Fried Oysters at Saltine Restaurant. Image: Mark Nardeccia

“This overlooked Southern city might surprise you” said the headline from Food & Wine Magazine.

Overlooked being the key word there.

“Mississippi’s capital city is one of those places [that] keeps an astonishingly low profile, so low that you almost forget it’s there, let alone to keep up to speed on what’s been happening since you last stopped by,” the article goes on to say.

The culinary periodical recognized Jackson last week, calling out city standouts like Fondren’s Saltine Restaurant, and Cathead Distillery, Parlor Market, Lucky Town Brewing Company and Deep South Pops in their recognition.

But Food & Wine wasn’t the only attention we received last week, most of it hitting closer to our Fondren home.

The Mental Floss column, “The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie in All 50 States,” popped up on Campbell’s Bakery’s Facebook timeline, a piece from last year, no less relevant.

“A classic all-butter cookie with semisweet chocolate chips that is so rich it almost melts in your mouth,” writer Suzanne Raga said. We can attest to the description of Campbell’s goodness.

Step across State Street, down Duling Avenue, for another recognized restaurant, CAET. Best Things Mississippi called them one of the “Nine Best Wine Bars in the State.”

“The full bar offers over 30 wine choices available by the glass, which pair perfectly with their menu.” Pork belly grilled cheese or lamb sliders to go with that bottle, anyone?

A short walk down Duling, Cosmopolitan named Brent’s to their “Cutest Diner in Every State” list, calling our favorite 1940’s soda fountain meets burger joint “adorable and really tasty.”

And just today, the Clarion-Ledger released their “Best of Mississippi” reader’s poll results: Campbell’s was voted Best Bakery, The Pig & Pint Best BBQ, Walker’s Drive-In Best Fine Dining and Barrelhouse got the nod for Best New Restaurant.

It’s no secret why we love Fondren, so much so we have dubbed it “Mississippi’s Culinary Capital™.” But, look around: the entire city is brimming with fresh energy.

As Food & Wine said, “(Jackson’s) cultural life is on the upswing, there are a couple of terrific neighborhoods to check out, and the food/drink situation is coming along nicely.”