Our Jackson Table
Our Jackson Table is a campaign to encourage the people in our city to eat locally and adventurously consistently.
Beginning Spring 2016, our team has resolved to dine at fifty different local restaurants in one year (by Spring 2017), and we challenge everyone in Jackson to do the same. Every Thursday we will get one step closer to our goal by eating lunch together and opening our table to any locals who care to join in on the fun!
If you are interested in taking up this challenge, keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to find out where we're headed next. Can't make it to our Thursday gatherings? No worries. We'll keep updating our "bucket list" each month on this page for you to check off for yourself on your own time.
Keep eating local, Jackson, and don't forget to tag your posts with #OurJacksonTable.
The #OurJacksonTable Challenge
Asia Garden | March 24
The Baker's Rack | March 31
El Primo Express Mexican Food | April 7
FRIDAY: La Cubanita | April 15
ComeUnity Cafe | April 21
Padharo Sa | April 28
Woodstock Bake Shop | May 5
Picasso Pizzeria | May 12
Blue Box Eatery | May 19
Brooksie's Barn | May 26
Grubb's Grocery | June 2
FRIDAY: Catfish Cabin | June 10
El Mariachi Tacos | June 16
Fleet Street Pub | June 23
I-40 Exit 87 BBQ | June 30
Jamaican African Cuisine | July 7
Sizzler Cuisine of India | July 14
Isabella's Louisiana Bistro | July 21
The Bacon Box | July 28
Rock'N Dough Pizza | August 4
Asahi Japanese Steakhouse | August 11
Casa Marina | August 18
Dumplin's | August 25
Paul Latham's Meat Co. | September 1
Do Dah's Donuts | September 8
SUNDAY: Chandelier Café | September 18
KC Finn's | September 22
Brooks Shaw's Old Country Store | September 29
TUESDAY: Takos Borukas | October 4
Eatbox Food Truck | October 13
FRIDAY: Little Kitchen | October 21
Saucy Jake's Street Food | October 27
Thai Café | November 3
Al Huda International Market | November 10
Kanpai Sushi Bar & Fusion | November 17
Bubba Gandy Seafood | December 1
Fleur de Lee | December 8
Stevo's Hot Wings | December 15
Casa Adobe | December 29
Old Town Spaghetti Store | January 5
Royal Reed's | January 12
Flatiron Grille | January 19
Zen Japanese Steakhouse | January 26
El Mezcal | February 2
Carriage House Antique Mall & Café | February 9
Dixie Castle | February 16
Coyote Blues | February 23
Mac's BBQ | March 2
Redbone's Grill & Bar | March 9
Mulligan's | March 16
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.
“Your destination is on your right,” said my iPhone, notifying me that I had reached 1683 South Highland Avenue. I turned my head and saw nothing. Where was the food truck? I pulled into Popeye’s, put the car in “Park,” and stepped outside into the slightly muggy end-of-September-in-West-Tennessee weather. Scanning the landscape, my eyes fell onto a neon green trailer in the middle of a parking lot. I began my approach and saw “KC Finn’s” printed on its exterior, accented by several four leaf clovers.
Food trucks have become a staple in bigger cities like Memphis and Nashville, but Jackson is beginning to acquire its own selection of these unique culinary experiences. Eatbox Food Truck is Jackson’s first gourmet food truck, and their menu changes just about every time they set up for an event. Eatbox’s most popular items are their varieties of gourmet meatballs. In fact, last September the Travel Channel featured their gourmet meatballs in a segment on Bonnaroo, which Eatbox has worked the past three years.
Some might say Jackson has its fair share of Mexican restaurants, and now that food trucks keep popping up, it seems impossible to decide where to go when you're in the mood for a good taco. While plenty of our local establishments have excellent options, a few have dipped their toes into more daring ingredients, bold flavors, and unconventional combinations.
One of the most well-known attractions in Jackson is Brooks Shaw & Son Old Country Store, a place both residents and visitors love. One of my earliest memories of the Old Country Store is from a field trip I took in kindergarten, where I was so excited about the barrels upon barrels of candy! The main draw of the Old Country Store is definitely the traditional Southern food buffet, which ranges from $8 to $13.
