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We love Fondren. It was voted Best of Jackson’s Best Tourist Attraction and one of the Best Reasons to Live in Jackson for 2015.

But the entire Jackson metro area has a lot to offer. The eclectic mix of neighborhoods, architecture, people and cuisine make the capital city unique.

And there is no better time of year to enjoy outdoor dining on the patio at these non-Fondren Jackson restaurants. (We’ll publish two other round-ups–one for Fondren and one for the ‘Burbs–soon!)

Beagle-Bagel-logoBeagle Bagel (Highland Village, Jackson)*

According to legend, Beagle Bagel started in the Delta when a pet-owner concocted a bagel recipe for a picky pooch that refused to eat anything else. The product was popular with the pup and people, and Beagle Bagel was born!

Whether or not that’s true, it’s a great story. And what’s definitely true, as readers attest, is that Beagle Bagel has some of the best sandwiches in the area. Plus, great “see and be seen” patio seating at the Highland Village location.

*Beagle Bagel also has locations in Madison and Ridgeland.

BOJ Categories: Best Bakery, Best Local Breakfast, Best Meal Under $10, Best Sandwich Place


BRAVO! Italian Restaurant and Bar (Highland Village, Jackson)

Known fact: “al fresco” is Italian for “go eat that outside.” Or something like that. So, when in Rome…or in Highland Village in Jackson…have lunch on the veranda (that’s Italian for “porch,” y’all) at BRAVO! Italian Restaurant and Bar.

The fine Italian restaurant features wood-fired pizzas, handmade pastas, gourmet entrees and more. In addition to its traditional gourmet lunch selections, BRAVO! has recently added a gluten-free menu, so mangia bene!

BOJ Categories: Best Italian Restaurant, Best Restaurant, Best Vegetarian Options, Best Wine List/Selection

Broad Street Baking Company (Banner Hall, Jackson)

When you walk into Broad Street Baking Company, inhale deeply. The only thing better than the aroma of freshly baked bread is the taste. Its lunch menu includes gourmet deli sandwiches, quiches, soups, pizzas and dessert. Gluten-free selections are also available.

And you can enjoy it all outside in the covered dining area or under the shade of an umbrella on the sidewalk patio.

BOJ Categories: Best Bakery, Best Gumbo, Best Kid’s Menu, Best Local Breakfast, Best Place for Healthy Food, Best Place to Get Coffee, Best Sandwich Place


Fenian's3Fenian’s Pub (Belhaven)

Jackson’s authentic Irish pub promises “Hearty Food. Stout Libations. A Hundred Thousand Salutations.” With a greeting like that, it’s no wonder Fenian’s is a BOJ voter favorite.

A previous version of this roundup stated that Fenians offers lunch during the week, but alas, we were mistaken. But for the after-work and weekend dining crowd, the pub kitchen serves up a combination of traditional Irish dishes and delicious bar food. Stop by after work and have a pint or two on Fenian’s welcoming patio.

BOJ Categories: Best Bar, Best College Student Hangout, Best Dive Bar, Best Happy Hour, Best LGBT Hangout, Best Open Mic Night, Best Place to Drink Cheap, Best Pub Quiz/Trivia Night


Keifer’s Restaurant (Belhaven and Downtown)

Keifer's2Specializing in gyros, homemade appetizers, and Greek and Mediterranean salads, Keifer’s combines authentic Greek and Mediterranean cuisine with a Southern flare. And with two locations, both with outdoor seating, you can get Greek any day of the week.

The Behaven location–the one with the big climate-controlled patio that seats 100–is open Monday through Sunday.

Downtown features an open air sidewalk patio and is open for lunch Monday through Friday.

BOJ Categories: Best Greek Restaurant, Best Mediterranean/Middle Eastern, Best Outdoor Dining



King Edward Grill (Downtown Jackson)

The King Edward Grill is located downtown inside the historic, beautifully refurbished King Edward Hotel.  You can lunch on Southern soul food in the charming, comfortable and sophisticated dining room or eat outside on the open-air patio.

It’s terribly fancy but not at all pricey. King Edward Grill has $10 lunch specials, like open-faced meatloaf sandwich, Southern fried chicken, BLT salad, fried green tomatoes, smothered pork chops, catfish po-boy and a catfish basket.

