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Hal & Mal’s in Downtown Jackson
Here in the South, country cooking is “where it’s at.”
“It” being that feeling of place, comfort and home that we just happen to do so well in these parts. Brothers Hal and Malcolm White sure seem to know what I mean. Since 1985, they have owned and operated Jackson’s beloved “upscale honky tonk,” Hal & Mal’s and have done so with that perfectly laid back bit of Southern flair.
The rooms of the old GM&O freight depot building are festooned with bits and pieces of Southern culture and the food (because, after all, that’s what we’re here to talk about) will make you thankful for the Whites’ Southern roots – which they describe as “between the backwoods of rural Mississippi and the brackish bayous of New Orleans.” Hal and Mal’s offers a selection of regional staples that are soaked in that “it factor,” full of flavor and comfort. In my book, food, music and art are what embody Mississippi and Hal and Mal’s has all three nailed.
The Blue Plate Special
There’s a reason people love a blue plate. Comfort food reminiscent of Mammaw’s Sunday lunch right smack dab in the middle of the workday? Sign me up. The powers that be at Hal and Mal’s know the magic of the blue plate and are happy to oblige the hungry public, most of which grew up on butter and gravy soaked Southern fare. Lucky for me (and my budget), I can snag a blue plate at Hal & Mal’s for just under ten bucks (including tax and tip!).
On my most recent visit, I was happy to learn that purple hull peas were one of the sides on that celebrated blue plate. Now, you must know that purple hull peas just taste like my childhood. A childhood where I spent summers with plum colored fingertips from shelling during the day and got my fill of the earthy peas in the evenings. Paired with Roast Beef and creamy mashed potatoes slathered in gravy, a heap of mustard greens and a cornbread muffin, it’s safe to say the peas were in good company.
I left lunch that day with a full belly and feeling comforted in the way that only Southern food can do. Needless to say, that’s a feeling worth every bit of a ten dollar bill!