333 Airport Road, Pearl, MS, US, 39208
- Phone: (601) 896-9638
- Fax: (601) 896-9647
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 rambling 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 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.
Martin's, a Mississippi original since 1953, offers perhaps the largest selection of beers (both domestic and imports) wine, and spirits in the state. It also boasts an affordable lunch buffet featuring classic Southern cuisine such as red beans, rice, and shrimp creole. Their dinner menu has enough appetizers, entrees, and sides to please any palate. There is also a short order menu. During late nights, Martin's offers live music, karaoke, and open mike. Hospitality reigns here, with the friendliest bar staff in all of Jackson, an attentive and courteous wait staff, and a local crowd from all walks of life. -Cindy Leggett
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.
The Parlor Market celebrates Southern cuisine, recreating it effortlessly for the diners. One of the most popular restaurants for sampling Southern wine, it sees a lot of footfalls. The Colorado Lamb Rack and Gulf Redfish are note-worthy, The Parlor Market is one of the few restaurants where everything on the menu is exceptionally good. It is housed in an ancient building and the decor retains certain understated items that are reminiscent of its history. The ambience is classy yet casual, with a friendly staff and prompt service as a wonderful add on.
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.
This old brick two-story in the shadow of the Capitol heats up after dark. George Street is a mild-mannered pub and eatery during the day, popular with the lunch crowd from the government buildings nearby. The menu offers a full fare of sandwiches, burgers and a few more extravagant dishes. Later hours draw the college crowd. After the kitchen closes at 9p, the music cranks up, and the bar scene is in full effect. Upstairs, local bands take the stage and keep the party going late into the night. A cover charge is occasionally required.
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 to 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, however, so it is a usually a good idea to go early in the lunch hour.
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