I discovered a fabulous place for killer oysters on a recent trip to Jackson, Mississippi: Saltine Oyster Bar. Saltine is super trendy and located inside an old school-like building in the artsy Fondren part of town. They feature oysters selected from different regions of the country and Canada. Saltine Oyster Bar’s 626 degree oven allows the oysters to be wood-fired (char-grilled), definitely a game changer for those who do not like raw oysters. Employees, such as Leo, have mastered the art of oyster preparation.
My Mississippi native daughter, Taylor, and I were hosted by Saltine Oyster Bar and it far surpassed our expectations. We went at 1:30 PM which seemed to be the perfect time to enjoy lunch without the busy lunchtime crowds.
Delicious and Unique Southern Fine Food Offerings at the Saltine Oyster Bar
Our meal began with a sampling of Saltine’s three main types of wood-fired oysters: Alabama (drizzled with white bbq sauce), Citrus (prepared with butter, citrus, garlic, and shallots), and Lafitte (topped with a mixture of crawfish tails, parmesan, bacon, and hot sauce). While all of the oysters were mouthwatering, the Alabama won my vote! Customers may purchase the oysters in dozen or half dozen quantities. You will want to go ahead and order the dozen, trust me.
Another appetizer that we tried were the Lobster & Shrimp Spring Rolls, served with a delicious Garlic Chili Sauce. Taylor ordered the spicy Beer Battered Catfish & Chips as her entree and she loved it. The fries were just as good as the fish. I opted for Saltine’s most popular dish, the PB&J. Other Southern inspired favorites would be a variety of Po’Boys, Gulf Shrimp & Grits, Alligator & Andouille Gumbo, and Low Country Boil.
Chef and owner Jesse Houston has created an amazing recipe called PB&J. It features crispy pork belly and pepper jelly that is served with boiled peanuts, which looked like beans. Boiled peanuts are a staple in the south and though I had never tried them, I found them to be exquisite.
Saltine’s Cool Style
Appealing decor, stylish furniture, and a super cool bar make this restaurant stand apart from others in the area. The rows of liquor, glassware, and beers on tap are very aestethically pleasing. Chalkboards above the bar and near the front door list the daily specials, drafts on tap, and types of oysters available.The octopus wall mural was most interesting and I loved how Saltine used their leftover oyster shells for decoration.
Another cool offering was the beer flavored ice cream for dessert but I was too stuffed to have some. Would you give it a try?
Supporting Local Businesses
The Saltine Oyster Bar buys the following from local businesses: Gulf Coast fishermen, Simmons Catfish, Salad Days, Mississippi Natural Products, Mauthe’s Progress Milk Barn, Bobkat Farms, Amorphous Gardens, Mississippi Bees, Beanfruit Coffee, Two Dog Farm, and The Garden Farmacy.
Because the white cloth napkins left a mess on Taylor’s dark pants, I would recommend switching to black napkins. This is the only improvement I could find during my dining experience. Thanks for providing Jackson, Mississippi with an awesome dining spot and a stellar menu.
My Rating Scale 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest)= 9 1/2
Saltine Oyster Bar
622 Duling Avenue, Jackson, MS 39216
(601) 982- 2899
Mon-Thurs 11AM-1oPM Fri-Sat 11AM-11PM Sun 11AM-9PM
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Jesse and I at his gorgeous restaurant.
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