We didn’t lie to you. Robert St. John did indeed open two restaurants in Jackson this past week.
We hope you didn’t miss it.
Because they’re closed already.
Robert St. John’s incredible team packed up the menus and smiling faces and moved his popular restaurants Crescent City Grill and Purple Parrot Cafe to the Mississippi Museum of Art this past week. As it turned out, he also brought beautiful weather with him, and the experience for diners was, in every way, nothing short of divine.
On Tuesday, we parked nearby and walked across the Mississippi Museum of Art’s lush Art Garden to enjoy an early lunch to catch up with longtime friend, Bob Wilson, Executive Director of the Mississippi Main Street Association. The lure of the umbrella-canvassed outdoor dining area drew us quickly back outside. We retired our jackets to our chair backs and rolled up our sleeves for what we knew from experience would be a more than filling dining endeavor.
The perfectly serene atmosphere of the cooler sunny day was overshadowed only by the fulfillment of our Hattiesburg food dreams come to Jackson. Bob and I both consider ourselves super fans of Robert St. John’s menu genius, and we couldn’t wait to dig in.
We both started with the ever-popular Sensation Salad. If you’ve never had this salad, I recommend you get into your car and start driving south, stat. It’s just a simple green salad, but whatever addictive agent is in the dressing makes it irresistible.
I ate the best Roast Beef Po-Boy I’ve had in months – and had the drips across my face and hands to prove it. Thankfully, the servers knew what was coming and pre-emptively provided a stack of extra napkins.
Sadly, after all proudly finishing off the entire po-boy, I couldn’t find room for the Bourbon Pecan Pie – but thankfully, I know where to find it. Albeit an hour and a half drive down Highway 49…yet again.