Canton Road, 601.956.5108) Third: Fondren Cellars (633 Duling Ave., 769.216.2323) Good Showing: Joe T’s (286 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland, 601.605.7602); McDade’s Wine and Spirits (1220 E. Northside Drive, Suite 320, 601.366.5676); Reservoir Wine and Spirits (775 Lake Harbour Drive, Suite C, Ridgeland, 601.856.2712

Best Place to Buy Musical Instruments: Morrison Brothers Music 127 Dyess Road, Ridgeland, 601.956.013, Second: Mississippi Music (1001 Sara Lane, Flowood, 601.922.1200) Third: Fondren Guitars by Patrick Harkins (607 Fondren Place, 601.362.0313) Good Showing: Guitar Center (1189 E. County Line Road, 601.956.8053); Lakeland Music (5200 Highway 25, Flowood, 601.992.0089); Allegrezzo Piano Company (608 Highway 51, Suite A, Ridgeland, 601.856.2524)

Second: Plato’s Closet (1260 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland, 601.487.8207) Third: Kinkade’s Fine Clothing (120 W. Jackson St., Suite 2B, Ridgeland, 601.898.0513) Good Showing: Great Scott (4400 Old Canton Road, Suite 101, 601.984.3500); Red Square Clothing Co. (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 9004, Ridgeland, 601.853.8960); JoS A. Bank Clothiers (870 Interstate 55 N., 601.366.9711)

Best Massage Therapist: Martha Howell, Baptist Health Complex

Second: Callaway’s Yard & Garden Center (839 Pear Orchard Road, Ridgeland, 601.957.1731) Third: Green Oak (5009 Old Canton Road, 601.956.5017) Good Showing: Hutto’s Home and Garden Center (1320 Ellis Ave., 601.973.2277); Martinson’s Garden Works (650 Highway 51, Ridgeland, 601.856.3078); Everyday Gardener (2905 Old Canton Road, 601.981.0273)

Best Mechanic: Graves and Stoddard 722 Highway 80 E., Flowood, 601.939.3662

717 Manship St., 601.968.1766, Second: Brad Jackson (Body Anew Medical Spa, 113 W. Jackson St., Suite 1.A, Ridgeland, 601.605.0452) Third: William Boren (Highland Village, 4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 239, 601.942.5014) Good Showing: Sara Simpson (2626 Southerland St., 601.613.6040); Stephanie Miller (The Massage Studio LLC, 1510 N. State St., Suite 302, 601.624.7784); Olga Richardson (Massage by Olga, 4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 254, 601.918.4087)

Second: Putnam’s Automotive Service (4879 N. State St., 601.366.1886) Third: Ridgeland Service Center (282 Highway 51, Ridgeland, 601.856.7666) Good Showing: Gateway Tire and Service Center (3004 J.R. Lynch St., 601.352.3611); Car Care Clinic (multiple locations)

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Best Nature Walk: Natchez Trace Second: LeFleur’s Bluff / Mayes Lake (2140 Riverside Drive, 601.987.3923) Third: Clinton Nature Center (617 Dunton Road, 601.926.1104) Good Showing: Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive, 601.576.6000); Belhaven University and Neighborhood (1500 Peachtree St., 601.968.5940)

Best Art Gallery: Fischer Galleries 3100 N. State St., Suite 101, 601.291.9115, Second: Southern Breeze Gallery (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 5005, Ridgeland, 601.607.4147) Third: Brown’s Fine Art and Framing (630 Fondren Place, 601.982.4844) Good Showing: Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St., 601.960.1515); Fondren Art Gallery (3030 N. State St. 601.981.9222); Gallery 119 (119 S. President St., 601.969.4091)

Best Flower Shop: Greenbrook Flowers 705 N. State St., 601.957.1951, Second: A Daisy a Day Flowers & Gifts (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 194, 601.982.4438) Third: Drake’s Designs (1491 Canton Mart Road, 601.957.6983) Good Showing: Mostly Martha’s (353 Highway 51, Ridgeland, 601.956.1474); Whitley’s Flowers (740 Lakeland Drive, 601.362.8844); Green Oak (5009 Old Canton Road, 601.956.5017)

Dream Big

Best Yoga Instructor: Jean Powers, The Courthouse 46 Northtown Drive, 601.956.1300, Second: Scotta Brady (Butterfly Yoga, 3025 N. State St., 601.594.2313) Third: Tara Blumenthal (Energy in Motion, 200 Park Circle, Suite 4, Flowood, 601.932.7700) Good Showing: Debi Lewis (Joyflow Yoga, 7048 Old Canton Road, Suite 2F, Ridgeland, 601. 613.4317); Katie Cassady (Butterfly Yoga, 3025 N., State St., 601.981.6449); Georgette Turner (Matworks Yoga and Pilates Club, 322 Highway 80 E., Suite 8, Clinton, 601.624.6356 )

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Comics & Collectables

Voted Best Comic Book Store -Best Of Jackson 2012-

5352 Lakeland Drive Suite1650 Flowood, MS 601-992-3100 31

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from page 31

Best Thrift/Consignment Shop: Repeat Street

Best Playground/Park: Laurel Street Park

Best Tailor: Custom Tailoring by Al

626 Ridgewood Road, 601.605.9393,

1841 Laurel St.

1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 4004, Ridgeland, 601.607.3443; 258 Dogwood Blvd., Flowood, 601.992.1373,

Second: Orange Peel (422 Mitchell Ave., 601.364.9977) Third: Plato’s Closet (1260 E. County Line Road, 601.487.8207) Good Showing: Bargain Boutique (5070 Parkway Drive, 601.991.0500); N.U.T.S. (114 Millsaps Ave., 601.355.7458); Goodwill (multiple locations)

Best Place to Buy Kids Clothes and Toys: Olde Tyme Commissary 4500 Interstate 55 N., 601.366.1849, Second: Helen’s Young Ages (4750 Interstate 55 N., 601.362.0317) Third: Pop Fizz (1481 Canton Mart Road, Suite E, 601.977.1000) Good Showing: Sweet Dreams (1896 Main St., 601.856.2080); Leap Frog (104 Village Blvd., 601.898.0727); Lemon Meringue (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 1007, 601.853.2611)

Second: Winner’s Circle Park (100 Winners Circle Drive, Flowood) Third: LeFleur’s Bluff State Park (2140 Riverside Drive, 601.987.3923) Good Showing: Strawberry Patch Park (271 St. Augustine Drive, Madison); Liberty Park (810 Madison Ave., Madison); Parham Bridges (5055 Old Canton Road)

Best Tanning Salon: Sun Gallery

Second: Finishing Touch (4551 Office Park Drive, 601.362.5288) Third: Michael Armstrong of Tom James Company (1775 Lelia Drive, Suite D, 601.713.2034) Good Showing: Golden Touch (5355 Executive Place, 601.362.6790); Tailor You (6800 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland, 601.991.3300

2720 N. State St., 601.366.5811 Second: Solar 51 (136 S. Pearson Road, Pearl, 601.939.1990; 727 Clinton Parkway, Clinton, 601.925.9747; 398 Highway 51, Suite 130, Ridgeland, 601.898.1003) Third: Reservoir Tan & Salon (132 Lakeland Heights Blvd., Suite D, Flowood, 601.992.3535) Good Showing: Pear Orchard Tan (305 Towne Center Place, Suite D, Ridgeland, 601.853.6826); SunKissed Tanning (1189 Old Fannin Road, Flowood, 769.798.0705); Palm Beach Tan (multiple locations: see

Best Yoga Studio: Butterfly Yoga 3025 N. State St., 601-981-6449, Second: JoyFlow Yoga (7048 Old Canton Road, Suite 2F, 601-613-4317) Third: Courthouse (46 Northtown Drive, 601-9561300) Good Showing: Studio OM (665 Duling Ave., 601-2096325); Tara Yoga (200 Park Circle, Suite 4, Flowood, 601-932-7700)

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Seafood • Pasta

Happy Hour

5-6 Half Off Beer, Wine & Cocktails Appetizers, Soups & Salads

Live Music Thursday - Saturday

Tortellini Alfredo Pasta Primavera Eggplant Parmesan Cannelloni Florentine 3 Cheese Ravioli Baked Lasagna Chicken Parmesan Grilled Chicken Alfredo Chicken Picatta Grilled Chicken Carbonara Tilapia Basil Parmesan Crust3ed Tilapia Shrimp Scampi Veal Picatta Veal Parmesan Clams & Linguini Shrimp Cerami Cajun Pasta Seared Tuna Blackened Salmon

Meatballs Fried Mozzarella Fried Stuffed Eggplant Stuffed Mushrooms Italian Chicken Wings Bruschetta & Sicilian Tomato Salad Fried Calamari New Orleans BBQ Shrimp Antipasto Fried Ravioli Cerami’s Salad Wagon Caesar Salad Chef ’s Soup of the Day

Flatbread Pizzas Caprese Pesto Chicken Shrimp Alfredo Italian Salami & Cheese Cheese



Simple Mary Pesto Pasta AJ’s Linguini & Meatballs Manicotti

Penne & Meatball Penne & Alfredo Penne & Butter Sauce

Cheese Pizza Fried Mozzarella Side Breaded Chicken Kids Salad Wagon


Classic Cheesecake Créme Brulee Cheesecake Tiramisu Toasted ALmond Tiramisu Créme Brulee Chocolate Eruption Cake Spumoni Ice Cream Chocolate & Vanilla Ice Cream


Side Blackened Shrimp Side Chicken Meatballs Side Sauce Sautéed Vegetables Sautéed Mushrooms Wheat OR Gluten Free Pasta

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(a very high-class pig stand)

BBQ Plates

(All plates are served with your choice of two of our delicious sides: garden salad, slaw, potato salad, American fries, baked beans or Brunswick stew, cool months only, and Texas toast)

BBQ pork shoulder (smoked with hickory wood for 12 hours, then pulled and lightly chopped) BBQ beef brisket (smoked with hickory wood for 12 hours, then pulled and lightly chopped)

Jackson’s Best BBQ JFP’s Best of Jackson

2003 • 2006 • 2008 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012


Extra Fixins

BBQ Chicken (chopped w/ slaw relish) Garlic Bread ............................. .85 ..................................................... 4.95 Brunswick Stew w/ homemade BBQ Pork (chopped w/ slaw relish) cornbread: 1/2 pint - 4.95, pint - 8.25, ..................................................... 4.95 1/2 gallon - 26.40, gallon - 49.50 BBQ Beef (chopped w/ slaw relish) Assorted Potato Chips ........... .95 ..................................................... 5.25 Onion Rings ............................ 3.55 Smoked Ham (lettuce, tomato & mayo) Fries (fresh cut taters) ................. 3.25 ..................................................... 5.75 Regular or Sweet Potato with cheese ................................ 6.95 Small Garden Salad .............. 3.85 Smoked Turkey (lettuce, tomato & mayo) (Come Back, Ranch, or Raspberry ..................................................... 5.75 Vinaigrette) with cheese ................................ 6.95 Chef Salad ............................. 10.75 Hamburger ............................. 4.35 (topped with cheddar and swiss (lettuce, tomato, mayo, mustard, cheese, boiled egg, smoked chicken or pickles & onion) with cheese ....... 5.50 smoked ham & turkey, with a choice Double Hamburger ............... 5.45 of Come Back, Ranch or Raspberry with cheese ................................. 7.25 Vinaigrette) Po-Boys your choice of Pork, Chicken, Beef, Ham or Turkey (lettuce, tomato, mayo & Ruffles) ........................... 9.50 with cheese ............................... 10.75 Grilled Cheese ........................ 3.75 extra cheese ................................ 1.25 Special Sandwich Platter ...... 8.55 (BBQ Chicken, Pork, Beef, Ham, Hamburger, or Turkey Sandwiches. Choice of two fixins: garden salad, slaw, tater salad, home fries, sweet potato fries, onion rings or baked beans)

BBQ Plates Choice of 2 of our delicious fixins: garden salad, slaw, tater salad, home fries or baked beans and Texas toast! BBQ Pork (chopped) ............. 11.75 BBQ Beef (chopped) .............. 12.25

Tater Salad, Cole Slaw, Baked Beans, BBQ Sauce: single - 2.25, 1/2 pint - 2.95, pint - 4.59, 1/2 gallon - 16.80, gallon - 29.95

Homemade Pies Lemon or Pecan ..................... 4.35 Hershey Bar ............................ 4.95 Carrot Cake ............................. 4.50 Coconut Cake .......................... 4.95

We also sell Whole Pies!

Party Packs Serves 10 Adults .................. 44.95 (2lb. pork or beef or 2 whole chickens; 2 pints beans, 2 pints slaw & 6 slices of Texas toast or 10 buns) 1/2 Party Pack ....................... 23.75

Pork Ribs (wet or dry) Rib Party Pack (serves 4) ....... 52.15 1/2 slab ..................................... 14.95 (2 slabs ribs, 1 pint beans, 1 pint slaw, 1 whole slab ................................ 25.95 pint potato salad, 4 slices of Texas toast) BBQ Chicken (1/2 cluck) .......... 11.95 Combination (1/2 cluck, 1/2 slab) . .................................................. 22.75

We sell BBQ Pork, Beef, Ribs, Chicken, Ham & Turkey by the pound.

Ask About Our Catering!

St. Louis style ribs (slow smoked with hickory wood and hand rubbed with our dry rub or served wet when basted with our mild bbq sauce) Half slab Whole slab (enough for two people and served with your choice of four of our sides) Half smoked chicken (served dry or wet when basted with our mild bbq sauce) Queenie’s half chicken (smoked and hand rubbed with our dry rub) BBQ chicken (pulled off the bone of our smoked chicken and lightly chopped) Combination plate (served with 1/2 chicken of your choice and 1/2 slab of ribs, wet or dry and four sides of your choice; enough for two) Special Sandwich Platter Choice of smoked chicken, pork, beef, ham, turkey or hamburger and two of our sides


CHEF Salad, mixed greens, tomato, egg, swiss cheese, cheddar cheese, and your choice of ham and turkey, smoked chicken, pork, or beef w/ your choice of dressing (ranch, comeback, blue cheese, honey mustard, raspberry vinegarette, or oil & vinegar) Small CHEF


Po-Boy Choice of pork, beef, chicken, ham, or turkey and one of our sides* (Dressed with lettuce, tomato and mayo) Club Po-Boy Smoked ham and turkey grilled with melted cheddar and swiss cheese and choice of one of our sides (dressed with lettuce, tomato and our special comeback dressing) Sausage Po-Boy Smoked pork susage dressed with grilled onions, bell peppers and mustard, and one of our sides*

Here’s the Beef Po-Boy Smoked beef brisket, sliced thin, piled high and topped with melted swiss cheese and caramelized onions, then dressed with lettuce, tomato, and sweet mustard; includes choice of one of our sides Add your choice of cheese to any Po-Boy


(All sandwiches may be served on a regular bun, wheat bun, rye bread or Texas toast) Your choice of cheese, American, Swiss or cheddar may be added to any sandwich

Smoked chicken (pulled and lightly chopped then topped with slaw relish) Smoked pork shoulder (pulled and lightly chopped then topped with slaw relish) Smoked beef brisket (pulled and lightly chopped then topped with slaw relish) Smoked ham (grilled and served with lettuce, tomato &mayo) Smoked turkey breast (grilled and served with lettuce, tomato and mayo) Loaded hamburger (served with lettuce, tomato, pickles, grilled onions, mayo and mustard) Loaded double hamburger (served w/ lettuce, tomato, pickles, grilled onions, mayo and mustard) Grilled cheese (your choice of cheeses) GINNY PIG, our signature sandwich (smoked ham grilled with Swiss and cheddar cheeses and served on grilled garlic toast with lettuce, tomato and our special comeback dressing) The ultimate club sandwich, (smoked ham and turkey grilled with swiss and cheddar cheeses on garlic toast and served with lettuce, tomato and our special comeback dressing)


(All of our desserts are prepared right here in our kitchen)

Our famous Hershey Bar pie Lemon pie

Pecan pie Heated and served a la mode Coconut cake

Carrot cake Heated and served a la mode

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Voted Best Pizza 2009-2011 Best of Jackson

Belhaven Location: 601-352-2001 North Jackson Location: 601-957-1975 SPECIALTY PIZZAS

