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

April 14, 2018 Jeremy Dunfee

Jacksonville is a city located in Cherokee County, Texas, United States. The population was 14,544 at the 2010 census. It is the principal city of the Jacksonville Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Cherokee County, and part of the larger Tyler–Jacksonville combined statistical area.
Things to do in Jacksonville

1. Stacy's Bar-B-Q

1217 S Jackson St, Jacksonville, TX 75766-3019 Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards American, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner +1 903-586-1951
Excellent
69%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 78 reviews

Stacy's Bar-B-Q

Reviewed By John R - Whitehouse, Texas

Rating BBQ joints is one of life’s greatest pleasures and visiting Stacy’s was no exception. Tender BBQ smoked slow and tender. Side fixings were spot on and the service was good. This is not a big place and may get a bit crowded on a busy day but stick around and get a plateful, you’ll be glad you did.

2. Dairy Queen

1501 S Jackson St, Jacksonville, TX 75766-3025 Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Fast Food, American +1 903-586-3633
Excellent
47%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
23%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 13 reviews

Dairy Queen

Reviewed By gigem74 - College Station, Texas

We ordered beltbusters and waited........and waited....and waited. I finally asked the server where our orders were and they had forgot to make them (cook didn't bother looking at his computer at the grill). When we finally got them, the didn't omit the condiments we didn't want......these burgers were all the way. Guess the cook forgot to see what we wanted on them too. I started to complain again but figured it was useless so we just took off what we didn't want, which is hard to do when its mayo and onions you didn't want. The buns were so soggy that after the first two bites the hamburgers just disintegrated, so we ended up eating the meat only. What a mess those things were. Cant get a good burger here anymore so next time will just go for a burger someplace else.

3. Legends Old Time Burger Cafe

1639 S Jackson St, Jacksonville, TX 75766-3027 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American Lunch, Dinner +1 903-589-6704
Excellent
52%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 54 reviews

Legends Old Time Burger Cafe

Reviewed By Track1089 - Florida

Majority of us are regulars here in Jacksonville, but occasionally visitors (like to the Rodeo) or passers-a-thru (yes! to/from Tyler or somewhere in East Texas) look at Trp Adv for a place to eat.

Legends is in a mall, northside, south of 79, on 69 - south and across from Walmart. Be careful when you enter the mall - steep uphill so go slow not to bottom-out.

As customarily experienced in the area, Legends is very rustic. But don't let the informalness worry you. All food is individually prepared & cooked. A. It slow but that should be expected as such.

Photos here show you the interior.
Burgers are moist and tasty. Prepare island of tomato + onions + jalapeño.
Chicken fried steak moist also as frying seals in the moistness. Good tasting.
Other choices are available.
Salad ok; you may want more then 1 dressing.
Self service drinks.

Real local eatery. Favorite by most. Walls have local photos, military, movie stars etc.

4. Sylvia Maes Soul Food

564 N Main St, Corner of Lincoln, Jacksonville, TX 75766-4468 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 903-658-3122
Excellent
71%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 36 reviews

Sylvia Maes Soul Food

Reviewed By Juan S - Tyler, Texas

WOW.
Fantastic. Had the chicken fried steak with yams and the Mac and cheese. Awesome. Great tasting. My wife had the pork chops with fried cabbage and real mash potatoes with gravy. Great price. Our lunch was 22.00. You've got to try it. It is worth the drive to Jacksonville, TX.

