JACKSON, Miss. – Fine & Dandy is now open in Jackson, serving diners modern renditions of casual American diner food, classic and playful cocktails, and a hospitality program modeled after in-home gatherings. The menu by executive chef and James Beard semi-finalist Jesse Houston is a whimsical approach to traditional American burgers – where tater tots are revered and the meat-to-bun ratio is of the utmost importance.
The first concept by Jackson-based Miller Hospitality offers a modern design with vintage elements. Set to a soundtrack of Frank Sinatra and Latin rap, guests will find a modern industrial space filled with hints of nostalgia – an approach owner Ray-Scott Miller calls “Grandma Chic.” Among the white subway tiles, custom toile wallpaper with illustrations of iconic Jackson establishments, and brown leather chairs, guests will enjoy their food from vintage china that is a likely reminder of the plates enjoyed at Sunday dinners at grandma’s house. The space features antique credenzas, oil portraits, witty needlepoint, and bowls of strawberry hard candies, set in a modern, stand-alone building in the emerging District at Eastover.
Fine & Dandy’s signature is a perfectly-made burger. Made from house ground brisket, short rib, and chuck, Houston seasons the burgers simply with salt and pepper, and serves them on the Fine & Dandy “Brotato Bun,” an original creation from pastry chef Amy Henderson that fuses the soft potato bun with the chewiness of brioche. Guests can also enjoy Houston’s “B&B Dill Pickles” that offer a slight sweetness paired with dill spices.
In addition to Houston’s selection of burgers, other signature items include: the Cap’n Catfish Sandwich, which is Simmons Catfish Delacata Filet crusted in Captain Crunch and served with country captain sauce and pickled raisins and onions; the Caesar-San, an Asian-style play on a traditional Caesar made with romaine, pecorino, ramen egg, sesame croutons, katsobushi, and ginger togarashi dressing; and Sweet Potato & Turnip Green Gumbo made with Delta Blues Rice, okra seed oil, and Country Pleasin’ andouille croutons. The Tater Tots We Didn’t’ Make celebrate just how darn good frozen tots are, but are topped with Houston’s own stuff – truffled crème fraiche “ranch”, salmon caviar, pickled shallots, cucumber, dill, and basil.
Located in The District at Eastover at 100 District Boulevard, Fine & Dandy is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. For reservations, please call 601-202-5050 or visit resy.com.
Fun Fact: paying homage to our older and wiser generation, Fine & Dandy is extending complementary food to everyone’s favorite modern grandmother, Betty White.
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ABOUT FINE & DANDY
Located in the heart of Jackson, Mississippi, Fine & Dandy is a classy place to enjoy a damn fine burger (and other Southern fare) and perfectly-made cocktail. Executive chef Jesse Houston’s menus are lighthearted, but his approach to food and a hospitable experience is serious. Houston pays homage to traditional burger joint favorites, adding his own spin. Fine & Dandy is located at 100 District Boulevard, Jackson, Mississippi 39211. For more information, visit