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[19 Feb 2010 | No Comment | ]
Rib Shack BBQ & Seafood

Rib Shack (932 J R Lynch St, Jackson) won me over with sides and also more than hit the spot when I had a serious bbq craving.

The ribs were pleasantly tender. They had some pink color, but the taste of smoke didn’t quite shine through the vinegariness of the sauce (which was also sweet, but not quite spicy enough for me).

On my plate, the sides really stood out. The beans were less sweet than at some other places, and some of the sweetness came from lightly caramelized onions–this added an …

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[18 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]
Louise’s Open Pit BBQ

I know I talk  a lot about BBQ.  I know I usually say it is good.  I always mean it (I tend to only write about food I like), but this time I really mean it. Louise’s Open Pit BBQ (Corner of Hwys 51 and 27, Crystal Springs) is well worth the 30-minute trip (each way) from Jackson.

We only found the restaurant because Google Maps led us wrong in our search for another place in Crystal Springs. We drove by Louise’s, smelled the open pit, and suddenly became hungry.

Louise’s BBQ …

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[12 Jan 2010 | 3 Comments | ]
E & L Barbeque

I’m sure there will be world peace before there’s a consensus on the best barbeque in town, but E & L Barbeque (1111 Bailey Ave, Jackson) seems to be many people’s favorite. I didn’t let the positive internet reviews raise my expectations too much, but I started to get my hopes up when I smelled barbeque smoke (through my closed car windows) about a quarter of a mile before arriving at the restaurant. Now I know that if I am ever forced to choose my favorite local barbeque, E & L will be a contender.

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[15 Dec 2009 | 4 Comments | ]
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 …

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[9 Dec 2009 | No Comment | ]
Sweet Daddy’s BBQ

I’ve never hesitated to eat at a gas station–affiliated establishment, but the sign for Sweet Daddy’s BBQ (4611 Hwy 55 N, Jackson), overshadowed by the Exxon and On-The-Run logos above it, just never caught my eye even though I drive by it almost daily. It didn’t register that this gas station might have actual food in it until my boyfriend pointed out the “Let us smoke your Thanksgiving turkey!” lettering on the bottom of the sign a few weeks ago.

They really do have a smoker, and lots of smoked meats. …

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[4 Nov 2009 | No Comment | ]
Chimneyville Smokehouse

On my first visit, I developed a little crush on Chimneyville Smokehouse (970 High St., Jackson). For one thing, everyone loves a train (right?) and the restaurant is tastefully train-themed, located in an old train depot. It is also pleasantly rustic, open, and light inside.

The food was lovable as well. For $8 even (including tax!) you can get a meat, two sides, bread and a drink. The regular meat options include chopped pork barbecue and ribs, and there are daily specials as well. There are six or so vegetable choices, which also …

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[15 Oct 2009 | No Comment | ]
Lumpkin’s Bar-B-Que

It may have a celebrity chef and state-of-the-art, computer-controlled smokers, but don’t be fooled–Lumpkin’s Bar-B-Que (182 Raymond Rd, Jackson) has managed to stay extremely down-to-earth and friendly. It was pretty busy when we went for lunch, but someone (possibly one of the family members who owns/operates the restaurant) recognized my friend and me as new faces and welcomed us.
More importantly, the food is delicious and there is plenty of it. It’s $8 for all you can eat and there are many options–maybe not as many as at Hamil’s, but still more …

 

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