5. The Sadler's Kitchen

101 S Bonner St, Jacksonville, TX 75766-4711 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Serves Alcohol American Lunch, Dinner +1 903-589-0866
Excellent
55%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
2%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 67 reviews

The Sadler's Kitchen

Reviewed By Pambela - Texas

We had heard about this restaurant because of the documentary "Tomato Republic" which was about the mayoral race in Jacksonville, Texas, one of the candidates being the owner of this restaurant. The restaurant is actually located in the old town jail. One of the waiters actually gave us the little tour. Everyone was friendly and we even met the "movie Star" himself, Rob Gowin. Besides the friendly staff, the cream pies were superb
(we had lemon icebox and coconut cream). And.. it turn's out we hit Friday Pie Day which meant our pie was $1 a slice! The restaurant is only open Thursday, Friday and Saturday and I'm sure it is very popular with the locals. They also have a catering business that operates every day I believe. Well worth visiting this out of the way place (and try to get the tour of the "jail" (bars/cells, and jail keys! Great fun

6. Chili's

1225 S Jackson St, Jacksonville, TX 75766-3019 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Southwestern, Mexican Lunch, Dinner +1 903-589-0202
Excellent
36%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
26%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 56 reviews

Chili's

Reviewed By Christina L - Jacksonville, Texas

We got to Chili's and there was a party of 2 already in line. My party waited to be seated. There was a party of 4 that arrived after us. When the host came back to seat us, he went for the party that arrived after us. I spoke up and said we were here first because the other part wasn't going to say anything. We got seated in the back corner, which was fine. The restaurant was not crowded and it was enjoyable. The parties before us and after us made their drink order and food order before anyone came to out table. I walked us to the host and asked to speak to a Manager. Right when our waiter was coming, the Manager came. It was almost 10 minutes. The food was great!! I drink a lot of water and I had to wait for a long time for refills.... I'll order two glasses next time!! Well, once my child got half way into her molten lava cake, there was a hair that was discovered. At that point, our appetites were ruined and wasted money. I called the Manager over and told him what happened. He said he would make us another one. When that one arrived, there was another hair!!! No kidding. We just paid our tab and left. Has we were leaving, our waiter asked if everything was ok, I told him about the second hair. He offered to get the Manager and I said it was ok that we were leaving.

7. Jalapeno Tree Mexican Restaurant

1427 E Rusk St, Jacksonville, TX 75766-3451 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mexican, Southwestern Lunch, Dinner +1 903-589-4339
Excellent
41%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
8%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 87 reviews

Jalapeno Tree Mexican Restaurant

Reviewed By ebbenny - Scottsdale, Arizona

Had a great authentic Mexican meal here at Jalapeño Tree. Loved the white salsa that came with the chips. Combo Fajitas were a little bit greasy but good. Margaritas were tasty.

8. La Fonda Del Sol

608 W Rusk St, Jacksonville, TX 75766-2214 Seating Mexican Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner SGD 8 - SGD 21 +1 903-589-5382
Excellent
41%
Good
54%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 17 reviews

La Fonda Del Sol

Reviewed By Robert G - Jacksonville, Texas

Everything is very good, including the American food. I love their fajita nachos. You get more fajitas on this dish than most other restaurants give you when you order a fajita plate! Try the Carne Guisada or Shrimp Diablo very spicy and good. Their catfish is the best around and on Fridays it's all you can eat for $9.95. Breakfast is also excellent. Service can be a little slow and not intuitive, but you will see the owner cooking up all of your favorites. Bankers, pipeline layers, lawyers and laborers all mix together at this fine family restaurant.

9. Beverly's Country Cafe

1715D S Jackson St, Jacksonville, TX 75766-5832 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Diner Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 903-586-7835
Excellent
44%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
2%
Terrible
10%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 38 reviews

Reviewed By Sam H - Jacksonville, Texas

Beverly's Country Cafe is a popular meeting place for breakfast among country and city folk. The service is excellent. I like their sewnior plate silver dollar pancakes. The food is a bargain.

10. Vincent Seafood

503 N Jackson St, Jacksonville, TX 75766-4529 Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Seafood Lunch, Dinner +1 903-586-8359
Excellent
54%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 15 reviews

Vincent Seafood

Reviewed By KenBerry1960 - Rusk

Really good seafood, but much of a place to look at. Don't let the looks of the place fool you its good and fresh. Catfish is thin and crispy, shrimp is cooked just right.

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