232 South Pearson Rd.
Pearl, MS 39208
Phone: (601) 932-4226
Fax: (601) 932-4571
Located on the west side of town within the lobby of the Coliseum Hotel, this fun place is known to many locals as the site of the "Happiest Hour in Town." The restaurant offers a fine selection of Mexican specialties and appetizers, with special seating available for meetings or private parties. Most come for the drinks—especially the frozen margaritas—including a good number of area residents who know a good time when they see one. Catering service and an economical kids' menu are also provided.
With various locations across the United States—Shoney's Restaurant has a unique offering in the historical city of Jackson also. Sink your teeth into the spicy catfish strips and the cajun blackened mahi mahi for they are really yummy. However, keep some place for the sinful hot fudge cake whipped with cream and a cherry. Shoney's prides itself for being one of the beloved restaurants of Jackson.
This relaxed and decidedly hip restaurant also offers a brewpub and the best live music in the state. The downtown spot offers distinctly Southern fare, including red beans and rice, po' boys, burgers, quiches and seafood, with a creative twist and a variety of sandwiches. A blackboard reveals the daily plate lunch (three vegetables and a meat). All items are moderately priced. Keep your eyes peeled, as actors who regularly film in the state like to hang out here. Be sure to check out the Elvis décor in the bathroom.
If a memorable Southern barbeque lunch with homestyle garden vegetables is on your agenda, Chimneyville Smokehouse and Farmer’s Market Restaurant is the place to be. Choose from a variety of meats, lovingly smoked overnight, and a wide assortment of seasonal produce such as turnip greens, okra, brown sugar yams, green beans and squash - straight from the Mississippi Farmer’s Market across the street. Try the regular or jumbo sandwiches, barbeque plates with choice of two sides including mac n' cheese and broccoli casserole, or the barbeque sampler with three meats, sides, and breads. Delectable homemade desserts round out a satisfying midday repast you won’t soon forget. - Cindy Leggett
A hip and happening joint, Underground 119 is your haunt if you like to indulge in a night full of music as you nurse an exotic drink in your hand. Head here if you seek the ultimate in music and entertainment to lift your spirits up. Patrons swear by the mouthwatering tapas on offer as they dig into delectable snacks that make them swoon in delight. Jive to exciting jazz tunes or shake a leg to some blues tune and enjoy a lively night out. Live performances are lined up by the dozen and promise to keep you enthralled and coming back for more! Check website for more details on current and upcoming events.
Located on the main downtown thoroughfare, Blue Cafe is a lunch-only throwback, with large plate glass windows, a long chrome counter, spinning stools and just a few tables. Forced intimacy aside, it is a convenient place where interesting sandwiches, lunch platters and healthy salads are the rule, but tasty exceptions are offered as well. You will find yourself satisfied for under $10, and if the weather is nice, you can sit outside at one of the sidewalk tables.
The cuisine here is Greek-American with a Southern bent. What does that mean exactly? For starters, it means mouth-watering lamb gyros and pita mozzarella, delicious hummus and salads, and greasy potato skins that are clearly addictive. You can wash down your meal with an ice cold pitcher of beer served with chilled mugs (you may bring your own wine, but not liquor). Keifer's great, low-priced food is matched with a hip, casual atmosphere. Open and covered decks flank the dining rooms, with a bustling kitchen in the center of the chaos.
Bright, casual and modern; La Finestra's strength is it's creative approach to classic Italian fare. Featuring locally sourced, seasonal ingredients every dish is well thought out and nicely executed. Home-made pasta dishes sit side by side with hearty mains like Osso Bucco and a more delicate Pesce del Giorno. Accompanied by a nice glass of Italian wine from their well curated selection, it makes for a pleasant meal, whether you're out with colleagues or family. For reservations, give them a call.
When you are ready to roll up your sleeves for some down-home, stick-to-your-ribs Southern grub, this is the place to go. Just ask any of the locals who line the sidewalk as early as 6:30a in hopes of getting a good booth. A favorite among local residents, this casual place is located right downtown and serves up such classics as gravy-smothered breaded veal cutlets and biscuits as big as your fist. Beer is served for the after-work and dinner crowd, and like most places in Jackson, the Lamar is closed on all major holidays (and even some minor ones).
The Pizza Shack is one of the best places in Jackson to get a quintessential and tasty pizza. There are a number of specialty pizzas to choose from, or if you want something that is perfectly tailored to your taste, you can build your own creation. Pizza Shack also serves subs, deli sandwiches and salads.
A cozy, much-loved landmark across from the McCoy Federal Building, this warm restaurant is famous for its homemade rolls, home-style cooking and friendly service. The Elite opens early weekdays for the downtown breakfast crowd and stays open all the way to dinner. Standard dinner fare includes fresh fish, Greek favorites and Mexican dishes. The breaded veal cutlets are a favorite choice among the locals. Beer is served, and you can bring in other alcoholic beverages. Credit cards are not accepted.
Occupying the second floor of an old brick building at the corner of Fortification and Jefferson streets, this cozy pub is as known for its raucous parties as it is for its warm and quiet moments. A model train circles overhead as local bands take the stage, and big plates of Irish stew, shepherd's pie and the signature Beef Boxty satisfy the need for stick-to-your-ribs fulfillment. A menu of great bar appetizers is also available, featuring such eats as fried dill pickles. A comprehensive bar doles out great Irish malt whiskeys and stouts. For a twist, try the Guinness and 7UP.