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Opened in Jackson, Mississippi in 1982, Bully’s Restaurant has become a favorite for locals and visitors in search for authentic soul food. The lunchtime crowds wrap around the parking lot as many dine in and take home. Named for owner Tyrone Bully, it’s still a family-run operation with his wife and kids working behind the counter. Pictures of Civil Rights leaders cover the walls as well as photos with notable guests. It’s even been honored by the James Beard Foundation as an “American Classic.”
The menu is simple and seasonal. It includes items that are always available and those that change daily. You might find oxtails, chitterlings, and giant turkey wings one day and meatloaf the next. The fried catfish is fantastic, along with the stuffing. Okra, collards, yams, and macaroni and cheese are popular side dishes. Save room for blueberry cobbler.
Read more about Bully’s Restaurant on the Southern Foodways Alliance.
If You Go
Bully’s Restaurant is located at 3118 Livingston Road, Jackson (Mississippi), 39213. It’s open Monday to Saturday from 11 am to around 6 pm. Parking is available in the onsite lot, but fills up quickly.
I visited Bully’s with Visit Jackson and Travel South USA.