Flowood, Mississippi, is a town in the metropolitan Jackson area with a great retail shopping and food scene. Flowood’s “Four Corners”, a single intersection, offers shopping at four unique spots: The Promenade, Lakeland Commons, Dogwood Festival Market, and Market Street, with dozens of choices at each. Since my daughter lives in the neighboring town of Brandon, I visit Flowood a lot. We often try the local eateries, but also enjoy some of the regional chain restaurants. Here is my list of the best places to eat in Flowood, Mississippi.
Georgia Blue is a family-owned Mississippi restaurant named for the owner’s daughter. It is one of the best places to eat in the entire metro-Jackson area, with a few different locations. Visit Monday through Friday for a rotating blue-plate lunch option (meat + sides), or any day for delicious appetizers, southern entrees, and palate-pleasing dishes.
Georgia Blue’s side dish options are plentiful. Choices include grits, broccoli, fried okra, sweet potato fries, Mac and cheese, and fried green tomatoes, to name a few.
Our favorite dishes are the Bayou Bites (crawfish, cheese, roasted veggies), Red Beans and Rice, Georgia Blue Shrimp and Grits, and GB Chicken Sandwich (smoked ham and Havarti).
Half Shell Oyster House
You don’t have to go to New Orleans for great cajun/creole dishes when you have a Half Shell Oyster House in your town. We love going there for just a quick weekday meal or a special occasion. Half Shell’s menu offers oysters (charbroiled, too), po’boys, shrimp specialties, a Sunday Brunch, and daily lunch specials. If you love soup or chowder, Half Shell’s Crawfish, Corn, or Crab Bisque might catch your eye. Order a bowl rather than a cup, they are all that good.
My go-to meal is the rich and creamy Gulf Shrimp and Grits, while the Almond Encrusted Chicken drizzled with red pepper aioli is a close runner-up.
Check out Half Shell’s impressive list of local beer, wine, and creative cocktails.
Ichiban Hibachi & Sushi
Flowood has impressive Japanese and sushi eateries. Our favorite to get both is Ichiban Hibachi & Sushi, a restaurant with a metropolitan resort decor and an incredible lunch crowd.
Hibachi style meals are served with soup, salad with ginger dressing, vegetable mix, and a signature Yum-Yum sauce (pink sauce). We always begin our meal with Ichiban’s tasty Cheese Wontons and typically order Chicken Teriyaki or the Combo with Steak and Tuna. Ichiban also has lunch bento boxes for $13.
It is worth mentioning that the chicken and steak are both quality meat cuts, like in some Japanese eateries. The dish pictured below is a bacon-wrapped beef medallion that is superb, and something I’ve only seen at this Japanese restaurant.
Jo’s Diner is a local retro diner that is as much fun to visit as it is to eat their authentic American classics such as burgers, fries, and onion rings. With classic 50’s music playing in the background and all sorts of fun nostalgic things to look at, you will be entertained while waiting for your meal. Jo’s even has a full bar menu and kid-friendly malts, shakes, and floats.
We like Jo’s for breakfast, too. Try the chocolate chip pancakes, four-egg Philly Omelet (with marinated Rib-Eye steak, onions, peppers, and Swiss cheese), Cajun Benedict (with a side of hashbrown casserole), or chicken & waffles. Jo’s also has beignets, generously dusted with powdered sugar.
Jo’s Diner has a Blue Plate Special of the Day and Veggie Plate Special (choice of four, cornbread, and a drink). Low-carb and calorie options are also available on both the breakfast and lunch/dinner menus.
Primos Cafe is a fast casual restaurant in Flowood, Mississippi serving Southern food to city folks since the 1920s.
Try Primos Bird Special (with a biscuit, cheesy grits or hash browns, bacon or sausage, and eggs), Cobb Salad (with Mississippi Kum-back sauce), or the popular weekday Blue Plate Specials (Lemon Pepper Tilapia, Fried Chicken, Meatloaf, and Turkey and Dressing).
You can take away many of your favorite Primos Cafe food items (pimento cheese, chicken salad, cakes, dressings, pasta) from the Take Away cooler inside of the restaurant. Primos also has an in-house bakery that makes treats from scratch daily.
Soulshine Pizza Factory
Soulshine Pizza Factory, named for an Allman Brothers Band song lyric, is a popular local pizza chain restaurant with a laid-back vibe, locally brewed beer, a great happy hour, and live music throughout the week. Oh, and fantastic pizza!
Soulshine’s menu includes made-to-order pizzas, calzones, Po-boy’s, salads, and traditional Southern food. We like the Alfredo Calzone (grilled chicken, spinach, artichoke hearts), Billy Blue’s Red Beans & Rice (chock full of smoked sausage), and the Chopped Salad. Soulshine even offers gluten-free crust so everyone can enjoy a tasty pizza.
Save room for the Slap Yo’ Momma Bread Puddin’ with New Orleans style bourbon sauce.
Sugar Magnolia Takery
Sugar Magnolia Takery is my go-to for salads, sweets, and take away items to prepare later. You’ll also find a full-service restaurant with daily specials and dozens of food items to choose from.
We love the casserole selection, with flavors ranging from Rotes Chicken Spaghetti and Pot Roast with veggies to Lemon Chicken Fusilli and Beef Stroganoff. I am also a big fan of the cashew curry chicken salad, Mississippi caviar, potato salad, and artichoke bake.
Sweet treats include brownies, cookies, petit fours, cupcakes, banana pudding, peach cobbler, special occasion cakes, and pies.
Table 100 is most-likely Flowood, Mississippi’s most upscale restaurant. Offering European and American bistro fare, this is a place you won’t want to miss for the ambiance and superb dishes.
The Flash Fried Jumbo Shrimp and served Cowboy Ribeye are our favorite dishes. Finish your meal with a Warm Cheesecake Brownie, topped with vanilla ice cream, white chocolate sauce, and a yummy fresh berry coulis.
Don’t miss Table 100’s Sunday brunch with Eggs Benedict, Crab Cake Florentine, and Buttermilk Fried Chicken or the $10 daily lunch specials. Or come early for dinner to enjoy the piano bar.
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