Chicken Curry Delight - creamy homemade curry, smoked gouda, mozzarella, curried chicken, fire roasted red peppers. Pineapple on request. Double Cheeseburger - double seasoned beef aged cheddar cheese sauce, sliced American cheese, shredded cheddar, pickles and onions. Cajun Joe - Spicy andoullie sausage, seasoned chicken, green and red peppers, onions. Turkey Club - Turkey, smoked bacon, fresh tomatoes, honey mustard tomato sauce. Supreme - Pepperoni, beef, sausage, green pepper, mushroom, ham, onion, black olive, bacon. Carnivore - Pepperoni, ham, sausage, beef, bacon. Veggie Deluxe - Mushrooms, tomato, green pepper onion, green & black olive. Hawaiian - Extra Canadian bacon, extra pineapple and extra cheese. BBQ Pork - BBQ sauce, pulled pork BBQ Chicken - BBQ sauce, pulled chicken. Shrimp Alfredo - Alfredo sauce, shrimp, tomato. Spinach Alfredo - Alfredo sauce, spinach, tomato. Chicken Alfredo - Chicken, alfredo sauce, tomato. Chicken Fajita - Chicken, green peppers, diced tomato, picante sauce, red onion, mozzarella, Monterrey jack. Three Cheese - Cheddar, provolone, mozzarella. Thai Chicken - Thai peanut sauce, provolone, mozzarella, seasoned chicken, green peppers, onions & carrots. The Greek - Feta, mozzarella, black olives, gyro meat. Onions & artichoke hearts on request. Mexican Fiesta - Picante sauce, Monterrey jack, cheddar, seasoned beef, green onions and dice tomatoes. Black olives upon request. Margarita - Fresh garlic, roma tomatoes & basil on a special crust.. (Traditional Italian Pizza) Chicken Cordon Bleu - Seasoned chicken breast homemade mustard pizza sauce, swiss, mozzarella honey ham & diced tomatoes Andy’s Buffalo Ranch Chicken - Homemade buffalo sauce, swiss, mozzarella, marinated buffalo chicken & bacon


Medium $16.75







SUBS all served with Pickle and Potato Chips










$7.80 $7.25

$15.75 $14.75

$21.75 $21.25




$7.25 $7.45 $7.99 $7.95 $7.95 $7.95

$14.25 $15.25 $17.75 $15.00 $15.00 $16.25

$20.00 $20.75 $22.00 $20.25 $20.25 $21.25

$6.80 $7.95

$13.75 $16.25

$19.00 $22.75


















Small - $5.80 Medium - $11.50 Large - $16.50 Regular Toppings: Pepperoni, salami, beef, Italian sausage, ham, bacon, Canadian bacon, anchovies, green peppers, roma tomatoes, tomatoes, pineapple, mushrooms, black olives, green olives, red onions, pepperoncini peppers, banana peppers, jalapenos

Small - $1.25

Medium - $1.75

Large - $2.50

Premium Toppings: Grilled chicken, artichoke hearts, spinach, gyro meat, meatballs, feta, mozzarella, smoked gouda, provolone, cheddar, Swiss, Monterrey jack cheeses.

Small - $1.75

Medium - $2.25

Large - $2.75

Add Shrimp to Any Pizza! We don’t believe in wimpy toppings at the Pizza Shack. When you add Shrimp to a Large Pizza, you’re getting over a pound of shrimp for your money!

Small - $3.99

Medium - $6.99

Large - $7.99



Flavors: Southwest Garlic Ranch, Garlic Parmesan $4.50 $10.25 Lemon Pepper, Traditional BBQ, Citrus Chipotle, Honey Mustard, BBQ, Traditional Hot, Fire Starter, Teriyaki, Spicy Thai Italian Submarine - Genoa salami, mortadella, procuitto, ham, red onion, lettuce, tomato, provolone, oil & vinegar, salt & pepper. Banana pepper on request. Philly Cheese Steak - Chopped steak, bell pepper, onion, provolone . Meatball - Meatballs, marinara, provolone topped w/ oregano, basil & Parmesan. Onions & mushrooms on request. Roast Beef Dip - Roast Beef, Au Jus. Choice of cheese. Italian Sausage - Italian rope sausage, marinara sauce, provolone, onion, roasted red peppers, green peppers, topped w/ parmesan, basil & oregano.

ON A BUN add choice of cheese - .50¢ Joe’s Sloppy Joe -Fresh seasoned ground beef, homemade sloppy Joe sauce on a toasted bun. Pickles on request. BBQ Pulled Pork - Pulled pork w/ BBQ sauce. BBQ Pulled Chicken - Pulled chicken w/ BBQ sauce. Buffalo Ranch Chicken - Pulled buffalo chicken, creamy ranch & swiss. Fresh BBQ Chicken - w/savory BBQ sauce, bacon, swiss cheese $7.25 Lettuce and tomato on request.



$7.65 $7.65 $7.15 $7.45 $7.65

$6.75 $6.90 $6.90 $7.15

DELI SANDWICHES on White, Wheat, Sourdough or Marble Rye. Smoked Turkey - Smoked turkey, swiss, lettuce, tomato & mayo. Turkey Club - Smoked turkey, swiss, bacon, lettuce, tomato & mayo. Roast Beef - Roast beef, cheddar or swiss, lettuce, tomato, mayo, & Dijon mustard. Ham - Smoked ham, choice of cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayo, & honey mustard. Vegetarian - Tomato, cucumber, onions, green peppers, olive oil & vinegar. Choice of cheese on request. Ultimate - Turkey, ham, bacon, lettuce, tomato, choice of cheese, honey mustard & mayo. Chicken Salad - Homemade chicken salad, iceberg lettuce, tomato. BLT - Applewood smoked bacon, lettuce, tomatoes & basil mayo.

$7.45 $7.65 $7.65 $6.90 $6.90 $8.00 $7.65 $6.50


Asian Chicken Salad - Marinated chicken, iceberg lettuce, roasted $8.00 red peppers, green and red cabbage, julienne carrots, crispy noodles, toasted sesame seeds and Asian ginger dressing. Chef - Iceberg, romaine, ham, egg, provolone, turkey, cherry tomato. $7.95 Antipasto - Ham, pepperoni, salami, prosciutto, mozzarella, provolone, $8.00 romaine, iceberg, red onion, roma tomato. Garden - Iceberg, carrots, cherry tomato, cucumber. $5.25 Caesar - Romaine, Parmesan, croutons, caesar dressing. $6.00 Chicken Caesar - Romaine, Parmesan, croutons, chicken, caesar dressing. $8.00 Chicken Salad - Homemade chicken salad over iceberg lettuce $7.75 w/ cherry tomatoes, bacon bits & choice of cheese. Side Salad - your choice of Garden or Caesar $2.75 Dressings - Ranch, Blue Cheese, Italian, Honey Mustard, Thousand Island, Balsamic Vinaigrette, Fat Free Ranch, Asian Sesame Seed Ginger


Bread Sticks $2.50 Cheese Sticks $5.00 Toppings Added - $2.50 Premium Topping Added - $3.50

601-352-2001 - To Order From The Belhaven Location 601-957-1975 - To Order From the North Jackson Location

925 East Fortification (In the former FabraCare Building, between Kats & Fenian’s) 5046 Parkway Drive • Colonial Mart Shopping Center (behind Great Harvest Bread Company off Old Canton Road)

New Belhaven Location! New North Jackson Location!

Pizza Shack 1 (Fortification) Mon-Thurs 11-10 Fri-Sat 11-11 Sun 11-9 • Pizza Shack 2 (Old Canton) Mon-Thurs 11-9 Fri -Sat 11-10 Sun 11-8 •

Jackson Menu Guide


Opens at 4pm on Tuesday-Friday & 6pm on Saturday Entertainment starts at 8pm Tuesday -Thursday & 9pm Friday-Saturday 119 South President Street, Jackson, Mississippi 601.352.2322

Home of the blues, jazz, bluegrass music, & something or ’nother.


Chili-rubbed Filet Mignon 28.95

Bruschetta 7.95

Toasted baguette with goat cheese, tomatoes and spring vegetables.

Tossed Salad 8.95

Arugula, radicchio and chopped romaine, orange sections, pecans and Parmesan, tossed with; apple gorgonzola, herb parmesan or citrus vinaigrette dressing.

Ten ounce, hand-cut filet rubbed with our chili/lime/coffee dry rub and grilled to order. Served with smashed fingerling potatoes and grilled seasonal vegetables.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin 16.95

Ginger-soy marinated pork tenderloin, grilled and served with threebean salsa and fruit gastrique.

Seasonal Salsa 4.95

A fresh blend of tomatoes and seasonal fruits and vegetables tossed in lime juice with herbs from our garden. Served with seasoned tortilla chips.

Ceviche 10.95

Gulf shrimp and fresh fish, quick-marinated in citrus juices and sake, tossed with tomatoes, herbs and red onion. Available in table sizes to serve 2, 4, 6 or 8.

small plates and starters

119 burger 12.95/Portobello Burger 8.95

A hand blended 11 ounce patty OR a whole Portobello mushroom cap grilled and served with your choice of toppings: mozzarella, Colby or pepper-jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles, red onions and our house-made condiments, ketchup, spicy brown mustard and mayonnaise. Add bacon or a fried egg for $1.50 each.

Fried Shrimp Slider 10.95

Fried Gulf shrimp on grilled slider buns dressed with our house-made cocktail and tartar sauces and micro greens.

Pan-Seared Crabcake 15.95

Add a second for 7.95 Our Mississippi-style crabcake made with lump crabmeat and BBQ potato chips, served with roasted red pepper aioli.

Vegetarian Slider 7.95

Made with real vegetarians! Well, not really...Actually it’s made with grilled zucchini and topped with house-made mayo and micro greens.

Grilled Tuna 10.95

Rejebian’s Grilled Cheese 7.95

Sushi-grade Ahi tuna, seared on the grill and served with grilled watermelon.

Grilled Scallops 10.95

Grilled jumbo scallops with grilled zucchini and Dixie-yellow squash. Blt Springrolls 6.95 Our take on the classic, summer sandwich served chilled with Sriracha mayo.

Shrimp Wontons 5.95

Bay shrimp, cream cheese and cilantro in a fried wonton. Served with hoisin BBQ sauce.

Charcuterie And Grilled Fruit 10.95

A selection of cured meats and sausages served with grilled seasonal fruits and house made mustards. Fried Green Tomato Tostadas 8.95 Sliced green tomatoes coated with cornmeal and deep fried. Served “tostada-style” with melted cheese, seasoned pork, crème fraiche and pico de gallo salsa.

Thin-sliced prosciutto and pepper-jack cheese with pimento stuffed olives on a tiny sword. According to “Blades” Rejebian, the tiny sword makes all the difference.

Quesadillas 12.95

Crabmeat, shrimp, pig & peppers, ribeye steak, lobster or sautéed vegetables with red and yellow peppers and pepper jack cheese. Topped with roasted red pepper aioli, crème fraiche or Creole comeback.

bar bites Fried Crawfish Boulettes 8.95

Flash fried balls of crawfish tails, Basmati rice, sweet potatoes, garlic, onions and red bell peppers. Served with Jezebel sauce.

Grilled Tuna Dip 10.95

Fried Green Tomato Tostadas 7.95

Made-to-order grilled tuna blended with cream cheese and scallions, served with toasted flatbread chips. Bacon chipotle pimento cheese 5.95 Sharp and mild cheddar mixed with house-made mayonnaise, crispy bacon and hot chipotle peppers and served with toasted flatbread chips.

Savory Beignets 8.95

Portobello Fries 7.95

Sliced green tomatoes coated with cornmeal and deep fried. Served “tostada-style” with melted cheese, seasoned pork, crème fraiche and pico de gallo salsa. Pillows of puffed pastry stuffed with a different savory blend each week.

Lightly breaded and thick sliced portabella mushrooms, flash fried and served with our spicy Creole sauce.

large plates Shrimp and Grits 18.95

Mississippi-grown sweet potatoes, hand cut, deep fried and served with our spicy Creole sauce or our house-made ketchup.

Trout And Tomatoes 19.95

Hand cut, Mississippi-grown sweet yellow onions dipped in beer batter made with Lazy Magnolia Southern Pecan and deep fried. Served with our house-made ketchup.

Sweet Potato Fries 5.95

Gulf shrimp seasoned with oregano and garlic, sautéed and served over creamy stone-ground grits with a hearty tomato gravy. Garlic-oil-seared Rainbow Trout, broiled tomatoes and grilled summer vegetables.

Fried Shrimp & Goat Cheese Hushpuppy Salad 18.95

Seasonal greens, tossed in our citrus vinaigrette and topped with fried Gulf shrimp and goat cheese hushpuppies.

Duck Breast Salad 22.95

Flash-fried Mapleleaf Farms duck breast tossed in maple Buffalo sauce and served with seasonal greens.


burgers, sliders, sandwiches and quesadillas

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Beer battered onion rings 5.95

Chicken Skewers 9.95

Boneless, skinless chicken breast seasoned with one of our signature rubs and grilled. Choose from Creole, garlic and oregano, or curry dry rub, served with ranch, Caesar, blue cheese or Thai peanut sauce.

Ask Your Server About Our Daily Specials. Thoroughly cooking foods of animal origin such as beef, eggs, lamb, pork, poultry or shellfish reduces the risk of food-borne illness. Individuals with certain health conditions may be at higher risk if foods are consumed raw or undercooked A gratuity of 20% will be added for split checks or parties of six or more. A $7 per person service charge will be added to tables bringing in cakes or other desserts not provided by Underground 119.



Monday - Saturday, 5:30pm - Until Starters

Crispy Sweetbreads White Truffle Risotto, Shiitake Mushrooms, Madeira Wine Sauce Crispy Fried Lobster Skewers Tortilla Salad, Smoked Tomato-chipotle Vinaigrette Bbq Fried Oysters Warm Brie, Apple Slaw Tuna Crudo Grilled Avocado, Basil Vinaigrette, Sriracha Breadless Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Charred Tomato Lemon Butter Walker’s Tamales Fresh Pico De Gallo, Chipotle Sour Cream, Sweet Corn Sauce Portobello Fries Spicy Horseradish Comeback Dressing Flash Fried Calamari Jalapeno, Garlic & Ginger, Hot & Sour Dipping Sauce Walker’s Sea Salt Chips Blue Cheese, Bacon Lardons, Green Onions Steamed Mussels White Wine, Tomato, Basil, & Truffle Fries


Asian Three Way spicy seaweed, squid salad, thai chili crusted tuna, crispy wontons Roasted Corn & Apple Salad Field Greens, Cherries, Feta Cheese, Red Onion, LemonHoney Vinaigrette Heirloom Tomato & Watermelon Salad Arugula, Spiced Pecans, Crispy Red Onions, Goat Cheese, Basil Vinaigrette Walker’s House field greens, sweet peppers & crumbled blue cheese in a creamy garlic peppercorn dressing Classic Caesar hearts of romaine, parmiagiano reggiano, garlic croutons B.l.t. Wedge iceberg wedge, applewood smoked bacon, tomato, red onion & blue cheese in creamy buttermilk dressing

Main Courses

Cast Iron Grassfed 12 Oz New York Strip Sliced, Truffle Fries, Toasted Garlic Spinach, Brandy Peppercorn Compound Butter Oven Roasted Seabass Crispy Polenta, Shaved Fennel-Red Onion Relish, Bouillbaisse Broth Three Little Pigs 14 oz. Grilled Pork Chop, Crispy Pork Skins, Confit Pork Belly Sweet Potato Puree, Mississippi Greens, Grilled Peach Chow Chow, Wine Sauce Grilled Quail Pepperjack Cheese Grits, Roasted Corn Salsa & Chipotle Glaze Gulf Grouper ParmesanSaffron Risotto, Cucumber & Greek Olive Tapenade, Fire Roasted Pepper Coulis Everything Crusted #1 Tuna #1 Sushi Grade Tuna, Spicy Cheese Grits, Chipotle Glaze, Tomato Relish Crab, Artichoke & Parmesan Crusted “Gigged” Flounder Sauteed Shallot Spinach, Charred Tomato Lemon Butter Pan Seared Jumbo “Drypacked” Sea Scallops Shrimp & Feta Risotto, Heirloom Tomato Salad, Crispy Capers Jumbo Shrimp & Pepperjack Cheese Grits Roasted Poblano, Tomatillo, Jicama Salsa, Spicy Tomato Coulis Lamb Porterhouse Crispy Goat Cheese Potato Cake, Brussels Sprouts & Celery Root Salad 8 Oz Hereford Filet Aged Minimum Of 45 Days, Baconcheddar Mash, Sauteed Asparagus, Crispy Onions Veal & Jumbo Lump Crab PiccatA All Natural Freerange Veal, White Truffle Risotto, Sauteed Asparagus, Caper Lemon Butter Redfish Anna With Lump Crab Meat Garlic Mash, Thin Beans, Charred Tomato Lemon Butter Dinner Reservations Welcome. Walkers Also Serves Lunch Monday Through Friday.