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.
A few years ago I was talking to a friend of mine who lives in Denver about her plans for the evening. She told me she was going on a bicycle pub crawl. I had no idea what she was talking about. She explained that she and a group of her friends would rent bicycles and ride around downtown Denver and visit the local pubs and bars in the area. The idea was to have one drink at each location and then move on to the next place via bicycle.
I think most people would agree that there’s not much better than a good slice of pizza, especially after a long day at work or during an action-packed football game. You can get mediocre pizza from tons of places, but if you want some delicious, handcrafted, brick oven pizza, I’ve got just the place for you: Rock’n Dough Pizza + Brew Co. In addition to the aforementioned amazing pizza, Rock’n Dough offers grinders, salads, desserts, and weekly lunch specials, such as lasagna, shrimp and grits, and calzones.
One of the many reasons that I started Hello Jackson was to create a resource for people traveling through West Tennessee to find local businesses to support. One of the places that is already pretty popular with travelers is the I-40 Exit 87 BBQ Stand. It is a food truck-style establishment with a lot of character. Growing up, I always associated barbecue with family gatherings. Any time we all got together, we went somewhere to get some delicious pulled pork and all the sides.
We've had a blast getting a taste of some of Jackson's finest restaurants, new and old, during our first season of Our Jackson Table! Check out these first thirteen stops we've made throughout the spring, then join us for even more local cuisine this summer.
When you talk to any business owner, the word “niche” will probably come up at some point. Finding a niche is essential to success, and today’s featured business, Woodstock Bake Shop, has definitely found its niche! You can tell from the name that the theme is based on the culture and music of the 1960s. Woodstock Bake Shop opened in September of 2012 and serves a variety of delicious cupcakes, candies, and box lunches.
Whenever my friends are throwing around the idea of going out for sushi, one restaurant always comes up: Asia Garden. Asia Garden, opened in 1985 by Kathy and Kopang Yeh along with several family members, is a staple in Jackson. They started out serving a Chinese menu and recently expanded to serve Japanese items, including sushi. They have quickly become a local favorite for sushi, and they will even do a sushi platter for larger groups!
The garden is a block away from the café, a small oasis of green amidst the severe office buildings and cloudy gray-scale urban landscape that makes up downtown Jackson. It doesn’t draw attention to itself, and many pedestrians walk quickly by without even noticing it, busy with their phones or their thoughts or their plans to hurry on to something, somewhere, sometime.
It wasn’t until I experienced fine dining that I truly appreciated it. Splurging on a full-service dining experience may not be your cup of tea, but to me it is worth saving up for. It’s not only the unique flavor combinations and artful food preparation that I enjoy, but also the atmosphere and attentiveness of the servers. My fine dining experiences have always been on vacation, but as of this fall, I can get this kind of experience right here in Jackson.
Before opening his bakery’s doors, Matt Childress spent several years racing cars competitively. Because of his competitive background, he grew up knowing he didn’t want to work a “normal job.” He took his love for vintage aesthetic, his mom’s cake recipes, and his dad’s idea for a name—Woodstock Bake Shop—and ran with it. September 11, 2012 he opened for business on Innsdale Cove in Jackson.
Downtown Jackson has grown so much in the last couple of years, and one of its newest residents is probably the one I’ve been the most excited about. Grubb’s Grocery, a natural and organic market, opened this spring in the Jackson Walk neighborhood, and shopping there has completely exceeded my expectations!
We're excited to introduce Jackson to Grubb's Grocery and owner Chris Felder! See just how many yummy, healthy, and fresh products they have to offer.
ComeUnity Café is doing something so exciting and new in Jackson, and I’m so thrilled to finally be sharing about it here! They are a non-profit cafe with a six-item menu that changes each day. ComeUnity Café is one of the most inviting and warm restaurants that I’ve been to in Jackson. From the greeting at the door to the smiles from the volunteers behind the counter, everything is just extremely pleasant.