Bully’s (3118 Livingston Rd, Jackson) is a small, homey place that feels very family run—in fact, it feels a bit like someone’s actual home, except with a few more tables.
As you can see, neither my coworker nor I ordered the most photogenic lunches. We both got our meats smothered—mine was oxtails and his was a pork chop. The gravy was unlike any I have had before; it was very dark and almost musty. I didn’t mind it, but my friend thought it was much too thick (it wasn’t quite as congealed as it looks in the photos, but was too thick to soak into his rice). The oxtails were very tender and meaty. I liked the sides much better, though—mine were two of the best I’ve had in the area, and I appreciated that the options were more varied than at some other places. For example, the okra and tomato stew was spicy and tangy, with the okra cooked to a great consistency that still had some resistance to it but also plenty of that okra gumminess. The fried green tomatoes had a cornmeal breading that was substantial but not too thick, and not at all greasy.
I didn’t try my friend’s meal, but he said the pork chop was moist and well cooked, and the greens were some of his favorite in town. It was also an excellent deal at $5.95 for the chop and two sides.
Bully’s is open for lunch and until 6 (I think), every day but Sunday.