Dinner Menu


first bites

#1 Tuna Tartare (sushi-grade) with sliced avocado, crispy wonton chips, and a soy-wasabi vinaigrette

big plates

Blackened Chicken Penne with sweet peas, grape tomatoes and fresh herbs in light parmesan cream

Tamales with a sweet corn sauce, fresh pico de gallo and a chipotle-lime sour cream

Rock Shrimp Angel Hair Florida rock shrimp w/red onions, heirloom tomatoes and basil in a garlicky herb butter

“Breadless” Jumbo Lump Crab Cake w/grain mustard lemon butter

Pan-seared Sunfish on a crawfish green onion mash with a corn and chorizo salsa and a charred tomato vinaigrette

Shrimp “Corn Dogs” with a tortilla salad and a mango-grain mustard dipping sauce 463 Stuffed Grape Leaves with truffled black-eyed pea hummus and a curried mint tzatziki sauce Fried Green Tomato Napoleon with crawfish tails Crispy “Kung Pao” rock shrimp in housemade Asian BBQ sauce Portobello Fries with spicy comeback Slow Roasted Duroc Pork Belly Sliders with sliced apple, sriracha aioli and a homemade onion-chile jam


Chargrilled over an open wood grill and finished in the oven. Florida Rock Shrimp & Fried Green Tomato with Wright Dairy truffled cheese, mozzarella, and Duroc bacon lardons on a Romesco sauce Spicy Thai with fresh mozzarella, roasted pork, and cilantro-sriracha slaw on a crunchy peanut sauce Greek with artichoke hearts, Greek olives, caramelized red onions, and feta on an arugula pesto BBQ Chicken with corn, cilantro, caramelized onions, pepper jack and smoked gouda topped with crispy tortilla strips


House iceberg and romaine, sweet peppers, zucchini, yellow squash, red onion, and Alabama goat cheese crumbles in a lemon-Dijon vinaigrette 463 Caesar romaine and garlic croutons tossed in basil-Caesar dressing Tart Apple & Arugula Salad with endive, blue cheese, candied pecans, and shaved red onions tossed in a sweet onion dressing

Redfish 463 with sauteed crabmeat, garlic mash, thin beans and a charred tomato-lemon butter Pan-seared Jumbo Shrimp on pepper jack grits with a corn, sweet peppers, tomatoes, red onion, and chorizo lemon butter Apricot-Teriyaki Glazed Grilled Salmon over sesame spinach, with shiitake mushrooms and soy lemon butter Everything-crusted #1 Tuna sushigrade tuna on spicy cheese grits with a tomato relish and chipotle glaze Grilled Jumbo Sea Scallops on shrimp and feta risotto with an heirloom tomato, bacon, grilled red onion and asparagus salad in a basil lemon butter sauce Pan-seared Duck Breast on a wild mushroom risotto with a roasted tomato, carmelized onion and wilted arugula salad in a blackberry-port wine reduction The “Original” Honey-Rosemary Fried Chicken all natural chicken breast in a Mississippi honey-rosemary glaze with pecorino polenta and thin beans Dr. Pepper Braised Beef Short Ribs in a braising liquid with redskin mash, fresh asparagus, crispy onions and a horseradish crème fraiche Spice-crusted Flank Steak sliced 12 oz. prime with toasted garlic spinach, Manchego shoestring fries and a chimichurri sauce 8 oz. Filet wood-grilled Hereford beef filet with bacon-cheddar mash, fresh asparagus and crispy onions Super Kobe Burger 12 oz. Wagyu beef with applewood-smoked bacon, provolone, lettuce, tomato, Dijon mustard, mayo and grilled onions Burger 463 12 oz. Hereford beef with smoked gouda, BBQ aioli, lettuce and tomato topped with shoestring onions

The Wedge iceberg lettuce with ovendried tomatoes, Duroc bacon lardons, feta, topped with buttermilk ranch

reservations welcome

lunch served mon. - fri.

bar open all day

private dining & catering


Walker’s Drive-In and Local 463 are owned and operated by Derek & Jennifer Emerson.

Jackson Menu Guide



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Phone 601-948-0055 Fax 601-948-1195 KITCHEN HOURS

Mon-Thur 11am-11pm • Fri 11am-Midnight Saturday 4pm-Midnight • Sunday 4pm-11pm

 Plate lunch specials each weekday. View Fenian’s complete menu selection at 


Best Burger



Best of Jackson 2011 & 2012

New Blue Plate Special $8.99 1 Meat, 3 Veggies, Bread and Drink

- We Cater Parties & Special Events -

We Give You Choices Meat Choices: Ground

Beef, Ground Turkey, Chicken Breast

Bun Choices: Wheat, White,

Texas Toast


The BnB Burger

BnBs’ famous burger just the way you like it! With lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, mayonnaise, mustard & ketchup.

Lea & Perrins Burger

A marinated burger in Lea & Perrins sauce. Dressed with lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup & feta cheese.

Hwy 51 Bacon & Blue Burger Topped with applewood smoked bacon & crumbled bleu cheese. Served with warm bleu cheese sauce.


BnB’s Famous Fried Pickles Loaded Ranch Dip Onion Rings MoJo Mushrooms Fried Cheese Sticks Homemade Buffalo Chicken Bites


Irish Favorites

Scotch Egg A traditional Celtic

Add a salad for just $2.99.

Chili Nachos $4.99 & $7.99

Old Fashioned Shepherd’s Pie Tender minced beef, carrots,

staple. (Allow 15 min.) $4.99

Chicken & Chips $5.99 Fish & Chips $6.99 Spicy Drummers Regular (5) $9.99 Large (9) $12.99

Grilled Sausage & Cheese Platter Cubed Pepperjack, Swiss

and Cheddar cheeses, served with a half-pound portion of grilled sausage. $8.99

Guiness® Stout Cheese $4.99 Batter Fried Dill Slices $3.99

Homemade Chili House Salad Hwy 61 Bacon & Blue Burger Salad Caesar Salad

Cheese Sticks $7.99

Buffalo Chicken Philly Cheese Steak

House Salad $3.99 large $6.99 Add a grilled chicken breast $2.99

Wheat Wraps

Sandwiches & Other Stuff

The County Line

Basket O’ French Fries $2.99

Salads Chef Salad $7.99 Cobb Salad $9.99

peas and onions baked in a casserole under a mashed potato parmesan crust. $9.99

Ploughman’s Potato baked potato fi lled with tender roast beef, corned beef, chili or chicken, shredded cheese, topped with the works $8.99 Corned Beef and Cabbage

with homemade mashed potatoes, beef gravy and toasted Rye. $9.99 Red Beans and Rice $9.99

Grilled Tilapia A lightly

seasoned tilapia fi llet served with coleslaw and a baked potato topped with butter, sour cream and chives. $8.99

Irish Boxties Boxty is an Irish potato pancake and a specialty of the northwestern part of Ireland.

Beef Boxty $9.99

BnB’s BLT Quesadilla Sausage Dog Philly Cheese Steak Sonic Boom Pickin’ Chicken Tenders Lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, mayonnaise, mustard & ketchup, topped w/ fried jalapenos & hot Hot Dogs Fried Bologna Sandwich pepper jack cheese.

Caesar Salad $6.99

Smokehouse BBQ Burger

burger w/choice of cheese. $7.49

cup $2.99 bowl $4.99

Add mushrooms, bacon, jalapenos, chili, or Stout Cheese $.99 each

cup $3.99 bowl $7.99

Gotta have one with a little bit of everything! Lettuce, tomato, sautéed onions, pickles, mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, mushrooms, jalapeno peppers, chili & your choice of cheese.


Applewood bacon, cheddar cheese & 1 fried onion ring.

Fresh-Cut Home Fries, never frozen Tater Tots Pineapple Express Idaho Potato Chips Topped with grilled pineapple, grilled onions & a bit of Onion Rings BnB’s secret sauce. Sweet Potato Tater Tots Mini BnBs Sweet Potato Fries BnB’s famous burger, mini style! Lettuce, tomato, Garden/Caesar Salad onions, pickles, mayonnaise, mustard & ketchup.

BnB Freestyle Burger

Build your own! Pick your meat, toppings & bread. (premium toppings are extra)

Something Sweet

Melt-A-Way Brownie Southern Pecan Pie a-la-mode IBC Root Beer Float

Sun - Thurs 11AM - 10PM | Fri & Sat 11AM - 12AM 1060 E County Line Rd | Ridgeland, MS 39157 601.899.0038 |


Jackson Menu Guide

Add a grilled chicken breast $2.99

Reuben Boxty $9.99


Veggie Boxty $8.99

Served with a choice of french fries, coleslaw, potato salad or fried okra

Soups & Stews

Fenian’s Pub Burger classic

Homemade Vegetable Soup

Pub Club Deli-sliced turkey &

ham, American and Swiss $8.99

Grilled Chicken & Cheese with Cajun comeback dressing. $8.49 add bacon $.99

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo Traditional Irish Stew cup $3.99 bowl $8.99

Desserts Irish Bread Pudding $3.99

The Bookmaker roast beef on a toasted hoagie with Cheddar cheese w/Au jus. $8.99

New York Cheesecake $4.49

Reuben $8.99

Call ahead and take home a hot meal for supper!

Cheese Steak $9.49

Molten Brownie $4.99



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4654 McWillie Dr. Jackson, MS

The Original


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Voted Number One by Delta magazine.


$6.99 per bottle + tax Available only at The Cherokee.


Made with beef or turkey on wheat or white.

• Cajun Bleu Burger • Extra Hot Habanero Jalapeno Burger • Garlic & Ginger Jalapeno Burger • Spicy Chipotle Burger • Onion Burger • Jalapeno Onion Burger

+ We accept JSU Super Cards!

• Sinbad’s Bbq Bacon • Veggie Burgers • Philly Cheese Steak • Assorted Wings • Eggplant Fries •Kwame’s Cajun Battered Fries •Fresh Cut Sweet Potato Fries

Mon-Thurs: 10AM - 9PM Fri & Sat: 10AM - 10PM Sun: CLOSED NOW SERVING BEER!





1410 Old Square Road • Jackson


We also offer catering.

1149 Old Fannin Road â&#x20AC;¢ Brandon, MS 601.992.6686 5647 Highway 80 East â&#x20AC;¢ Pearl, MS 601.932.8728 Open 7 Days A Week

Jackson Menu Guide

136 South Adams Street Jackson, MS (Adams & Metro Pkwy between Downtown & JSU)


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Waffles Grits Breakfast Sandwiches


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Entrée Choices: Smoked Pulled Pork Plate Beef Brisket Poppy Seed Chicken Smoked Chicken Salad Chicken Spaghetti Pork Tenderloin Baby Back Ribs Cosmo Burger Chicken and Dumplings Meat Loaf Chicken Enchiladas

Sides: Sweet and Sour Green Beans Squash Casserole Butter Beans Mashed Potatoes Spinach Madeline Squash Dressing Scalloped Pineapple Casserole Field Peas Hash Brown Casserole Mixed Veggie Casserole Mac and Cheese Creamy Cajun Cole Slaw

Salads: Corn Salad Pasta Salad Broccoli Salad Green Salad Fruit Salad Smoked Chicken Salad Salad These are some of our Entrees, Sides and Salads that we offer Tuesday Thru Friday! Menu changes Daily so please call us for the days specials or check us out on Facebook.

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200 S. Commerce St. Downtown Jackson, Mississippi

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2481 Lakeland Dr Flowood, MS 39232

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2 Gliders...................................$4.99 4 Gliders...................................$9.89 6 Gliders.................................$13.99 Glider Combo..........................$6.99


FRESH CUT SEASONED FRIES Regular.........................................$1.59 Large............................................$2.59 CREAMY COLE SLAW Regular.........................................$1.79 Pound...........................................$3.29 HOT CHEESE SAUCE.............$1.59 POTATO SALAD Regular.........................................$1.79 Pound...........................................$3.29


Celery & Carrots...................$0.89 BOURBON BAKED BEANS Regular.........................................$1.79 Large............................................$3.29



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Food & Drink

Tastes Like Team Spirit by Piko Ewoodzie / photos by Trip Burns


arlor Market is only a few years old, but it has won enough awards to make you think that it’s been around for decades. It was born out of the vision of the late Craig Noone, and is currently under the leadership of Chef de Cuisine Jesse Houston. But even its head chef would admit that it takes the dedication of a whole team to get to gain this amount of notice. I recently went behind the scenes to meet one of the members of the Parlor Market team. When I arrived at the restaurant, Lakysha Gordon had just finished clocking in. She smiled warmly and asked if I was new to the place. I told her that I was, and we both walked into the back kitchen, where most of the prep happens. While Gordon got ready for her first task, cutting up one of the secret ingredients for Parlor Market’s signature burger, a fellow staff member walked by and yelled, “Smokin’ on that Kesha,” referencing Cash Out’s radio hit. “Yoo,” Gordon responded, “but that Kesha gonna get you in trouble.” They both burst into laughter. The jovial greeting among co-workers is but one sign of the camaraderie between the people who work in one of the best restaurants in the city. Soon, Gordon got me involved in her second job of the day, deseeding and chopping sweet peppers. Around us, everyone else was busily preparing for the lunch crowd. The dessert team was making ice cream cones and Oreos from scratch. The chefs were preparing the line for the madness that was to come. One cook, in charge of making burgers, was scraping the grill, which already looked clean to me. Gordon gave me a paring knife from her bag of cooking utensils and showed me the right way to get the seeds out of the peppers. Every once in a while, I’d look over to observe the precision with which Gordon held her knife and cut the peppers. I tried to imitate her, but my cuts were still coming out differently. As we worked, Gordon told me about herself. Her family is from Flora. She 54

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always loved to cook and wanted to go to cooking school, but she knew she would have to pay for it herself. Right after graduating from Madison Central High School, Gordon told me, she got a job with AT&T. She saved her paychecks so she could attend culinary school. Just as we got done with the peppers, sous chef Enrika Williams came to ask her if she had

Above: Parlor Market’s famous burger. Opposite: Sous chef Enrika Williams preps meat for the lunch rush. cut and blanched enough fries for the day. “Yeah, I think so, Chef, but I’ll go and check,” Gordon answered. She went into the walk-in refrigerator to make sure, while I cleaned up our work station. Chef Houston is a stickler for cleanliness. “I look up to her so much,” Gordon told me when she returned, referring to Williams. “When she makes a special, she always runs out. It just flies out the door.” Though she did not mention it, I couldn’t help but infer that her admiration also had some

thing to do with the fact that Williams is a rarity: a black woman chef in a white male-dominated culinary world. “I try to soak up as much knowledge from her every chance I get. Sometimes, I even stay past my working hours to watch her,” she added. Gordon worked at Parlor Market for an externship while attending Le Cordon Bleu in Atlanta to study French cuisine—though, she shared, “I don’t really like French food.” We were now cleaning up shrimp, taking off the shell and deveining them. “I love soul food, like my momma makes: greens, corn bread, neck-bones, that kind of stuff, but I wanted to study at Le Cordon Bleu because I knew that they would teach me how to be disciplined as a chef,” she said. “Everything is so precise with French cuisine.” By now, around 12:30 p.m., the place was jumping. I took a moment to take it all in. Waiters zipped from table to table to make sure the customers had all they needed. The cook at the grill artfully placed the burger on the bun, then wiped a drop of juice off the plate, before arranging the potato chips on the side. He did all of it carefully and meticulously, but also very quickly. He then wiped the sweat off his forehead before moving on. I didn’t realize how hot it got by the grill until I swept the area under their feet. I went back to Parlor Market a few weeks later to work with Gordon. She had only a few weeks left there. By now, she will have graduated from culinary school. “I’ve been getting phone calls from a couple of fine dining restaurants in Atlanta,” she told me, while chopping potatoes for potato salad. I was slicing potatoes for potato chips. “I don’t really want to go back, but I will because it would be great experience,” she said. But she still really wants to stay in Jackson. She’d be close to her family, and she can continue to learn from the chefs at Parlor Market, including, and especially, Chef Enrika. |

Best Restaurant, Best Place for Cocktails, Best Place to Eat When Someone Else Pays, Most Innovative Menu: Parlor Market 115 W. Capitol St., 601.360.0090,

Best Restaurant Second: Walker’s Drive-In (3016 N. State St., 601.982.2633) Third: Table 100 (100 Ridge Way, Flowood, 601.420.4202) Good showing: Julep (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 105,

Work. Live. Play. Prosper.

