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Sunday Lunch Spot: Fannin Mart Restaurant

FanninMart-MasonJarWaterNothing says Southern quite like the experience of going out to lunch with the “church crowd” on a Sunday afternoon.  Everyone is dressed in their best and still on good behavior – at least for a little while. Families come together to share a meal, and friends wave and shake hands from across a crowded dining room.

One Sunday after church, I suggested to The Husband that we stop at Fannin Mart Restaurant in Flowood for lunch.  I had eaten there once before and remembered them having some good old Southern comfort food.

We arrived shortly before 11 a.m. and the place was already beginning to fill up.  The young lady at the hostess desk greeted us warmly and immediately seated us and handed us our menus.  Before we even sat down, our waitress came by and asked if she could get a high chair for Little Tot – our two year old.

Hand written menu on brown paper bag

Hand written menu on brown paper bag

From what I heard from locals, the restaurant used to operate out of an old house before relocating to their current location.  The décor is typical small-town country diner – wooden tables and chairs, checked oilcloth table coverings, antique farm memorabilia on the walls.  The one unique feature I remember from my first visit was that the menu is hand written on a paper lunch sack.  Their special includes a meat, three veggies, salad and bread.  Their Fannin Fried Chicken is a mainstay on the menu, while some of their other specialties are rotated throughout the week.  Today, they had country fried steak and baked ham in addition to the chicken.

Our waitress came back and took our drink orders and asked if we would like some warm rolls or a mixture of cornbread and rolls.  We asked for a mix, and when she walked off I noticed she was wearing a boot on one leg.  That didn’t seem to slow her down at all though, because a few minutes later she returned with two, quart-sized mason jars of ice water and a metal bucket full of warm bread.  The yeast rolls were tasty and warm, but I was impressed by the cornbread.  It was soft and fluffy, slightly sweet, and not dry at all.

FanninMart-BreadI ordered some of their Fannin Fried Chicken and chose mashed potatoes, green beans, and speckled butter beans as my sides, with pineapple salad.  Even though I recommended the chicken to The Husband, he decided to order the country fried steak with white gravy along with cornbread dressing, sweet potato casserole and green beans.

The waitress brought out our pineapple salad.  Well, I wouldn’t really have called it a salad.  I was thinking it was going to be like warm pineapple chunks with cheese and Ritz crackers – similar to what I’ve had at other restaurants.  Nope, it was just a slice of pineapple on a plate.  Not exactly what I thought it would be.  But that’s okay, because a few minutes later, out came our lunches.

Almost immediately, The Husband wished he had taken my advice on the chicken.  Not because his chicken fried steak wasn’t good – he said it was very good.  But once the waitress set down a basket in front of me with two golden brown pieces of crispy fried chicken, I could see him starting to salivate.  In fact, I ended up having to give him a bite.  My potatoes were creamy and my vegetables were perfectly seasoned.  The Husband said his cornbread dressing was almost as good as his mother’s (meaning it was pretty darn good – if he’d said it was better than his mother’s, she wouldn’t speak to him again).

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Unfortunately, we did not have room for dessert, though their options sounded pretty tempting.  As we paid our bill and walked out to our car rubbing our bellies in satisfaction, I asked The Husband what he thought of Fannin Mart Restaurant.  He agreed they had great food and that it was the perfect place to go eat… and then go home and take a nap.

Sounds like the perfect Sunday afternoon to me!

Food: If you are eating here for the first time, take my advice and order the fried chicken. Not that the rest of their menu items aren’t yummy, but it’s what they are known for. And it’s delicious! The side items are good ol’ basic Southern staples. It’s definitely a great place to go for comfort food.

Atmosphere: Casual and family-friendly. There were a lot of large family groups meeting up for lunch after church – teenagers, grandparents, young couples with small children, all enjoying their meals and each other’s company.

Service:  Warm and attentive. The hostess was very friendly and seated us promptly. Our waitress was also very nice and polite and consistently checked on us throughout the meal to make sure we had everything we needed.

