Old Jackson Restaurants: Photos & Memorabilia
Coming into Jackson southbound on 127 to West Avenue, a stranger might think there's nothing here but places to eat...okay, maybe an occasional mattress shop or tire joint, but just look at what awaits us every time we travel down West Avenue and its side streets:
ALPHA CONEY ISLAND
BUFFALO WILD WINGS
LONG JOHN SILVER’S
LOS TRES AMIGOS
NEW COUNTRY CHINA BUFFET
ROOSTER’S CONEY ISLAND
WHITE’S CHICKEN LITTLE
All these within a 3½ mile stretch down West Avenue and its side streets, from I-94 to W. High Street. Holy Cow. Are they even all still open?
Even though every one of those separate eateries are favorites of numerous people, my old favorites on West Ave. are gone:
And some of my old favorites throughout the rest of town:
Big Boy (downtown, now Casler Hardware)
H. Salt Fish & Chips
Tom’s Tiki Room
Viking Steak House
It’s a fact: people are rabid when it comes to their favorite places to eat. Even if the food stinks, most of the time it’s the atmosphere, a friendly/familiar waitperson, or just a convenient place to meet that is the most appealing. I mean, not EVERY eatery can have “the best burger in town”, right?
It’s always a drag when your favorite place shuts down and you’re left to find your next favorite place. One of the things that helps ease the loss of your preferred eateries are the little extras that you’ve picked up: a matchbook, napkin, trinket, ashtray….or even a menu you might have stolen. Coming across one of these souvenirs that got jammed in the back of your dresser drawer or desk may bring a smile to your face as you recall the good times you had at that particular place.
The gallery below shows some of those leftover trinkets as well as some photos of restaurants, eateries, and saloons gone by.
Jackson Eatery Memories
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Gallery Credit: John Robinson