601.362.1411); Char (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 142, 601.956.9562); Sportsman’s Lodge (now closed)

Best Place for Cocktails Second: Julep Restaurant and Bar (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 105, 601.362.1411) Third: BRAVO! Italian Restaurant & Bar (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 244, 601.982.8111) Good Showing: Mint the Restaurant (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, 601.898.6468); Babalu Tacos and Tapas (622 Duling Ave., 601.366.5757); Table 100 (100 Ridge Way, Flowood, 601.420.4202)

Best Place to Eat When Someone Else Pays Second: Walker’s Drive-In (3016 N. State St., 601.982.2633)

Third: Char (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 142, 601.956.9562) Good showing: Nick’s (3000 Old Canton Road, Suite 105, 601.981.8017); Shapley’s Restaurant (868 Centre St., Ridgeland, 601.957.3753); Tico’s Steak House (1536 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland, 601.956.1030)

Most Innovative Menu Second: Babalu Tacos and Tapas (622 Duling Ave., 601.366.5757) Third: Table 100 (100 Ridge Way, Flowood, 601.420.4202) Good showing: Underground 119 (119 S. President St., 601.352.2322); Mint the Restaurant (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 5002, 601.898.6468); Julep Restaurant and Bar (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 105, 601.362.8111)


Best Of Jackson 2012: Food & Drink

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Trip Burns

Best Breakfast on the Run, Best Deli/Local Sandwich: Broad Street Baking Company and Café 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 101, 601.362.2900,

Best Breakfast on the Run Keifer’s is still the best and bigger than ever at its new location.

Across the Street

by Matthew Bolian and Molly Lehmuller


ou can’t talk about good food in Jackson without mentioning Keifer’s. A staple in Jacksonian diets for more than 31 years, this nationally acclaimed restaurant has won numerous awards, including three titles in JFP’s 2012 Best of Jackson Awards (Best Greek Restaurant, Best Outdoor Dining, Best Downtown Lunch). But it almost didn’t exist. Friends Richard Olson and Paula Coe didn’t intend to start a restaurant in Jackson. They had dreamed of a restaurant on the island of St. Croix, in the Caribbean, but destiny had other plans. While trying to finalize the Caribbean restaurant, the engine of the plane the two had boarded in Miami overfueled and exploded on the tarmac. Olson and Coe decided instead to move their entrepreneurial spirit to Jackson, Coe’s hometown. In 1980, Keifer’s opened at 705 Poplar Blvd. Originally seating 50 people, the restaurant continued to expand to meet demand for its famous feta dressing (which has its own Facebook following) and delicious classic gyros. In the last year, Keifer’s moved to the lot across the street. Baptist Health Systems purchased the property and began construction on the old site. “We already owned the property across the street, and (Baptist) was ready to get the project underway,” he says. Customers’ reactions have been overwhelmingly positive to the new Keifer’s. “They love it,” Olson says. “We know people loved the old Keifer’s. Everyone was so upset—‘Oh, we love the old building. Don’t sell.’ … So we wanted it to be exactly like the old building, and response has been wonderful.” Still on Poplar, Keifer’s new, larger building is an expanded facsimile of the old restaurant, down to the wallpaper. “If you had a favorite table in the old restaurant, it’ll be in the same spot, but facing a different direction,” Olson says with a laugh. Most importantly, the soul of Keifer’s— the southern hospitality mixed with Greek delectability—remains the same. Visit the new Keifer’s at 710 Poplar Blvd., or call 601.355.6825. 56

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Second: Beagle Bagel (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 145, 769.251.1892; 898 Avery Blvd., Ridgeland, 601.956.773; 100 Mannsdale Park Drive, Madison, 601.856.4377) Third: Primos Café and Bake Shop (2323 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, 601.936.3398; 515 Lake Harbour Drive, Ridgeland, 601.898.3600) Good Showing: Mimi’s Family & Friends (now closed); Scurlock’s Donut Shop and Eatery (125 S. Congress St., Suite 106, 601.326.8520); and Sneaky Beans (2914 N. State St., 601.487.6349)

Third: Basil’s (2906 N. State St., Suite 104, 601.982.2100; 904 E. Fortification St., Suite B, 601.352.2002; 120 N. Congress St., 601.944.9888) Good Showing: Beagle Bagel (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 145, 769.251.1892; 898 Avery Blvd., Ridgeland, 601.956.1773; 100 Mannsdale Park Drive, Madison, 601.856.4377); McAlister’s (multiple locations,

Best Soul Food: Peaches 327 N. Farish St., 601.354.9267 Second Place: Mama Hamil’s Southern Cookin’ (480 Magnolia St., Madison, 601.856.4407) Third Place: Two Sisters Kitchen (707 N. Congress St., 601.353.1180) Good Showing: Lumpkins BBQ (182 Raymond Road, 601.373.7707); Gloria’s Kitchen (2855 Bailey Ave., Suite A, 601.362.000); Collin’s Dream Kitchen (1439 Terry Road, 601.353.3845)

Best Deli/Local Sandwich Second: Newk’s Express Café (multiple locations,

Best Greek Diner/Restaurant, Best Outdoor Dining, Best Downtown Lunch: Keifer’s 710 Poplar Blvd., 601.355.6825, keifers. net, 120 N Congress St., 601.353.4976,

Best Greek Diner/Restaurant Second: Aladdin Mediterranean Grill (730 Lakeland Drive, 601.366.6033; 163 Ridge Way, Suite E, Flowood, 601.992.7340) Third: Kristos (971 Madison Ave., Madison, 601.605.2266); Krilakis (207 W. Jackson St., Suite D, Ridgeland, 601.790.9463); Bill’s Greek Tavern (4760 McWillie Drive, 601.982.9295); Vasilios (828 Highway 51, Madison, 601.853.0028) Good Showing: Wraps (1220 E. Northside Drive, 601.366.2006)

Best Outdoor Dining Second: Babalu Tacos and Tapas (622 Duling Ave., 601.366.5757) Third: Que Será Será (2801 N. State St., 601.981.2520) Good Showing: Burgers and Blues (1060 E. County Line Road, Suite 22, Ridgeland, 601.899.0038); Walker’s Drive-In (3016 N. State St., 601.982.2633); Sal and Mookie’s New York Style Pizza and Ice Cream Joint (565 Taylor St., 601.368.1919)

Best Downtown Lunch Second: Parlor Market (115 W. Capitol St., 601.360.0090) Third: Elite Restaurant (141 E. Capitol St., 601.352.5606) Good Showing: Mayflower Café (123 W. Capitol St., 601.355.4122); Two Sisters Kitchen (707 N. Congress St., 601.353.1180)

Best Italian, Best Place for Pasta: Amerigo Italian Restaurant 6592 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland, 601.977.0563,

Best Italian Second: BRAVO! Italian Restaurant and Bar (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 244, 601.982.8111) Third: Biaggi’s (970 Highland Colony Parkway, 601.354.6600) Good Showing: Cerami’s (5417 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, 601.919.2829); Fratesi’s (910 Lake Harbour Drive, 601.956.2929); Rossini (207 W. Jackson St., Ridgeland, 601.856.9696)

Best Place for Pasta Second: BRAVO! Italian Restaurant and Bar (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 244, 601.982.8111) Third: Cerami’s (5417 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, 601.919.2829) Good Showing: Biaggi’s (970 Highland Colony Parkway., Ridgeland, 601.354.6600); Fratesi’s (910 Lake Harbour Drive, Ridgeland, 601.956.292); Rossini (207 W. Jackson St., 601.856.9696)

Best Pizza: The Pizza Shack 925 E. Fortification St., 601.352.2001; 5046 Parkway Drive, Suite G, 601.957.1975, Second: Sal and Mookie’s New York Style Pizza & Ice Cream Joint (565 Taylor St., 601.368.1919) Third: Soulshine (1111 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite I, Ridgeland, 601.856.8646; 1139 Old Fannin Road, Flowood, 601.919.2000) Good Showing: Mellow Mushroom (275 Dogwood Blvd., Flowood, 601.992.7499); BRAVO! Italian Restaurant and Bar (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 244, 601.982.8111)

How to Be a Great Chef by Donna Ladd


ackson’s top chefs seem always ready to help aspiring culinary geniuses, resulting in a growing chef community marked more by mutual admiration and support than by competitiveness. Here is advice from four of Jackson’s Best New Chefs for 2012 for those hoping to join them in the kitchen:

Think about collaboration rather than competition with fellow chefs, and use every moment of that time to learn from them. Never stop growing.

The Craig Noone ‘Rock It Out’ Best New Chef Award: Tom Ramsey Underground 119 (119 S. President St., 601.352.2322,

Best Sushi: Nagoya Japanese Restaurant 6351 Interstate 55 N., 601.977.8881; 111 Colony Crossing Way, Suite 380, Madison, 601.856.5678, Second (tie): Little Tokyo (876 Avery Blvd., Ridgeland, 601.991.3800); Sakura Bana (4800 Interstate 55 N., 601.982.3035) Third: Fatsumo (3100 N. State St.,769.216.3574) Good Showing: Ichiban Hibachi & Sushi (153 Ridge Way, 601.919.0097); Bonsai Japanese Steakhouse (1925 Lakeland Drive, 601.981.0606); Osaka (4325 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, 601.936.7000)

Work. Live. Play. Prosper.

3. Alex Eaton, Table 100: Takes a lot of patience, it takes a lot of hard work. A lot of people think it’s all cooking, but that’s just the fun part.

Second: Jesse Houston (Parlor Market, 115 W. Capitol St., 601.360.0090) Third: Alex Eaton (Table 100, 100 Ridge Way, Flowood, 601.420.4202)

Best Chef: Craig Noone Parlor Market (115 W. Capitol St., 601.360.0090, Second Place: Dan Blumenthal (BRAVO! Italian Restaurant & Bar, 4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 244, 601.982.8111; plus all Mangia Bene restaurants) Third: Derek Emerson (Walker’s Drive-In, 3016 N. State St., 601.982.2633; Local 463, 121 Colony Crossing Way, Madison, 601.707.7684) Good showing: Tom Ramsey (Underground 119, 119 S. President St., 601.352.2322); Ryan Bell and Jesse Houston (Parlor Market, 115 W. Capitol St., 601.360.0090)

courtesy nick wallace

2. Jesse Houston, Parlor Market:

Courtesy Alex Eaton

Eat the food of other great chefs for inspiration. Pick fresh ingredients and trust your technique.

courtesy jesse houston

Courtesy Tom Ramsey

1. Tom Ramsey, Underground 119:

Good Showing: Nick Wallace, King Edward Hotel: Heart and soul. When you grasp your talent, develop younger chefs to discover their own talents in the same way (you were) taught.

Good Showing: Mike Roemhild (Table 100, 100 Ridge Way, Flowood, 601.420.4202) / Ryan Bell (Parlor Market 115 W. Capitol St., 601.360.0090) / Robert Rushton (Walker’s Drive-In, 3016 N. State St., 601.982.2633) / Nick Wallace (King Edward Hotel, 235 W. Capitol St., 601.353.5464)

Best Take-Out: OEC Japanese Express Multiple Locations, 201 E. Layfair Drive, Flowood, 601.932.3588, Second (tie): Newk’s Express Café (Multiple Locations,; Best Wok (225 Meadowbrook Road, Suite F., 601.368.9555) Third: Sal and Mookie’s New York Style Pizza and Ice Cream Joint (565 Taylor St., 601.368.1919) Good Showing: BRAVO! Italian Restaurant and Bar (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite244 601.982.8111); Mr. Chen’s Authentic Chinese Cooking (5465 Interstate 55 N., 601.978.1865); Wok 2 Go (4329 N. State St., 601.981.2112)



Hops are Tops

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by Elyane Alexander


ith craft beer added to the menus of local bars, pubs and restaurants, more beer is flowing in Jackson than ever before. But which are the ones customers ask for again and again? The Bulldog, champion in both Best Beer Selection categories, revealed the five domestic and five craft beers its bartenders are pouring most.

1st place: The Bulldog (6111 Ridgewood Road, 601.978.3502)

DOMESTIC CRAFT 1. Bud Light 2. Coors Light 3. Miller Lite 4. Blue Moon

1. Abita Andygator 2. Abita Jockamo 3. Abita Amber 4. Lazy Magnolia Timber Beast

5. Michelob Ultra

5. Lazy Magnolia Southern Pecan

Best Beer Selection, Bottled; Best Beer Section, Draft: The Bulldog 6111 Ridgewood Road, 601.978.3502,

Beer Selection, Bottled Second: Martin’s Restaurant & Lounge (214 S. State St., 601.354.9712) Third: Sal & Mookie’s New York Pizza and Ice Cream Joint (565 Taylor St., 601.365.1919) Good Showing: Sportsman’s Lodge (now

Best Place for Dessert: Char 4500 Interstate 55 N., 601.956.9562, Second: Amerigo Italian Restaurant (6592 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland, 601.977.0563) Third: Parlor Market (115 W. Capitol St., 601.360.0090) Good Showing: Sal and Mookie’s New York Style Pizza and Ice Cream Joint (565 Taylor St., 601.386.1919); BRAVO! Italian Restaurant and Bar (4500 Interstate 55 N., 601.982.8111); Primos Café and Bake Shop (2323 Lakeland Drive, 601.936.3398; 5115 Lake Harbour Drive, Ridgeland, 601.898.3600)


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closed); McDade’s Markets (multiple locations:; Fenian’s Pub (901 E. Fortification St., 601.948.0055)

Beer Selection, Draft Second: Sal & Mookie’s New York Pizza and Ice Cream Joint (565 Taylor St., 601.365.1919) Third: Mellow Mushroom (275 Dogwood Blvd., Flowood, 601.992.7499) Good Showing: The Wing Stop (multiple locations,; Buffalo Wild Wings (808 Lake Harbour Drive, Ridgeland, 601.856.0789); Fenian’s Pub (901 E. Fortification St., 601.948.0055)

Best Chinese Restaurant: Mr. Chen’s Authentic Chinese Cooking 5465 Interstate 55 N., 601.978.1865 Second: Ichiban Sushi and Chinese Buffet (359 Ridgeway, Flowood, 601.919.8879) Third: P.F. Chang’s China Bistro (910 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, 601.605.4282) Good Showing: King Buffet (6380 Ridgewood Court Drive, 601.956.6700); Five Happiness Chinese Restaurant (2931 McDowell Road Extension, 601.371.8765); Ding How Asian Bistro (6955 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland, 601.956.1717

Best Vegetarian Options: Rainbow’s High Noon Café 2807 Old Canton Rd., 601.366.1513,é Second: Parlor Market (115 W. Capital St., 601.360.0090); Aladdin (730 Lakeland Drive, 601.366.6033) Third: Cool Al’s (4654 McWillie Drive, 601.713.3020) Good Showing: Spice Avenue (4711 Interstate 55 N., 601.982.0890); Pan Asia (720 Harbour Pointe Crossing, 601.956.2958); Keifer’s (705 Poplar Blvd., 601.355.6825)

Best Mediterranean/African and Best Falafel: Aladdin Mediterranean Grill 730 Lakeland Drive, 601.366.6033; 163; Ridge Way, Suite E, Flowood, 601.992.7340,

