City With Soul: New Restaurant Roundup

Dumbo’s on Duling

New restaurants are popping up all over the City With Soul. From New Orleans-inspired dishes to Caribbean cuisine and more, Jackson has a bustling local food scene that is consistently growing. Foodies are making their way to Jackson to see what the buzz is about.

Dumbo’s on Duling’s Paul Adair

Dumbo’s on Duling

Earlier this year, Chef Paul Adair brought a new restaurant, Dumbo’s, to Jackson. Chef Paul has many years of experience in the culinary industry, previously with The Gathering Restaurant in Madison.

Dumbo’s is named after his childhood nickname and is a moderately priced cocktail bar and restaurant.

“With fried chicken as a house specialty, the Dumbo’s team blends elements and ingredients inspired by faraway destinations with classic southern staples, which simply put, make for darn good food.”

Dumbo’s is located in Fondren on Duling Avenue and is sure to be a new happy hour hot spot.

Elvie’s. Image: Cody McCain

Elvie’s

Elvie’s, located in the new Belhaven Town Center, is the city’s newest all-day café.

The concept for Elvie’s was inspired by executive chef and owner Hunter Evans’s grandmother, Elvie, a New Orleans native. Because of its New Orleans-inspired aesthetic and classic Southern hospitality, Elvie’s serves as a thoughtfully curated venue to enjoy breakfast, brunch, dinner or cocktails.

The menu consists of both French and Southern dishes including shrimp and grits, French hermit oysters and Gulf Coast bouillabaisse. The cocktail menu includes classic wine and beer selections as well as original cocktails such as Elvie’s gin fizz.

Co-owners Hunter Evans and Cody McCain have combined attention to detail and passion to create a unique dining experience in the heart of this historic neighborhood.

Campbells Craft Donuts

Campbell’s Craft Donuts

Campbell’s Craft Donuts, also located in Belhaven Town Center, has brought craft donuts and breakfast tacos to the City With Soul.

The scratch-made donuts are made fresh daily, and the available flavors change to meet the demands of customers. From classic flavors such as glazed and chocolate to specialty selections like bacon maple and Boston cream, there is something for everyone.

Owner and chef Mitchell Moore’s goal was to bring Austin street-style tacos to Jackson. Campbell’s tacos can be enjoyed for both breakfast and lunch.

The abundance of seating and whimsical design of the restaurant make it the perfect spot for breakfast, lunch or an afternoon treat.

Godfrey’s

Godfrey’s Caribbean Restaurant

Godfrey’s Caribbean Restaurant in South Jackson is the go-to spot for Jamaican cuisine.

Godfrey Morgan, owner and executive chef, grew up in Jamaica and brought his talents and love for cooking to Jackson. While in culinary school at Hinds Community College, he worked for BRAVO!

With dishes such as coconut fried shrimp, jerk chicken and lobster shrimp quesadillas, the food at Godfrey’s captures the essence of the Caribbean. Beverages such as reggae punch and pineapple tea top off the experience.

The tropical décor of the restaurant contributes to the ambience of an island oasis.

Originally published in the 2020 JXN Tour Guide