The time has come for another Friday to celebrate one of my favorite things in the world– Local food! (In case you’ve missed the previous Friday food celebrations, you can still read about Anjou, Amerigo, and CHAR!)
Today’s focus is the oh-so-cool restaurant in Jackson’s historic Fondren area called Saltine! (Be sure to read all the way to the end for a chance to win a gift certificate to this place!)
Saltine is relatively new to Jackson (it opened in 2014) and really fills a void that Jackson had for a unique seafood restaurant! I got to interview chef, restauranteur, and owner of Saltine Jesse Houston about Saltine itself and about their fantastic catering! (They catered an event at SummerHouse where I work a few months go and it. was. incredible!)
Let’s get to the questioning:
What inspired you to open Saltine?
My passion for oysters and the need for a great seafood restaurant in Jackson is what inspired me to open Saltine.
What sets Saltine apart from other restaurants in the area?
Saltine is set apart by its creativity. From the food, to the drinks, to the decor, we have tried to be as fresh and different as possible. Inside Saltine you’ll find an atmosphere that is light and refreshing, and the food will be comforting yet innovative. We put a lot of time and attention into the details.
As far as catering, what would you say is Saltine’s specialty?
We cater a lot of Po Boys and twists on Southern specialties, but I would say our BBQ and daily plate lunches are where its at. They are really hearty, comforting and delicious, and extremely affordable.
**My friend Anne Marie added that Jesse’s charcuterie is a big hit for events! His spreads feature assorted meat & cheeses with homemade mustards, pickled veggies and jellies. They also do savory waffle cones topped with slaw and fried chicken and raw bars with oysters, peel-and-eat shrimp, and crudo spoons if you’re looking for something really outside of the box for your next catered event!**
What is one of the most unique events Saltine has catered?
I loved catering Lucas Simmon’s wedding. (He’s the brew master at Lucky Town.) We really put on a huge spread for them of BBQ, hot chicken, raw oysters, charcuterie and cheese and much much more. It was a lot of fun!
What do you most love about being the chef at Saltine?
I love being creative and playing with local ingredients at the height of their seasonality, but one of the most rewarding things is seeing a young cook without much experience really grasp hold on what it is we do and take ownership of it. It’s great to see someone be inspired and motivated to learn new things.
Anything else we should know?!
Saltine is a great place for any occasion. We have a fantastic happy hour, a beer selection that can’t be beat, great lunch deals, innovative food and the freshest seafood and oysters.
After reading all of that, how could you not be fired up to try Saltine, either for lunch or dinner, or for catering?! Even if you don’t like seafood (which I tend to be a little picky about, personally), you can still find something great if you dine in there. For example, their burger. OMG.
If Saltine sounds like a place you want to eat soon, simply comment below with what you love about this place or why you want to visit this place and you’ll be entered to win a $20 gift certificate to there! Easy!
AND, if their catering has your ears perked up, mention that you read about it here on The Hive and get a $50 gift certificate when you book your next catering event with them!
The winner of the $20 gift certificate will be selected first thing on Tuesday, November 3rd. So you have until midnight on the 2nd to enter. Good luck!! And thanks so much for stopping by today. Have a GREAT weekend!!