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Commentary by Arnold Dyre

   Miss Lucille Williams made a great hamburger at Marter’s Bait Shop Café in Gore Springs when I was a kid.
   I do not remember ever having a hamburger at the Gore Springs School lunchroom but, sometimes, we had hamburgers for lunch in the cafeteria at Grenada’s John Rundle High School.
   I was not high on the quality of the cafeteria burgers at school, but I do recall some memorable hamburger spots around town back in my high school days in Grenada.
   There was the Central Café on the west side of the downtown square, where you could get a delicious hamburger and a Coca-Cola for the same 26 cents that it took to eat in the school cafeteria.
   I believe it cost 35 cents for a hamburger with chips and a Coke at the Grenadian on Main Street above the pool hall but, if I skipped the drink and chips, I could afford the burger.
   Hamburgers at Wilson’s Grocery on the corner of First and Doak were only 15 cents. The Barwin Hotel, where Grenada College used to be, was just a short walk from John Rundle, and the hotel’s hamburgers were good and affordable.
   Brister’s Drug Store, downtown on the south side of the square, had a lunch counter/soda bar and the hamburgers and everything else were great.

Widget Burgers
   Gus’s Little Widget, out on U.S. Highway 51, had the hamburgers that I liked best in my high school years, but it was too far to walk at lunch. A Little Widget burger took wrangling the family car and having a little extra spending money!
   I remember, from my college days, the first time I ate a Krystal hamburger. It was at one of those old silver-colored Krystal restaurants in Memphis near the Peabody Hotel. I think I ate about 12 of them.
   Though the burgers were actually not altogether great, I feel sorry for anyone who never had the experience of eating a hamburger at Kiamies in Oxford after a fraternity party on campus. Those late night burgers were consumed by the guys after the girls were returned to their dorms and sorority houses.
   Also, when I was in college, I liked the hamburgers at the Ole Miss Grill and the chili-cheeseburgers at the Kreme Kup out east on University Avenue.

First Big Mac
   I remember my first McDonald’s Big Mac in Hawaii when I was in the Navy. When I came home from the Navy, I ate 16 of my mother’s hamburgers with all the trimmings at a family cookout under a big mimosa tree at my parents’ Gore Springs home. I still had room for dessert!
C.S.’s in Jackson near Millsaps has great hamburgers, and they are rivaled by those at the Cherokee Drive-In in Northeast Jackson. I like Little Ones at Ward’s in Hattiesburg, Carthage and Kosciusko.
   There’s a good hamburger spot just north of town in Hazlehurst.
   However, I have to go back home to Grenada to get the best hamburger that exists. You will find it at High On The Hog just past the overhead bridge on Highway 8 east.
   High On The Hog’s proprietor is my cousin, Tommy Dyre, and, while I may be prejudiced in his favor in a good many ways, I am absolutely telling the truth about his hamburgers.

adyre@comcast.net


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