As a longtime fan of Fat Possum Records I never thought I’d see the day that I’d find myself in Oxford, Mississippi, their hometown. It also happens to be the hometown of John T. Edge who penned a really great book about Burgers I suggest you read if you haven’t, Hamburgers & Fries: An American Story.
I found about The Lamar Lounge on the Burger Land episode entitled Old Miss Burgers. Once host George Motz mentioned that it was owned by one of the owners of Fat Possum Records I was sold.
We were in Holly Springs and just done having a Burger at Phillips Grocery when I convinced the guys (my friends Ed & John) to drive over to Oxford which was a good 30 to 35 minutes away. I suggested we stop at an independent record store to check out what they had.
I happen to choose The End of all Music which coincidentally enough functions as some type of home base for Fat Possum Records. It was there that David Swider (my memory isn’t that excellent, we exchanged cards) who was working the counter reminded me about the Lamar Lounge which was right down the street.
I had a beer by the new local brewery, Oxford Brewing Company. The Sorority Blonde Ale hit the spot and I was really enjoying just the thought of just being here in Oxford.
John orders the Pit-Smoked Beef Brisket Sandwich, Ed the Pit-Smoked Hot Link Sandwich and I the Original Lamar Burger with Pimento Cheese. John loved the Brisket so much that he fork & knifed it right off of the bread. It also could have been since we had just eaten less than few hours ago he was looking at the bread as filler, just maybe.
Ed puts down his Pit-Smoked Hot Link Sandwich like nobody’s business, he can deep throat those with the best of them. Yes, you did read right, that was an unnecessary cheap shot at him.
The Original Lamar Burger had a mighty fine crust on the Burger and that Pimento Cheese was the right choice for this. It’s something I would call a real beefy Burger. I also have a feeling that Chili would have been another great addition to this fella but now all I can do is reminisce about it. The Hand Cut Fries were covered in a nice seasoning that made me stay away from the red sauce and just enjoy these great fried potatoes.
If I ever do make it out again then I’d probably come in later so I can catch a local Blues artist on the stage.
Burgers & Blues:
The Lamar Lounge is CLOSED
1309 N Lamar Boulevard Oxford, MS 38655
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The End of All Music
1423 Old Highway 7 N, Oxford, MS 38655