During the last month I have made my first trip to Orange Beach, AL, ate through New Orleans in one day with my soul sisters, loved having my family and friends in Jackson for the wedding, rehearsed, got married, honeymooned to Greece and Italy, went to the Southern Miss Homecoming football game (unwise compromise), had one job interview, succumbed to the fact I live in MS by getting a new drivers license, changed my name, had a first big married argument (his unwise decision), turned back the clocks one hour, and now I’m tired.
I could write about how fantastic the whole wedding weekend was. Or how the transition to living in the South is still difficult. Or the realization that a job in food would really make me happy. Or that Wal*Mart has started selling caskets online, which you can conveniently add to your gift registry. But I’m going to go back in time to August 26 and the night of my birthday dinner. At this rate you’ll get to hear about the wedding in February.
For my birthday this year Ben took me to Walker’s Drive-In.
The name is a little deceiving because it’s not really a drive-in unless you count driving into the parking lot. Of all people, he knows how significant good food is to me, especially for a special occasion, and he delivered.
It’s an assuming small building with hints of a diner, complete with a black and white tile floor. The inside has a counter with round stools, booths outlining the perimeter of the room, and tables packed into the middle space. At lunch it lives up to the diner feel, but at dinner they pull out the glassware, white table clothes and candles.
At first glance one cannot help but notice the Asian Three Way. Whomever got to name that dish thought they were being really clever. Being of Asian descent, I meant to innocently ask the waitress what exactly that entailed but forgot. We decided to forgo the Asian Three Way (seaweed, squid and tuna), for the Walker’s Tamales and a B.L.T. Wedge Salad.
Both the tamales and salad were amazing, a promising beginning. The tamales were moist, full of flavor and kick, the salad was crisp and had a very good bleu cheese buttermilk dressing. From there we moved on to Shrimp and Grits for me, and a Filet for Ben. My dish had fresh corn mixed in with plump shrimp, spicy sausage and creamy grits, it was delicious. Ben’s steak was perfect and had traditional sides of asparagus and mashed potatoes, but both were executed beautifully.
And of all days, you know dessert was not going to be missed. I had Heath Bar Tiramisu, a complementary spin off the regular marscapone cheese and lady fingers, and Ben had Walker’s Bread Pudding (of course), the weakest in our line up.
I imagine that you could order most anything off the menu and not be disappointed. It’s now my favorite restaurant in Jackson and if you tried it, I bet you might consider giving it that title as well. There was no better way to celebrate turning 28.
Walker’s Drive In
3016 N State St
Jackson, MS 39216
Phone (601) 982-2633