Ida’s Restaurant: Where the Soul…Meets the Mouth
According to its facebook page, Ida’s Restaurant and Catering (4580 N. Siwell Rd, Jackson) considers itself Jackson’s “Best Kept Secret.” I know I had never heard of the restaurant, but then again I am pretty new here. If it was a secret, I hope they don’t mind that I am sort of letting it out of the bag.
Ida’s low profile is probably mostly because of its location—it’s in far southwest Jackson, set a bit back from the road in a building that looks like an old Pizza Hut. Keep an eye out for their sign with the cute frying pan logo or you might miss it.
I ordered a rib plate, which included four pork ribs and two sides. The beans were above average if not exciting. The fries were great–despite being straight, they had the seasoning and the extra crispiness of curly fries. This picture shows them after they have been partially demolished by me on the drive home. (It was a long drive.)
When I first heard “four ribs” I thought it sounded a little skimpy, but when I saw the actual size of the ribs my skimpiness concerns went out the window. This is more meat than I have ever seen on a pork rib, I think. The meat had a good chew to it (not tough but not falling apart), though it was bordering on too fatty. You can get the sauce on the side, so I had a few bites of the bare ribs and enjoyed the slightly spicy rub. They were infinitely better, though, with the sauce, which was sweet, a little hot, and very amazing. If I hadn’t poured it all onto the ribs I might have even sneaked a sip of it straight out of the container.
I decided to spring for a piece of chocolate cake because the menu said their baked goods were made fresh daily. I was pleasantly surprised by the cake, which wasn’t the overly sweet and overly frosted kind (though I have to admit that I love those in their own way). This was moist and it tasted like it was sweetened with molasses. Instead of thick crusty frosting, there was a light coating of chocolate icing.
Ida’s prides itself on its made-to-order and made-with-soul food, and is a very friendly place. They’re open 11am-9pm Tuesday through Saturday and 11:30-3:30 on Sundays.