Summer brought a whole new round of fresh Jackson cuisine to our diets! Check out these twelve local restaurants and food trucks, four of which are brand new to our city, then join us for some cozier options as fall approaches.
216 North Shannon Street | 731.736.1140 | $$$
We're so happy to welcome Nashville's Fleet Street Pub to the Jackson Walk! Whether you're perusing their diverse selection of British classics like fish and chips, bangers and mash, and shepherd's pie, or sharing a drink at their esteemed bar, you'll truly feel like you've left the mainland!
Read more about Fleet Street Pub on our blog.
2049 Highway 70 East | 731.988.6222 | $
Although Exit 87 BBQ is primarily frequented by passers-by on I-40, it's also a favorite for Jackson natives. From simple pork sandwiches to loaded BBQ nachos, their flavors are on point with quick, friendly service. Whether you're in a hurry or have time to enjoy the tree-shaded picnic tables, you'll find a great breakfast or lunch as tasty as it is affordable.
Read more about Exit 87 BBQ on our blog.
101 Carriage House Drive | 731.300.4061 | $$$
If you're looking to try something a little more adventurous in Jackson, check out Jamaican African Cuisine. Get a to-go container packed as tight as it comes with flavors sure to satisfy and surprise. Try their jerk chicken, curry, oxtail, and more, and don't forget to purchase some of their unique international groceries to take home.
581 Old Hickory Boulevard, Suite K | 731.300.7757 | $$$
Pass the naan, please! Looks like we've got another Indian restaurant in the neighborhood, and we love it. All the classics you would expect plus plenty of new things to explore. And don't worry, it's not too spicy! Portions are perfect for dinner, and prices won't hurt the budget much.
1869 Highway 45 Bypass | 731.300.4676 | $$$
Get a little taste of New Orleans at Isabella's Louisiana Bistro. All your cajun favorites like shrimp and grits, po boys, gumbo, jambalaya . . . (They've even got beignets!) Plus, you'll love their vibrant but classy decor. Light lunches are available for $5-$9, but if you want something a little more luxurious, budget $11-$16.
16 Jackson Walk Plaza | 731.300.0404 | $$$
Rock'N Dough may be known for they're outstanding pizza, but don't forget to try their stellar burgers, calzones, and (of course) beer. Prices run a little higher (as this ain't your typical pizza place), but don't miss their unique daily lunch slices for $4 to $6. Plus, who doesn't love their rock-n-roll location at the Jackson Walk?
Read more about Rock'N Dough on our blog.
1364 Vann Drive | 731.664.6442 | $$$
Asahi's got the best of both worlds: full-on hibachi and sushi crafted to perfection. Lunch options run well under $10, whether you're getting a roll, a bento box (the best bang for your buck), lunch hibachi, or the famous fried rice with that unforgettable yum yum sauce. Plenty of space to bring the whole family.
76 Old Hickory Boulevard East, Suite D | 731.422.0022 | $$
What could be better than Casa Marina's crab cake tacos, Catie plate, and all their other fresh-flavored goodies? Getting them cheaper at lunch! Lunch meals run about $4 cheaper than dinner, but the sizes are still plenty filling. If only we had the words to describe their unique flavors (and that oh-so-perfect salsa). . . . All we can say is this: This place ain't your everyday Mexican restaurant, and it's well worth your visit.
31C Wiley Parker Road | 731.664.4959 | $$
Can anybody resist Dumplin's famous rolls with strawberry butter? Nope. This Southern café offers $7 soup/salad/sandwich combos (we love the chicken and rice), three unique daily lunch specials for under $10, and plenty of other classics for dinner. But don't forget to try their unforgettable cakes, whether you're getting a whole one to share with the fam or just a $4 giant slice for dessert. It's the perfect place for afternoon tea, a baby shower, or taking Mom out for lunch.
3517 Highway 54 North | 731.664.8605 | $
Get a huge bang for your buck at Latham's—whether you're a meat-lover or are just craving some Southern sides. Most buffet items running $1-$2.50 each, easily making it the best $4 country breakfast in town, but don't miss out on their stellar BBQ lunch or smorgasbord of meats, sauces, and sides you can bring home for the family. And make sure to get a look at their awesome smokehouse on-site.
Read more about Latham's on our blog.
169 Stonebrook Place | 731.664.7393 | $
Do Dahs ain't your everyday donut shop, even though it may look that way from the outside. Their red velvet donuts, twists, and other frosted creations are so delicate they could make you cry! You can't beat $1 a donut, and don't forget to try their fritters, jelly donuts, and decorated cookies (all with a cup of joe, of course). And you better believe the customer service is top-notch.
575 South Royal Street | 731.554.2221 | $$$$
Whether you're wanting a night out on the town or an upscale Sunday brunch, Chandelier is the perfect spot for something a little fancier when you've got a little money in the budget. Come check out their gorgeous space in the Neely House downtown with plates as beautiful as the decor. Their chef's short but diverse menu ranges $10-$18 for brunch and $18-$28 for dinner (bring an extra $10 if you can't resist the appetizers). Chef Jennifer Dickerson dresses up Southern classics with high-end flavors unlike anything in Jackson. Don't forget to make a reservation (only open Wednesdays through Saturdays for dinner, Sundays for brunch), and check out their fabulous bar.
Read more about Chandelier on our blog.
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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.