Burgers & Blues
Since Burgers & Blues (1060 E. County Line Rd, Ridgeland) has only been open a few days, I was surprised to see a fair number of people there when I went today. But I was less surprised when I opened the menu and learned that it is an Al Stamps joint — his reputation for burgers totally precedes him (in a good way) in this town.
Atmosphere-wise, B&B is a great counterpoint to Al Stamp’s other restaurant, Cool Al’s. There’s nothing wrong with a divier vibe, but if you want to be waited on and watch six or seven giant TVs while you eat a Stamps burger, Burgers & Blues is the place to go. The inside is spacious and modern, with some arcade games, a long bar that includes a several beers on tap and some more in bottles, and, pictured below, a second bar (which I later learned is an ice cream bar). Outside, people were in the process of building one of the largest restaurant decks I’ve seen — a sign said it would be open this weekend. The bartender told me that Al’s wife, Kim, is running Cool Al’s while Al works at Burgers & Blues.
In a complete and embarrassing failure on my part, I have never had a Stamps burger before tonight — at Cool Al’s I’ve only had the veggie burgers. (The specialty veggie burgers were not on this menu, though they have a garden burger, portabello burger, and marinated tofu burger.) Here, I got the 4.5-oz Pimento Burger ($5.95) and small fries.
The burger was a delicious hand-formed patty. It might not have been quite as juicy as the legends I’ve heard about Mr. Stamps’ burgers, but that was probably a new-kitchen thing, and it was great regardless — I had no complaints. It was perfectly seasoned on its own, and the pimento cheese (which was an ideal ratio of creamy to chunky) added great additional flavor. This miniature burger didn’t quite fill up the whole bun, but there was enough extra pimento cheese that the extra bread did not go to waste. The fries were also as good as I had heard — definitely freshly cut, skin-on, a little floppy and greasy (which I love). They offer lemon pepper or spicy seasoning for the fries, but I got mine plain and was perfectly happy.
The burger section of the menu is, not surprisingly, long. Each burger comes in three sizes (4.5 oz, 8 oz, or 1-lb) which range in price from about $4 to $11, depending on your choice of toppings. All of the specialty burgers sounded intriguing, especially the Lea & Perrin and Feta burger and the Peanut Butter Lovers. I cannot wait to try those.
I’m not sure of their hours, but Burgers & Blues is open Sun-Thurs, 11-9; Fri-Sat, 11-midnight, and their number is (601) 899-0038. I think and hope they’ll do well and am looking forward to going back often.