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The Lunch Box: Brisket Burger a Unique Delight

The Lunch Box is a weekly feature of the Anderson Observer. The feature is not paid advertising, and the opinions and suggestions belong to the writer of each selection.

Greg Wilson/Anderson Observer

One of the highlights of my life is finding a good place for a tasty lunch. Each week The Lunch Box will highlight a local meal I have found to be a delicious and consistent and go-to choice. This is not a restaurant review, it is a “best of” what to eat for lunch in Anderson County. If you have suggestions for a great plate of food, email me at 

Today’s Lunch Box


Opening the Box

Main Course: Brisket Burger at The Pompous Pig in Anderson.

BBQ places have popped up all over the county, and why not? Who doesn’t like BBQ. But The Pompous Pig has added something unique to their menu that I make a point of getting at least once a week: The BrisketBurger.

It’s not BBQ, it is the ends of brisket ground and prepared like a burger (Pompous Pig owner Chet Newsome is the serendipitous creator of this sandwich). It’s as good as it sounds. As a giant burger eater (and I mean that both literally and figuratively on every level), I can say with no reservations this is my favorite. It needs no cheese, lettuce, tomato, mustard, mayo, ketchup (although all of these options are available), something I cannot say about any other burger on my menu, even those special-recipe ones I grill at home. I do ask for a little onion, for no real reason other than I love onion, but the flavor of the Brisket Burger is spot on and needs no enhancements.  

Full of flavor, tender and never dry, with a really good bun as a bonus. A Lunch Box sandwich does not get any better.

Side Dishes

The Brisket Burger comes with a side dish, but I always add an additional, chiefly because The Pompous Pig is renown for their very good sides.

The sweet potato casserole with pecans is unmatched in Anderson County, and you’ll not convince me otherwise. A sweet potato connoisseur, who has cooked dozens of sweet potato dishes and eaten even more at restaurants throughout the county, this is the only one better than my mother’s Thanksgiving sweet potato casserole (sorry, Mom). It’s the perfect sweet treat pairs with the Brisket Burger. 

I always add a side of cole slaw, just because what lunch is complete without a side of excellent cole slaw when it is available? Today’s Lunch Box demands two sides, and, because of the sweet potato casserole, needs no dessert.


The Pompous Pig has very good iced tea. I go for a mix of about 75 unsweet/25 sweet, since, as those who know me will testify, I generally will refill my cup at least half a dozen times during a good lunch.

Closing the Box

The cost of the brisket burger with one side and tea is just under $11. Add another side for $2.79 and you can thank me later.

The Pompous Pig is open every day except Monday. Find out more by clicking on the Luchbox Graphic above.

Bonus Note: The owners of The Pompous Pig are also known as generous community citizens in Anderson County, and have supported numerous local non-profits over the years.

In Next Week’s Lunch Box: A Surprising Spot for Comfort Food (Guess where?)

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