The Haute Pig
1856 Main St., Madison, 601-853-8538 hautepig.com Make sure to save room for dessert at this Madison barbecue joint. Haute Pig is well known for its Hershey Bar pie and other sweets, and it also sells awardwinning barbecue by the pound.
CAJUN/CREOLE Fat Tuesday’s Restaurant
6923 Old Canton Road, 601-956-2971 Fat Tuesdays is a popular suburban Cajun food spot, regularly placing in the JFP Best of Jackson awards for their red beans and rice, and gumbo.
times, including 2009. It’s got a wide ranging menu of well-prepared Chinese favorites that absolutely hit the spot when you’re craving food from a paper carton.
1855 Lakeland Drive, 601-368-9588 China Belle is a popular Chinese restaurant, often placing in JFP Best of Jackson awards.
2931 McDowell Road Extension, 601-371-8765 Five Happiness is a popular South Jackson Chinese restaurant, often placing in Best of Jackson awards.
wood smoked ribs with lots of sauce, smoky barbecued chicken and pork or beef brisket, pulled or sliced. The most popular item on the menu is the baby back ribs, and sides of sweet potatoes and mac`n’ cheese.
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CLASSICS The Elite
223 Ridge Way, Flowood, 601-919-0100 Oby’s is a casual New Orleans style restaurant that specializes in po-boy sandwiches.
141 E. Capitol St., 601-352-5606 The Elite has been known over the years for its friendly service, signature rolls and house specialties like the Breaded Veal Cutlets and Mexican Enchiladas.
Que Sera Sera
Oby’s Cajun Dining
2801 N. State St., 601-981-2520 Sit on the patio and ask for the award-winning gumbo, red beans and rice, or fried pickles. Voted Best Gumbo, Best Outdoor Dining, and Best Red Beans and Rice 2009.
Sal and Phil’s
6600 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland, 601-957-1188 Sal and Phil’s has several po-boy choices including, smoked sausage and soft shell crab.
CARIBBEAN/AFRICAN Taste of the Island
463 E. Capitol St. 601-360-5900 A Taste of the Island is exactly what this Caribbean restaurant is. Try some of traditional island items like jerk chicken and fried plantains, or if you’re feeling a little adventurous go for the curry goat or oxtail.
Chitoes African Deli
1700 Terry Road 769-233-7647 Many people come to Chitoes to try its African stew out of curiosity and come back again and again. Come sample African fare and enjoy the friendly atmosphere of this family-run business.
CHINESE Best Wok
225 Meadowbrook Road, 601-368-9555 It seems like Best Wok just can’t lose. One of the most consistent winners in the Best of Jackson awards, the Wok has taken top billing in Best Chinese several
123 West Capitol Street 601-355-4122 The Mayflower is a downtown Jackson landmark offering a variety of seafood and traditional southern cuisine, plus pasta.
COFFEE/TEA Cups, Espresso Cafe
Multiple locations cupsespresso.com Cups is locally owned, featuring local artists on the wall and plenty of free local reading material. More than that, Cups bring everyone together in a close approximation of a town square. Multiple Best of Awards winner, including Best Place for Coffee 2009.
1111 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite A, Ridgeland, 601-856-6001 fusioncoffeehouse.com Fusion specializes in authentic, hand-crafted espresso drinks and frozen beverages (including frappes and all-natural fruit smoothies). Enjoy a hot breakfast or lunch, and enjoy the free wi-fi for paying customers.
136 S. Adams St., 601-960-3008 koinoniacoffee.com Koinonia is in a pristine yellow house with hardwood floors in the heart of Jackson, with the perfect atmosphere for studying or getting together with friends. Koinonia serves great coffee and espresso beverages, plus pastries, desserts, smoothies, sandwiches and breakfast items.
Multiple Locations seattledrip.com “The Drip” offers many varieties of coffee from brewed coffee to signature drinks such as the “Rainy Day Latte” and “The Summit.” These small drivethru-only buildings are scattered all across the metro.
2914 N. State St. 601-487-6349 Sneaky Beans is a coffee shop right in the heart of Fondren. It features great coffee, handmade espresso drinks, smooth and creamy frozen and blended to perfection frappes and 100% fruit smoothies, quick hot or cold breakfast, pastries, desserts and lunch.
Wired Espresso Café
115 N. State St., 601 500-7800 wiredespresso.com Located in the historic Tucker Printing House Building, Wired is an excellent place to unwind during a busy day. Coffee beans are roasted locally to ensure the absolute freshest bean possible.
FINE DINING Bon Ami
1220 E. Northside Drive, Suite 230 601-982-0405 bonamijackson.com Located in Maywood Mart in Northeast Jackson, Bon Ami takes a continental approach to fresh seafood, pasta and steak dishes. The food is delicious, and the setting is rather charming.
4500 Interstate 55 N., 601-982-8111 bravobuzz.com BRAVO! is everything a restaurant should be: delicious and charming with a knowledgeable staff. This Italian restaurant has won many awards, including several from Wine Spectator and multiple JFP Best Restaurant awards.
Highland Village Suite 142, 601-956-9562 charrestaurant.com A perennial favorite in the JFP Best of Jackson awards, placing in multiple fine-dining categories, including Best Steak, Best Place to Eat When Someone Else Pays, Best Dessert, Best Wine Selection, Best Entrees, Best Champagne Brunch, you get the idea. Take people you want to impress here.
Ely’s Restaurant & Bar
115 W. Jackson St. Suite E, Ridgeland, 601-6056359 Ely’s mixes the old with the new, offering prime cuts of beef and fresh seafood with an upscale, casual/con-
temporary setting. Ely’s also has an extensive wine list and creative martinis.
1001 E. County Line Road, 601-957-3191 Huntington Grille has received Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence and Americas Top Restaurant Award from Wine Enthusiast magazine several times. The atmosphere is cool with dark wood and deep green carpets, but the food is exciting.
Julep Restaurant and Bar
1305 E. Northside Drive Suite 105, 601-362-1411 juleprestaurant.com Voted Best Appetizers, Most Innovative Menu, Best Champagne Brunch, Best Martini and Best Late Night Dining. That says it all, eh?
3000 Old Canton Road, 601-981-8017 nicksrestaurant.com Known for its elegance, Nick’s is acclaimed for its steaks and seafood. Food is done Nick’s way, with fresh herbs, seasonings and a Southern flare. Voted Best Place to Eat When Someone Else Pays, Best Server (Janis Boersma) and Best Happy Hour.
4670 Interstate 55 N., 601-366-1366 Olga’s is a great place to find old-time favorites with a Russian flair. Go for the steaks, but stay for the wonderful ambiance and the friendly attitude.
115 W. Capitol St., 601-373-9841 Starting in September 2010, Parlor Market will be downtown’s newest fine-dining hot spot. Parlor Market will feature seasonal, southern cuisine using fresh local ingredients.
104 South East Madison Drive, Ridgeland, 601856-0043, theparkerhouse.com Parker House puts a European and Creole take on traditional Southern ingredients, like its Duck Jezebel with Cranberry, Champagne and horseradish reduction, served with Dwight’s turnip greens and spicy cheese grits.
868 Centre St., Ridgeland, 601-957-3753 shapleys.ms Shapley’s has been serving their famous steaks to Jacksonians since 1985. But if you’re not a steak lover, try the seafood dishes.
Sophia’s at the Fairview Inn
743 Fairview St., 601-948-3429 A French-inspired restaurant that uses local ingredients and is open for lunch Monday-Friday and dinner Tuesday-Saturday. Sophia’s features daily three- and four-course prix-fixe menus with or without wine.
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