By Zack Steen
The slugburger is Corinth’s signature dish and a must try for newcomers and visitors to the Crossroads area.
They first became popular during the Great Depression when meat was rather scarce.
No, these burgers aren’t made from real slugs. Its a mixture of beef and soy or some form of breading extender. The patty is deep-fat fried to a golden brown and served with mustard, onion and pickle (some folks add cheese). Most people can eat two burgers with a side of fries.
The original version was sold for a nickel (also known as a slug), hence the name.
There are a handful of local diners who serve up fresh slugburgers, and for those who would like to take some of the meat home, a few grocery stores offer it packaged for sale.
Each July, Main Street Corinth presents a festival held in honor of the delicacy.
The Slugburger Festival is a tradition and features three-days of excitement offering up big name entertainment, a carnival around court square and, of course, slugburgers.
Try a slugburger at these restaurants:
BORROUM’S DRUG STORE
604 East Waldron Street
2052 Shiloh Road
LLOYD’S HARPER ROAD CAFE
1401 North Harper Road
3000 Highway 72 West
WHITE TROLLEY CAFE
1215 Highway 72 East
Pickup slugburger meat at these stores:
1802 Highway 72 East
RICKMAN’S MEAT MARKET
3191 East Shiloh Road
410 Cass Street
2036 East Shiloh Road