April 8, 2020

As Easter approaches this weekend, thoughts turn to family dinners highlighted by potato salad, spring vegetable dishes, and the piece de resistance, a glistening ham as the centerpiece. Easter 2020 will be altered for most of us. Reading online comments illustrates ma...

April 1, 2020

As freezers slowly defrosted and grocery store shelves were bare after Hurricane Katrina 15 years ago, millions of Southerners vowed never to depend on modern technology to feed themselves and their families. Gardening, canning, baking, and other long-forgotten skills...

March 25, 2020

During these trying times, it’s important to focus on positive things that make us happy and if possible, include a good meal. A place that meets this criteria–and by the way, is still offering limited contact, take-out meals for one person or in family-to-go sizes–is...

March 20, 2020

First, let me say…I understand your pain. From families looking forward to spring break to retirees planning the next adventure and everyone in between are disappointed about travel bans imposed by the threat of COVID-19. Before mourning our fate, though, here’s a chee...

March 11, 2020

Anytime someone learns I hail from the southern region of the state, I receive the invariable questions of “Have you ever been to Zip’s?” followed by, “Are the Zip burgers really that good?” And my requisite answer? “Yes and yes.” I’ve eaten at Zip’s Cafe in Magee seve...

March 4, 2020

Hokkaido Hibachi Grill & Sushi Bar in Madison demonstrates an understanding of a key component of dining: You feast with your eyes first. The Japanese restaurant chain Benihana introduced hibachi-grill cooking into the mainstream in the early 1960s. The cooking style c...

February 26, 2020

“Wanna go to the Italian place?” An invitation with those words in it is one I rarely, if ever, turn down. Heading into the parking lot of Angelo’s, located just off I-55 North near Gluckstadt, I was surprised to see the words “barbecue and pizza” along with Italian. A...

February 19, 2020

It’s hard to say with any degree of certainty which restaurant first brought gourmet pizza to the Jackson area, but this I can safely report: Soulshine Pizza Factory was definitely on the scene before many that now dot the specialty pizza landscape. Along with its loca...

February 13, 2020

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, a favorite Jackson eatery from my earliest days in Jackson returned to its original downtown location several years ago after suffering not one, but two fires. First opening in 1986, Iron Horse Grill quickly became known for puttin...

February 5, 2020

While the longevity of many restaurants is measured in months or a few years, one Jackson restaurant continues to create memories while passing through generations of the same family like heirloom jewelry. Family members are still running Hal & Mal’s, a restaurant star...

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