Walker's Drive-In, Fondren, and the Beverage Emporium

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Av made supper reservations for us at Walker's Drive-In (which is now a nice restaurant, not a drive-in, and is considered one of Jackson's best) at 3016 N. State Street in the Fondren District of Jackson. It was *excellent*!

Walker's is actually in two buildings - one is the original drive-in (they kept the wonderful neon sign and the black & white & chrome interior) and the other building, right next door, has a more upscale, very dark interior. The pic in the middle, below, is that building - it's the one we had supper in:
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The kitchen is actually in the drive-in building, so the servers walk across the driveway to bring the food to the other building. The one and only bad thing about the building we had supper in is that it can get incredibly loud. That's something that never really gets to me, but the night we were there, Av and I were practically yelling at each other across the table (as was everyone else...not very romantic!).

For our entrees, Av had the Redfish Anna - it was *perfect*:
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...and I had a filet with asparagus and mashed potatoes. Both of them were great, but Av's was better!
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We came back the next day to Fondren - I love the architecture in that neighborhood!
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Here are some other examples:
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One of the places we stopped was at the Fondren Beverage Emporium (3030 N. State Street, 601/321.0806):
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They have drinks and candies from all over the world (and the nice part is that they're all non-alcoholic and it's a wonderful atmosphere for kids). The owner had that wonderful Dublin Dr. Pepper, and hundreds of other drinks.

We bought:
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Blenheim Ginger Ale (super-spicy), Cool Mountain Gourmet Soda in Black Cherry, Grape Nehi, Lorina Sparkling Pink Lemonade, Kickapoo Joy Juice, Ramune (made in Japan, sealed with a marble) and not pictured, Cheerwine (which we drank right-off - it's hard to find outside the Carolinas, and it's sweetened with sugar rather than HFCS).

The bag is of Flower's Kiss Candy, imported from Japan. I had no idea what it was until I read this, but I had to have it just for the pretty packaging of each piece:
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Next door to the beverage emporium was Orange Peel, a vintage clothes (& maybe furniture?) shop, but they were closed when we went by. I think I'd like to visit just about every shop in that neighborhood!

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