Pimento Cheese, a staple of Southern refrigerators, captures our fancy through nothing more than a simple combination of cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, pimentos, salt, and pepper. I’ve always enjoyed pimento cheese, but recently, I discovered a new level of love when I discovered that Jackson knows Pimento Cheese.
Pimento Cheese Four Ways
Jackson Restaurant Week opened my eyes to the glory and diversity of Pimento Cheese. In particular, I enjoyed two Pimento Cheese dishes that week that were completely out of this world, and those two experiences took me back to another Pimento Cheese experience that is worth writing home, ahem, to you, about. Read my Pimento Cheese tales; then go taste for yourself the joy of this simple Southern staple.
1. CS’s Pimento Cheese and Bacon Burger (aka The Klutz Burger)
Once this makes it onto the permanent menu (it’s a new invention), I hear they are going to call it The Klutz Burger.
The CS’s “The Klutz Burger” bacon cheeseburger occupies a place in burger stardom a notch above other bacon cheeseburgers, thanks to the dollop of homemade pimento cheese melted on the beef patty. Owner Pat Boland’s sister, Mary, masterfully mixes CS’s Pimento Cheese. As if homemade, gooey, melted Pimento Cheese and thick, crispy bacon weren’t enough, this burger is topped off with jalapeno peppers and served on an onion roll.
Try this Pimento Cheese delight with a side of fries and famous CS’s Cobbler or Banana Pudding for dessert. You’ll be all set… And full!
2) Pimento Cheese Fritters from Julep Restaurant & Bar
If you like fried cheese with a twist, I recommend you order up some Julep Pimento Cheese Fritters.
For starters (pun intended), the Julep Pimento Cheese Fritters appetizer comes with a side of outstanding Comeback Dipping Sauce – making this dish a delicious collision of TWO Southern staples.
On the outside, the fritters look like hush puppies, but a surprise hides on the inside. Bite into a fritter to find gooey, melted pimento cheese inside that crunchy exterior. The Comeback Dipping Sauce adds just the right amount of bite and balance to these savory treats. As they’ve been known to do with other dishes, Julep takes something ordinary and transforms it into an all-star menu item!
Tip: This fritter starter is filling, so bring a friend or three to help make sure you’ve got room for the rest of your meal.
3) The Smoked Cheddar Pimento Cheese Starter from Sophia’s at Fairview Inn
The last of my rock star Pimento Cheese dishes, one might call this a “spread,” because it came served in a glass dish with a knife and toasted bread upon which you could spread the cheese!
The Smoked Cheddar Pimento Cheese starter was no ordinary pimento cheese. Laced with pecans and scallions, this “spread” took the standard cheddar and pimento to new heights.
Sneak over to Sophia’s at Fairview Inn for a relaxing lunch or dinner, savor the Smoked Cheddar Pimento Cheese starter, and while you’re at it go all the way and enjoy their Key Lime Pie for dessert, too. Ooooh, it’s good!
4) McDade’s Market Pimento Cheese
There is one pimento cheese that can’t be found at any restaurant, but can’t be left off this list!
McDade’s Market Pimento Cheese is made in-house, and for a quick Pimento Cheese “fix” – this is a best bet. McDade’s Market Pimento Cheese is creamy, hearty and downright delectable.
Stock your fridge at the McDade’s in Maywood Mart. Look in the cold section to the left of their plate lunch area.
Pimento Cheese Lovers Be Heard!
What is your favorite pimento cheese dish in Jackson? Did we miss one? Tell us about it—we want to try it!
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Where to find our favorite Pimento Cheeses:
1359 1/2 N West St
Jackson, MS 39202
4500 I-55 North, Suite 105
Jackson, MS 39211
Sophia’s at Fairview Inn
734 Fairview Street
Jackson, MS 39202-1624
1200 E Northside Dr
Jackson, MS 39211