After about a minute of taking in my surroundings as I sat in CS’s (1359 1/2 N. West St, Jackson) for the first time, I decided it was the coolest bar I’d been to in Jackson. I was ready to become a regular there–until I remembered that it is not actually a bar. It’s only open for lunch on weekdays, and I have a 9-to-5 job that prevents me from going to bars at lunchtime on weekdays.
The wooden interior is lined with old beer bottles, the walls are covered with kitschy but homey bumper stickers, birthday cards, sports paraphenalia and signs (including a prevalent theme of donkey/ass puns), and there’s a giant tv in one room. The bottled beer selection includes Dos Equis, Michelob Ultra, Heinekin, and several others, and all bottles are only $2.50. Why is this not a bar? Turns out it used to be a bar, back when the drinking age was 18. But I guess now that 75% of the students at Millsaps (which is right across the street) are underage, being a bar stopped being a good business idea. Unfortunately for me.
Fortunately for me and everyone else, CS’s is still a good place to go for lunch. It’s primarily a burger joint, so my coworker and I split two burgers: the Inez and the Joe B. All burgers come in three sizes — 4, 6, or 8 oz. We got the medium size.
We both agreed that the Inez was our favorite of the two. It comes with nacho cheese, jalapeño, pickles and chili. The cheese is what made the burger (and made it into a gloopy delicious mess). The fries were generic, but I am a big fan of this fry shape and they were even better with some of that extra cheese sauce.
I also enjoyed the Joe B, with mozzarella, jalapeño and bacon. Here, the key was the extreme thickness of the bacon, which made it almost as much of a presence as the beef. The burger itself was a little dry and they don’t offer them any less than well done, but I can appreciate a burger joint that focuses on the toppings and gets them right.
CS’s also offers a $7.25 lunch special that includes a meat and 3 sides (and I think only 3 are available each day). I hear positive rumors about the fried chicken, so I may have to try to substantiate those rumors on my next visit. If only my next visit could be for a cold one after work or to watch some college football! Ah well.