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Fannin Mart Restaurant
5419 Highway 25
Flowood, MS 39232
(601) 992-0411
Price: $

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58 Responses to Sunday Lunch Spot: Fannin Mart Restaurant

  1. Ann S March 22, 2013 at 1:32 pm #

    I heard Fannin Mart is very good– looks good

  2. Jen March 22, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

    I have not heard of this place. Will have to try it out.

  3. Lacy Ellinwood March 22, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

    I will have to give this a try! Heres hoping I win that MINT certificate!

  4. Morgan March 22, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

    Glad to know there is somewhere else to get some home cooking!

  5. Ben March 22, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

    Fannin Mart is great home cookin’. It is REALLY hard to not get the fried chicken. The desserts are good too. The staff and owners are very nice. Take a trip out to Flowood, just for this. It’s worth it. Be prepared to wait just a few minutes if you are coming at a busy time. It is a popular place, so plan ahead.

  6. Danielle March 22, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

    Never been, looks great!

  7. Ginnie March 22, 2013 at 1:40 pm #

    YUM!!

  8. Katy Agnew March 22, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

    Haven’t been there in a long time… Thanks for the delicious reminder!

  9. Beth Barham March 22, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

    I love Fannin Mart! Definitely try the fried chicken, especially if you like it crispy! Yum! Makes me want some now!

  10. Leigh March 22, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

    We will be there Sunday!!!!!

  11. Jamie March 22, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

    We live in the flowood area & I didn’t even know this place existed. Thanks for the article. Will have to try it out…looks yummy!

  12. Kristen Taylor March 22, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

    I have heard about this place and will have to stop by soon!

  13. Leslie March 22, 2013 at 1:44 pm #

    I have been eating at Fannin Mart since I was in Junior High School. I am in my 40’s now. Best fried chicken ever!!!

  14. Allison March 22, 2013 at 1:45 pm #

    This sounds delicious.

  15. Kathleen March 22, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

    I’ve heard of this place but never been, nor did I know what type of food it has. Now that I know it’s southern home cooking, I will definitely have to go. I need to find a good place in Jackson to substitute for The Veranda and Cappes when I come back home. Wonder what their hours are like and price range?

  16. Jan March 22, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

    Had not heard about this either; will try it now!

  17. Joey K March 22, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

    I have heard fannin mart is good. Cant wait to try it!

  18. Laura Marshall March 22, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

    I love the squash casserole at Fannin mart!

  19. Casey March 22, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

    OMGosh! This place is SOOOOO good! Love Fannin Mart :o)

  20. Sally March 22, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

    Oh, I need to try this!

  21. Phunter March 22, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

    I have been eating at Fannin Mart ever since Fannin Mart was in the old house in Fannin!! Love it!
    So glad it is back in the area

  22. Nathan Dunaway March 22, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

    You just gave me another new place to try. Thanks.

  23. Denise March 22, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

    I have been craving comfort food! This looks delicious!

  24. Denise March 22, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

    I have been craving comfort food! This looks delicious!

  25. Scott March 22, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    Sounds wonderful! Me and the fiancé will be there on Sunday!

  26. Shelia March 22, 2013 at 2:11 pm #

    Fanin Mart has been a favorite spot of my family’s since the old location on Hwy 471…we would eat there with friends after church almost every Sunday! The tradition remains, and it tastes just as good in the current location in Flowood!! Everything on the menu is good…especially the fried chicken, rolls, and cornbread!

  27. Nathan March 22, 2013 at 2:12 pm #

    Me me me!

  28. Dustin March 22, 2013 at 2:15 pm #

    Looks and sounds delicious!

  29. Karri Chaney March 22, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

    how do I not know about this place??? It looks delicious!

  30. Mary D. March 22, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

    Love Fannin Mart! Good food and a great experience :)

  31. Christa March 22, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

    This sounds like the ideal spot for a Sunday lunch. I’ll definitely be trying this spot out.

