All posts tagged: Jackson

The Apothecary in Fondren

One of my favorite spots to eat in Jackson is at Brent’s Drugs in Fondren. Walk inside, and time has stood still. The restaurant still looks like it would have in the 1950s  or 1960s complete with vintage bar stools and a soda fountain-style ice cream bar. I used to visit there frequently on Sunday mornings, where breakfast is a modest price compared to most eateries, and I was thrilled when they opened a little, speak easy-style bar in back called The Apothecary. Above is a video of my last visit to The Apothecary. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Advertisements

More of the story: It’s all about ‘Soul.’ Jackson man dances his way out of poverty and violence

Johnny Burgess Jr. grew up in a poverty-stricken neighborhood in west Jackson impacted by violence at an early age. In 1997, when he was 9, someone broke into his father’s apartment and stabbed him to death during a brawl. (Read The Clarion-Ledger version of the story and watch a video about Burgess.) “I guess they were trying to rob him, and they didn’t know he was there,” said Burgess, now 25. “That, alone, changed my mentality. I didn’t know how or what way I would get out of the neighborhood, but I just knew that, one day, I would be somebody.” Today, the former standout basketball star and high school artist turned dancer is touring the nation with the UniverSoul Circus. The event will be held at Jackson’s MetroCenter Mall at 1395 Metrocenter Street through Sunday, May 19. “There was a lot of negativity around,” said Burgess, recalling his childhood. “There were people doing a lot of bad things – drugs, fighting and gunplay in the neighborhood. But my mom kept me in church, and …

Do you know what Babalu means?

I Love Lucy fans are familiar with the word “Babalu.” Ricky Ricardo frequently belted out his signature song, a Cuban standard, at his Tropicana nightclub before it was renamed Club Babalu. The song references Babalu-Aye, a deity of Afro-Caribbean origin in the Santeria religion – a faith that blends African religion with some aspects of Christianity. The singer cries out to Babalu to bring his lost love back. It’s also a word that Jackson restaurant owner Al Roberts tucked away in his mind, thinking it would be a great restaurant name. The Fondren eatery Babalu Tacos & Tapas opened five weeks ago at 622 Duling Ave. Three classrooms that were part of the old Duling School were transformed into the space. Enter and your eyes are drawn to a wall projection of vintage I Love Lucy clips. “I was in a restaurant (out of state) that had a small screen that they were showing cowboy movies on,” Roberts said. “When I saw that, I thought we could put I love Lucy on it.” The restaurant’s …

The stained glass catfish chef

I visited a Jackson eatery on Highway 80 called The Country Fisherman today and noticed this stained glass catfish chef inside. He seemed to fit my blog theme. According to the Web site, the restaurant’s recipes were developed by Peggy Harris Tuma at the Prentiss location in 1988. They also have restaurants in Brookhaven, Laurel and Mendenhall. Check it out if you want to sample a great Southern food buffet. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save