Sleep Inn & Suites Downtown - Convention Center
209 South Gallatin Street
Jackson, MS 39203
Phone: (601) 896-0390
Fax: (601) 896-0397
209 South Gallatin Street, Jackson, MS, US, 39203
- Phone: (601) 896-0390
- Fax: (601) 896-0397
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).
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.
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.
Fine dining comes in many forms, and one of Jackson's homegrown opportunities can be found right downtown on Congress Street. Open during the week for lunch only, this handsome cafe offers hot down-home grub to both the upscale capital crowd and the more blue-collar types. Choose from a list of healthy and relatively standard sandwiches and soups, or go local with an order of fried green tomatoes. The Sisters' reputation is well established in town, so it is a usually a good idea to go early in the lunch hour.
Manship, who served as mayor of Jackson during the Civil War, built this home for his wife and 15 children in a secluded neighborhood on the edge of Jackson. This 1857 house is a rare example of Gothic Revival architecture. Much of Manship's handiwork can still be seen today in the house, which has been restored to its 1888 condition. Although the house resides in a densely urban area, much of the original landscaping has been preserved, and many of the home's outbuildings have been excavated. The guided tour lasts between 30 minutes and an hour. Admission is free.
If a memorable Southern barbeque lunch with homestyle garden vegetables is on your agenda, Chimneyville Smokehouse and Farmer’s Market Restaurant is the place to be. Choose from a variety of meats, lovingly smoked overnight, and a wide assortment of seasonal produce such as turnip greens, okra, brown sugar yams, green beans and squash - straight from the Mississippi Farmer’s Market across the street. Try the regular or jumbo sandwiches, barbeque plates with choice of two sides including mac n' cheese and broccoli casserole, or the barbeque sampler with three meats, sides, and breads. Delectable homemade desserts round out a satisfying midday repast you won’t soon forget. - Cindy Leggett
Occupying the second floor of an old brick building at the corner of Fortification and Jefferson streets, this cozy pub is as known for its raucous parties as it is for its warm and quiet moments. A model train circles overhead as local bands take the stage, and big plates of Irish stew, shepherd's pie and the signature Beef Boxty satisfy the need for stick-to-your-ribs fulfillment. A menu of great bar appetizers is also available, featuring such eats as fried dill pickles. A comprehensive bar doles out great Irish malt whiskeys and stouts. For a twist, try the Guinness and 7UP.