This fall we cozied up at some favorite local spots for warm meals, including a handful of food trucks and a couple of new businesses, too! If you're unsure where to go for dinner tonight, check out Katie Howerton's reviews below, then join us for our last season of #OurJacksonTable this winter as we hit 100 local restaurant visits.
1050 Union University Drive | 731.661.5019 | $$
This pumpkin chocolate chip muffin will have you feeling on top of the world, especially with a cup of joe. Even though Modero and Barefoots Joe are on Union University's campus, their drinks, treats, and awesome spaces are open to the whole community. Not only is their coffee roasted right here in Jackson; they've also got original pastries, parfaits, and sandwiches for $2 to $7 that vary throughout the week.
Read more about Barefoots Joe on our blog and in our Spring/Summer 2015 journal, Vol. 1, Issue 1: Vivify.
Food Truck (3542A North Highland Avenue) | 731.695.2909 | $$
This, my friends, is the Crazy Potato, only available at Roll'n Smoke BBQ. Looks like a little much for you? This food truck also offers classic barbecue plates, Polish sausage, Philly cheesesteaks, and more, all under $10. (Not to mention funnel cakes and fried Oreos...) Follow them on social media to see where they're headed next!
Food Truck | 731.336.5195 | $
Bring on the dessert! Retro Snow serves us up some mean whoppings of shaved ice, with over two dozen flavors ranging from pink bubble gum and orange sherbet to Starburst and coconut. (They've even got a few light options!) Regulars are $3, larges are $4, and you better believe you can add cream.
2002 North Highland Avenue | 731.668.7555 | $$
Craving catfish? Catfish Galley has you covered. Whether you're looking for a $6 to $9 lunch of fish, chicken, or a salad or you're budgeting low for a seafood and steak dinner, this spot has some Southern classics. (Keep the hush puppies comin'.) In a hurry? Get a family pack to carry out for $25 to $30.
110 North Liberty Street | 731.423.0120 | $$
Sunny afternoons are made for picnics at the Fox Lot downtown, so make sure to grab a to-go lunch from Liberty Street Grill! Lunch combos run $6 to $7 and include American classics like burgers, Phillys, fried shrimp, and clubs. (Plus, they come with a drink and side!) Not that hungry? A la carte items are $2 to $5.
Food Truck (31 Wiley Parker Road) | 731.695.2497 | $$
Whether you're hungry for four, eight, or twelve mini donuts, The Farmer's Perk's new food truck, Cock-a-Doodle Dough, has just the flavors for you for less than $1 per donut. Try classic sugar topping options or go for something a little more elaborate like s'mores, maple and bacon, or Reese's for just $1 more. And make sure to grab some coffee to complete the experience. Look for them at events, the Farmers' Market, and on North Highland in front of Dumplin's (Tuesday through Friday mornings).
480 Wiley Parker Road | 731.660.0992 | $
Bring on the tacos! La Bamba is not only a Mexican grocery and butcher but also a great lunch spot. Whether you're craving tamales, a quesadilla, nachos, or so much more, prices run $4 to $7. Make sure to pick up some popsicles, Mexican soda, and homemade salsa for home, too!
559 Wiley Parker Road | 731.668.1447 | $$$
Anybody in the mood for pasta? Baudo's has you covered. Whether you're feeling ravioli, lasagna, or primavera, you'll find your Italian fix for $9 to $15. They've also got classics like eggplant Parmesan, meatball sandwiches, veal piccata for those of you who aren't feeling noodles. And make sure to visit South Street Comedy Club while you're there!
70 Carriage House Drive | 731.664.2878 | $$$
Rice on rice on rice. Sakura is your place to go for all things Japanese, whether you're craving hibachi-style fried rice, pan-fried noodles, or sashimi. (Or some classic rolls, of course.) Lunch combos like tempura, katsu, and tempura run $8 to $10, dinner $10 to $16, and rolls anywhere between $4 and $15.
Chester Street Finest Bar-B-Que
1315 East Chester Street | 731.736.3471 | $$
While Chester Street Finest Bar-B-Que had only been open for a couple of months, they're ready to serve an army with everything from classic pulled pork to polish sausage to wings (both smoked and fried, wet and dry). Make sure to try their $8 plate lunches, perfect with their homemade lemonade, or get a bulk order to-go to bring back to the fam.
216 North Shannon Street | 731.736.3484 | $$
Hot chicken sandwiches all around! The recently opened Blacksmith Bar and Grill is the perfect place to hit up if you're craving a burger, a loaded potato, or anything Southern and sophisticated. Sandwiches and such run $10 to $14, or go all the way and get a steak for $24. (And don't forget to grab a pick-me-up at the bar.)
1938 Highway 45 Bypass | 731.664.3995 | $$
Anybody craving falafel? The brand-new Mediterranean Cuisine on Wiley Parker is the spot for you. Whether you're wanting shawarma, kebab, or a gyro, all your Middle Eastern faces are available as $7 to $9 sandwiches, $8 to $11 pizzas, $9 salads, or $11 to $15 platters. And don't forget to round out your meal with a side of homemade hummus, a baklava dessert, or one of their healthy juice smoothies.
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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.