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A Real Find in Florence: Laid Back Burger Shack

For most folks, when you think “incredible food,” Florence, Mississippi is probably not the first place that comes to mind. However, if you pay attention, you’ll find food in Florence that will make you want to slap your momma. Especially if you’re craving burgers.

Where do you find these burgers? Well, you’ve probably seen the igloo, AKA Jerry’s Fish House. (It’s hard to miss!) Well, the igloo is right by Cooper’s Country Meat Packers, one of our area’s premiere meat butchery shops. It was there at the butchery that I’d scheduled a friend to meet for lunch. I was disappointed to find that they stopped serving lunch, focusing on their regular butcher shop products only. But they sent me to a place called “Laid Back Burger Shack,” located a mere block off of Highway 49.

LaidBackBurgerWhen a butcher is telling you about a burger, you listen. We did. Good thing, too.

Laid Back Burger Shack is just that. Laid back, yes. Burgers, yes. Shack, yes. Nothing fancy to see here. It’s a simple red building, and the seating area has just a handful of tables. I ordered the Bacon Cheddar Burger, resisting the temptation to order the one that originally caught my eye, the Fiery Jalapeño Burger.  But on the recommendation of my butcher buddy, I did get the Jalapeño Mayo on mine. What followed was the freshest combination of ingredients on a bun I think I have seen in months. The tomato slice was actually deep red. I am sick of the pink slimy things you see on plates that are supposed to be tomatoes – THIS was a REAL tomato, and I was thrilled to see it there. Fresh, just like the burgers themselves, which are hand-made and not pre-frozen.

Possibly the highlight of the burger was the Jalapeño Mayo. It had a very balanced heat that wasn’t overpowering but didn’t lack in flavor. Like I said – when a butcher is giving you advice about a meal, you take that advice.

Food: Excellent

Atmosphere: A classic dive. Probably 6 or so tables. Nothing fancy! I strongly suspect that this place will be around for years and years to come.

Service: The owner and our server were both mighty helpful. Service was quick for us, but might not always be the case – I did see a sign saying “all our food is fresh and it may take 15 minutes to make your food.”

Have you tried Laid Back Burger Shack? What did you think?


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15 Responses to A Real Find in Florence: Laid Back Burger Shack

  1. John Cooper February 8, 2013 at 1:41 pm #

    Awesome! more burger joins please.

    • John Cooper February 8, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

      *joints

  2. Jena February 8, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

    It’s so great to see a Florence recommendation!

  3. Donna February 8, 2013 at 1:44 pm #

    Gonna try this place out for sure!

  4. Nyssa February 8, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

    Right by the pd where my hubby works. He loves laidback. Takes all of our friends there.

  5. Katie February 8, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

    This is in my Home town! Great joint!
    I would love love love to win the Free Food Friday $100 Kats Wine & Spirits! February is my Birthday month :)

  6. Stephen February 8, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

    They have really great prices on all of their food. Check out their Facebook page for a menu. My only complaint is that their burgers have a LOT of worcestershire sauce on them.

  7. Shelia February 8, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

    Will definitely have to try this place!

  8. Jake February 8, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

    I use to work in Richland and ate at Laid Back Burger Shack several times. It may not look like much but their food speaks for itself. They crawfish is also really good when in season. I give this burger a 8.75/10 though. Its pretty amazing. Good find eat-jackson.

  9. Connor February 8, 2013 at 11:42 pm #

    I am a former employee of LBBS. I loved the job so much. The people and food were awesome. I am now at Culinary School in Dallas. We always used the freshest ingredients possible and everything is fresh made to order. Stephen, they actually don’t use Worcestershire sauce unless made by request.

  10. Jimm Brumley February 9, 2013 at 5:40 am #

    I had no idea. So glad you ran this story! I am going to check it out.

  11. Jon Daniels February 15, 2013 at 2:35 pm #

    Love a good burger…gonna have to give this one a try! Geaux Burger in Byram is awesome, too!

  12. hrmajsty February 15, 2013 at 3:44 pm #

    My elderly sister-in-law has been living in Florence for several months, and we often go down and take her out to eat or bring her take-out. Glad to hear about this!

  13. Marquita February 15, 2013 at 6:08 pm #

    Will definitely be stopping in…

  14. Rose March 19, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

    i have been eating food from Laid Back Burger Shack since they opened in October 2010 and so glad something like this jewel is in Florence of all places. finally we get something in our town that is all the rave! usually people leave this town to go elsewhere, but this burger shack has others coming HERE!!! keep up the hard work cause i know its all fresh

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