Eat Jackson’s Best Cheap Eats: Meals that get you real bang for your buck without skimping on quality – or sacrificing our love of locally owned and operated restaurants! Great deals to be had at lunch and dinner all around Jackson, MS. We’re saying a lunch bill totaling $10 or less or a dinner bill for $15 or less qualifies as a “Cheap Eat.” The word “totaling” means tax and tip are included!
Cheap Eats #2: Dinner at Cool Al’s
Cool Al’s, a burger joint that’s been around for yeeeears, albeit not always by this name— the old name was Stamps Superburgers—boasts an award-winning burger at a mighty fine price.
Located very close to Bill’s Greek Tavern on McWillie Drive, Cool Al’s is a simple older restaurant bursting with heavenly smells. It’s a counter service burger joint; grab your number and find a seat in the large dining room. It took seven or eight minutes for our hot-off-the-griddle burgers to be delivered with a smile by a friendly server.
My burger, the Al’s Classic, didn’t look like just a whole lot, but I know by now to never judge a book like this by the cover. My companion ordered the Chili Cheese Burger, which provided a bit more eye candy. He ordered a side of fries that we agreed to share.
My beef patty was seasoned with lemon pepper and a few other secret additions. The bread, although fairly standard, was fresh as could be with inward-facing sides toasted by a quick visit to the griddle. Yeah, this was one crazy good cooked-to-order burger.
The fresh-cut, never-frozen fries, which we ordered with seasoned salt, were a notch above any regular fries around town. One order is adequate for two to share.
My small burger, a fountain drink, and tax totaled $7.47. I left $2 on the tip line, taking my grand total up to $9.47. My companion’s ticket was a little heftier, but still very reasonable. The large Chili Cheese Burger was $7.60, his tea was $1.50, and the fries were $1.95 so his total, with tax, was $11.82. He left a tip taking his grand total up to $14. Both of us were in and out for less than $25, and we’d gotten plenty to eat!
We ate at Cool Al’s in the evening, and their prices are the same all day. So whether you dine for lunch or dinner, Cool Al’s burger joint is definitely a Best Cheap Eats in our book with no extra charges for ordering after 5 p.m.!
FOOD: The food here wins awards, and rightfully so. The burger patty must be experienced to be understood! If your order doesn’t come with it, be sure to request a side of Cool Del Sauce. This stuff will take your fries and your burger to a place only otherwise described as bliss.
SERVICE: The woman who took our order wasn’t the friendliest – all business and very efficient. The guy who actually brought out our food was great and fun to talk to!
ATMOSPHERE: The atmosphere at Cool Al’s is nothing over the top. It’s simple and perfect for exercising your jaws on a nice, juicy burger. You’ll leave with far fonder memories of the food than the décor.
Cool Al’s is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m., making burger enjoyment feasible at almost any time of the day!