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fondrenoutsideFondren is the most creative, most progressive, funkiest neighborhood in Jackson. It’s impossible not to be proud of this colorful, eccentric oasis of art, music, entertainment and architecture. Let’s face it, unless you are a pothole-patching crusader or ardent entertainment agent, Fondren is probably cooler than you.

Come hang out with the cool people in these Best of Jackson restaurants with awesome outdoor spaces and enjoy artisan desserts, signature cocktails, craft beer, bbq and everything from tapas to Thai, because Fondren is for everyone.  And that, perhaps, is the coolest thing about this Best of Jackson ‘Best Tourist Attraction’ Winner.

Aladdin Mediterranean Grill

Menu: Sandwiches and Subs, Lamb Chops, Meat Plates, Hummus Dip, Baba Ganuj, Aladdin2Musabaha, Qudsia, Lebna, Fried Kibby, Vegetarian dolmas, falafel and more

Address: 730 Lakeland Drive

BOJ CategoriesBest Mediterranean/Middle Eastern, Best Place for Healthy Food, Best Vegetarian Options

Babalu Tacos & Tapas

babalu2Menu: Tableside Guacamole, Black-eyed Pea Hummus, Yellowfin Tuna “BLC,” Grilled Lamb Sliders, Gourmet Tacos and Tapas, Signature Cocktails

Address: 622 Duling Ave

BOJ CategoriesBest Caterer, Best Happy Hour, Best Local Burger,Best Margaritas, Best Mexican/Latin, Best Outdoor Dining, Best Place for a First Date, Best Place for Cocktails, Best Restaurant, Most Innovative Menu

CAET Wine Bar

CAET2Menu: Fine Wines, Tapas, Sweet and Savory Small Plates that complement the particular wine chosen

Address: 3100 N State St

BOJ CategoriesBest New Bar, Best New Restaurant, Best Place for Cocktails, Best Wine List/Selection

Fondren Public

fondren-public2Menu: 24 taps and more than 40 bottle and can options, including local and regional brews such as Crooked Letter, Lazy Magnolia and Lucky Town, along with a premium wine selection; variety of sliders and a Cajun corndog with jalapeno beer batter.

Address: 2765 Old Canton Road

BOJ CategoriesBest Bar, Best College Student Hangout, Best Local Beer Selection, Best Place to Watch the Game

Pig & Pint

Pig-&-pint2Menu: Pork-belly Corn Dogs, Barbecue Pulled Pork or Smoked Chicken Nachos, Smokehouse Beans, Pickled Onions, a Lucky Town Brewing Company Pico de gallo, Pepsi-glazed Baby-back Ribs, Smoked Tomato Cole Slaw, Potato Salad, House Pork Rinds, and wide assortment of craft beers

Address: 3139 North State Street

BOJ CategoriesBest BBQ, Best Local Beer Selection, Best New Restaurant, Best Outdoor Dining, Best Place for Ribs, Best Pub Quiz/Trivia Night

Que Sera Sera

Que-Sera2Menu: Red Beans and Rice, Award-winning Gumbo, Poboys, Crawfrish, Fried Green Tomatoes, Bean and Three-cheese Nachos, Catfish Fingers and more

Address: 2801 N State Street

BOJ CategoriesBest Gumbo


rooster's2Menu:  Homemade Burgers, Country-fried Steaks, Fried Chicken, Red Beans and Rice, Fresh Made Curly Fries and Famous Comeback

Address: 2906 N State Street

BOJ CategoriesBest Local French Fries, Best Local Fried Chicken

Sal & Mookies

sal-&-Mookies2Menu: Handmade New York-style Pizza, Gourmet Pasta, Fresh Salads, Assorted Sandwiches, 20 Flavors of Ice Cream, Large Selection of Craft Beer

Address: 565 Taylor Street

BOJ CategoriesBest Kid’s Menu, Best Local Pizza, Best Meal Under $10, Best Place for Dessert, Best Takeout

Walker’s Drive In

walkers2Menu: Fried Green Tomato BLT, Pan-roasted Gulf Grouper, Pan-seared Jumbo Sea Scallops, Wood-grilled Gulf Shrimp, Redfish Anna with Lump Crabmeat and more

Address: 3016 N State Street

BOJ CategoriesBest Outdoor Dining, Best Place for a First Date, Best Plate Lunch, Best Restaurant, Best Seafood

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