  32. Susan March 22, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    Oooooh!!! That looks so good!!

  33. Tammar M. March 22, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

    Fannin mart is good!!

  34. Laura James March 22, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

    Those veggies look just like what I was craving for lunch today! Too bad I didnt see this earlier.

  35. Lauren March 22, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

    Looks amazing!

  36. Ron March 22, 2013 at 3:31 pm #

    That chicken looks delicious. I will have to check this place out!

  37. Debbie March 22, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

    I love their fried chicken!!!

  38. Liz March 22, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

    Awesome!

  39. Nyssa March 22, 2013 at 3:41 pm #

    Have been meaning to eat there since before they moved.

  40. Peter March 22, 2013 at 3:46 pm #

    Looks like a winner to me!

  41. Caroline March 22, 2013 at 4:26 pm #

    Totally forgot about this restaurant! Have to try it out Sunday!

  42. Betsy March 22, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

    BEST Fried chicken… hands down

  43. Mary Lizzie March 22, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

    Sounds delicious!

  44. Nick March 22, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

    Fannin Mart has been one of my favorite places to eat Sunday lunch after church since I was in Jr High, and when it was still located way out in Fannin. If you went to school at NW Rankin or grew up in the Reservoir-Brandon area,, you’ve known about their famous fried chicken for most of your life.

  45. Star March 22, 2013 at 5:22 pm #

    Another good looking place I haven’t heard of! Food looks delish! Can’t wait to try.

  46. Nick March 22, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

    Fannin Mart has been one of my favorite places to eat Sunday lunch after church since I was in Jr High, and even before it moved from where it was-way out in Fannin. If you went to school at NW Rankin or grew up in the Reservoir-Brandon area,, you’ve known about their famous fried chicken for most of your life.

  47. Sara March 22, 2013 at 5:42 pm #

    Love love love fannin!!!!! Great fried chicken! Great memories of this place growing up :)

  48. Kathryn Evans March 22, 2013 at 5:55 pm #

    I love the tradition of Sunday lunch out… eating local is even better than home-cooking… no clean up! :-)

  49. Evelyn Clay March 22, 2013 at 7:42 pm #

    Sunday lunch is coming up!

  50. Katy March 22, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

    I’ve never been here. All these Jxn places I’ve never tried. Must try soon!

  51. Shelia March 22, 2013 at 9:11 pm #

    This sounds delicious! Like going to grandma’s house! Can’t wait to try it!

  52. Lynne March 22, 2013 at 10:36 pm #

    I remember the food being delicious when they were out in the country.People used to drive from all over to eat there.I’ll have to try it at the new location.thanks for the reminder.

  53. Elizabeth March 29, 2013 at 4:06 pm #

    Gannon Mart is a great lunch spot!!

  54. Elizabeth March 29, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

    Fannin Mart is a great lunch spot!!

  55. Danielle Chaney March 29, 2013 at 6:49 pm #

    Fannin Mart is one of my local fav’s….not only is the home cooking amazing, but the owners & staff are incredible as well. In fact, Steve, the owner, has an early Sunday service held at his restaurant led by our pastor, so his staff & friends can worship together before they have to get to work preparing that yummy food for the rest of us.

  56. Lori May 17, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

    We frequently visited Fannin Mart at their old location on Hwy 471 for many years. I also bought 2 of their cookbooks from there, too. We also eat occasionally at their new location on Hwy 25 in Flowood. This is good old southern country cooking at its best – if you have not tried it…stop by soon and enjoy!

  57. Lanette December 6, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

    I took my 3 grandkids out to lunch at Fannin Mart during the Thanksgiving holidays while they were out of school…this was their very first visit ever. We all had the fabulous fried chicken with veggies and finished it off with some fine homemade banana pudding. We absolutely enjoyed every bite – so good! Also, their customer service is amazing – it just does not get any better than this.

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