Stepping through the doors of Phillips Grocery (541 E Van Dorn Avenue) is like going back in time a good 60 years. Inside it’s filled with all types of old soda signage & memorabilia along with a wide array of seating options, including old school desks, aka one-armed bandits.
The menu is on a blackboard that’s right above the expediting window but behind the order counter.
I’m mentally set to have the 1/3 burger with cheese, mustard, onion & pickles. Then I make a quick last-minute addition of the patty melt. An order of crinkle-cut fries and a fried peach pie round out the lunch equation.
Phillips Grocery History
Phillips Grocery is located in Holly Springs, Mississippi (there’s another location in Oxford too). It’s right near some train tracks involved in the Van Dorn Raid of the American Civil War. The two-story house was built as a saloon in 1892 by a former Confederate soldier, became a grocery store in 1919, and then started serving burgers in 1948 under the new ownership of Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Phillips.
What’s interesting about the patty melt is that it does not only go the bi-cheese route but also comes with the standard grilled onions and peppers, yes, peppers. Both burgers have a nice little meat crust on them (it is not burned, folks) and are wrapped in wax paper. The patty melt comes halved, not my preference or suggestion. They use fresh, never frozen beef (well, kind of, it‘s a SlugBurger after all) here.
Which one was better? I’d have to tip my hat to the patty melt on this one.
The crinkle cuts were fried just right (not oily), but I’d suggest skipping them and going with the two burgers instead. The peach pie was good, but I might have been better off buying one of the Moon Pies they had at the counter.