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.
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.
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).
The Coffee Roastery, featured on CNN, houses a crack team of baristas who draw from an arsenal of coffee beans from across the globe. Guests can get wired beneath the elevated ceilings, go wireless with the complimentary WiFi, or take inspiration from the multi-media artwork and shrines to Shaky, the Norse god of coffee. Percolation professionals drip the darkened elixir in blends from around the world, filling mugs with a straight black brew from Guatemala ($1.70 for 16 oz.), putting a foam cap on espresso from Cameroon ($2.85 for 16 oz.), or stirring chocolate in with Sumatran beans ($3.50). Fill deserted stomachs with a variety of New York–style cheesecakes ($2.95/slice) or one of the rotating flavors of freshly swirled soft-serve ($2.95+).