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Sugar’s Place Downtown

Posted by YAR 11 Nov 2009 No Comments

Sugar’s Place (168 W. Griffith St, Jackson) is a friendly place to get your “home cooking” fix if you’re downtown.

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The vegetables are my favorite thing I’ve had at Sugar’s, which is especially fortuitous because they happen to offer a 3-vegetable plate for $4.50.

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The black-eyed peas were nice and earthy, with a hint of sweetness that may or may not have been caused by leakage from the yams. The yams, on the other hand, were 100% dessert, though they managed to pack in some layers of flavor (from cinnamon, nutmeg, and maybe a citrus juice) that kept things from getting too cloying. Actually, I started eating the yams with chunks of the cornbread muffin mixed in (the muffin tasted fine but was bit too dry to enjoy on its own) and the combination tasted like a dessert that was meant to be.

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The greens were lovely. They were pleasantly sweet but with a little bit of tanginess, and were less greasy than greens often are. I could see myself going to Sugars and ordering a three-vegetable plate that is all greens one of these days. That may be weird.

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Both of the main courses I’ve tried at Sugars have been good and very satisfying. The shrimp po-boy was a pretty typical one. It had plenty of shrimp, as you can see, all of which was extremely crispy (I felt obligated to try every last shrimp, just to make sure). The sandwich more than satisfied my craving for soft bread + crunchy filling + creamy mayo.

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This is the smothered pork chop, which is a Tuesday special. I was impressed with it–the meat was very tender (no knife necessary) and the sauce was savory and comforting.

Sugar’s is also open for breakfast and an early dinner (7am-6pm) every weekday. One thing’s for sure: I would be quite fat if I went to Mississippi College School of Law across the street.

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