Best Mediterranean/African Second: Mediterranean Fish and Grill (6550 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland, 601.956.0082) Third: Petra Cafe (2741 Old Canton Road, 601.366.0161) Good Showing: Mezza (1896 Main St., Suite A, Madison, 601.853.0876); Keifer’s (710 Poplar Blvd., 601.355.6825; 120 N. Congress St., 601.353.4976); Abeba Ethiopian Restaurant (3716 Interstate 55 N., 601.713.1500)

Best Falafel Second: Keifer’s (710 Poplar Blvd., 601.355.6825; 120 N. Congress St., 601.353.4976) Third: Petra Cafe (2741 Old Canton Road, 601.366.0161) Good Showing: Kristos Casual Greek Dining (971 Madison Ave., Madison, 601.605.2266); Mediterranean Fish and Grill (6550 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland, 601.956.0082); Mezza (1896 Main St., Suite A, Madison, 601.853.0876)

Best Bakery, Best Place to Buy Cakes: Campbell’s Bakery 3013 N. State St., 601.362.4628,

Best Bakery Second: Broad Street Baking Company and Café (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 101, 601.362.2900) Third: Primos Café and Bake Shop (2323 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, 601.936.3398; 515 Lake Harbor Drive, Ridgeland, 601.898.3600) Good Showing: Crazy Cat Bakers (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 173, 601.362.7448); Corner Bakery Café (108 Market St., Flowood, 601.919.9797; 149 Grandview Blvd., Madison, 601.607.7377); Great Harvest Bread Company (5006 Parkway Drive, 601.956.4406; 500 Highway 51, Ridgeland, 601.856.3313)

Recipe for Success by Molly Lehmuller

Best Mexican/Latin Restaurant, Best Margaritas, Best Restaurant for Appetizers: Babalu Tacos and Tapas

Virginia Schreiber

622 Duling Ave., 601.366.5757,

Best Mexican/Latin

Bill Latham, left, shares advice on opening restaurants as popular as Table 100 and Babalu Tacos and Tapas. He is pictured at Babalu with his business partner Al Roberts (right). How did you first get involved in the restaurant business? Latham: I started as a waiter in 1973, at T.G.I. Friday’s at Highland Village. ... I had about 20-something hours left before I graduated from college, and I thought it would be a really fun place to work—and it was. It was very high-energy, it was very popular, it was where everybody went. I didn’t have any idea, or any thought, of getting in the restaurant industry when I went to work there. Having fun and meeting girls were my two goals. ... I didn’t know I was going to fall in love with an industry I was going to spend my life with. What would you say is a business owner’s secret weapon (a good secretary, keeping an organized datebook, Xanax)? Latham: I don’t know if this is secret or not, but the restaurant business is about people, and ... most importantly, you’ve got to have great people. That starts with a great management team, and it flows down from there.

What’s been the most rewarding aspect of running a restaurant? Latham: Having a fun place for people to have a good time, be able to relax and let us take care of them. I’m entertaining every night, or every day at lunch. It’s kind of like having guests in your home ... we’re only as good as our guest’s last visit. What challenges arise from running a restaurant that most people wouldn’t know about? Latham: Probably what most people don’t see is all the moving parts, all the employees we have. Most people don’t see what all goes in the back ... It is a complicated business. You’ve got a retail store and a factory under one roof, it’s really two different businesses, and it takes two different mindsets to run it. What advice would you give those looking to open a restaurant? Latham: Get a lot of experience before you go out and do it on your own; go out and work for a lot of different restaurants.

Best Place to Buy Cakes Second: Primos Café and Bake Shop (2323 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, 601.936.3701; 515 Lake Harbour Drive, Ridgeland, 601.898.3600) Third: That Special Touch (2769 Old Brandon Road, Pearl, 601.932.5223) Good Showing: Fat Cake Guy (5352 Lakeland Drive, Suite 2000, Flowood, 601.992.9623); Dream Cakes (1006 Top St., Suite D, Flowood, 601.932.7800); Beagle Bagel (898 Avery Blvd., 601.956.1773; 100 Mannsdale Park Drive, Suite 2, Madison, 601.856.4377; 4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 145, 769.251.1892)

Work. Live. Play. Prosper.

Second: La Cazuela (1401 E. Fortification St., 601.353.3014) Third: Papitos (111 Colony Crossing Way, Suite 1200, Madison, 601.605.0275) Good Showing: Las Margaritas Mexican Restaurant (1625 E. County Line Road, Suite 120, Ridgeland, 601.957.7672; 737 Clinton Parkway, Clinton, 601. 924.0005); Sombra Mexican Kitchen (The Township at Colony Park, Suite 100, Ridgeland, 601.707.7950); El Potrillo (210 Dogwood Blvd., Flowood, 601.992.9260)

Best New Restaurant: Table 100 100 Ridge Way, Flowood; 601.420.4202, Second: Sombra Mexican Kitchen (1037 Highland Colony Parkway,

Best Margaritas Second: La Cazuela (1401 E. Fortification St., 601.353.3014) Third: Las Margaritas (1625 E. County Line Road, Suite 120, Ridgeland, 601.957.7672; 737 Clinton Parkway, Clinton, 601.924.0005) Good Showing: Papitos (111 Colony Crossing Way, Suite 1200, Madison, 601.605.0275); Sombra Mexican Kitchen (The Township at Colony Park, Suite 100, Ridgeland, 601.707.7950); Cozumel Bar & Grill (823 S. Wheatley St., Ridgeland, 601.991.0577)

Restaurant for Appetizers Second: Julep (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 105, 601.362.1411) Third: Parlor Market (115 W. Capitol St., 601.360.0090) Good Showing: BRAVO! Italian Restaurant & Bar (4500 Interstate N., Suite 244, 601.982.8111); Underground 119 (119 President St., 601.352.2322); Char (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 142, 601.956.9562)

Ridgeland, 601.707.7950) Third: The Penguin Restaurant And Bar (1100 J. R. Lynch St., 769.251.5222) Good Showing: Fatsumo Sushi (3100 N. State St., 769.216.3574), Abeba Ethiopian Restaurant (3716 Interstate 55 N., 601.713.1500), Cosmopolitan Café (2947 Old Canton Road, 601.983.4450), Grant’s Kitchen (2847 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, 601.665.4764)

Best Ribs: E. & L. Barbeque

Best Barbecue: Hickory Pit

1111 Bailey Ave., 601.355.5035

1491 Canton Mart Road, 601.956.7079

Second: Lumpkins BBQ (182 Raymond Road, 601.373.7707) Third: Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q (2603 Highway 80 W., 601.355.7434) Good Showing: Hickory Pit (1491 Canton Mart Road, 601.956.7079); Chimneyville Smokehouse (970 High St., 601.354.4665); Haute Pig (1856 Main St., Madison, 601.853.8538); Sylvester’s (9434 Highway 18, Raymond, 601.346.5530)

Second: E.&L. Barbecue (1111 Bailey Ave., 601.355.5035) Third: Lumpkins BBQ (182 Raymond Road, 601.373.7707) Good Showing: Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q (2603 Highway 80 W., 601.355.7434); Chimneyville (970 High St., 601.354.4665); Haute Pig (1856 Main St., Madison, 601.853.8538)



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Best Wine List/Selection: BRAVO! Italian Restaurant and Bar

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Best Local Burger: Burgers & Blues 1060 E. County Line Road, Suite 22, Ridgeland, 601.899.0038,

Best Place to Break Up, Best Place to Hang Out With a Laptop, Best Place to Get Coffee: Cups Espresso Café multiple locations,

Best Place to Hang Out With a Laptop Second: Sneaky Beans (2914 N. State St., 601.487.6349) Third: Broad Street Baking Company and Café (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 101, 601.362.2900) Good Showing: Java Ink (420 Roberts St., Pearl, 601.397.6292), Fusion Coffeehouse (1111 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite A, Ridgeland, 601.856.6001), Beagle Bagel (4500 Interstate 55 N., 769.251.1892; 898 Avery Blvd., Ridgeland, 601.956.1773; 100 Mannsdale Park Drive, Madison, 601.856.4377)


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let tuc e Second: Mugshots Grill and Bar (1855 Lakeland Drive, 601.261.3261) Third: Stamps Superburger (1801 Dalton St., 601.352.4555) Good Showing: Rooster’s (2906 N. State St., 601.982.2001); Cool Al’s (4654 McWillie Drive, 601.713.3020); Majestic Burger (1067 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite B, Ridgeland, 601-707-0093)

Best Place to Get Coffee Second: Sneaky Beans (2914 N. State St., 601.487.6349) Third: Seattle Drip (multiple locations, seattledrip. com) Good Showing: Broad Street Baking Company and Café (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 101, 601.362.2900), Fusion Coffeehouse (1111 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite A, Ridgeland, 601.856.6001); Java Ink (420 Roberts St., Pearl, 601.397.6292); Koinonia (136 S. Adams St., 601.960.3008)

Best Place to Break Up Second: Ross Barnett Reservoir Third: Club Fire (now closed) Good Showing: The Electric Cowboy (now The Spot); at home; on Facebook

Second: Table 100 (100 Ridge Way Road, Flowood, 601.420.4202) Third: Parlor Market (115 W. Capitol St., 601.360.0090) Good Showing: Char (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 142, 601.956.9562); Nick’s (3000 Old Canton Road, Suite 105, 601.981.8017); Shapley’s (868 Centre St., Ridgeland, 601.957.3753)

Best Hangover Food: Cherokee Inn 1410 Old Square Road, 601.362.6388 Second: Keifer’s (710 Poplar Blvd., 601.355.6825; 120 N. Congress St., 601.353.4976) Third: Burgers & Blues (1060 E. County Line Road, Suite 22, Ridgeland, 601.899.0038) Good Showing: Mugshots Grill and Bar (1855 Lakeland Drive, 601.261.3261); Rooster’s (2906 N. State St., Suite 104, 601.982.2001); The Pizza Shack (925 E. Fortification St., 601.352.2001; 5046 Parkway Drive, Suite G, 601.957.1975)

Best Asian: Pan-Asia 720 Harbour Pointe Crossing, Ridgeland, 601.956.2958, Second: Thai House (1405 Old Square Road, 601.982.9991) Third: Saigon (2640 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, 601.420.4848; 900 E. County Line Road, Suite 107, Ridgeland, 601.397.6804) Good Showing: Fusion (1002 Treetops Blvd., Flowood, 601.664.7588); Spice Avenue (4711 Interstate 55 N., 601.982.0890); P.F. Chang’s (910 Highland Colon y Parkway, Ridgeland, 601.605.4282)

Best Gumbo, Best Red Beans & Rice: Que Será Será 2801 N. State St., 601.981.2520,

Best Gumbo Second: Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St., 601.948.0888) Third: Char (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 142, 601.956.9562) Good Showing: Fat Tuesday’s (6923 Old Canton Road, Suite 105, Ridgeland, 601.956.2971); Table 100 (100 Ridge Way, Flowood, 601.420.4202); Broad Street Baking Company and Café (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 101, 601.362.2900)


Sweet Success

by Ronni Mott

Mark Scurlock


f scents like vanilla and honey are the aphrodisiacs scientists say they are, a walk into Scurlock’s Donut Shop and Eatery may have your nose twitching in an ecstasy of anticipation. The gooey and lusciously sugary smells fairly waft over the corner of Pearl and Congress streets where the little homegrown bakery sits tucked into the ground floor of a big gray office building. Owner Mark Scurlock has been making doughnuts for nearly half his 50 years. He and his wife, Beverly, now deceased, opened for business 23 years ago. The couple ran a shop

near the Metrocenter Mall on Robinson Street for years, and opened the Congress Street location in 2009. Scurlock now focuses solely on his downtown store, which won Best Donuts in this year’s Best of Jackson poll. The shop ready to serve up breakfast by 7 a.m. And don’t worry if sugary treats are off your diet: Scurlock’s also offers a wide variety of other early-morning staples including eggs, bacon, sausage and ham, plus biscuit and croissant sandwiches. “We put forth a lot of effort,” Scurlock says of himself and his staff. “We care about our customers and

Best Red Beans & Rice Second: Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St., 601.948.0888) Third: Fat Tuesday’s (6923 Old Canton Road, Suite 105, Ridgeland, 601.956.2971) Good Showing: Georgia Blue (111 Colony Crossing, Madison, 601.898.3330); Rooster’s (2906 N. State St., Suite 104, 601.982.2001); Cherokee Drive Inn (1410 Old Square Road, 601.362.6388)

Best Seafood: AJ’s Seafood Grille 361 Township Ave., Ridgeland, 601.856.2844; 223 Ridge Way, Flowood, 601.919.1900, Second: Mayflower Café (123 W. Capitol St., 601.355.4122) Third: Walker’s Drive-In (3016 N. State St., 601.982.2633) Good Showing: Sal & Phil’s (6600 Old Canton Road, Suite B, Ridgeland, 601.957.1188); Parlor Market (115 W. Capitol St., 601.360.0090); Bonefish Grill (201 Colony Way, Madison, 601.607.3334)

Work. Live. Play. Prosper.

what they eat. Also, we try to make a good name for the business.” A Webb native, Scurlock says he wanted to be part of Jackson’s downtown renaissance. With the city’s concentrated effort in growing the business district, the move was good for his business. It’s not that he favors one neighborhood over another though. “I like Jackson as a whole,” he says. The joint offers a few lunch items such as burgers and fries, and offers a plate lunch special every weekday. Those items are all well worth their modest prices, but it is Scurlock’s baked goodies that have its many loyal customers coming back for more. Instantly transform yourself into the office hero by leaving a big white

box of assorted Scurlock’s treats in the coffee room. One bite of an apple fritter, bear claw or a hot glazed doughnut is enough to convince connoisseurs that they’ve just found a little corner of doughy heaven. “We never get complacent,” Scurlock told BOOM Jackson just before opening the downtown location. “We want to make sure we have a good product, but if we can make it better, you bet we will.” Scurlock’s Donut Shop and Eatery (125 S. Congress St., Suite 106, 601.326.8520) is open from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. on weekdays, and 7 a.m. until noon on Saturday. Lunch is available starting at 10:30 a.m. Visit for the menu and more.

Best Doughnuts: Scurlock’s Donut Shop and Eatery 125 S. Congress St., Suite 106, 601.326.8520, Second: Donut Palace (multiple locations; call 601.919.8601) Third: Shipley’s Do-Nuts (103 Highway 80 E., Clinton, 601.925.0020) Good Showing: Pillow Donuts (1679 Old Fannin Road, Suite D, Flowood, 601.992.6040; 707 Beau Pre Drive, Ridgeland, 601.790.9697); Monroe’s (6310 Medgar Evers Blvd., 601.981.3208) and Sweet Sensations (5036 Parkway Drive, 769.233.7409)

Best Sit-Down Breakfast/ Brunch, Best Plate Lunch: Primos Café and Bake Shop 2323 Lakeland Drive, 601.936.3701 and 515 Lake Harbour Drive, Ridgeland, 601.898.3600,

Best Sit-Down Breakfast Second: Another Broken Egg Café (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, 601.790.9170) Third: Broad Street Baking Company and Café (4465 Interstate 55 N., 601.362.2900) Good Showing: Mimi’s Family and Friends (now closed); Julep Restaurant and Bar (1305 E. Northside Drive, 601.362.1411); Char (4500 Interstate 55 N., 601.956.9562)

Best Plate Lunch Second: Walker’s Drive-In (3016 N. State St., 601. 982.2633) Third: The Trace Grill (554 Highway 51 N, Suite. F, Ridgeland, 601.853.1014) Good Showing: Cherokee Inn (1410 Old Square Road, 601.362.6388); McDade’s Markets (multiple locations); Grant’s Kitchen (2847 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, 601.665.4764)

Best Ethnic or Specialty Grocery: Rainbow Natural Grocery Cooperative 2807 Old Canton Road, 601.366.1601, Second: Mr. Chen’s Authentic Chinese Cooking (5465 Interstate 55 N., 601.978.1865) Third: Aladdin’s Grocery Store (740 Lakeland Drive, 601.366.2102) Good Showing: Patel Brothers (1999 Highway 80 W., 601.353.6611); Van Hung Asian Market (637 Highway 51 N., 601.856.9638); Carniceria Valdez (6350 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland, 601.899.6992)

Best Steak: Tico’s Steak House 1536 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland, 601.956.1030, Second: Shapley’s Restaurant (868 Centre St., Ridgeland, 601.957.3753) Third: Char (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 142, 601.956.9562) Good Showing: Olga’s Fine Dining (4760 Interstate 55 N., Suite D, 601.366.1366); Walker’s Drive-In (3016 N. State St., 601 982.2633) 61

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Best Of Jackson 2012: Food & Drink

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Kickin’ Chicken by Piko Ewoodzie


est Local Fried Chicken is always one of the most fiercely contested categories on the Best of Jackson ballot, and this year was no different. To find out what makes the winners so irresistable, we ventured out to compare the top three.

