A restaurant on a budget

Community Leader
Registered: 02-27-1999
A restaurant on a budget
Mon, 01-14-2013 - 8:42pm

There is a new kid in town.  And he's got the most interesting concept for a restaurant that I have ever seen.  It's a one-man operation called Side Street Burgers, opened the historic train depot building. Now, this was a little tiny town when the train stopped here, so this is a little tiny building.  And Chef Jon opened Side Street on a little tiny budget.  

Traditional cooking equipment requires vent hoods, ansul system, a whole lot of STUFF that is very expensive.  But countertop cooking equipment does not.  So Jon creates his fabulous burgers and steak fries with a bank of convection toaster ovens, and soups are concocted in crocks and buffet servers.  The salad bar (for the burger toppings) is electric, and the drinks are bottled, so no ice machine is required.  Basically, he has a big display refrigerator, a sink, the little salad unit, and a work table.  Everything for service is disposable. 

No employees are required, and the menu grows.  Burgers, chicken sammys, flatbread pizzas, soups, cheesecakes, cookies...LOL!  And the good news?  IT IS REALLY GOOD and less expensive than the chains.  I'm so spoiled now, I cannot look at a Wendy's or even a Back Yard Burger anymore.  

I had some really innovative ways to open my two restaurants on a budget in the 80's, but not quite this good!  

If you are ever in Olive Branch, MS, try it!  

Community Leader
Registered: 02-27-1999
Fri, 02-01-2013 - 7:08pm

Last night i stopped at Side Street and tried his Fat Panda steak sandwich.  It was good, I've never had anything like it!  He's in the top 5 now for the best burger in Mississippi.  He had printed out and framed my original post, hung it next to other reviews from newspapers and magazines, and had me sign it.  HOW COOL!  We are on the wall at Side Street Burger!  And I SOOOO hope he wins!

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iVillage Member
Registered: 05-29-2012
Tue, 01-15-2013 - 6:43pm

Wow, that is impressive, and it sounds sooo good!

Community Leader
Registered: 02-27-1999
Tue, 01-15-2013 - 6:15pm

And check this out!  Top 10 burgers in Mississippi! (from SurveyMonkey.com)

Top 10

2 Brothers Grill, Hattiesburg

Babalu, Jackson

Blue Canoe, Tupelo

Halfway House, Starkville

Market Cafe, Louisville

Parlor Market, Jackson

Side Street Burger, Olive Branch

Stacked Grill, Biloxi

Table 100, Flowood

The Blue Rooster, Flora