This fall's #OurJacksonTable tour has taken us from warm lunches parked outside food trucks to cozy meals in the warmth of some of Jackson's favorite spots. Check out Katie Howerton's play-by-play to add to your local dining bucket list to try for business lunches, weekend dates, and quick pick-up meals.
Food Truck (1683 South Highland Avenue) | 731.693.2550 | $
Ever wonder what's coming out of that bright green food truck parked by Popeye's on South Highland? Some killer breakfast and lunch, that's what. KC Finn's sandwiches, omelets, and famous "walking breakfast" aren't for the faint-hearted, and their burgers, barbecue, and sandwiches don't disappoint, either. Come watch each and every meal made fresh on their outdoor grill, or call ahead your order if you're in a hurry. $5 will take you far at this new Jackson joint.
Read more about KC Finn's on our blog.
56 Casey Jones Lane | 731.668.1223 | $$$
Brooks Shaw's Old Country Store is probably Jackson's most famous restaurant, and there's a reason they've been serving our community and international travelers for over fifty years. Their classic country breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffets run $10 to $14 a person and offer favorites like biscuits and gravy, fried chicken, and catfish. They've almost always have deals through SnagMob, so you might have a few extra bucks to spend in their bakery and old-fashioned ice cream parlor.
Read more about the Old Country Store on our blog.
Food Truck (319 Vann Drive) | 731.618.0771 | $
A recent addition to Jackson's food truck game, Takos Borukos ain't your everyday taco truck. Their addictive spit-grilled flavor is something you can't find anywhere else in town, and their $2 tacos are big enough to make it count. Come try their tacos, tortas, quesadillas, and more right off Vann Drive.
Food Truck | 731.217.4235 | $
Eatbox was one of Jackson's first food trucks, and while they're still cranking out some classics, we're so proud to see how they continue to evolve their menu. Their barbecue, burgers, and Philly cheesesteaks just keep getting better and better, but we're glad to try the occasional specialty item like "the Huckleberry," PB&J quesadilla, and sweet tea chicken sliders. Their location changes day to day, but their prices always stay under $8.
Read more about Eatbox on our blog.
Food Truck (587 Vann Drive) | 731.540.9975 | $
Have you seen that truck covered in signatures on Vann Drive from the Interstate? That's Saucy Jake's, your best bet in Jackson for finding some authentic street food. Husband-and-wife team who started with a killer hot wing sauce are now serving up deep fried ribs, messy sandwiches, and Philly cheesesteak egg rolls?! All items run well under $10, just make sure you budget 15 minutes for them to make it fresh (perfect for call-ahead). But don't forget to sign the truck!
605 Carriage House Drive | 731.984.7050 | $$$
Have you ever seen such a beautiful sight? Thai Café's colorful cuisine ranges from Asian classics to an array of curry dishes to our personal favorite, Pad Thai. While there's no lunch-specific menu, the $10 to $15 meals are sure to leave you with plenty of leftovers and are perfect for splitting. Take your favorite person to this hidden gem Wednesday through Saturday, and don't worry—you get to pick how spicy they make it for ya!
903 Hollywood Drive, Suite A | 731.423.3303 | $
Best $4 you'll spend all week. Al Huda International Food Market's gyros and shawarma run under $5, and bigger Mediterranean dishes like shish kabob and falafel still offer authentic Eastern flavors for no more than $12. Call ahead if you want a quick pick-up or order in-store and browse the hundreds of worldwide groceries while you wait.
Read more about the International Food Market on our blog.
2166 South Highland Avenue | 731.423.1512 | $$$
Nom nom nom, we can't get enough of Kanpai's sushi, teriyaki, and hibachi. This South Jackson beauty is the perfect spot for date night or an impressive business meal. Lunch specials run $7 to $10, dinner $10 to $20. They've got nearly 100 rolls to choose from, whether you're craving a $3 cucumber roll or a $16 Kamikaze.
19 North Star Drive, Suite M | 731.300.7217 | $$$
If you want a taste of Louisiana for a change, Bubba Gandy Seafood has all the Cajun flavors you're craving. While this North Jackson market is best for a unique frozen take-home dinner of boudin balls, etoufee, or gator tail, they do have some fabulous dips and single servings of jambalaya ready for lunch carry-out. But don't forget to grab some fresh shrimp, crab, of a variety of fish to create your own feast at home.
Read more about Bubba Gandy on our blog.
1143 Rushmeade Road | 731.736.4500 | $$$$
How about treating the gang to something a little higher scale today? Fleur de Lee offers a wide array of top-notch ingredients specific to the season with prices ranging $10 to $16 at lunch, $14 to $36 for dinner. Some of our favorites were the crêpes, unconventional twists on classic sandwiches, and perfectly flavored veggies. This French-inspired minimalistic spot is an absolute hidden gem, just right off Vann Drive.
936 Campbell Street | 731.423.0020
31 Bowling Drive, Suite J | 731.736.3737 | $
Stevo's does wings right, and the $6 lunch of three wings and fries is plenty to fill you up. Try one of their twelve unique flavors like Kentucky Bourbon, Caribbean Jerk, or Sweet Habanero. Pick up a fifteen-piece for the whole family for just $22.50, or try their other yummy items like their Philly cheesesteak, fish platter, and onion rings. No wonder they have two locations, 'cause they're killin' it!
Want to join us in taking on the #OurJacksonTable challenge to try fifty different local restaurants by spring of 2017? Click here to learn more.
Originally from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Katie Howerton moved to Jackson in 2011 to study Graphic Design and Drawing at Union University. She discovered Our Jackson Home in January 2015 and used it as a guinea pig for her senior design project, creating the first issue of Our Jackson Home: The Magazine. After graduating she was given leadership over Our Jackson Home at theCO, where she now runs the blog, designs the magazine, and coordinates events. She and her husband Jordan live in Midtown and are active members of City Fellowship Baptist Church.
Photography by Katie Howerton.