Cool Al’s offers a bevy of toppings for their burgers, both veggie and regular.

Herbivore’s Delight by Ceili Hale


ool Al’s has been a Jackson favorite for years, serving up delicious burgers, as well as a great selection of vegetarian options to choose from. Cool Al’s strays from the boring veggie burger with the spicy and exotic Jamaican and West African veggie burgers. Their pineapple veggie burger comes complete with barbecue sauce and a pineapple slice. However, if you want to keep things simple, their famous garden burger is a classic, especially with the spicy ginger tomato sauce.

Best Veggie Burger: Cool Al’s 4654 McWillie Drive, 601.713.3020, Second: High Noon Café (2807 Old Canton Road, 601. 366.1513) Third: Burgers and Blues (1060 E. County Line Road, Suite 22, Ridgeland, 601.899.0038) Good Showing: Majestic Burger (1491 Canton Mart Road, 601. 899.8822); Sal and Mookie’s New York Style Pizza and Ice Cream Joint (565 Taylor St., 601. 368.1919)

Best Barista: Caitlin McNally Sneaky Beans, 2914 N. State St., 601.487.6349 Second Place: Leslee Foukal (Sneaky Beans) Third Place (tie): Cody Cox, (Cups, Fondren) Eamonn Cottrell (Cups, Fondren) Good Showing: Byron Knight (Sneaky Beans), Kirby Coutch (Cups, Methodist Rehabilitation Center), India Jade Clark (Cups, Downtown) 62

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Two Sisters


Primos Cafe

What part of chicken do you fry?

Breast, wings, legs and thighs, all on the buffet.

Breast or half chicken, depending on what you order.

All white meat and split breast.

What’s in the batter?

It’s a secret. (But the skin is removed before the batter is applied to the chicken.)

Something we can’t reveal, plus tender love and care.

Flour, salt, pepper, and a couple of other things.

How long is the chicken cooked?

11 minutes, or until the chicken floats.

6-8 minutes.

12 minutes.

Is there any glaze on the chicken?


Yes, honey rosemary glaze.


Piko says:

ys. . a s o P i k Juiciest.



Best Local Fried Chicken: Two Sisters Kitchen 707 N. Congress St., 601.353.1180 Second: Julep (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 105, 601.362.1411) Third: Primos Café and Bake Shop (2323 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, 601.936.3398; 515 Lake Harbour Drive, Ridgeland, 601.898.3600) Good Showing: Rooster’s (2906 N. State St., Suite104, 601.982.2001); Fannin Mart Restaurant (5419 Highway 25, Flowood, 601.992.0411); Table 100 (100 Ridge Way, Flowood, 601.420.4202)

Best Kids’ Menu, Best Place for Ice Cream: Sal & Mookie’s New York Style Pizza and Ice Cream Joint 565 Taylor St., 601.368.1919,

Best Place for Ice Cream Second: Bop’s Frozen Custard (1173 E. County Line Road, 601.952.0661) Third: Marble Slab Creamery (1057 E. County Line Road, 601.899.9060) Good Showing: Brent’s Drugs (655 Duling Ave., 601.366.3427); Sweet Tree Yogurt (772 Lake Harbour Drive, Suite 5, Ridgeland, 601.707.5491); Baskin Robbins (multiple locations)

Best Kids’ Menu Second: Broad Street Baking Company and Café (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 101, 601.362.2900) Third: Primos Cafe & Bake Shop (515 Lake Harbour Drive, Ridgeland, 601.898.3400; 2323 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, 601.936.3701) Good Showing: Newk’s (multiple); Rooster’s (2906 N. State St., 601.982.2001); Pan-Asia Restaurant (720 Harbour Pointe Crossing, Ridgeland, 601.956.2958)

Best Wings: Wingstop multiple locations, Second: Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar (808 Lake Harbour Drive, Ridgeland, 601.856.0789)

Third: Sal & Mookie’s New York and Ice Cream Joint (565 Taylor St., 601.368.1919) Good Showing: Wing Station (5038 Parkway Drive, 888.769.9464); The Pizza Shack (925 E. Fortification St., 601.352.2001; 5046 Parkway Drive, 601.957.1975); American Deli (3645 Highway 80 W., 601.355.2448); Sportsman’s Lodge (now closed)

Best Server: Janis Boersma, Nick’s 3000 Old Canton Road, 601.981.8017, Second: Jennifer Breaux (Parlor Market, 115 W. Capitol St., 601.360.0090) Third: Cathy Ambrose (Fenian’s Pub, 901 E. Fortification St., 601.948.0055) Good Showing: Anne Friday (Hal & Mal’s, 200 S. Commerce St., 601.948.0888); Corinn Escude (BRAVO! Italian Restaurant and Bar, 4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 211, 601.982.8111); Ryne Morrow (Fenian’s Pub, 901 E. Fortification St., 601.948.0055)

Best Taqueria: Taqueria La Guadalupe 6537 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland, 601.206.7776 Second: Babalu Tacos and Tapas (622 Duling Ave., 601.366.5757) Third: La Morena (6610 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland, 601.899.8821) Good Showing: Carniceria Valdez (6530 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland 601.899.6992); Omonia/King Tortas (1290 E. Country Line Road, Ridgeland 601.420.5942)

Best Place for Fried Fish: Cock of the Walk 141 Madison Landing Circle, Ridgeland, 601.856.5500, cockofthewalkrestaurant. com/reservoir Second: Penn’s Restaurant (Multiple locations, 601.982.9004) Third: Jerry’s Catfish House (3326 Highway 49 S., Florence, 601.845.8860) Good Showing: Eddie & Ruby’s Snack Bar (1268 Valley St., 601.969.2723); Martin’s Fish House (5249 Clinton Blvd., 601.922.1150); Valley Street Fish House (1234 Valley St., 601.354.0939)

Best French Fries: Mugshots Grill and Bar 4245 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, 601.932.4031, Second: Rooster’s (2906 N. State St., 601.982.2001) Third: Stamps Superburger (1801 Dalton St., 601.352.4555) Good Showing: Five Guys Burgers & Fries (122 Market St., Flowood, 601.983.5555 and 1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 2001, Ridgeland, 601.605.1115); Cool Al’s (4654 McWillie Drive, 601.713.3020); Burgers and Blues (1060 E. County Line Road, Suite 22, Ridgeland, 601.899.0028).

Best Buffet: Ichiban Chinese Buffet 359 Ridgeway, Flowood, 601.919.8879,

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Second: Mama Hamil’s Southern Cookin’ (480 Magnolia St., Madison, 601.856.4407) Third: Two Sister’s Kitchen (707 N. Congress St., 601.353.1180) Good showing: Spice Avenue (4711 Interstate 55 N., 601.982.0890); King Buffet (6380 Ridgewood Court Drive, Suite I, 601.956.6700); Lumpkins BBQ (182 Raymond Road, 601.373.7707)

Best Meal Under $10, Best Salad or Salad Bar: Newk’s Express Café multiple locations,

Meal Under $10 Second: Keifer’s (710 Poplar Blvd., 601.355.6825; 120 N. Congress St., 601.353.4976) Third: Basil’s (2906 N. State St., Suite 104, 601.982.2100; 904 E. Fortification St., Suite B, 601.352.2002; 120 N. Congress St., 601.944.9888) Good Showing: OEC Japanese Express (Multiple Locations); Primos Café and Bake Shop (2323 Lakeland Drive, 601.936.3701)

Best Salad or Salad Bar Second: Jason’s Deli (1067 E. County Line Road, 601.206.9191) Third: Mazzio’s (4415 Robinson Road, 601.922.2477) Good Showing: Cool Water Café (1011 Lake Harbour Drive, Ridgeland, 601.956.6332); High Noon Café (2807 Old Canton Road, 601.366.1513); Room Service (4107 Northview Drive, Suite B1, 601.362.4617)

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Maywood Mart Shopping Center Northeast Jackson 601-366-8486

English Village Belhaven 904 E. Fortification 601-355-9668

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Music & Nightlife

Fenian’s: Only Getting Better by Jacob D. Fuller / photos by Trip Burns


Pass to the left of the bar and head into the next room, where a hard tile floor holds wallto-wall tables and chairs. A small, only-slightlyraised stage sits to the left. Whether it is Karaoke Mondays (come early to hear the Hip-Hop Queen “Miss Laura” lay down some rhymes), Open Mic Tuesdays, traditional Irish Music and Dance Thursdays, or local acts of all forms and fashions, you’ll find live music on the stage every night, with never a cover charge. At the bar, you can order any mixed beverage you can think of, or choose from Fenian’s selection of draft or bottle beer (Pabst Blue Ribbon is always a favorite) or wine. What keeps Jacksonians coming back to Fenian’s, though, is you are almost guaranteed to see someone you know any night of the week. Ireland-inspired Fenian’s, voted this year’s best bar, has no For Jacksonians from intention of giving up its title anytime soon. Belhaven Heights north der Christmas lights and beside the traffic signal to Fondren and beyond, Fenian’s is a neighborhood hangout and watering hole. Go a couple in the corner. Behind the green door, you’ll find a stocked times, and you’re sure to see some familiar faces, rack of wine, cheap Champagne (it’s not really a from bartenders and wait staff to customers. General Manager T Francis said that familbubbly kind of place) and liquor. Classic wooden tables and chairs line the walkways of green car- iarity is Fenian’s bread and butter. “I know a lot of our customers enjoy the fact pet that lead to the bar. Depending on the day and time, you may hear traditional Irish music, a that our staff goes out of the way to learn all our more-American mix of bands like Wilco, Weezer, customers,” Francis said. The Shins, or maybe some Led Zeppelin playing “I guess the fact (is) that it’s a neighborhood quietly through the speakers. pub and everybody lives in the vicinity kind of A train track circles the ceiling in the main makes it a nice hangout spot.” But being Jackson’s Best Bar has only room, but the train never moves. A map of Ire- land, Irish money and a sculpture of a coat of pushed Fenian’s to become something even arms give the room its Irish claim. better. While Fenian’s has been well known as a alking into Fenian’s can be like an episode of “Cheers,” minus the canned laughter. The city’s only Irish pub sits on the corner of Fortification and Jefferson streets. A green and white sign beckons patrons up the stairs to the second-floor balcony, where smokers and those looking for some not-so-fresh air congregate un-


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community pub for years, Francis said he is trying to build its reputation as a great place to eat, as well. Since kitchen manager Josh Speights joined the staff in January, Fenian’s has eliminated all but two pre-made items on the menu. Everything else is made in-house. Menu staples include their Fenian’s Pub Burger, dressed with your choice of cheese, lettuce, tomato, purple onions, pickles and mayo, and the favorite, The Bookmaker: a big, juicy portion of roast beef and cheddar cheese on a toasted hoagie with a side of au jus. For a slightly cheaper option (although nothing on the menu is more than $10), try the beer-battered fish and chips. Francis said Speights is working with the kitchen staff to come up with daily lunch specials and new menu items that customers will see this fall and winter. Just recently, they’ve added a menu of sandwich wraps. Francis said he also wants to start offering specialty dinners once a month, on Sundays, starting in October. “We’ll pair up with a beer company, or maybe pair up with a whiskey company, and do a whole dinner cooked with one brand of whiskey,” Francis said. “We’d like to branch out and show people that Irish cuisine is not as limited as you think it is.”

Best Bar, Best Bar Where Everyone Knows Your Name, Best Open-Mic Night: Fenian’s Pub 901 E. Fortification St., 601.948.0055,

Best Bar

Second: The Bulldog (6111 Ridgewood Road, 601.978.3502) Third: Underground 119 (119 S. President St., 601.352.2322) Good Showing: Parlor Market (115 W. Capitol St., 601.320.0090); Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St., 601.948.0888); Julep (4500 Interstate 55 N., 601.362.1411) |

Best Bar Where Everyone Knows Your Name Second: Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St., 601.948.0888) Third: Ole Tavern on George Street (416 George St., 601.960.2700) Good Showing: Sportsman’s Lodge (now closed); Parlor Market (115 W. Capitol St., 601.360.0090); Julep (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 105, 601.362.1411)

Best Open-Mic Night Second: Ole Tavern on George Street (416 George St., 601.960.2700) Third (tie): Time Out Sports Café (6270 Old Canton Road, 601.978.1839), Suite 106 (106 Wilmington St., 601.940.7059) Good Showing: Martin’s Lounge (214 S. State St., 601.354.9712), Last Call Sports Grill (1428 Old Square Road, 601.713.2700), Pelican Cove (3999 Harbor Walk Drive, Suite A, Ridgeland, 601.605.1865)

Work. Live. Play. Prosper.


Best Of Jackson 2012: MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE Best Bouncer: Gary Owen Langston, The Bulldog 6111 Ridgewood Road, 601.978.3502 Second: Kyle Bullock (Club Magoo’s, 824 S. State St., 601.487.8710) Third: Kazz Hill (Club Magoo’s, 824 S. State St., 601.487.8710) Good Showing: Jason McDaniel (Fenian’s Pub, 901 E. Fortification St., 601.948.0055); Kenny Dunn (Parlor Market, 115 W. Capitol St., 601.320.0090); Blake Bryant (formerly of Club Fire, now closed); Chris Robinson (Pop’s Around the Corner, 2636 S. Gallatin St., 601.355.3853)

Best Hip-Hop Artist: David Banner Second: 5th Child Third: Skipp Coon Good Showing: PyInfamous; Big K.R.I.T.; Jay Lotto

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Best Blues Artist: Jackie Bell Second: Jesse Robinson Third: King Edward Antoine Good Showing: B.B. King; Grady Champion; Eddie Cotton; Jarekus Singleton

Best Place to Chill: Sneaky Beans 2914 N. State St., 601.487.6349

Best Cover Band, Best Country Artist: The Colonels Best Cover Band

Second: Fenian’s Pub (901 E. Fortification St., 601.948.0055) Third: Cups Espresso Cafe (multiple locations, Good Showing: Underground 119 (119 S. President St., 601.352.2322); The Bulldog (6111 Ridgewood Road, 601.978.3502); Burgers and Blues (1060 E. County Line Road, Suite 22 , Ridgeland, 601.899.0038)

Second (tie): Snazz, Shadez of Grey, Diesel 255 Third: Chic Bang Theory Good Showing: Otis Lotus

Best Gospel Artist: Dathan Thigpen

Best Country Artist Second: The Band Perry Third: Crossin Dixon Good Showing: Jason Aldean; Jeff Maddox; Jason Turner

Second: Mississippi Mass Choir Third: Kirk Franklin Good Showing: Lee Williams; Monica Davis; The William Brothers

The Best, Reborn

Best Jukebox, Best Sports Bar: Sportsman’s Lodge (now closed)

by Vergie Redmond

Best Jukebox:

Owner Chris Jacobs hopes to repeat the success of Sportsman’s Lodge with the Islander restaurant.


he Sportsman’s Lodge served customers in its location in Maywood Mart for more than eight years, until owner Chris Jacobs decided that it was “time for a change.” Described by Jacobs as a “hunting lodge”-type sports bar, Sportsman’s closed its doors for the last time in early July to reopen with a brand new concept, atmosphere and name. The Islander: Seafood, Po Boy and Oyster House opened in that location Aug. 24. The Islander features an oyster room where patrons can shuck fresh oysters. Chefs prepare fresh seafood, such as steamed crab and shrimp, right at the table. There are still a few televisions at the new place, but don’t expect


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to see Sportsman’s 30 flat-screen televisions playing Sunday night football. The new restaurant also has a new menu that offers a variety of different appetizers to choose from, such as alligator, crawfish tails, tuna tartare and King Edward Island mussels. Of course, some things were too good to change: The Islander is still serving fried pickles for those who enjoyed the crunchy snack at the Sportsman’s Lodge. Entrées include shrimp and grits, seafood pasta, and shrimp and oyster po-boys. Patrons who prefer “turf” a bit more than “surf” can try homemade burgers and jambalaya and red beans and rice. The new concept was no spur of the moment decision, Jacobs says. He

wanted to make the change for about a year and a half. After being in the bar and restaurant business for a long time, he now wants to focus on something new. “I finally came to the decision that being open ‘til 2 in the morning with pool tables and late-night games just wasn’t for me anymore,” he says. To loyal customers, Jacobs says, “I would love to thank everybody for being my patrons, and (I) hope they will try The Islander and fall in love with it.” The Islander is located at 1220 E. Northside Drive, Suite 100. It is open Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. For more information, call 601.366.5441.

