Our Jackson Table
Our Jackson Table is a campaign to encourage the people in our city to eat locally and adventurously consistently.
Beginning in the spring of 2016, our team resolved to dine at fifty different local restaurants in one year (by Spring 2017), and in 2017, we renewed that resolution and hit 100 restaurants by spring of 2018! Every Thursday we got one step closer to our goal by eating lunch together and opening our table to any locals who cared to join in on the fun.
Now that it’s 2019, we’re kicking it back up and plan to try fifty more restaurants by next spring! Join us for lunch on Fridays, and don't forget to tag your posts with #OurJacksonTable.
The #OurJacksonTable Challenge
Goals for 2019-2020
Baba's Famous Steak & Lemonade
Barefoots Joe / Modero Coffee Roasters
Bistro Eleven Sixty
The Blacksmith Bar & Grill
Bonwood Café / Bill's Diner
Chester Street Finest Bar-B-Que
The Donut Truck
The Farmer's Perk
Green Frog Coffee Co.
Hot Pop Kettle Corn
Jiang Jun Chinese & Japanese Restaurant
La Bamba Mexican Grocery & Restaurant
Liberty Street Grill
Lil' Brooklyn's Italian Ice
Me' Me's Yum Yum's, Inc.
Morning Star Farms
Old Hickory Steakhouse
The Owl's Nest Mobile Concessions & Catering
Perry's Hot Dog Hut
Pig House BBQ
Po Boy's Chow Wagon
Reggi's BBQ & Wings
Roll'n Smoke BBQ
Sakura Japanese Restaurant
The Snowball Shack
Stacey's Ice Cream Cruiser
Surf's Up Shaved Ice
Tulum Fresh Mexican Grill
Twist Midtown Bar & Grill
Umphy's Chicken & Biscuits
The Village Baker
West Alley BBQ & Smokehouse
731 Sports Bar & Grill
Al Huda International Market
Asahi Japanese Steakhouse
The Bacon Box
The Baker's Rack
Blue Box Eatery
Brooks Shaw's Old Country Store
Bubba Gandy Seafood
Carriage House Antique Mall & Café
Do Dah's Donuts
Eatbox Food Truck
El Mariachi Tacos
El Primo Express Mexican Food
Fleet Street Pub
Fleur de Lee
I-40 Exit 87 BBQ
Isabella's Louisiana Bistro
Jamaican African Cuisine
Kanpai Sushi Bar & Fusion
Old Town Spaghetti Store
Paul Latham's Meat Co.
Redbone's Grill & Bar
Rock'N Dough Pizza
Saucy Jake's Street Food
Sizzler Cuisine of India
Stevo's Hot Wings
Woodstock Bake Shop
Zen Japanese Steakhouse
WOW. We did it. We ate at 100 local restaurants. It seems like just yesterday we were launching this fun campaign to #eatlocal on that first day of spring in 2016. Here we are, two years later, glad for all we've learned about our city along the way and our bellies hungry to return to some new favorite spots. Enjoy this final #OurJacksonTable review by Katie Howerton of the last few restaurants we visited this winter.
It's been another great season of flavors classic and adventurous, hot and cold, casual and elite. Check out Katie Howerton's review of our spring 2017 #OurJacksonTable dozen, and join us in trying even more local restaurants, food trucks, and snack shacks this summer!
We really did it! We ate at fifty local restaurants in a year! And guess what? We're doing it again! Yep, we're challenging you to join us in hitting 100 local meals by spring of 2018. Where have we been so far, you ask? Winter has brought so many opportunities to cozy up for some of Jackson's best comfort food. Check out Katie Howerton's play-by-play below.
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.
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.