We found a place we love in Tupelo. Neon Pig.
It even beat out ~30 other places, including Company Burger, Hog and Hominy, and in the finals, a place in San Francisco (though doesn’t it make you wonder how this turns out fairly since so many places are in high-density areas thus would seemingly have a larger voter pool, and how many people have had each?). Still, I imagine that the voters got it right.
Before we get too far, the Neon Pig is situated in a small space in just a regular, nothing-special shopping center. But that really has nothing to do with anything. This is what awaits inside.
Not just cowboy cut, but a Benton’s bacon-cured cowboy cut.
Black grouper, red snapper…
along with sage advice
Help yourself to a can or bottle of…and some fresh produce (and Sugaree’s) for home
The boys wanted grilled cheese, and I decided to have the salad: tomatoes, corn, Benton’s, arugula, pickled onions, dressed with a combination of ‘white gold’ and harisa. Terrific. Sweet, sour, savory with pops of corn, meatiness of tomato. Will order this every time.
This is a deconstructed Smash burger — the one they are well-known for. Av’s a purist, so he orders just meat and bread. But this pie plate shows the accessories — Benton’s, cheddar, quick pickles, pickled onion, hoisin, and comeback:
Loved the burger. It’s a combination of aged filet, sirloin, ribeye, new york, and Benton’s. The way it’s cooked has a real backyard grill quality in taste. Perfect. Av thinks it’s right up there with Chez FonFon in Birmingham.
Go early or go late, because the word is out on how great this place is, and the seating capacity is crazy-small.
The bracket that Neon Pig won for best burger: here on Thrillist.
Next time in Tupelo, we’re trying their sister restaurant, Kermit’s Outlaw Kitchen.