What are Corinth, Miss. Slugburers?

Many Corinth cafes serve up the iconic slugburger. / Photo by Mark Boehler

 

By Zack Steen

Crossroads Magazine

Read the complete Corinth, MIss. Newcomers & Visitors Guide 2020 here.

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

(662) 286-3361

JOE’S DINER

2052 Shiloh Road

(662) 284-0668

LLOYD’S HARPER ROAD CAFE

1401 North Harper Road

(662) 287-5096

SLUGBURGER CAFE

3000 Highway 72 West

(662) 287-1311

WHITE TROLLEY CAFE

1215 Highway 72 East

(662) 287-4593

Pickup slugburger meat at these stores:

GARDNER’S SUPERMARKET

1802 Highway 72 East

(662) 286-6653

RICKMAN’S MEAT MARKET

3191 East Shiloh Road

(662) 287-0201

ROGER’S SUPERMARKET

410 Cass Street

(662) 286-6244

SHILOH MARKET

2036 East Shiloh Road

(662) 287-5175

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