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My First Soda Shop Experience

By Aaron Tanner

· Corinth,Mississippi,drug store,soda shop,slugburger

Last weekend, I needed to get out of the house. My mom and I decided to drive to Corinth, Mississippi to check out Borroum’s Drug Store and Soda Shop.

This was the first time I ever visited an authentic drug store soda shop. Borroum’s has been around since just after the Civil War while the soda shop portion was opened in the 1880's. Up until the 1960's, many drug stores across America had a café inside where one could order sandwiches and hand-spun milkshakes, cherry cokes with real cherry syrup and banana splits. Many young couples would bring their dates to these establishments.

Borroum’s still operates as a place where one can get their prescription filled along with various old knickknacks on display. In a way, Bororum’s is almost like a museum.

Because of the nostalgia factor, the soda shop was swamped when my mom and I arrived around 1 P.M., To be honest, the crowds, the slow-moving lined and all the noise almost gave me sensory overload. The scene was very chaotic as far as trying to be seated.

Once my mom and I were seated, I felt more at ease. The young waitress kindly brought us a menu. I ordered an old cherry coke with crushed ice to drink.

Although there were many different dishes Borrum's offers, I decided to be adventurous and try a slugburger. A slugburger is a dish from the Great Depression where beef is mixed with cornmeal and soybean extract to make the meat go farther. Slugburgers used to cost a slug, which is a nickname for a nickel and is not made with real slugs. These types of burgers are only found in northeast Mississippi

I enjoyed the taste of the slugburger, which tasted like a cross between a country fried steak and a veggie burger. In my younger days, I would have been afraid to try a new food item such as a slugburger. For dessert, my mom and I split a hot fudge sundae with fresh peanuts as a topping.

While in Corinth, we visited the Crossroads Museum and saw different memorabilia of the area’s history housed in an old train depot, especially from the Battle of Corinth during the Civil War. As we headed back to Alabama, my mom and I drove up to Woodall Mountain, the highest point in Mississippi.

The drugstore was overwhelming at first. Although the food was excellent, I am not sure I would go back. If I do go back, it would be after 2 P.M. as the crowds lessened after that point in time. However, I am grateful for the experience.

The above scenario is a perfect example of being brave enough to try something new. I hope that more people with Aspergers, or parents of a child with Aspergers, will be brave enough to try something new, even if it is scary at first. Now I can say I have been to a piece of Americana that my parents experienced in their youth.

Have you ever been to a soda shop? Comment in the section below.

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