A quick glance at the Jackson’s menu doesn’t seem to offer much in the way of vegan option. Never fear, though! There are treasures within, and you will be fed.
When I sat down here I was skeptical, so I ordered the shot of the day as a starter. It was tasty, and I was ready to grill my server about the vegan-ness of various menu items. Thankfully, my server was pretty knowledgeable, though he did have to go back to the kitchen and ask the chefs a few questions.
Taking a look at their menu online today, I’m not sure that they still serve the exact salad pictured above, which is a shame, because it was really good. Lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, corn, and chickpeas topped with champagne vinaigrette? I’m on board! Their menu now features a “shredded salad” instead which doesn’t sound as exciting: chopped cabbage, carrots, and red onion with the same dressing. Boring, right? Yeah. And it doesn’t have any protein. Bummer. Maybe if we all ask nicely we can get the delicious chickpea salad back.
That’s right, it’s a bowl of penne with marinara sauce. Is it fancy? No. Does it hit the spot, especially after all those shots of the day? Yes. This is actually really really good for basically just being wheat and tomatoes. The sauce is surprisingly sweet (in a good way), and it’s very flavorful. I would absolutely order this again. Be sure to tell your server you don’t want any cheese on top. Plus, the hunk of bread that comes with it is vegan, which surprised me. This portion is a lot larger than it looks, because the bowl is deep–I had leftovers, which meant I had the pleasure of eating this twice.
The Jackson’s menu is pretty inspired if you’re not a vegan. We vegans have few choices at Jackson’s; there is only one other menu item other than what I’ve described above, the Capri vegetable wrap sans cheese, that’s suitable for people like us. Still, I’ll probably be back to Jackson’s, if only for the great happy hour specials, and I’m sure I’ll find myself digging into a bowl of Russo Marinara again soon.
Jackson’s Bar & Bistro
1800 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37212