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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!

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Hal & Mal’s
200 Commerce St
Jackson, MS 39201
(601) 948-0888
Price: $$

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22 Responses to Comfort on the Cheap

  1. Scoop September 14, 2012 at 10:04 am #

    Hal and Mals is a great way to start the weekend. Seafood bisque is best in town.

  2. Dbody September 14, 2012 at 10:07 am #

    HAL AND MALS is probably the best blue plate special in the downtown area! think i just made my decision for lunch!!

  3. Nick September 14, 2012 at 10:08 am #

    Who doesnt love a blue plate special!!

  4. Lucy September 14, 2012 at 10:10 am #

    Love Hal and Mal’s …. great roast beef po-boy and red beans and rice… also offer some great new craft brews on tap.. Highly recommend!!

  5. Angie September 14, 2012 at 10:11 am #

    Always like their blue plate special. I love their tamales also!

  6. K Butler September 14, 2012 at 10:16 am #

    On my bucket list.

  7. Sharon September 14, 2012 at 10:18 am #

    Their poboys are some of best in town!

  8. Simonne September 14, 2012 at 10:20 am #

    Can’t wait to try these

  9. Ashley Nolen September 14, 2012 at 10:22 am #

    Country cooking is something we Southerners crave, especially when the weather starts changing. A familiar meat with all the good additions is sure to put anyone at instant ease. The blue plate special at Hal and Mal’s, particularly, offers this, and cheap, too! It’s great for someone like me, who can’t cook, but sure knows how to enjoy cooking that’s very close to what my grandmother stirs up in her kitchen.

    You know you’ve got a good restaurant on your hands when you feel like you’re eating at home. Hal and Mal’s offers comfort in both their atmosphere and their dishes. Can’t wait to get over there again soon!

  10. adam September 14, 2012 at 10:23 am #

    not just a great spot for lunch but love the night life

  11. adam September 14, 2012 at 10:24 am #

    great lunch and even better night life

  12. Amile WIlson September 14, 2012 at 10:36 am #

    I alternate between the blue plates and the Red Beans and Rice!

  13. Kenley September 14, 2012 at 10:37 am #

    Can’t wait to try the blue plate! It looks and sounds just like something my sweet Mimi would cook for me!

  14. JB September 14, 2012 at 10:43 am #

    I’ve been to Hal and Mal’s many times in the evening, can’t wait to try these for lunch some time!

  15. Dana Terry September 14, 2012 at 10:49 am #

    I know where I’m going for lunch!!

  16. David September 14, 2012 at 10:51 am #

    I just wish Hal and Mal’s was closer to my work. I would try to make it there more often.

  17. Tyler R September 14, 2012 at 10:54 am #

    Never tried Hal and Mal’s blue plate, but I’m definitely gonna hit it up after reading this!

  18. Jeffrey September 14, 2012 at 11:15 am #

    Love Hal and Mal’s food! Very underrated, Hal still makes the soup of the day himself!

  19. ronnie September 14, 2012 at 11:16 am #

    Love the food and the atmosphere!! Can’t be beat!

  20. Megan September 14, 2012 at 4:02 pm #

    I’m always on the look out for a great blue plate lunch. Can’t wait to try it :)

  21. JB September 21, 2012 at 4:35 pm #

    I’ve never been 2 Hal and Mal’s but I absolutely MUST give them a try soon. I’ve only heard good things about them

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