One of the parts of life in the Jackson area that makes it worth staying on campus for weekends are the variety of restaurants available. These restaurants are worth venturing about twenty minutes away to try, so be sure to keep these restaurants in mind the next time you're looking for a meal that's different from your normal routine.
Babalu Tacos & Tapas gives the customer a different taste than what they would normally experience when eating a taco or like foods. The founders of the restaurant were driven to create a Latin-cuisine, so the food has more of a Spanish taste to it than Mexican. Whether eating a taco, the noteworthy guacamole, or "chef-inspired small plates" called tapas, Babalu and its fresh food is sure to leave you satisfied.
Located about 5 minutes away from MC's campus, this somewhat upscale casual dining restaurant features many options with a New Orleans theme, as the name suggests. They serve everything from Po' boys, fried oyster dinners, and (my personal favorite) shrimp & grits. The food is reasonably priced, though visiting the restaurant is not just for any day of the week.
Known for their authentic Mediterranean food, Aladdin gives the MC customer another experience probably much different than his or her usual diet. This casual dining restaurant takes pride in their meals being made from scratch, with options like gyros, lamb, kababs, and more.
This Japanese cuisine is all-you-can-eat for $10. You get any choice of sushi, tempura, egg rolls, rice, and many other Japanese type foods for the all-inclusive fee, and you get as much of it as you can finish. There's obviously value to this deal, but be careful--if you don't finish a particular order you will have to pay extra.
Cock of the Walk
Interestingly located on the Ross Barnett Reservoir, Cock of the Walk takes southern cooking to a new level. You will get your choice of either catfish or fried chicken tenders, and be served as much of it as you'd want all night. To accompany this plethora of fried meat, you could choose to have large portioned sides like fried okra, mashed potatoes, coleslaw, turnip greens, and more.
Green Ghost Tacos
As a restaurant started by Mexican natives, Green Ghost Tacos tries to lure consumers with their authentic Mexican food, all recipes handed down through one family line. Your own customized Mexican entree could include many tacos, a burrito, a torta, a quesadilla, a chile relleno, and much more. Whatever you find at this restaurant is 100 percent homemade.
Pig & Pint
Pig & Pint and their team have created what they deem an eclectic blend of ways to serve BBQ. These include obvious ones like sandwiches, dinner plates, and nachos, but they also serve it in salads and tacos. Sides that come with these meals include many typical BBQ-accompanying type sides, like potato salad, coleslaw, smokehouse beans and others.
This family-operated venue has become popular for their burgers and chicken sandwiches, as well as their hamburger steaks and red beans and rice. It is a hot spot in Fondren to dine, including healthy options from an included restaurant called Basil's, which features mostly paninis and salads.
The Trace Grill
If you're looking for home-cooking with lots of fried food that's good for the soul, then Ridgeland's Trace Grill needs to be your next stop. Everything from fried chicken, to red beans and rice, to fried shrimp, to catfish, to country fried steak, to ribs is served here. I would recommend entering on an empty stomach for this one; the food here will fill you up pretty easily.
"The Mexican Places"
Within Clinton, a number of Mexican restaurants draw attention from MC students. El Sombrero, Margaritas, and Salsa's are three of the favorites. They include all the filling Mexican entrees we all love, with a few specialties unique to the restaurants.
Two Sisters Kitchen
Opened by two sisters with a passion for soul food, Two Sisters Kitchen has been voted as one of the top 15 restaurants in Mississippi. Choosing their famous fried chicken with macaroni, mashed potatoes, fried okra, and other great sides is a good way to leave the place satisfied. If the food isn't enough to draw you in, the restaurant is in an old southern style two-story home with live music and world class service.
This Jackson restaurant features a unique Greek cuisine. With specialties of gyros, hummus, and feta dressing, Keifer's strives to give you the best taste of the Mediterranean. They are also well known for made-to-order sandwiches and burgers served with curly fries.
There are obviously many more great Jackson-area restaurants I could name, so if you are as serious about food as I am, ask me about some of my other favorites in the comments below. Otherwise, I hope at least one of these restaurants is inspiration to get out of the daily routine and try something new.
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