Jackson Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Jackson

April 15, 2018 Yuk Petri

Situated squarely between Memphis and Nashville on Tennessee's "Heart of the Music Highway," Jackson has been the birthplace of numerous notable musicians in the traditional Southern styles of rockabilly, blues and gospel. The famous names of Jackson include Carl Perkins, Sonny Boy Williamson, Big Maybell and Big Joe Turner. Time your visit right and you might catch the annual Shannon Street Blues Festival or the Rockabilly Festival, hosted by The International Rock-A-Billy Hall of Fame.
Things to do in Jackson

1. Picasso Bistro & Pizzeria

10 Stonebridge Blvd, Jackson, TN 38305-2161 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 13 - SGD 20 +1 731-664-5070
Excellent
66%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 295 reviews

Picasso Bistro & Pizzeria

Reviewed By Kevin C

Really enjoyed the pizza. My wife split a pizza with her half being the California Veggie and mine being the Five Cheese. The waitress told me I could a couple toppings to my side and it would still be the same price. It turned out they charged me for two additional toppings and I had to go to the manager to get the additional cost removed. However, the service was still very good along with the food. I would recommend eating at this place just watch your receipt.

2. Rock'N Dough Pizza Company

16 Jackson Walk Plz, Jackson, TN 38301-3020 Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, American, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 731-300-0404
Excellent
59%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 177 reviews

Rock'N Dough Pizza Company

Reviewed By Brett H

My family went for the brunch last Sunday. We ordered a variety of things, but two stuck out. The Spinning Goat Benedict, was mostly biscuit. The eggs were so tiny! No mushrooms! Very little bearnaise sauce! My wife had the Shrimp & Grits, which were covered in oil. She tried to pull the oil off with a napkin, but it proved too much. She finally conceded it was inedible!

I will say, the service has improved. Our server was pleasant and attentive. Just a shame that our food did not delight! Overall it was a poor experience!!!

3. Tulum Fresh Mexican Grill

71 Carriage House Dr, Jackson, TN 38305-3989 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 13 +1 731-984-7401
Excellent
63%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 302 reviews

Tulum Fresh Mexican Grill

Fresh made from scratch Southern California Mexican.

Reviewed By 137heathp - Jonesboro, Arkansas

Service was very slow. Servers kept bringing the wrong orders to people. Food was bland. Not your typical Mexican restaurant. We would not eat there again.Our apologies for your experience, our computer system's printers unexpectedly went down right in middle of dinner rush and made it very difficult to identify which orders went where. We have since replaced the faulty printer.

4. Reggi's BBQ & Wings

292 Parkstone Pl, Jackson, TN 38305-7585 Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available American, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner SGD 13 +1 731-660-8600
Excellent
62%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 247 reviews

Reggi's BBQ & Wings

At Reggi's, the smell draws you in and the family keeps you coming back! As a guest at Reggi's BBQ & Wings, we do our best to treat you just like family. Our menu is full of Southern specialties: catfish, loaded potatoes, wings, and brisket. Everything is homemade and cooked to order so your meal is guaranteed to be fresh. Welcome and enjoy!

Reviewed By Douglas F - Burlington, North Carolina

On a long drive across Tennessee on I-40, I needed to stop for food. I saw a sign for Reggi's and it stuck in my mind when I eventually exited interstate at the same place. I happened to see Reggi's and remembered the sign... and it was like it was an inspired moment.

Seriously, the food here is amazing. So much so that I am going to have to stop here every time I pass by now, even if I'm not hungry. It's just too good to pass up.

I decided to try the wings. Wings are one of those things that is done so much that we can forget the magic of some truly good wings. Reggi's has REALLY GOOD WINGS. I was genuinely surprised at how good these were, and they didn't have the usual neon orange hot sauce. These tasted real and natural and satisfying.

The long drives on I-40 just got a bit better now that there is a place I am excited to visit again on the way.

5. Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen

2116 Emporium Dr, Jackson, TN 38305-6004 (Formerly Cheddar's) Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 731-736-2362
Excellent
48%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
6%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 291 reviews

Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen

Reviewed By radelster - Rogers, Arkansas

Visited on a Sunday evening, inside was busy...outside was empty which was where we chose to sit.
Service was above average as our server always checked on us.
Beverages we're ok, but not as good as other locations.
Had ribs at another location and they fell off the bone.
Here, they we're very tough.
Overall a good meal but would expect food quality to be the same for a chain.

6. Brooks Shaw's Old Country Store

56 Casey Jones Ln, Ste A, Jackson, TN 38305-2481 Parking Available, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Buffet, Accepts Credit Cards American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 731-668-1223
Excellent
47%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
7%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 404 reviews

Brooks Shaw's Old Country Store

Reviewed By paragkarania - Flowood, Mississippi

The is a good store/restaurant but is dirty. Food is southern style. Good food for the prices but presentation gets low marks. The store has lots of variety

7. Coyote Blues

4 Stonebridge Blvd, Jackson, TN 38305-2039 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations Mexican, American, Southwestern, Bar, Cajun & Creole, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 7 - SGD 33 +1 731-660-0603
Excellent
49%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
1%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 213 reviews

Coyote Blues

Reviewed By mjlarivi - Bartlett, Tennessee

A great place to meet and eat

My wife had a tuna soft shell taco that was awesome, but I had a crawfish and shrimp chimichanga that was delicious and perfectly prepared. Tasty, creamy, chunky. The rice was unusually smooth and richly flavored. Beans were very good.

Prices are reasonable, service was excellent, acoustics are conducive to communicating. Staff was very helpful.

Everyone in the group made positive comments about the food and facilities.

8. West Alley BBQ & Smokehouse

215 W Main St, Jackson, TN 38301-6113 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Barbecue, Bar Lunch, Dinner +1 731-300-4664
Excellent
69%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 96 reviews

West Alley BBQ & Smokehouse

Reviewed By JannS8 - Jackson, Tennessee

I think I have found it! This IS a happy place. The servers are happy-especially Frenchie-and it is contagious. I had the ribs with hot sauce, and they were so good! Even the fries were good, freshly cooked and crisp. Poor Bob had the pork sandwich, which he really liked. The sweet and spicy hot sauce was ambrosia. This is a true find. Try it!

9. Dumplins Bistro & Bakery

31 Wiley Parker Rd Ste C, Jackson, TN 38305-4099 Reservations, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 731-664-4959
Excellent
68%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 87 reviews

Dumplins Bistro & Bakery

RESTAURANT -Dumplins Bistro & Bakery has been a Jackson favorite since 1990 - people from all over West Tennessee have come to love our homemade rolls, fresh salads, hot casseroles, and the best desserts to be found. From family dinners and business lunches to Sunday brunches, everyone will love Dumplins Bistro & Bakery. CATERING - From your location to our "Garden Room", our restaurant offers quality catering for every budget from small to large. Dumplins Bistro & Bakery caters events throughout the area ranging from large banquets and corporate parties to family gatherings. "THE Wedding Cake Specialists" of West Tennessee!Dumplins Bistro & Bakery is known for its specialty bakery. Our custom specialty cakes will make your party a unique celebration. • Private Banquet Rooms for rehearsal dinners, receptions, and special events. • On-Site Catering for corporate events, dinners and receptions. • Custom Prepared Menus from hors d'oeuvres to desserts.

Reviewed By Judith W - Arlington, Virginia

Traveling across the state, we stopped here for lunch. Delightful lunch, great service. Huge salad and sandwich. The wonderful soft rolls and strawberry butter made a light and not-too-sweet dessert.

10. Old Town Spaghetti Store

Carriage House, Jackson, TN 38305 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 7 - SGD 39
Excellent
49%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
8%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 272 reviews

Old Town Spaghetti Store

Reviewed By xlr8or - Cleveland, Tennessee

Both I and my business associate had the lasagna with meat sauce. My associate had the spaghetti and I had the beef ravioli. All was very good and was what anyone could expect from a good Italian restaurant. The only drawback, in my opinion, was that the garlic bread was not well toasted. I prefer a crusty (but not burnt) garlic bread with my Italian meal. All in all, a good visit.

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