The neighborhood eatery, unlike the neighborhood bully, is always comforting, inviting, and never reminds you of the fact that you wouldn't ride the seesaw until you were 22 years old. Enjoy the respect of a well-rounded meal with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of burgers, sandwiches, and more at Beatty St. Grocery in Jackson.
Nominated for Metromix Jackson's Best Lunch, Beatty St. Grocery's vintage environs bestow bellies with 100% beef burgers, buffalo chicken wings, breakfast plates, and po' boys. The grills gracing the humble home-style eatery sear meaty mounds such as the 8-ounce Super Beatty beef burger ($3), which journeys from open flame to plate, collecting juices, seasonings, and souvenir spoons along its way. Hard-working appetites demanding a raise can upgrade to 16 ounces of pure beef burger ($4.50), and stomachs seeking a snack can sustain on the 4-ounce jumbo ($2.25) or the 2-ounce small burger ($1.50). Traditional po' boys parlay a little Louisiana onto a plate with options such as sausage, ham, pepper steak, catfish, and shrimp ($4.99), grilled-cheese sandwiches bring the kiss of the grill to the meatless set ($2.50), and the chicken-fried-steak sandwich sings of home from the comforts of its bread ($3.50).
Beatty St. Grocery opened more than 70 years ago as a corner grocery store and started selling 10-cent sandwiches in 1947. The third-generation owners maintain the mom-and-pop essence in the clean, retro-original storefront, bringing diners back to simpler times when coffee cost less than a dollar and apple pie was still considered the best weapon in a food fight.