Who's ready for a slugburger?

By Melissa Locker
December 17, 2019

There’s no doubt that Southerners love their Chick-Fil-A—and their Bojangles and Zaxby’s and Krystal—but there is an up-and-coming chain that just might win over our hungry, hungry hearts.

Hugh-Baby’s is a small chain making big waves across the South. Reminiscent of those small-town burger joints that we all love, the restaurant elevates the food, but leaves the price tag low.

The restaurant comes from pit master and mastermind Pat Martin, who earned his cooking stripes creating memorable barbecue at Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint, which has a handful of locations across the South. When he wanted to expand his growing restaurant empire, he came up with Hugh-Baby’s. After testing the concept in a food court at West Virginia University, he opened the doors on the first branch of Hugh-Baby’s in 2017. Customers have been pouring in through the doors ever since lining up for burgers made from fresh ground beef, drool-worthy pulled pork, classic fried bologna sandwiches, slaw dogs, and a turkey club that is actually worth ordering. Naturally they have all the sides, too, including hand-cut fries, topped with chili-cheese if you want, made-to-order milkshakes, and freshly squeezed lemonade and sweet tea.

Credit: Courtesy of Hugh-Baby's

One menu item that will particularly pop out to customers, though, is the slugburger. If you were lucky enough to grow up in Mississippi, you may recognize the name as the combination of meal, flour, and ground meat, usually beef or pork, became popular during the Depression. Once people got a taste for it, slugburgers stuck around although they don’t often appear on restaurant menus. Martin grew up in Corinth, Miss., according to the Nashville edition of Eater and wanted to feature the item on the menu. Slugburgers are only available on Fridays, though, so plan accordingly.

They have recently added a fried chicken sandwich to the menu, which is topped with pickles and the choice of three different sauces all of which could make you think twice about waiting in line at Popeye’s.

Hugh-Baby’s isn’t as big as Chick-Fil-A or Bojangles yet, but we will happily do our part to help them grow by eating as many of those pulled pork sandwiches as we can.