225 East Pascagoula St Jackson, MS 39201 +1 601 960 1535
Also known as the City Auditorium, Thalia Mara Hall stands as one of Jackson's most utilized civic venues for stage performances. A seating capacity of 2,500 provides an intimate environment for moderate-size productions of all kinds. Public meetings and conventions are accommodated with boardrooms and reception areas adjacent to the main hall, while the backstage area features dressing rooms and showers for theatrical troupes. With its acoustical shell design, Mara Hall is a particular favorite for choral recitals, and is the home to the USA International Ballet Competition.
You will love this restaurant for its famous Inez Burger with chili cheese fries. The Inez is a massive, heart-stopping hamburger-and-fries combo that will meet your cholesterol quota for the entire week. If that does not suit, try the plate lunch special with all the usual Southern side items. Located across from Millsaps College, this diner is a staple for college students and downtown businesspeople alike. Like its preferred customers, this place is long on character and short on fanciness. No credit cards accepted.
244 Highland Village Highland Village Shopping Centre, South Plaza Jackson, MS 39211 +1 601 982 8111
BRAVO! has been chosen "Restaurant of the Year" for four years in a row by the Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau. For anyone who has had a power lunch or romantic dinner here, these culinary awards are not surprising. This restaurant brings together Italian and Southern ingredients in its unique dishes, such as the superb linguine with crawfish and andouille. The wood-oven-cooked pizzas are also a hit, and the meat-lover and vegetarian pizzas are favorites. An excellent wine list is offered, and wine tastings are hosted regularly. The small, cozy bar serves as a popular meeting place for singles.
200 S Commerce St Jackson, MS 39201 +1 601 948 0888
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.
This is a favorite stop for those who want a heavy lunch in a light atmosphere. The red beans and rice plate, jambalaya, fried pickles and Works Burger are particularly good. The restaurant also attracts a regular after-work crowd to its deck for a quick pitcher of beer and endless banter about the woes of office life. For the sports lover, the televisions are always on, and the bar is always open. It is located in the Fondren shopping district only a few miles from downtown.
2757 Old Canton Rd Jackson, MS 39216 +1 601 362 7422
A sophisticated coffeehouse with a casual mood, Cups offers a delightful environment in the heart of Jackson. With its wide variety of espressos and cappuccinos, including its unique white chocolate cafe mocha, this modern cafe attracts a wide spectrum of patrons. Live local bands grace the establishment each weekend, offering a touch of local flavor to an already palatable atmosphere.
1100 Carlisle St The Jane Reid-Petty Theatre Center Jackson, MS 39202 +1 601 948 3533
Now in its 35th year as a professional theater, New Stage is one of Jackson's most celebrated cultural institutions. The theater produces a wide range of plays and musicals, from classic Shakespeare to a recent presentation of the hit musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. New Stage's full professional season includes a five-show main subscription series, a Christmas show and several children's shows. The theater showcases original work in its Eudora Welty New Plays Series and in its free offerings at Late Nite at New Stage.
901 E Fortification St Jackson, MS 39202 +1 601 948 0055
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 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 unusual treats as fried dill pickles. A comprehensive bar doles out great Irish malt whiskeys and stouts. For a twist, try the Guinness and 7UP.
400 Greymont Avenue Jackson, MS 39202 +1 601 969 2141
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.
4760 McWillie Drive Jackson, MS 39206 +1 601 982 9295
It is a bit hard to say whether this is a bar or a restaurant, but you will get plenty of food and drink here. Lively and always fun, the wait staff is engaging and quick to laugh. The entire menu is praiseworthy, but if you are not a fan of anchovies, let your waiter know early. Whatever may happen to strike your fancy, be sure to try the Ouzo (or something else from the full bar) and save just a little bit of room for the baklava, perhaps the richest and stickiest confection ever designed.
Founded in 1938 by Civil Rights leader Percy Greene, the
Advocate was conceived to help give a voice to oppressed people in segregated Jackson. Still considered the voice of black Mississippians, this weekly newspaper features news of particular significance ...
Although this handsome, modern building north of downtown symbolizes Jackson's
increasing role in regional business, it is still the place for homey southern hospitality. It has a prime location close to shopping and numerous businesses. Business travelers can opt ...
This is a favorite stop for those who want a
heavy lunch in a light atmosphere. The red beans and rice plate, jambalaya, fried pickles and Works Burger are particularly good. The restaurant also attracts a regular after work ...