Wynndale Steakhouse (6672 Terry Rd, Terry) has a laid back (some would say divey) charm, amazing steak, and is located in a former gas station. That combination makes it one of my new favorite Jackson-area restaurants.
For three of us, we ordered a jalapeño-shrimp popper appetizer, a half rack of ribs, and the 32-oz sirloin (for two). What with all of the sides and a trip to the salad bar for each of us, it was so much food that we were all groaning by the end of the meal, and yet continuing to stuff ourselves because it was all so good. We also took a sizable piece of steak home.
The jalapeño-shrimp poppers were a pleasant start; I liked the lightly seasoned batter, the gooey cheese filling, and the mild, but still with some bite, pepper. Next time, though, I might save room for more steak (or dessert, which I hear is also good) instead of getting an appetizer. I say that not because the shrimp was disappointing, but because what came next was so great and so filling.
The menu says something along the lines of “WE CANNOT GUARANTEE ANY STEAK COOKED OVER MEDIUM,” which we took to be a good sign. Indeed, the steak was one of the most beautifully medium rare and juicy steaks I have ever seen. Other than the meat itself, the most pronounced flavor was hickory smoke—the hickory pit is out back, and is put to good use.
I enjoyed the ribs almost as much as the steak. They were fairly tender, if not especially moist, and definitely flavorful. I liked that the rub was heavy on black pepper, and there was plenty of hickory smokiness in the meat. I would have been happy to eat them dry, but the sweet and tangy brown barbeque sauce on the table made them even better.
All of the sides (we got steak fries, baked potato, fried green tomatoes, and baked beans) were solid, but my favorite by far was the battered and seasoned steak fries. Even at my very fullest, I could not help but continue to eat those fries.
For a steakhouse, the prices were very reasonable (the 32-oz steak, which came with two potatoes and two salads, was about $33), and there is no corkage fee for bringing wine (in fact, we were tickled by the fact that one of us got a plastic wine glass with a hollow stem). They also offer everything to-go.
Wynndale Steakhouse is open Wed-Thurs 4:30-8:30; Fri-Sat 4:30-9:30; and Sunday 11-2:30. Don’t be deterred by the drive—it is well worth it. The number is (601) 878-2695.