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Mat's Cafe & Catering

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212 S Mechanic St, Jackson, MI 49201-2328
+1 517-787-8950
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2017

Good portion sizes & food is excellent. can be a bit of a line at lunch so call in if you can. only downside is they cater as well and are sometimes closed so as noted Call ahead to order and make sure they are open.

Thank Mark R
Jackson, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

Mat's Café has excellent food, and the menu is very creative! You get huge portions as well. Great BBQ joint!

Thank shorning
Jackson, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2016

Mat does a great job cooking up tasty barbecue and innovative side dishes. The brisket is flavorful and tender, as is the pulled pork. His specialty baked potato are worth a try.

Thank ZEJ2013
Jackson, Michigan
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2016

Mat's is the place if you want a great sandwich, salad or bake potatoes. The Texas potato with BarBque Beef is great. Service is fast and very friendly. A great place to go for lunch

Thank 612kennyp
Jackson, Michigan
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2016

Fabulous place to eat, everything is delicious. Only open at lunch and only open for dinner during Lent. Fabulous place for lunch

Thank Teresa D
Jackson, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2016

Café type dining - great for takeout and lunch... Barbeque is good, plenty of salad options, soup, sandwiches. Mac and Cheese is good

Thank Jan S
Jackson, Michigan
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17 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2016

mat's smoked meats have all the trademarks of honest to goodness barbeque. I've had texas and KC bbq, but mat's is superior by far.

Thank jmpres
Jackson, Michigan
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2016

Never been disappointed in the sandwiches made as you order, over the last ten years. Very convenient, when working downtown Jackson with prompt service.

Thank J2136FEevelynm
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2016

Best local bbq pulled pork sandwich, delicious creamy mac & cheese, good portion size. Great place for lunch!

Thank David L
Jackson, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2016

I've been to Mat's a few times and have never been disappointed. I always order the BBQ pulled pork sandwich and it's always delicious!

Thank StrongRefrigerator

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 212 S Mechanic St, Jackson, MI 49201-2328
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Jackson
  • Phone Number: +1 517-787-8950

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?