After taking a year-long hiatus from #OurJacksonTable weekly visits, we’re back and at it, and we’re proud to say that Jackson’s food scene has grown majorly since 2017! Check out where we hit up this spring, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see where we’re headed next.
31 Bowling Drive, Suite J | 731.240.1061 | $$
Pupusas all around! If you’re curious what El Salvadoran food tastes like, it’s time to try Gonzalez Pupuseria y Restaurante. Whether you’re wanting an empanada, tamales, pastelitos, or dozens of other chicken, beef, and veggie dishes, prices range $9 to $12 for meals—or try a little bit of everything with $3 to $6 à la carte items! And don’t forget to load up on the endless slaw.
215 West Main Street | 731.240.1081 | $$
Bring on the brisket. Baker Bros. BBQ has all the grill flavors you’re craving, from pork and chicken to turkey and smoked sausage. Choose from one of their five quick lunch options for just $7, or explore their full menu for unique options like smoked catfish dip, St. Louis-style ribs, and the famous H.F. for $8 to $16.
250 West Main Street | 731.240.1168 | $$
Take the family out for some bowling, darts, and cornhole at Hub City Brewing! This recently launched brewery currently offers ten unique beers, from traditional IPAs, ales, and stouts to one-of-a-kind brews like BBQ and Yankee Juice, all offered as tasters for around $2, pints for $6, and two different to-go sizes. Be sure to also try their bar snacks ranging $7 to $10, including pretzels, Polish sausage, and locally made pimento cheese.
Read more about Hub City Brewing on our blog.
Food Truck | 731.267.8519 | $$
It’s not everyday you find a Cajun turkey sandwich on the menu. Boss & Ross BBQ shows out with brisket, wings, loaded nachos, and more—all for under $8! Keep an eye out on Facebook to see where their truck will be next.
1370 Union University Drive, Suite B | 731.240.1033 | $$
Calzone, anyone? Whether you’re getting a whole pie for the fam for anywhere from $12 to $29 (that’s for a twenty-eight-inch pizza!) or just want a slice to go for closer to $4, Carrico’s has just the thing to fix your pizza craving. They’re most famous for they’re stuffed pizza, but make sure to try their Stromboli, subs, salads, and pasta, too. Prices range $6 to $11, veggie and meat options both available, and don’t forget to top it off with some cheesecake, tiramisu, or a cannoli.
155 Stonebrook Place | 731.240.1999 | $$
Rice and beans, please. The recently opened Tekila Mexican Bar & Grill’s nine-page menu is a little hard to pick only a few favorites from, but rest assured that they’ve got all the tacos, enchiladas, burritos, and more than you could dream of. Entrées are extremely generous and run about $8 to $14, lunch specials $6 to $8.
2295 North Highland Avenue (Food Truck) | 731.217.3724 | $$
Who would have guessed there would be two places in Jackson where you could find pupusas? The Gusto Latino food truck is located on Highland between Scottish Inn and Advance Financial, and it’s got all the Latin food you could crave, from familiar classics like quesadillas, baleadas, and tortas to one-of-a-kind dishes featuring ingredients such as fried banana, cabbage salad, and special sauce, of course. À la carte items run around $3, and meals range $5 to $10, but don’t forget to bring cash as they are still working on getting a card machine.
16 Locations! | $$
All our favorites in one place. Can’t believe we haven’t featured this West Tennessee favorite before; Los Portales is a classic! Tacos, queso, fajitas, enchiladas—they’ve got it all, and prices range $6 to $9 for lunch and just a few more bucks for bigger dinner portions (or order a variety of a la carte items for about $3 to $5 each). Check out which of their sixteen locations is closest to you, and rest assured that they’re open seven days a week, 11:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M.
565 Carriage House Drive, Suite 9 | 731.224.3005 | $
If you’re getting your hair and nails done at Madison Place, make sure to swing by Syrena’s Café for a quick lunch. Custom order a salad, sandwich, or wrap for $5 to $7, or try a special “tortizza” for $6. Make sure to also check the $5 daily specials and $1 to $4 breakfast options.
Corner of Hollywood & Skyridge (Food Truck) | 731.217.9293 | $
Liz’s Catfish & More lives up to its name because there’s much more than seafood here! Try their pork steak, leg quarter sandwich, and slaw dog, or stick to the fish menu—you can’t go wrong! Meals run $5 to $7, sides under $2, and don’t forget a little slice of cake for dessert.
3100 North Highland Avenue | 731.343.1219 | $$
Saucy Jake's Street Food’s new location is usually packed, so consider calling in your order! From dogs and sandwiches to loaded fries and nachos, this street food joint will hit every craving—even some you didn’t know you had (think jerk chicken egg rolls, philly cheese steak nachos, and mac and cheese bites). Combine a la carte items for $2 to $5 each, grab a meal for $7 to $10, or grab wings for the whole fam (up to a 100 piece for $85!). And with a dozen wing sauces like Tennessee Twang and Sweet & Sassy, plus four dry flavors, you’ve got lots to try!
1363 Union University Drive, Suite H | 731.300.3777 | $$
Yay for poke bowls in Jackson! HANA offers sushi, hibachi, and other Japanese classics, not to mention a ton of lunch specials. Small rolls run $4 to $6, special rolls $10 to $13, and entrées $10 to $20, or design your own poke bowl for $10. Plus, it’s counter service, so it’s super easy to take to-go.
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 lives with her husband Jordan and daughter November in Midtown and loves her community at City Fellowship Baptist Church.
Photography by Katie Howerton.