Jackson Loves Brunch
If there is one thing Jackson area diners love on the weekend, it’s brunch. Second only to New Orleans (from whom we’ve been faithful students) when it comes to brunch, Jackson’s local restaurants serve up a world class brunch scene in what’s become known as a brunch town. Who doesn’t love a lazy weekend brunch with a mimosa or Bloody Mary, locally roasted coffee or fresh squeezed juice? We sure do!
Since leisurely mid-morning munching is definitely something that I can raise a mimosa to, let’s get brunching! And remember, without drinks, brunch is just a sad, late breakfast.
Here’s a current list of Eat Jackson’s favorite brunch spots (in no particular order) around the Jackson metro area…
Babalu Tapas & Tacos in Fondren
When Babalu rolled out its new brunch menu a couple of months ago, we were thrilled. They are serving brunch from 11:00 until 3:00 on Saturday and Sunday.
We recommend: the Chilaquiles. Do yourself a favor and try this! The first time I tried this delicious concoction of house-fried chips, pork, cheese, salsa roja, and cumin crema topped with an egg, I was hooked.
BRAVO! Italian Restaurant & Bar in Highland Village
BRAVO! was one of the first Jackson restaurants to serve brunch, and they do it right. I’m not sure that there is better place in Jackson to enjoy two for one mimosas than alongside some of Chef Dan Blumenthal’s delicious food.
We recommend: The Blackened Redfish Benedict. It’s a unique take on the benedict serves up a local favorite – blackened redfish – with an over easy egg over grilled prosciutto. It’s all topped with a crawfish choron to give us a tasty fusion of Italian and Cajun cuisines.
And remember, without drinks, brunch is just a sad, late breakfast.
Brent’s Drugs in Fondren
To know it is to love it, and boy, does Jackson know and love Brent’s. For a twist on a classic diner breakfast, this is your go to place. Open Sundays, 10 AM – 3 PM; regular breakfast and lunch menus available starting on Saturdays at 8 am.
We recommend: The “Brunch Burger.” It’s just a good ol’ Brent’s Burger served with the addition of bacon and a fried egg. Or, add peanut butter, Nutella, or chocolate chips to your pancakes, all with a piping hot mug of coffee, of course – and a mimosa or Bloody Mary courtesy of their resident speakeasy, The Apothecary, hiding in the back.
County Seat at Livingston
County Seat is rethinking traditional favorites and pushing the culinary envelope. Chef Jeremy Enfinger’s brunch menu in the worth the drive location offers the adventurous palate aspirational options while leaving some comfort food on the menu for those of us who don’t like to overthink our brunch.
We recommend: The Omelet Skillet. A bit adventurous – a lot comforting. It’s three farm eggs with sausage, prosciutto, spinach, and creamed mushrooms served with a side of duck fat fries.
The Gathering at Livingston
The Gathering in the Town of Livingston is a casual place that takes its food seriously. While they don’t exactly have a “brunch” menu, they do serve breakfast on Friday and Saturday until 11:00, so it’s a brunchy spot to check out if you haven’t. It’s well worth the drive.
We recommend: The South Nasty. I have to be honest, they had me at the name. What kept me was the food. It’s a fried chicken breast served over biscuits and topped with sausage gravy. Dishes like this are why I’ll never be able to wear skinny jeans.
Iron Horse Grill in Downtown Jackson
The Iron Horse Grill has revitalized the dining scene in downtown Jackson. They like to say that “Downtown is back!” Well, it certainly is for brunch. Get down there starting at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday for your choice of Belgian Waffles or Omelets.
We recommend: The Belgian Waffles. These delicious waffles come topped with your choice of fresh berries, whipped cream and syrup – the exact stuff that brunch dreams are made of.
The Manship Wood-Fired Kitchen in Belhaven
The Manship Wood-Fired Kitchen in Belhaven is another restaurant that doesn’t technically serve a brunch, but their breakfast (available daily) is available until 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. Sadly for us, they aren’t open on Sunday. Regardless of when you go, you need to get there ASAP to try some of Chef Alex Eaton’s delicious house made maple sausage and perfectly made mimosas.
We recommend: Fried French Toast. This unique take on a classic French toast is one of my favorites in Mississippi. Do yourself a favor and get some of the smashed hash browns on the side. I could make a meal of just those. And don’t forget the sausage.
Dishes like this are why I’ll never be able to wear skinny jeans.
Seafood R’evolution in Ridgeland
I don’t think any of us would disagree that, when it comes to brunch, nowhere does it better than New Orleans. However, with the addition of Seafood R’evolution to our local market, we’re officially giving the Big Easy a run for it’s money. Their New Orleans roots are on full display at their delicious Mississippi Blues Brunch. Jackson’s best new chef Payton Warren and legendary Louisiana chef John Folse collaborate to make this one of the metro’s “can’t miss” brunches.
We recommend: Gulf Crab Omelet. Honestly, I recommend all of the items, but no one is working harder to get the freshest seafood than these guys. Get out there and try it. Reservations are recommended.
Table 100 in Flowood
Chef Mike Roemhild has garnered quite the reputation among food enthusiasts since Table 100 opened. A German national, his unique take on Southern food and his commitment to locally sourced ingredients has made Table 100 one of our favorite spots to eat any meal. Plus, it’s location adjacent to the Dogwood shopping area makes it perfect for a Saturday Shopper’s Brunch from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Their Sunday Jazz Brunch – yes there’s live music! – is 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekly.
We recommend: Brats and Eggs. I like to try things I can’t get anywhere else, and I don’t know of any other German chefs in Jackson, so send out the brats! They’re served over Brabant potatoes, topped with eggs and finished with a demi-glace.
>> What’s your favorite brunch spot – and brunch menu item – in Jackson? Drop us a note, or leave a comment below – and we’ll be happy to check it out – and add it to our list on our next update. P.S. We’d also love it if you’d share this story on your favorite social media.