Jackson has a tremendous amount of excellent restaurants in a variety of styles. In any case, this helps to encourage a lively dating circuit on campus and provides a change of pace for the Greek-centric lifestyle that most Millsaps students live. Surprisingly, however, students learn to mostly avoid the downtown area, because there are only a few good places to eat there. A car, therefore, is almost essential for reaching good off-campus dining locations.
Within a few minutes' drive, Greek, Japanese, Chinese, and Mexican places are at the fingertips of any hungry student. They are usually affordable, and their menus are easy to order from, so the restaurant scene is ideal for dates. On the other hand, more traditional selections are left in the hands of some fairly uninspired restauranteurs. Few of the pizza or burrito places are above average; though, naturally, they're cheaper, so a couple of new places will surface every year or two.