Second: Sam’s Lounge (5035 Interstate 55 N., 601.983.2526) Third: Crechale’s Restaurant (3107 Highway 80 W., 601.355.1840) Good Showing: Cherokee Inn (1410 Old Square Road, 601.362.6388); CS’s (1359-½ N. West St. 601.969.9482); JC’s (425 N. Mart Plaza, 601.362.3108)

Best Sports Bar: Second: Buffalo Wild Wings (808 Lake Harbour Drive, Ridgeland, 601.856.0789) Third: Time Out (6270 Old Canton Road, 601.978.1839) Good Showing: The Bulldog (6111 Ridgewood Road, 601. 978.3502); Last Call Sports Grill (1428 Old Square Road, 601.713.2700); Slick’s (6340 Ridgewood Court Drive, 601.487.8388); Burgers and Blues (1060 E. County Line Road, Suite 22, Ridgeland, 601.899.0038) |

Jazz, Most Beautiful by Shameka Hayes-Hamilton Camille Moenkhaus


long with her band Jazz Beautiful, Pam Confer performs at throughout the city from the King Edward Hotel to the JFP Chick Ball at Hal & Mal’s. Confer, a graduate of Jackson State University, is the founder of Speak BIG, a communications and public-speaking program. She edited the book “Spoken Success: Understanding the Art of Public Speaking” by Robert Little. She is also the first woman to serve as a constable in Hinds County. But she’s at her most beautiful when she has a mic in her hand.

Best Jazz Artist: Pam Confer Second: Raphael Semmes Third: Lisa Palmer Good Showing: Rhonda Richmond; Barry Leach; Swing de Paris

Pam Confer’s smooth jazz sound entertains Jacksonians at events all over the city.

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Trip Burns

Best Dive Bar, Best Bar Where You Can Be Anonymous, Best Place to Drink Cheap: Martin’s Lounge 214 S. State St., 601.354.9712,

Best Dive Bar Second: Sam’s Lounge (5035 Interstate 55 N., 601.983.2526) Third: Cherokee Inn (1410 Old Square Road, 601.362.6388) Good Showing: Pop’s Around the Corner (2636 S. Gallatin St., 601.355.3853); F. Jones Corner (303 N. Farish St., 601.983.1148), Fenian’s Pub (901 E. Fortification St., 601.948.0055)

Martin’s caters to different crowds depending on whether the sun is out.

Best Bar Where You Can Be Anonymous

By Day or Night

Second: Sam’s Lounge (5035 Interstate 55 N., 601.983.2526) Third: The Bulldog (6111 Ridgewood Road, 601.978.3502) Good Showing: Underground 119 (119 S. President St., 601.352.2322); Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St., 601.948.0888); Sportsman’s Lodge (now closed)

by Julie Skipper


ometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name. But sometimes you just want to hide—even during the day. Martin’s Lounge prides itself on being a place where, for years, everyone from judges to felons has come to enjoy libations and live music. The bar starts serving at noon and

goes until the wee hours of the morning. You won’t find “happy hour” at Martin’s. Rather, it always serves you a good drink at a fair price. Stay long enough, and you’ll get to observe several distinct crowds of regulars cycling through, each with a unique character. That’s what makes Martin’s not just a dive bar, but a Jackson institution.

Best Place to Shoot Pool: The Green Room

Best Place to Drink Cheap Second: Cherokee Inn (1410 Old Square Road, 601.362.6388) Third: Sportsman’s Lodge (now closed) Good Showing: Sam’s Lounge (5035 Interstate 55 N., 601.983.2526); Time Out Sports Café (6270 Old Canton Road, 601.978.1839); Slick’s (6340 Ridgewood Court Drive, 601.487.8388)

Best New Bar: Club Magoo’s 824 S. State St., 601.487.8710

444 Bounds St., 601.713.3444 Second: Cherokee Inn (1410 Old Square Road, 601.362.6388) Third: Reed Pierce’s (6791 Siwell Road, 601.376.0777) Good Showing: Sam’s Lounge (5035 Interstate 55 N., 601.983.2526); Sportsman’s Lodge (now closed); Shucker’s (116 Conestoga Road, 601.853.0105); Tomara’s(9347Highway18W.,Raymond,601.502.8580)

Best Original Band: Storage 24 Second: Chad Wesley Band Third (tie): Chic Bang Theory, Iron Feathers, Jason Turner Band Good Showing: Furrows; Horse Trailer


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Best Karaoke DJ: Matt Collette

Second: Slick’s (6340 Ridgewood Court Drive, 601.487.8388) Third: Table 100 (100 Ridge Way, Flowood, 601.420.4202) Good Showing: The Penguin (1100 John R. Lynch St., 769.251.5222); Martini Room (400 Greymont Ave., 678.462.2749)

Best Singer/Songwriter: Taylor Hildebrand Second: Cody Cox Third: Jason Turner Good Showing: Chad Wesley; Topher Brown; Hunter Gibson; Richard Lee Davis

Second: Casey Hardegree/DJ Stache (Ole Tavern, 416 George St., 601.960.2700) Third: Angela Pittman, Krazy Karaoke Good Showing: Mike Mott (formerly of Club Fire, now closed), Josh Hailey (formerly at Slick’s, 6340 Ridgewood Court Drive)

Best LGBT Hangout: Bottoms Up 3911 Northview Drive, 601.981.2188 Second: JC’s (425 N. Mart Plaza, 601.362.3108) Third: Club Volume (formerly Dick & Jane’s) (206 W. Capitol St., 601.944.0123) Good Showing: Club mR (Metro Reloaded) (4670 Highway 80 W., 601.922.1040); Fenian’s Pub (901 E. Fortification St., 601.948.0055) |

Hal & Mal’s: Best Place(s) for Live Music by Darnell Jackson / graphic by Kristin Brenemen

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Second: Underground 119 (119 S. President St., 601.352.2322) Third: Martin’s Lounge (214 S. State St., 601.354.9712) Good Showing: Club Fire (now closed); Shucker’s on the Rez (116 Conestoga Road, Ridgeland, 601.853.0105); Burgers & Blues (1060 E. County Line Road, Suite 22, Ridgeland, 601.899.0038)

Best Hotel Bar: King Edward Hotel (Hilton Garden Inn)

Best College Hangout: Ole Tavern on George Street

Best Club DJ: DJ Cadillac

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Second: DJ Jonasty Third: DJ Unpredictable Good Showing: DJ Reign; DJ T-Lewis; DJ Young Venom; DJ Phingaprint

Second: Hilton/Fitzgerald’s (1001 E. County Line Road, 601.957.2800) Third: Sam’s Lounge (5035 Interstate 55 N., 601.983.2526) Good Showing: Alumni House (574 Highway 51, Ridgeland 601.855.2225); The Martini Room inside the Regency Hotel & Conference Center (400 Greymont Ave., 601.969.2141)

Best R&B Artist (tie): ML ‘The Truth,’ Kerry Thomas Second: Recognition Third: Akami Graham Good Showing: Taylor Hildebrand Work. Live. Play. Prosper.

Second: Cups, an Espresso Cafe (multiple locations, Third: Sneaky Beans (2914 N. State St., 601.487.6349) Good Showing: Freelon’s Restaurant Bar and Groove (440 N. Mill St., 601.949.2535); Fenian’s Pub (901 E. Fortification St., 601.948.0055); The Bulldog (6111 Ridgewood Road, 601.978.3502)

Best Rock Artist: Chad Wesley Band Second: Furrows Third: Storage 24 Good Showing: Soul Skard; Jason Turner Band

Best Place to Dance: Shucker’s on the Rez 116 Conestoga Road, 601.853.0105, Second: The Spot (formerly Electric Cowboy) (6017 Ridgewood Road, 601.899.5333) Third: Salsa Mississippi (605 Duling St., 601.213.6355) Good Showing: Bottoms Up (3911 Northview Drive, 601.981.2188); Underground 119 (119 S. President St., 601.352.2322); Club Magoo’s (824 S. State St., 601.487.8710 69


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Sexy Style, Behind the Bar styling by Meredith W. Sullivan / photos by Trip Burns location: Fondren Cellars (633 Duling Ave., 769.216.2323)

Steven Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill

Kristen Veal

Steven is wearing an orange striped shirt ($145) and jeans ($198) from Great Scott and his own boots from Boots & More.

Kristen is wearing a black cut-out dress ($125) and Jeffrey Campbell claw heels ($135) from The Shoe Bar at Pieces

(steven) Some people head to the bar to drown their sorrows, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to keep a frown on your face when a sexy bartender not only pours a good drink, but also rocks a pop of color. Vibrant hues can lighten the mood and liven up even the biggest Debbie Downers.


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A lot of restaurants and bars require all-black attire for their servers and staff, but this is no standard LBD. Cutout sleeves (plus killer animal-inspired heels) allow the sexiest female bartender to adhere to the dress code and live up to her title!

A brightly colored tie from Great Scott ($85195) provides the perfect punctuation to a classic shirt.

WHERE2SHOP: Great Scott, 4400 Old Canton Road, 601-984-3500; The Shoe Bar at Pieces, 425 Mitchell Ave., 601-939-5203 |

The Best, Straight Up

1/4 oz grenadine 1/4 oz Southern Comfort 1 oz plum vodka Splash sweet and sour Splash Sprite Splash Blue Curaçao Garnish to desire Julep is known for its extensive list of creative cocktails. ”The Rebel” is just one of the reasons it won Best Martini yet again.

Courtesy Julep

“The Rebel” (or “The Black Bear”)

Best Martini, Best Place for After-Work Drink: Julep Restaurant and Bar 4500 Interstate 55, Suite 105, 601.362.1411,

Best Martini

Second: Pan-Asia Restaurant (720 Harbour Pointe Crossing, Ridgeland, 601.956.2958) Third: BRAVO! Italian Restaurant & Bar (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 244, 601.982.8111) Good Showing: Parlor Market (115 W. Capitol St., 601.360.0900); Mint the Restaurant (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 5002, Ridgeland, 601.898.6468); Char (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 142, 601.956.9562)

Best Place for After-Work Drink Second: Parlor Market (115 W. Capitol St., 601.360.0090) Third: BRAVO! Italian Restaurant & Bar (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 244, 601.982.8111) Good Showing: Mint the Restaurant (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 5002, Ridgeland, 601.898.6468); Babalu Tacos and Tapas (622 Duling Ave., 601.366.5757); Table 100 (100 Ridge Way, Flowood, 601.420.4202)

Best Bartender: Brad Regan Julep, 4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 105, 601.362.1411 Second: Robert Arender (Parlor Market, 115 W. Capitol St., 601.360.0090) Third: Trevor Palmer (Club Magoo’s, 824 S. State St., 601.487.8710) Good Showing: Ashley Lewis (Burgers and Blues, 1060 E. County Line Road, Suite 22, 601.899.0038) Kavan Wood (Club Magoo’s, 824 S. State St., 601.487.8710); Kris Grant (formerly of Underground 119, 119 S. President St., 601.352.2322)

Sexiest Male Bartender: Steven O’Neill Parlor Market, 115 W. Capitol St., 601.360.0090 Second: Brad Regan (Julep, 1305 E. Northside Drive, 601.362.1411) Third: Trevor Palmer (Club Magoo’s, 824 S. State St., 601.487.8710) Good Showing: John Hime (The Bulldog, 6111 Ridgewood Road, 601.978.3502); John Ingram (Parlor Market. 115 W. Capitol St., 601.360.0090); Kris Grant (formerly of Underground 119, 119 S. President St., 601.352.2322)

Sexiest Female Bartender: Kristen Veal formerly of Sportsman’s Lodge (now closed) Second Place: Ashley Lewis (Burgers and Blues, 1060 E. County Line Road, Suite 22, 601.899.0038) Third: Alyson Brady (Timeout Sports Café, 6270 Old Canton Road, 601.978.1839) Good Showing: Bobbie Jo Kemp (Mississippi Legends Grill, 5352 Highway 25, Suite 50, Flowood, 601.919.1165); Hali Sappington; (formerly of AJ’s on Lakeland, 223 Ridge Way, Flowood, 601.919.1900); Alyssa Montag (Bravo!, 4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 244, 601.982.8111)

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Pan-Asia’s Chocolate Martini

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Can’t Pin Him Down by Briana Robinson



tomping one foot to the beat of his music and pressing his loop pedal with the other, Jason Turner is usually a one-man band. He’s equipped with an acoustic guitar, a harmonica and a slew of effect pedals. Turner’s southern drawl and energetic performances have made him a Jackson-area favorite. A fulltime musician, he performs an average of six nights each week for about three hours at different venues— big and small—around town. Turner’s ubiquitousness is just one of the reasons he won two of this year’s Best of Jackson awards: Best Local Singer and Best Local Musician. He came in third for

Best Original Band and Best Local Musician and made good showing for Best Rock Artist and Best Country Artist. “Looks good on the wall,” he says. “It feels good because, being in Mississippi, there’s not a lot to recognize artists and what they do. … It feels good when you work hard all the time to get recognized.” Although JFP readers named him one of the best country artists and other music websites and publications associate him with country, Turner does not consider himself in that genre at all. “I really think it’s because I have a southern drawl,” he says. “It’s not country—at least in my mind it’s

The Best of Jackson readers’ choice awards celebrated their 10th birthday this year. The Jackson Free Press, owner of BOOM Jackson, launched the


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not. I think it’s rock ‘n’ roll. … (But) if people like it, it can be called whatever they call it.” Turner says the song “Nothing Town” is most representative of his style. It’s simple; for most of it, Turner just plays the guitar and sings. Toward the end, however, he uses the loop pedal to record a sample of what he’s playing to repeat over and over. Then, he shreds it—at least as much as one can do on an acoustic. Songs such as the unreleased “Summertime” (which you can hear on his website) are a bit more dynamic. Along with acoustic guitar, Turner also sings and plays the harmonica. Turner listens to an array of music, but his favorite is probably singer-songwriters such as John Mayer because of the emphasis on lyrics. “I like to be able to write and record whatever comes to my head that I like and feel good about,” he says. Turner’s mom worked at Jackson’s Malaco Records when he was younger, so blues music has played an important part in his influences. As far as writing goes, most of his influences are literary, such as William Faulkner. All his songs are somewhat personal. “I just believe in writing what you feel—good or bad—and not being fake about it.” When he first picked up a guitar at age 12, Turner immediately started trying to write his own songs. Although he laughs thinking of what he wrote as a child, Turner is now well known for his writing skills. Turner has released three

contest in 2002 to celebrate the best the city has to offer. Readers submit all nominations and votes in more than 100 categories. Visit bestofjackson. com to suggest categories and read about past winners. This fall, watch for

albums of original work—his latest, “13 Years,” in 2010—and he hopes to have another completed by the end of the year. In fact, he is working on three albums, with a total of about 30 songs. When he performs with a band, Andy “Snake Farm” Burczynski plays bass, and Matthew Newman plays drums. Sometimes Jay Carney adds guitar. “When I get with a band, it’s like hanging out with friends. I think it’s the excitement,” Turner says.

