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F. Jones Corner: Revitalizing Jackson, One Beer at a Time

Posted by YAR 22 Dec 2009 No Comments

I admit that I was biased in favor of F. Jones Corner (303 N. Farish St., Jackson) as soon as  saw their t-shirts, which say “Revitalizing Jackson, One Beer at a Time.”

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The building apparently used to be a gas station (JFP). As you can see, there are no windows, which explains the extremely poor food photos below.  Sorry about that!

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I’ve gotten the F’n Crab Burger both times I’ve been to F. Jones, and I enjoyed it both times. There is plenty of crab, along with peppers and other seasonings that don’t drown out the crab flavor. It does fall apart easily, and is pretty mushy, but the outside is crispy enough to give it some texture.

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The pulled pork sandwich is made with pork from Lumpkin’s, which is a good thing as far as I’m concerned. My coworker ordered his with a side of onion rings, which we agreed were nicely seasoned, delicately battered, and very good.

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My other coworker got the F’n Burger. I didn’t try it, but he liked it and it was thick and cooked to order. The sweet potato fries could have been crispier, but they tasted good.

Our third side was my favorite: fried grits. These were cheesy squares of grits that had been deep fried, giving them a great contrast between the soft (but not too soft) inside and the crispy fried outside.

There’s often live blues being played at F. Jones, including every day at lunch. The first time I went it was a guitar player who ranged from real blues to oldies and was pleasant background music; the second time it was almost too loud for conversation, but still fun. I have also been to one of their nighttime blues shows, where the music is definitely loud (in a good way); shows last from 12am to 4am and this one was very lively. The show was well attended—their beer-based strategy of bringing life back to the Farish Street area seems to be working, and I hope it continues to do so.

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