Bars in Jackson:

Chilango's Mexican Grill

Address:
1020 E Ganson Street
Jackson, MI 49201
Phone:
(517) 795-1502
As one of the most popular restaurants in Jackson, Chilango's offers one of the best shrimp fajitas in all of Michigan. Another crowd pleaser is their 12" make your own burrito, which comes covered in queso sauce. The restaurant also offers more health-conscious options like their vegan menu and burrito bowl. Also, be sure to try their homemade salsa and tortilla soup. Between the portion sizes (which are huge), the excellent customer service and the friendly atmosphere, you can't find a better Mexican joint in Jackson than Chilango's.

The Chase Sports Bar

Address:
105 E Michigan Ave
Jackson, MI 49201
Phone:
(517) 768-8231
To watch a sports game with the family over a burger and some fries, you won't find much better than Chase Sports Bar. The bar is home to a neat atmosphere and tons of TVs to catch any Michigan team's game. The mini pretzels, served on a frisbee you can take home, are sure to be a hit with the kids. For the adult's menu, expect a large variety of hamburgers. Their Olive Burger and the Black-n-Bleu Burger are great, and the PB & J Burger is a must-try for the more adventurous.

Oak Tree Lounge

Address:
617 Oak Street
Jackson, MI 49201
Phone:
(517) 783-5823
Tucked into a neighborhood a few blocks off the main drag, Oak Tree Lounge is an unassuming bar offering meals that are sure to fill you up. While my favorite is the Mighty Mike (a half-pound burger loaded with olives and bleu cheese), the Mighty Oak is the restaurant's standard option, with relish, lettuce, onions and mustard/ketchup served on top of a half-pound patty with your choice of cheese. But it isn't all burgers here — the Pesto Pizza is great, and the Sizzlin' Stir Fry is never a bad choice.

The Crazy Cowboy

Address:
215 S Mechanic Street
Jackson, MI 49201
Phone:
(517) 817-1910
The Crazy Cowboy is one of the boldest Tex-Mex restaurants in southern Michigan. For starters, the Crazy Fajita is the flagship dish. Smothered in cheese and brimming with tomatoes, green peppers and chicken, one bite of this fajita and you'll be coming back. On the weekends, the restaurant turns more into a bar, hosting a DJ on most nights. Be sure to try the CoronaRita, or any of their dozen or so margaritas. Of course, they serve all sorts of Mexican beers like, Dos Equis, Tecate and Pacifio.

Yenking Chinese Restaurant

Address:
2100 Bondsteel Drive
Jackson, MI 49202
Phone:
(517) 787-8701
A Jackson landmark for many years over, even out-of-towners swear by Yenking Chinese and don't hesitate to make the trip out there. As for me, I go with any of their chicken options. The General Tso's will definitely put some pep in your step, as will the garlic chicken. For beef options, the rainbow beef and curry beef are good too, but once you try their General Tso's you'd be hard-pressed to order anything different on your next visit. The restaurant also has a small bar with a few drink options, but nothing too crazy.

Steve's Ranch

Address:
311 W Louis Glick Hwy
Jackson, MI 49201
Phone:
(517) 787-4367
If you're looking for a satisfying meal in a familiar environment, Steve's Ranch is Jackson's spot just for you. For breakfast, I usually go for their Rancher's Breakfast special. It comes with the standard eggs, hash browns and toast, but the best part is the option of ordering up to 4 different meats with the meal. You'll easily recognize all of their dinner choices, but no matter which you choose, make sure you get their homemade chips for your potato option.

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