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When you’re craving soulful comfort food, head for Jackson. This Mississippi city has must-taste dishes worth traveling for. Our Forbes Travel Guide editors chose a few of the best Jackson food experiences.
The first is fried catfish. Frying up catfish may sound simple, but there’s complex technique involved and you’ll also want the freshest, most succulent Mississippi catfish if you’re going to indulge. We recommend testing out the southern treat at Bo-Don’s, Cock of the Walk or Country Fisherman.
Southern barbecue is a must. The Jackson way to make barbecue involves slow-cooked meat over hickory wood. The result? It falls right off the bone. Pulled pork, country sausage and smoked chicken are tastiest at Chimneyville Smokehouse, Hickory Pit or Red Hot and Blue.
When in the South, get a taste of authentic soul food — think fresh collard greens, cornbread and pig ears. Head down to Farish Street for the real deal — we recommend Peaches or Big Apple Inn, famous for their pig ear sandwiches.