BOJ Categories:  Best Caterer, Best Place for a First Date, Best Place for Ribs



Hal & Mal’s (Downtown Jackson)

Hal & Mal’s, a self-described “upscale honky tonk,” has been serving downtown folks in the old GM&O building since 1985. Trays carrying Gulf and New Orleans style staples (Seafood, Tamales, Myrtis’ Bayou Gumbo, Friday Seafood Soup, Hal’s Soup Du Jour, and much more) flow out of the kitchen in a constant stream of controlled chaos.

A cozy courtyard located just off the brew pub invites you to brunch and linger on the weekends; it’s also available for special events and parties.

BOJ Categories: Best Bar, Best Gumbo, Best Live Music Venue, Best Local Brunch, Best Pub Quiz/Trivia Night, Best Veggie Burger



Islander Seafood and Oyster House (Jackson)

It’s hard to pinpoint what customers love most about The Islander: the service or the seafood. One thing is certain. The staff takes both very seriously. The lunch menu changes daily and includes a soup of the day, fresh fish of the day and a rotating daily lunch special. Chef Jessica Furches also chooses a dessert of the day.

Outdoor eating area is available seven days a week.

BOJ Categories:  Best Caterer, Best Kid’s Menu, Best Seafood 



Jaco’s Tacos (Downtown Jackson)

Jaco’s Tacos is all about the food. The Tex-Mex restaurant has a spacious covered patio where the lunch and dinner crowd can enjoy favorites like fajitas fresh, organic salads, Mojave pork tacos, campfire chili, Philly steak tacos, Gulf Coast char-grilled shrimp quesadillas.

If you have the inclination for a cocktail, we heard the blue margaritas are stronger.

BOJ Categories: Best Margaritas


La Cazuela Mexican Grill (Belhaven)

If life is a race, La Cazuela Mexican Grill is your lunchtime pit crew. From start to finish, La Cazuela’s can have you in and out in thirty minutes.  The Express Lunch Specials start at $4.25 and include your choice of taco, enchilada, tamale, chalupa or tostada, plus rice and beans or taco salad with shredded beef or chicken. Regular lunch specialties top out at 9.99. Since you have half an hour, grab a seat on the patio. It may be the only time you sit still all day. (At least, until dinner!)

BOJ Categories: Best Margaritas, Best Mexican/Latin




Lou’s Full-Serv Neighborhood Kitchen (Belhaven)

Lou’s Full Serv parses out lunch and dinner in Snacks, Salads, Handfuls, Main Plates and Plate Lunch so there is something to fit every appetite.

Located in historic Belhaven, Lou’s offers crowd-pleasers like  B.e.L.T (Sunny Egg. Griddled ‘Fresh Bacon’. Marinated Green Tomatoes & Red Onions), LFS Flat-Top Burger No7 (Candied Bacon. Grilled Green Tomatoes & Red Onions. Smoked Tomato-Bacon Aioli. Provolone. House Bun).

The outdoor deck seats 30.

BOJ Categories: Best New Restaurant




Steve’s Downtown Deli (Congress Street, Downtown Jackson)

Specials on Steve’s lunch menu are in high rotation. Every day, there is a new plate lunch or quiche. New sandwiches rotate onto the chalkboard menu as old favorites take a short hiatus. But everything is delicious and soon, new additions become staples, like the lunch regulars from downtown businesses who frequent the eatery. It only takes a few visits for everyone behind the counter to know your name.

Bonus: you can network while you eat at one of three outdoor tables. But get there early. That’s prime seating.

BOJ Categories: Best Sandwich Place



Two Sisters Kitchen (Downtown Jackson)

Two Sisters Kitchen is a charming eatery in an historic home located downtown off Congress Street. It serves a buffet of Southern favorites (Fried, Baked or BBQ Chicken, Country Fried Steak w/ Brown or Tomato Gravy, Mashed Potatoes or Rice, Vegetable Soup) that will make you miss your mama.

The interior of the home is lovely, but the terrace & patio are even nicer. Open for lunch only on Mon-Fri and Sunday.

BOJ Categories: Best Local Fried Chicken, Best Local Lunch Buffet,Best Soul Food

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