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Jackson’s Iconic Companies Pledge to Serve the Capital

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) – If you live, work, or play in the city of Jackson, you’ve probably heard of two of the area’s oldest restaurants, Big Apple Inn and Stamps Super Burgers.

For decades, the owners claim to have been able to overcome challenges, including the recent water crisis.

And, they told WLBT that they were engaged in the city of Jackson…

Happy faces and hugs are usually what you get when you enter the Big Apple Inn. Inside, the sizzling sounds of southern cuisine follow.

Everything from pork ear sandwiches to Iconic restaurant best sellers.

“Our number one seller is a smoked sausage sandwich; it’s a red rose smoked sausage sandwich that’s only made in Mississippi, and I hear they don’t even ship out of state,” Lee said.

Geno Lee is the fourth generation owner of the restaurant on Farish Street in downtown Jackson.

His family moved there in the 1950s and it has grown in popularity ever since.

“The Food Network, the Travel Channels and I did an interview with CNN, all because I think we have a history, and our history isn’t about getting rich, it’s just about helping people. “

In the mid-20th century, Farish Street was the largest economically independent African-American community in Mississippi.

Lee says that over the years, though challenges have presented themselves, he has remained loyal to the city and the citizens he serves.

“I think the areas we’re in are called food desserts. There are no grocery stores nearby, but you can grab a meal and a drink for five or six dollars here.

Miles away in West Jackson, expect a warm welcome and mouth-watering southern fare at Stamps Super Burger.

“We want to make sure everyone who walks through the door is welcome, that they feel special and excited, and that they feel important. Coach Prime, Mayor Lumumba, they come to see us then. We are thinking of people like you mentioned from outside the country, Australia, Scotland, many places to get a Stamps Burger,” said Philippian “Phil” Stamps II, COO.

The family business is known for its massive, award-winning 11-ounce burger and hand-cut lemon fries.

The history is as rich as the food.

“We were originally founded by my grandfather in 1970, he bought this building as a grocery meat market, and he ran a business out of that same business for a while and in 1986, we officially became the Stamps super burger, which is when he introduced his famous burger to this community,” said Philippian “Phil” Stamps II.

Stamps has also risen to challenges over the years. From adjusting hours due to the COVID-19 pandemic to weathering Jackson’s water crisis.

In fact, Stamps is one of 25 recipients and the only Mississippi-based restaurant on the shortlist for a preservation grant.

“We are blessed.”

Stamps and Big Apple Inn say they are proud to be considered pillars of the community and are committed to providing Southern cuisine and Southern hospitality here in Jackson.

“First, Jackson is a resilient city.”

“My daughter just moved to California but there’s no flavor like Mississippi. That’s what people need to have the flavor of Jackson, the flavor of the south. If we can just move it forward” , said Lee.

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