What are the best places to eat in Jackson?

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Southern cooking is anything but bland and you’ll find great places to eat in Jackson, where the culinary scene has bloomed in recent years. Here are Forbes Travel Guide editors’ top five favorite restaurants to eat in this Mississippi town:
 
1. The Palette Café by Viking.
When you stop by the Mississippi Museum of Art, you’ll want to come hungry. The museum’s restaurant The Palette Café, with chef Louis LaRose at the helm, whips up tasty dishes. The beef filet wrapped in prosciutto, served with smashed potatoes and fresh asparagus is a melt-in-your-mouth choice.
 
2. Cock of the Walk. This outpost of a regional chain enthusiastically serves up every manner of deep-fried food, from its centerpieces of catfish and fried chicken to French fries, hush puppies, onion rings and even fried pickles — an experience for those who have never sampled Southern country cooking. The rustic shack’s outdoor deck overlooks the waters of the Ross Barnett Reservoir in Ridgeland, just 15 miles northeast of downtown Jackson.
 
3. Julep Restaurant and Bar. An eclectic little upscale bistro in the Highland Village shopping center, Julep features unique twists on Southern cooking — think fried chicken in a honey-rosemary glaze and butter bean hummus. It’s a popular after-work drinking spot, with plenty of innovative cocktails that go well with the menu’s many small plates.
 
4. Nick’s. A perennial fine dining favorite among locals, Nick’s is located in the Fondren District and it’s where people go for generous portions of all-American favorites like pan-fried trout and catfish, roasted chicken and a top-notch rib eye. Be sure to save room for dessert, with choices like cheesecake and Mississippi mud pie. Well worth a visit for lunch, Nick’s has some gourmet soups and sandwiches, including an excellent burger.
 
5. Primos. Comfort food is the rule at this down-home café just five miles outside of Jackson in Flowood, with “supper” offerings that include meatloaf, smothered pork chops and other essential delights (including fried chicken, natch). If you want breakfast, you can have it any time — try the omelets or buttermilk pancakes.

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