Paul Anthony’s Market Cafe
Paul Anthony’s Market (4500 I-55 Frontage Rd N, Highland Village, Jackson) is a butcher, caterer, and fancy-ish market that sells fresh seafood and prepared foods. All that would be impressive enough, but they also serve hot lunches and sandwiches, which you can take to go or eat at one of the small tables in the store or on the patio.
I got a brisket sandwich that was much more brisket than sandwich—the bread didn’t add much, but the brisket was great and plentiful. It had some crisp to it, some fat, and lots of juice and flavor. I saved half of it until the next day; by then, the bread was pretty useless even as a vehicle so I just ate the meat, cold, with a fork, and it was about as delicious as it had been the day before.
I also got a cup of the seafood gumbo with oysters, which was well peppered and herbed. It managed to be both earthy and oceany and seemed more complex than some gumbos–that may just be because I’ve rarely had gumbos with oyster in them, which I plan to fix in the future. It didn’t have the highest ratio of stuff to broth, probably in part because it was not served over rice, but the broth was delicious on its own and I kept slurping it even after all the chunks of seafood and vegetables were gone.
I usually don’t enjoy food shopping much but the store was lovely and even I enjoyed browsing there. It’s open 9am-6pm, Monday through Saturday. Other than meats and seafood, they sell cheese, lots of sauces and condiments, a few produce items, some Asian ingredients, and a variety of other specialty goods that aren’t available at the grocery store. They also offer prepared foods that looked like they’d be great to take home for dinner.
Their lunch menu is large, especially considering they aren’t primarily a restaurant. Many of the options change with the day; soups, sandwiches (including the brisket and the burger), smoked chicken, salads and sides are available daily.Monday: Southern Day Tuesday: Mediterranean Day Wednesday: Italian Day Thursday: Trust Your Butcher Day Friday: Seafood Day Saturday: Sandwich Day