During the past few months, I've tried a few new restaurants in the Jackson area with sharing.
1.) Saltine. This fun new oyster bar is located in Duling Hall, and you will love it! Both the woodfired and the fried oysters are delicious, as is their po' bao appetizer (inventive). You will LOVE their banoffee pie, and amazing combination of banana, coffee, caramelized sugar and whipped cream in a mason jar. Just get the banoffee pie. Trust me on this one.
2.) Caet is a little spot specializing in wine and small plates, perfect for dinner/drinks with a friend. (It, too, is located in Fondren, practically adjacent to Saltine.) We started with the chickpea appetizer, which is a really good value for the money (huge portion, and tasty to boot!). We also chose a fish small plate and a beef carpaccio small plate. Both were good. Service was speedy, and prices were reasonable. A fun, social spot!
3.) Lou's recently opened up in Belhaven, in the location of the old Basil's (adjacent to the old Jitney 14). In the past few weeks, I've eaten at a reception they catered, joined them for dinner, and taken a friend to lunch there. The food here is really, really good. Service is young and adorable. Prices are reasonable. And they have a cute side deck where you can eat in the open air. But, mainly, the food is really, really good. At lunch, I had the roasted chicken daily special. Amazing. When I went by for dinner, I chose the smoked salmon dip (which I would recommend to ANYONE. Delicious!!) and a side anti-Caesar salad (named so because Lou's uses anchovy-less dressing). Get over there. The food is really, really good. Just get over there.