Todd reviews Napa Smith Lost Dog, an American red ale from California.
In addition to making his Food Network debut Sunday, Oct. 20, local chef Tom Ramsey is busy opening his first restaurant, La Finestra. The Italian eatery will open in the Plaza Building on Congress St. downtown the first week of November. Here's what he had to say about the restaurant:
This came together real fast. I got a call that this place was available. I came down and met the owner, and within a week, we had a deal struck. I got the keys on Oct. 1 and we’re turning it around in 30 days.
It’s called La Finestra, which means "the window." (He gestures to the walls of floor-to-ceiling windows surrounding the space in a corner of the ground floor of the Plaza Building downtown). It is traditional Italian food, very affordable. We make all the pastas in-house, all the sauces from scratch.
Well, initially I though I would open a burger place. When I came down to see the space, I had my son Whit with me. I said, “You know, it doesn’t really look like a burger place,” and my son said, “It looks like an Italian restaurant.” And I said, “Ooooooh.”
Anytime I have a concept for a restaurant, I write a menu. So I went home and wrote an Italian menu, and really liked the way it was coming together. I just made a decision that night to go Italian. We're really excited about the direction its going.
Todd reviews Sam Adams' seasonal Oktoberfest offering and is pleased to find a drinkable amber lager in an attractive, recyclable can.
Todd (with guest star Mukesh Kumar) reviews Six Hop IPA, a higher-alcohol beer with a suprisingly smooth flavor.
Todd checks out Lazy Mag's pale ale, including a little discussion of the name change.
Todd reviews Devil's Harvest Pale Ale, a brew by Southern Prohibition and a staple in the JFP Beer Fridge.
Just in time for the spring food issue of the Jackson Free Press next week, we asked on Facebook: What is your favorite dish at a locally owned restaurant in the Jackson area? What and where? We've gotten dozens of responses so far—and some great suggestions! Here they are:
Nicholas Scott Whitehead EVERYTHING at CS'S!!
ReBecca Christine McDonald Beef Shwarma at Petra's Cafe
Christopher Alan Burrow Fish Tacos at The Islander ate great!
Leah Murry Mine is a "wish they were still here" - it was the GT's fries (and shrimp po-boy) at Good Time Deli. How I wish they were still around! No one has fries like that. Sigh.
Zachary Murphy Any and everything at Keifers!!!
Lindsey George Chicken & Dressing at George's Museum Cafe!
Melissa Burks Dearman Red fish and scallops at the Mayflower. And of course the comeback dressing!
Mandy Montgomery Mullen Hey Leah Murry, I am TOTALLY with you on that! We actually make em at home now just so I can 'get my fix' My Favorite dish tho would have to be the Pork Belly Taco at Babalu...I could eat those EVERY DAY! Or Shrimp and Grits at Table 100, which changed my view on Greens for life! Man, I could do this all day...
Sarah Asmus My favorite dish is grits and grillades at Steve's Downtown Deli & Bakery. Or the chicken salad. Or any of the cookies. Or the focaccia bread.
David Martin Buchanan Fried chicken sandwich with portobello fries at Julep
Richard Laswell Camerones al a Diabla from El Portrillo's in Flowood.
Marilynne Nelson Gyro with mushrooms, mozz, and feta dressing instead of tzatziki from Keifer's.
Savanah Perry Pimento and cheese at Brent's!
Bridgette Iupe Thursday lunch plate at walkers meatloaf with Mac and cheese. Just makes me feel good.
Tasha Grayson Bibb Short ribs with garlic potatoes and creamed spinach at Char! Oh! And that cornbread.....
Janice Hogan Grilled salmon and oysters at Eslava's on Lakeland
Pam Keith Dollar Shrimp and Grits and Creme Brulee at Bon Ami - and Peach Tea too - can't forget that!
Dorothea Brock Red fish Anna, Walkers
Lonnie Ford Lamb chops at Aladdins grille
Ashley Cummins Jolly PM burger at Parlor market.
Happy O'Quinn Shrimp pasta at Sugar's Downtown
Duan Carter Pho @ Saigon, Turkey Burger from Cool Al's, Chicken from Two Sisters, Rib Tips & Hot Links from E&L BBQ, Supreme Pizza from Pizza Shack, last but not least Steak Burrito from the Valdez on Old Canton! I know you said one - but those are my favs - just keeping it real.
Duan Carter OH - off the cuff - Saigon is moving into the old Fazzoli's on Ridgewood Road, they are supposed to be moved in and rolling by May - they closed the location on County Line road. Good for me, bad for Rankin county - yes indeed!
Leah Murry @mandy montgomery mullen - I don't think I could make them at home to taste anything like Good Time Deli! ...