Tampico Mexican Grill’s expert chefs sizzle fresh meats and veggies to forge a variety of traditional dishes, served with homemade salsa. Culinary expeditions or temporary sculptures begin with fresh guacamole, prepared to taste with diner-selected ingredients such as cilantro and jalapeños ($4.99). The pollo Tampico’s marinated grilled chicken breast cozies beneath a melted cheese blanket ($10.99), and breaded and deep-fried chicken or steak pair ably with a single roasted jalapeño and hearty helping of fries in the Milanesa Tampico ($9.99). Five fajita offerings sail sizzling to plates in portions for either solo diners or dynamic duos, with fresh scallops, shrimp, or steak filling a choice of flour or corn tortillas ($10.99+). Midday munchers can fill plates or fanny packs with 1 of 19 lunch specials, including meat-centric and vegetarian options. Several beers and wines wash down meals, while frozen or rocks margaritas quench thirsts in several sizes, including regular ($4.25+), jumbo ($6.99+), and monster ($10.99+).
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+).
Those looking for custom color perfectly suited to their skin tone will feel right at home within Sun Gallery, which won Jackson Free Press' "Best Tanning Salon of Jackson" in 2010, 2011, and 2012. At either of their impeccably clean studios, friendly tanning experts help clients attain their best-ever bronze thanks to a unique rotational method that guides them through three levels of beds with differing intensities. When used in a specific rotational pattern, the method helps build a longer-lasting, natural-looking glow that builds gradually, creating an even suntan, avoiding burns, and increasing the natural production of Vitamin D.
Airbrush services lend ephemeral shading for special events or the UV-shy. Unlike some studios where the spray tans are performed by machines, Sun Gallery's are performed by real airbrush experts who spray it on by hand, ensuring a glow that is streak-less and customized to each customer's contours in only 30 minutes.
The Cookie Store helps its customers to satisfy their sweet teeth with an extensive assortment of fresh-baked cookies and seven types of smoothies. From classics such as chocolate chip to more inventive flavors including snickerdoodle, honey oatmeal raisin walnut, and heath-bar toffee, The Cookie Store’s bakers concoct a spread of delicious bite-size treats daily. In addition to cookie trays and tins, bakers create custom cookie cakes in a variety of different shapes, including hearts and circles, that can be decorated with birthday messages, cartoon characters, or interpretations of Jackson Pollock masterworks.
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.
For the owner of JustKaking, what started as a playful gift from a friend?a simple cake-decorating kit?soon became a passion. He poured himself into decorating cakes for family and friends, taking his skills to higher levels with each new treat. A thriving group of social media followers helped convince him to open his own bakery and now he makes everything from icing-sculpted basketballs for birthday parties to elegant golden tower cakes for weddings.
JustKaking's custom cakes come in a variety of quirky flavors including pink lemonade, butter pecan, and chicken and waffle. Pack your treat into a single sheet or have a round or square tower bursting with lemon cake and a fresh strawberry filling. For a quick bite, indulge in a cupcake, a batch of dipped berries, or a cake pop.