Best Memphis Burger Takes On LBOE in Overton Square
Ed. Note: I'm happy to bring you this guest post from Seth Agranov, who you may know from Best Memphis Burger Fest. If you haven't read his blog, Best Memphis Burger, where he reviews the Mid-South's best burgers, wings, and recipes, then you need to check it out right away. Follow him on Instagram, too. Here's his take on the newest burger joint in town, LBOE in Overton Square (pronounced "elbow").
LBOE in Overton Square is now open. It's short for "Last Burger on Earth" and it's in the space where Dublin House used to be. The outrageous and delicious-sounding burger creations on their menu intrigued me and my burger partner, Tim, so we had to give it a shot.
For a minute, I wasn't sure I could decide what to order. I was really torn between several burgers. But in the end, Manager Tommy Shive sold me on the LBOE Burger, which he said was very similar to their 2014 Best Memphis Burger Fest entry. (It took 4th place out of 32 entries. It had to be a good burger.)
The LBOE Burger ($9.95) is an eight ounce seasoned patty with Havarti cheese melted over roasted garlic cream cheese and topped with applewood smoked bacon, green chilies and corn chips, and served on a big ciabatta bun. Yes, I said corn chips. And when I say bacon, I mean bacon, bacon, and more bacon.
This was a good burger! Big. Juicy. The combination of melted cheeses, meat, and all that bacon and corn chips…flavors were everywhere. A burger well worth ordering.
If I could change anything, it would be the ciabatta bun. I can see where you might need it keep the contents of the burger from falling everywhere, but my personal preference would have been an airy brioche bun that fit the burger better.
Tim had been eyeballing the Love Stinks burger, and upon Tommy's recommendation, he ordered that one. The Love Stinks Burger ($9.95) is served with roasted garlic cream cheese, garlic aioli, onions, and more garlic. By the time Tim was done, he was set to do battle with every vampire from here to New Orleans.
He didn't complain one bit though, and before I knew it, his burger was but a memory. I was lucky to even get a picture of it. He said it was fantastic, and although it seemed like way too much garlic for my tastes, he said he'd gladly order it again.
All LBOE burgers are served with chips: Dirty regular, Zapps voodoo, Brims Memphis style BBQ rib chips, or Nikki's hot ass chips. Fries are extra. It was about $5 for a huge plate that would easily fed three people eating 8oz burgers. The fries were served with sides of tzatziki sauce and house made fry dip. Both were great!
The burgers at LBOE in Overton Square are well worth the trip. Come hungry, though; it's a lot of burger and pretty big for lunch. We had two big burgers, one order of fries, and iced teas for $29. I give the LBOE Burger 4 out of 5 Stars. It's as good as any burger out there, and better than most.
I can't wait to go back and try the Lava Me or Lava Me Not Burger. It's marinated in Nikki's Hot Ass Bloody Mary Mix, topped with Sriracha cream cheese, jalapeno relish, pepper jack cheese, Havarti, and Nikki's Hot Ass Chips. Sounds like a burger loving chili-head's wet dream.
Comments/info from Holly:
LBOE in Overton Square is open every day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and until 1 a.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. They have a full bar, including a few local beers on draft. LBOE is ADA accessible. They have a really cool patio bar situation that opens out the the street, kind of like Flying Saucer downtown. I'll check it out once the Polar Vortex subsides.
The place is pretty kid-friendly, though the portions are large so consider letting your little one share with a sibling (or eat off of your plate) or prepare for some to-go boxage in your life. You can choose from locally-sourced ground beef, ground turkey, or vegetarian spicy black bean patties for your burgers.
Tuesday at LBOE is $2.50 for all draft pints all day long and on Mondays, you can get a simple burger (patty and bun with lettuce, pickles, and tomato) for $4.95, and add $1 for additional toppings.
About the Author
Seth Agranov is the co-founder and director of the annual Best Memphis Burger Fest, which takes place in September and benefits Mid-South animal rescue groups. He's the author of the Best Memphis Burger blog.
If you have a favorite burger that you think is Memphis’ best and should be reviewed on Best Memphis Burger, please drop a note in Seth's suggestion box. If you’re interested in guest posting your favorite burger on Seth's blog, send him an email and let him know why.