Sleep Inn & Suites Downtown - Convention Center
209 South Gallatin Street
Jackson, MS 39203
Phone: (601) 896-0390
Fax: (601) 896-0397
When you dine at the The Iron Horse Grill, music is always in the air. Mississippi is home to many legends from the music industry, and in an eclectic manner this restaurant pays homage to names like Elvis Presley, Jimmie Rodgers and many more. Having burned down twice under mysterious circumstances, the exterior of this building has an old-school charm. Inside, the restaurant is warm and welcoming with just the right combination of contemporary decor and traditional seating. Illuminated with lamps and surrounded with music paraphernalia, the ambiance sets a perfect mood. Classic dishes like Hot Tamales, Nachos, Grilled Chiptole Shrimp in addition to specialties like Stuffed Catfish and Certified Angus Ribeye come highly recommended here. Wash down these South American delights with something from their impressive beer selection. A meal at The Iron Horse Grill is a pleasant experience for all your senses.
An old marquee bearing the familiar name hangs over the corner and shows the way to this long-standing Jackson favorite. Guarded by a pair of grumpy Greek brothers, the requisite long counter with its vinyl spinning stools make this greasy spoon as authentic as they come. Grab your own spoon to ladle generous portions of pork, beef and chicken bathed in thick Southern gravy. Open late by Jackson standards, this is a great choice for those whose business keeps them downtown until late evening.
A cozy, much-loved landmark across from the McCoy Federal Building, this warm restaurant is famous for its homemade rolls, home-style cooking and friendly service. The Elite opens early weekdays for the downtown breakfast crowd and stays open all the way to dinner. Standard dinner fare includes fresh fish, Greek favorites and Mexican dishes. The breaded veal cutlets are a favorite choice among the locals. Beer is served, and you can bring in other alcoholic beverages. Credit cards are not accepted.
When you are ready to roll up your sleeves for some down-home, stick-to-your-ribs Southern grub, this is the place to go. Just ask any of the locals who line the sidewalk as early as 6:30a in hopes of getting a good booth. A favorite among local residents, this casual place is located right downtown and serves up such classics as gravy-smothered breaded veal cutlets and biscuits as big as your fist. Beer is served for the after-work and dinner crowd, and like most places in Jackson, the Lamar is closed on all major holidays (and even some minor ones).
One of Jackson's truly iconic restaurants, Big Apple Inn has been family run for over four generations. As you step inside the old-school, slightly run-down store front you'll hear the sound of sizzling meat and a delicious aroma in the air. Chances are, you'll hear people chatting and mingling as they wait to get their order, as most of the customers have been stopping by for years. The signature sandwiches, a pig's ear slathered with slaw and mustard, and the smoked sausage sandwiches are what they're known for. So don't miss out on a local favorite, stop by for a quick lunch or snack.
The cuisine here is Greek-American with a Southern bent. What does that mean exactly? For starters, it means mouth-watering lamb gyros and pita mozzarella, delicious hummus and salads, and greasy potato skins that are clearly addictive. You can wash down your meal with an ice cold pitcher of beer served with chilled mugs (you may bring your own wine, but not liquor). Keifer's great, low-priced food is matched with a hip, casual atmosphere. Open and covered decks flank the dining rooms, with a bustling kitchen in the center of the chaos.
Bright, casual and modern; La Finestra's strength is it's creative approach to classic Italian fare. Featuring locally sourced, seasonal ingredients every dish is well thought out and nicely executed. Home-made pasta dishes sit side by side with hearty mains like Osso Bucco and a more delicate Pesce del Giorno. Accompanied by a nice glass of Italian wine from their well curated selection, it makes for a pleasant meal, whether you're out with colleagues or family. For reservations, give them a call.
Located on the main downtown thoroughfare, Blue Cafe is a lunch-only throwback, with large plate glass windows, a long chrome counter, spinning stools and just a few tables. Forced intimacy aside, it is a convenient place where interesting sandwiches, lunch platters and healthy salads are the rule, but tasty exceptions are offered as well. You will find yourself satisfied for under $10, and if the weather is nice, you can sit outside at one of the sidewalk tables.
A hip and happening joint, Underground 119 is your haunt if you like to indulge in a night full of music as you nurse an exotic drink in your hand. Head here if you seek the ultimate in music and entertainment to lift your spirits up. Patrons swear by the mouthwatering tapas on offer as they dig into delectable snacks that make them swoon in delight. Jive to exciting jazz tunes or shake a leg to some blues tune and enjoy a lively night out. Live performances are lined up by the dozen and promise to keep you enthralled and coming back for more! Check website for more details on current and upcoming events.
Features fine Mexican cuisine and a buffet.
The Penguin is a bar and new American restaurant located on the Jackson State University campus. The atmosphere is chic without being too pricey, with a saxophone player providing background music for your meal. There is a menu of lunch specials throughout the week, including delicious Southern cuisine and drinks.
This relaxed and decidedly hip restaurant also offers a brewpub and the best live music in the state. The downtown spot offers distinctly Southern fare, including red beans and rice, po' boys, burgers, quiches and seafood, with a creative twist and a variety of sandwiches. A blackboard reveals the daily plate lunch (three vegetables and a meat). All items are moderately priced. Keep your eyes peeled, as actors who regularly film in the state like to hang out here. Be sure to check out the Elvis décor in the bathroom.