Best Local Singer, Best Local Musician: Jason Turner Best Local Singer Second: Akami Graham Third: Taylor Hildebrand Good Showing: Lisa Palmer; Jackie Bell; Pam Confer; Cody Cox

Best Local Musician Second (tie): Hunter Gibson, Taylor Hildebrand Third: Raphael Semmes Good Showing: Scott Albert Johnson; Cody Cox; Chad Wesley

“This is what I love to do and what I’m good at doing.” Listen to Jason Turner’s music at You can also like him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter @jasonturnerband.

a new Best of Jackson online directory and monthly mini-contests. Then in November, it’s time to vote in the 2013 Best of Jackson awards. To learn the secrets behind a certain big party every year, subscribe to |

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Beyond Jackson

The Getaway by Tom Ramsey

Tom Ramsey 1705 Devine St. Jackson, MS 39202 601.624.7267 Donna Ladd, Editor in Chief BOOM Magazine P.O. Box 5067 Jackson, MS 39296 Dear Donna, Please find enclosed my expense report from my recent assignment, a review of Beau Rivage Casino for the upcoming BOOM Jackson, Best of Jackson Issue. As you can see, I was able to get a good feel for the bar, the restaurant and the casino floor. As per your company’s policy, a detailed explanation of the charges follows: Item 1. – $78.66 Receipt #2548698 from High Street Texaco 4 Tabasco Slim Jim’s 2 Rock Star Energy Drinks 4 Cheese-n-Peanut Butter Nabs 1 Pack Cake Donettes 1 Bag Pork Rinds

Best Casino for Shows, Best Casino Hotel: Beau Rivage 875 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, 888.567.6667, 228.386.7111,

Best Casino for Shows Second: Hard Rock (777 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, 228.374.7625) Third: Ameristar (4146 S. Washington St., Vicksburg, 601.638.1000) 74

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1 Diet Coke 1 Bag of Tropical Fruit Skittles 1 Tank of Gas No explanation needed here, right? It was a three-hour drive with two other guys.

Courtesy MGM Entertainment

Sometimes you hit the road for a story and you have everything pretty much planned out ... and then it goes all pear-shaped and all you can do is write a letter explaining yourself. And buy a monkey.

Item 2. – $32.10 Receipt #710386 Coast Brewing Co. 1 Pontchartrain Pilsner 3 Bayou Bocks The Beau Rivage is perfect for a memorable—or not—weekend. 1 Chili Cheese Fries Upon arrival and while waiting for confirmation as to our lodging, we needed a snack. Item 5. – $12.62 Receipt #851K VIP Cab The Slim Jim’s just weren’t doing it. It may seem (back to the Beau Rivage) excessive, but man those were some good fries. Not sure why it cost more to get back to the Beau, but still being “reasonable.” Item 3. – $11.75 Receipt #668G VIP Cab (to Ocean Springs) Item 6. – $200.09 Receipt #185128 As your instructions related to my expenses Stalla Restaurant were “be reasonable and don’t go crazy,” getting 1 Grand Antipasti 1 Bussola Ripasso Valpolicella a cab seemed to oblige both wishes. 1 Beef Tenderloin Item 4. – $12.66 Receipt #OS287 Leo’s 1 Ribeye 1 Negroni Pizza (Ocean Springs) 1 Coffee 2 Andygators 1 Liquid Snickers Crème Brule 2 Jockamo IPAs Boy, did you get lucky here! We were go It was happy hour. The more great craft beer ing to eat at BR Prime which is very expensive, we drank, the more we saved you!

Good Showing: Pearl River Resort’s Golden Moon (13541 Highway 16 W., Philadelphia, 601.663.0066); Pearl River Resort’s Silver Star (13541 Highway 16 W., Choctaw, 601.663.0066); Imperial Palace (850 Bayview Ave., Biloxi, 888.946.2847)

Best Casino Hotel Second: Ameristar (4146 S. Washington St., Vicksburg, 601.638.1000) Third: Hard Rock (777 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, 228.374.7625)

Good Showing: Pearl River Resort’s Golden Moon (13541 Highway 16 W., Philadelphia, 601.663.0066); Riverwalk (1046 Warrenton Road, Vicksburg, 601.634.0100); Imperial Palace (850 Bayview Ave., Biloxi, 888.946.2847)

Best Casino for Gaming: Ameristar 4146 S. Washington St., Vicksburg, 601.638.1000, ameristar. com/Vicksburg

Second: Beau Rivage (875 Beach Blvd., Biloxi 888.567.6667) Third: Hard Rock (777 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, 228.374.7625) Good Showing: Riverwalk  (1046 Warrenton Road, Vicksburg, 601.634.0100); Pearl River Resort’s Silver Star  (13541 Highway 16 W., Choctaw, 601.663.0066); Rainbow (1350 Warrenton Road, Vicksburg, 800.842.6837) Suggest other Beyond Jackson categories at |

but it was closed on Sunday so we went to Stalla, the new Italian place. As a vegetarian, you probably wouldn’t have liked much of anything we had, but wow, it was out of this world. Stuart said it was the best steak he’s had in a long time. You’d have gone crazy over the dessert. Item 7. – $1,675.00 Receipt missing Beau Rivage Craps Table Did you know that drinks are free on the casino floor? We saved you a bunch on Beefeater and Tonics here. You owe me one for this savings spectacular. Stuart got a great lesson in casino gambling. He adores dice games now. Item 8. – $58.98 Receipt #1279 Four Points Sheraton Bar The receipt was found in my shorts, which were soaking wet and smelled like chlorine, and all I could make out was the total and the name of the bar. Honestly, I’m glad I found it. I thought I walked out on my tab after the last round of shots. But, it could have been crazier. I think. I’m not really sure. Item 9. – $7.14 Receipt #458758 Highway 90 Shell Station 3 Uni-pack Aleve 1 Lemon-Lime Gatorade 1 Diet Coke 1 12-pack Band-Aids The above, I believe, is self-explanatory. Item 10. – $22.42 Receipt #2087450 Stuckey’s Highway 49 1 Souvenir Ash Tray 1 Sock Monkey 1 Novelty Knife OK. This may not seem “necessary” to the accounting department, but since I woke to remember that I hadn’t made any notes about the night before and reviewed the stack of receipts on the dresser, I figured I needed a gift of sorts to smooth things over. All I could find on the highway was a Stuckey’s. The monkey needs love, and you have always been able to cut through the BS and you’re a true rebel in your profession. I surmised that these three things were perfectly apropos. I eagerly await my next assignment. Please have the reimbursement check mailed to my usual address. Best and warmest regards, Tom Ramsey P.S. You can hear the playlist from this epic journey on Spotify via

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Events // breezy

september 15 - “Bravo I: Mahler’s Fifth” 7:30 p.m., at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra presents Gustav Mahler’s “Symphony No. 5.” $20 and up; call 601.960.1565.

1-30 - Patti Henson Art Exhibit, at Hinds Community College, Raymond Campus (501 E. Main St., Raymond). See the local artist’s watercolor paintings, prints and fabric art. Free; call 769.798.5539 or 601.982.4067.

2Natural U Salon’s All White Meet and Greet Sept. 2, at Wasabi Sushi and Bar (100 E. Capitol St., Suite 105). The event promotes natural hair among African-Americans, and includes a live band and cash bar. Advance tickets. $10; call 601.364.2869 or 601.473.9439.

6 - Screen on the Green 7 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). The museum and Crossroads Film Society show a film in the Art Garden. Free; call 601.960.1515;

7-9 - CelticFest Mississippi, at Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive). Enjoy the Kindred Spirits Whiskey Tasting Sept. 7 ($40 in advance, $60 at the door), music, dance, children’s activities and more Sept. 7-9. Performers include Bua, Téada and the Máirtín de Cógáin Project. Visit for a schedule. $15, $10, $5 ages 5-17, $1 ages 4 and under; call 601.713.3365.

11 - Elton John 8 p.m., at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). The English singer-songwriter is known for songs such as “Bennie and the Jets” and “Nikita.” $77-$137; call 800.745.3000.

20-23 - Mississippi Greek Weekend 2012. Save the date for the four-day festival that unites fraternities and sororities. Proceeds benefit nonprofits such as the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and the Mississippi Sickle Cell Foundation. Details pending. Free; call 601.706.YARD, 601.960.1565.

Mississippi Boychoir Auditions through Sept. 11. Boys in grades 1-12 may audition. Previous vocal training not required. Free; call 601.665.7374;

13-16 - Neil Simon’s “Rumors,” at Madison Square Center for the Arts (2103 Main St., Madison). The play is about an upscale dinner party gone awry. Shows are Sept. 13–15 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 16 at 2:30 p.m. $12, $10 seniors and students; call 601.953.0181. 15 - Farish Street YMCA Best of BBQ Competition noon, at I.S. Sanders YMCA (806 N. Farish St.). Amateur and professional cooking teams compete, and guests enjoy samples and vote for the best barbecue. Judging is at 3 p.m., and the awards ceremony is at 5 p.m. Entertainment and door prizes included. $10 admission, $50 amateur team, $150 professional team; call 601.948.3643.

21 - Caroline Herring 8 p.m., at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). The country and folk singer-songwriter is a Canton navtive and a co-founder of Thacker Mountain Radio. Cocktails and cartoons at 6:30 p.m. $12 in advance, $15 at the door; call 601.292.7121 or 800.745.3000.

29 - WellsFest Sept. 29 at 8 a.m., at Jamie Fowler Boyll Park ( 1398 Lakeland Drive). The annual event includes a 5K race at 8 a.m., a pet a parade at 9 a.m., and a festival with music, food, children’s activities a silent auction and more from 10 a.m.5:30 p.m. Proceeds from sales benefit the Farish Street YMCA’s playground upgrade. Free admission; race: $20, $60 family (maximum of four); call 601.353.0658; Jackson area events updated daily at


8 - Magnolia Roller Vixens Roller Derby 7 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The team takes on the Acadiana Rollergirls. Doors open at 6 p.m. $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $5 children $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $5 children; email info@

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19 – Jacktoberfest, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., on Congress Street between Amite and Capitol streets. The annual street festival includes concerts, a craft-beer competition, and refreshments for sale such as bratwurst, burgers and drinks. Free admission;

3-14 - Mississippi State Fair, at Mississippi State Fairgrounds (1207 Mississippi St.). The annual fair includes livestock shows, rides, food, games and concerts. Admission TBA. Free; call 601.961.4000.

6 - Pat Metheny Unity Band 7:30 p.m., at MSU Riley Center (2200 Fifth St., Meridian). Pat Metheny is a jazz guitarist who has won 19 Grammys. $37-$43; call 601.696.2200.

7 - Cat Head Mini Blues Fest III 9 a.m., at Cat Head Delta Blues and Folk Art (252 Delta Ave., Clarksdale). The outdoor blues concert is associated with the King Biscuit Festival in Helena, Ark. Free; call 662.624.5992.

8 - Bassnectar 7 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). Bassnectar is a freeform electronic artist and deejay from San Francisco. Gramatik and Gladkill also perform. $27.50; call 800.745.3000.

19-27 - Boo at the Zoo, at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Live music, face painting, haunted hay rides, a carousel, games and treats. Oct. 19-20 and Oct. 26-27 from 6-9 p.m. Call 601.352.2580.

12 - Canton Flea Market 8 a.m., at Historic Canton Square (Courthouse Square, Canton). The biannual shopping extravaganza includes goods from artists and crafters. Free admission; call 601.859.1307.

12 - The Charlie Mars Band 7:30 p.m., at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). The rock band with Mississippi native Charlie Mars performs. Cocktails and cartoons at 6 p.m. $12 in advance, $15 at the door; call 601.292.7121 or 800.745.3000.

14 - Henry Rollins 9 p.m., at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). The spoken-word artist performs on his “Capitalism” tour. Cocktails and cartoons at 7 p.m. $20 in advance, $25 at the door; call 601.292.7121 or 800.745.3000.

20 - Jackson State University Homecoming Game 3 p.m., at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium (2531 N. State St.). JSU’s football team tales on Mississippi Valley State University. $25-$45; call 601.979.2420 or 800.745.3000;

27 - Marcia Ball 9 p.m., at Underground 119 (119 S. President St.). Ball is a blues singer and pianist known for songs such as “That’s How It Goes.” $25; call 800.745.3000. 29 - An Evening with David Sedaris 7:30 p.m., at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). The humorist and author known as the “rock star of writers,” Sedaris is the author of “Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary.” $33-$43; call 800.745.3000.




9 - “Big Apple Style Bluegrass” 7 p.m., at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.). The New York City Slickers perform as part of the Millsaps Arts and Lecture Series. $10, $5 students; call 601.974.1130.



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3 - “Pops I: Simply Swingin’” 7:30 p.m., at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and vocalist Steve Lippia present the music of Tony Bennett, Bobby Darin, Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra. $15 and up; call 601.960.1565;

7-10 - Mistletoe Marketplace, at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). More than 100 vendors sell their wares at the annual holiday shopping event. $10, $20 three-day pass, $5 children ages 6-12 and seniors; call 888.324.0027;

8-18 - “Southern Hospitality,” at Black Rose Theatre (103 Black St., Brandon). Three sisters plot to save their hometown. Shows are Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Reservations recommended. $15, $10 seniors and students; call 601.825.1293;


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15-18 - “Disney on Ice: Treasure Trove,” at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). The show features the Disney princesses and other characters such as Peter Pan and characters from “The Lion King.” Show times vary. $15-$45; call 800.745.3000.

11 - Holiday Happening Nov. 11 from 2-5 p.m., Participating businesses hold open houses for the holidays. The Clinton Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Clinton are the sponsors. Free; call 601.924.5472.

11 - Kenny Loggins 6 p.m., at MSU Riley Center (2200 Fifth St., Meridian). The singersongwriter is known as the “king of the soundtrack.” Pre-show party at 4:30 p.m. $59-$65; call 601.696.2200.

12-13 - “Shrek the Musical” 8 p.m., at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). The musical is based on the award-winning DreamWorks film and contains 19 original songs. $25-$62.50; call 601.981.1847 or 800.745.3000; 13 - “One Writer’s Garden: New Perspectives from the Authors” 7 p.m., at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.). Authors Susan Haltom and Jane Roy Brown, and photographer Langdon Clay talk about the life of Eudora Welty. $10, $5 students; call 601.974.1130.

16 - The Four Tops 7:30 p.m., at MSU Riley Center (2200 Fifth St., Meridian). The classic Motown group is known for songs such as “I Can’t Help Myself” and “Baby, I Need Your Loving.” Pre-show party at 6 p.m. $34-$40; call 601.696.2200.

28-29 - Mississippi Fruit and Vegetable Growers/Agritourism Conference and Trade Show, at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). Attend seminars on improving produce yields and visit with exhibitors. Registration required. Register by Sept. 15 for a discount. $100-$125; call 662.534.1916;

30 - Chimneyville Crafts Festival, at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). More than 150 artisans sell their creations at the annual event. Festival hours are Dec. 1 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Dec. 2 from noon-5 p.m. Admission TBA; call 601.856.7546.




2 - Philadanco 7:30 p.m., at MSU Riley Center (2200 Fifth St., Meridian). Members of the Philadelphia Dance Company perform in styles from ballet to hip-hop. $21-$27; call 601.696.2200.

10 - Olde Towne Holiday Market 9 a.m.-2 p.m., on Jefferson Street. Enjoy holiday shopping, food and entertainment on the brick streets of Olde Towne Clinton. Vendors must register by Nov. 6 ($50). Free; call 601.924.5472.

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Best Things About Jackson

1. Congress Street Bar & Grill (120 S. Congress St., 601.968.0857) My favorite is the shrimp and grits! The customer service is excellent. 2. Basilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Belhaven (904 E. Fortification St., 601.352.2002) The place is full of energetic workers willing to go beyond the call of duty.



3. Underground 119 (119 S. President St., 601.352.2322) The live bands are awesome! 4. Parlor Market (115 W. Capitol St., 601.360.0090) Two words: P.M. Burger. 5. Smith Park (Yazoo St., downtown) This is a place full of serene beauty. I also like to draw at this particular park. 6. Antioch Baptist Church (1801 Central St., 601.948.3103) This is a church where no one is a stranger and everyone is treated like family. Pastor Tate always brings the word of the Lord!

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{ Officer Colendula Green } of the Jackson Police Department tied for Best Local Cop (p. 16). She shared 10 favorite places to unwind when off-duty.


7. Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St., 601.960.1515) I especially like to look at the new Art Garden. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great place to reflect and relax. 8. Medgar Evers House (2332 Margaret Walker Alexander Drive, 601.981.2965) This place gives me a sense of history from the past that is relevant right now. History is the most fulfilling knowledge. 9. Jackson Convention Center (105 E. Pascagoula St., 601.960.2321) So many great events and entertainment come through the convention center.




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10. The Penguin (1100 John R Lynch St., 769.251.5222) I love to eat out, and this is another favorite local restaurant.


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