To demonstrate just how old-fashioned it is, Bops Frozen Custard Flowood’s staff keeps its ice cream at the same temperature as Theodore Roosevelt’s bedroom thermostat: approximately 26 degrees. Whipped with very little air to maintain a dense flavor, Bops’ flagship frozen custard finds its way into sundaes, banana splits, and concretes, in which the custard and toppings are blended until the mixture is thick enough to turn upside down. Fruit smoothies and shaved ice in 26 flavors cool down mouths after heated exchanges with rival debate gangs, and a selection of take-home pies and custards keeps tempers chilled for days to come.
Licensed massage therapist Monika Sandifer-Wilson knows every massage style in the book, and is as skillful at lymphatic-drainage massages as she is at therapeutic and deep-tissue modalities. In addition to the aforementioned services, she also offers couples massages, which incorporate soothing add-ons such as sugar scrubs, aromatherapy, and the application of skin-softening paraffin wax on the hands and feet.
Nominated for Metromix Jackson's Best Lunch, Beatty St. Grocery's vintage environs bestow bellies with 100% beef burgers, buffalo chicken wings, breakfast plates, and po' boys. The grills gracing the humble home-style eatery sear meaty mounds such as the 8-ounce Super Beatty beef burger ($3), which journeys from open flame to plate, collecting juices, seasonings, and souvenir spoons along its way. Hard-working appetites demanding a raise can upgrade to 16 ounces of pure beef burger ($4.50), and stomachs seeking a snack can sustain on the 4-ounce jumbo ($2.25) or the 2-ounce small burger ($1.50). Traditional po' boys parlay a little Louisiana onto a plate with options such as sausage, ham, pepper steak, catfish, and shrimp ($4.99), grilled-cheese sandwiches bring the kiss of the grill to the meatless set ($2.50), and the chicken-fried-steak sandwich sings of home from the comforts of its bread ($3.50).
A local favorite, Stamps Superburger took third place in the Jackson Free Press’s Best of Jackson 2012 competition, winning accolades in both the Best Local Burger and Best Fries category. The original Superburger is a 12-ounce beef patty topped with lettuce, tomato, and pickles, but diners can customize theirs with an assortment of additional toppings including four kinds of cheese, grilled onions, and chili. Chefs will also swap in a turkey burger or substitute a really nice edited photo of a 6-ounce beef patty for lighter appetites. Orders of fresh-cut fries round out the meal—choose from lemon-pepper or Cajun seasoning or sweet potato fries.
The coffee and pastry lovers of Koinonia Coffee House transformed a dilapidated building into a cozy home complete with shiny wood floors, comfortable armchairs, and fresh baked goods. Guests are met with the aromas of brewed coffee and freshly baked loaves of focaccia bread. They can sink teeth into turkey clubs or egg sandwiches in between sips of orange creams or mint-white-chocolate-chip smoothies.