It can be a real challenge for a vegan to eat out in
Jackson! This is a very subjective list of restaurants that have vegan and
vegetarian options. Please use this list as a starting point, but do not
rely on it to make sure your meal is vegan. Always check with your server
about the ingredients and describe in detail what you want (or don't
want!) Often the dishes mentioned below are not on the menu and have to be
special ordered or at least altered from how they appear on the menu.
If you live in the Jackson area and
know of any restaurants with vegan dishes, please send information to vegan AT
veganconnection DOT com. Thanks to David C. for providing additional
Lakeland Dr, 601- 366-6033. Middle Eastern; especially good hummus and
Bravo Italian Restaurant, 4500 I-55 N., 601-982-8111: Has a vegetarian
plate with grilled vegetables and white bean hummus or polenta. Very
good. The Vegetable Tower--hold the
goat cheese (ask for olives on the side as replacement)--is great.
Good eggplant dish. Entrees around $12.00.
(This review is old; call to make sure of veg items before going.)
Cool Al's, 4654
McWillie Drive, 601-713-3020. Absolutely
the best veggie burgers, in several different varieties (my favorite is the
West African Veggie Burger). See the large vegetarian section of their online
menu. But beware: The service here is terrible; you may wait an
hour or more for a simple order!
Hal and Mal's, 200 S. Commerce Street, 601-948-0888: Great place to
hang out. Only vegan meal is a portabella burger, but the special black bean tamale
appetizer is vegan and delicious--and on the spicy side. (Be careful,
though; the regular tamale on the menu is not vegetarian. Be sure to
specify the black bean version and check carefully that it isn't the meat
version before you bite!)
High Noon Cafe, 2807 Old Canton Road, 601-366-1513: Jackson's only
vegetarian restaurant, part of Rainbow Whole Foods
Grocery. Good food. (Be sure to go on Fridays for the
Seaside Cakes!) Open for
lunch on weekdays, 11-1:30. (NOTE: Recently they may have started serving
non-vegan dishes, so check to make sure of ingredients before ordering and
specify vegan cheese when you order.)
Ruchi India, 862 Avery Blvd., Ridgeland, MS-39157,
601-991-3110: Lots of vegetarian options;
ask for them made without butter (ghee), and they will be happy to oblige.
Keifer's Restaurant, 705 Poplar Blvd., 601-353-4976. Middle-Eastern type food. Vegetarian sandwiches, such
as falafel, which can be made vegan with the omission of the standard sauce.
Little Tokyo Japanese Restaurant, 876 Avery Blvd,
Has several types of vegetarian sushi. Ask that mayonnaise-based sauce
be left off asparagus rolls and any others that normally come with it.
McAlister's Deli: A chain restaurant with several locations in
the Jackson area. Several vegetarian options which can be made without
cheese, including baked potatoes, sandwiches, and chili.
Mediterranean Grocery and Cafe, 6554 Old Canton Road,
601-956-0082: Pick up or eat in delicious hummus, tabouli, baba ganoush,
falafel, and more.
Open for lunch and dinner. Call for times.
Mushroom, 275 Dogwood Boulevard, Flowood, MS 39232-8605, (601) 992-7499.
The only place in town (besides High Noon) to get pizza with vegan cheese, and
it's delicious, piled high with vegan toppings and melty cheeze.
720 Harbor Pines Dr, Ridgeland, MS 39157, (601) 956-2958: Tofu appetizer, stir-fry bar (where you choose your own
ingredients), Buddha’s delight. A little on the expensive side for a
veggie stir-fry, but good food and nice atmosphere. Have the server
tell you which sauces/dishes are truly vegetarian. Can be done with
whole grain noodles or without noodles (just extra veggies).
Mookies, 565 Taylor Street, Jackson, MS 39216, (601) 368-1919. Let
me say from the start that it's ridiculously overpriced and there's often a long
wait. Nothing vegan on the menu as written, but you can order a "New
York-style" pizza with whatever you want on it or get a portabella burger
or eggplant panini and have them hold the cheese. Check about the tomato sauce
on pizzas: rumor is that it has cheese in it. Good atmosphere on the
Spice Avenue, 4711
I-55 N Frontage Rd, Jackson, MS
982-0890: Formerly part of a
grocery store, this recently revamped restaurant serves very good Indian
food. Vegetarian section on the menu; ask which dishes contain
butter/ghee. Lunch combos come with side dishes and allow you to
choose two dishes. Spicing is inconsistent; once asked for
"medium" and it tasted almost unseasoned!
Thai House, 1405 Old Square Rd, 601-373-8154:
Probably the strangest Thai food I've ever tasted (and I've tasted a lot), but
it's the only game in town. Ask for tofu instead of
meat and be sure to get them to omit the fish sauce. But warning,
their "tofu" is actually some weird meat analog from a can.
Two Sisters' Kitchen, 707 N. Congress St., 601-353-1180: Home-style buffet, open only for lunch. Has a vegetable-only
option that includes beans, rice, grits, and salad. Unlike most
southern restaurants, Two Sisters' cooks the beans and vegetables without
meat fat. Current information is that all the legumes (beans, black-eyed peas)
and many of the vegetables are cooked with meat. Some side dishes are vegan, such as grits and corn, but you still pay a ridiculously high full price even if that's all you eat.
The following information comes from Rainbow Co-op's
Directory and has not been verified by this website. Some of these
restaurants may provide vegetarian but not vegan options, so it's best to call
Char, 4500 I-55 N. Highland Village, Jackson
601-956-9562: Vegetable side plates
Chili’s Grill and Bar, 475 Briarwood, Jackson
601-957-7090: Black bean burgers (check if vegan)
El Potrillo, 6036 I-55 N, Jackson 601-899-8819:
Many options. Their beans are vegetarian
Fenians Pub, 901 E. Fortification St., Jackson
601-948-0055: Tara burger
Full House Chinese Restaurant, 587 Hwy 51 Ridgeland
601-898-0585: Bean curd and garlic sauce
Jason’s Deli, 1067 E. County Line Rd., Jackson
601-206-9191: Salad bar, baked potatoes
Kismets Restaurant, 315 Crossgates Blvd., Brandon
601-825-8280: Portabella sandwich, hummus
Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers, 275 Dogwood Blvd.,
Flowood 601-992-7499: Mega-vegetarian pizza, tofu-avocado wrap
Nagoya, 6351 I-55 N, Jackson 601-977-8881: Veggie
Nick’s, 1501 Lakeland Dr., Jackson 601-981-8017:
Pasta dishes adapted for vegetarians
Osaka Japanese Restaurant, 4321 Lakeland Dr.,
Flowood 601-936-7000: Vegan/vegetarian sushi rolls
Romano’s Macaroni Grill, 6376 Ridgewood Court
Dr., Jackson 601-957-3999: Custom vegetarian dishes
Schimmel's, 2615 N. State St., Jackson
601-981-7077: Custom vegetarian dishes
Smoothie King, 4 locations, 4327 Lakeland Dr.,
Flowood 601-932-0077: Several fruit based items
Soulshine Pizza Factory, 5651 Hwy 25, Sandhill
601-919-2000: The magic mushroom, Johnny’s garden
Steve’s Downtown Deli and Bakery, 125 S. Congress
St., Jackson 601-969-1119: Breads, soups
Subway, 30 locations, Hwy 80 E, Brandon
601-825-8344: Veggie patti (soy)
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