crap hole. Period. Avoid at all costs. Crap food, horrible service. Everyone involved should be banned from setting foot in this State
Attempted to dine at Grindz on a Saturday evening. Got to the door and was told there would be a $5 charge per person to get in. Seriously? A cover charge?
We wanted a burger and had planned on spending the requisite $10...but to be charged $5 so I could order a $10 meal seemed a bit obscene. You should be happy that I'm willing to pay $10 for a hamburger...not charge me 50% more than that just to give me the opportunity. What a joke.
Fortunately we did not have to suffer through the bad service as talked about in the multitude of reviews.
(We went down the street to Sesame and had a nice meal)
It's not a "destination" restaurant if you live near Park Circle. And really, you're going to write a 300 word review on a dining experience that coincided with the St. Patrick's Day Parade? Why not review their bar service on New Year's Eve?
Make no bones about it, this is a destination restaurant. It’s out of the way and we needed our GPS to get there. Because the N. Charleston St. Patrick’s Day parade was in close proximity to the restaurant it was very crowded. Regardless, we thought it was worth the trip.
They have a beer menu of 60+ selections and their menu is extensive. Even though it is written on the menu I missed the fact that they “proudly serve Meyers Farm hormone free, grass fed beef.” And that it is ground in house daily. Sesame Burgers and Beer does many things to make your lunch/dinner special.
The menu includes Starters and Snacks, Salads, Sandwiches and a unique listing of Hamburgers, Turkey Burgers, Black Bean Burgers and Grilled Chicken served every which way from Sunday. And if that’s not enough they also offer 45 toppings for the sandwich that you select.
We were stumped as we looked over the menu and decided to order the “Fried Pickles” as a starter. These Iightly breaded spears were accompanied by Sesame’s homemade Ranch dressing (all of their dressings, sauces, ketchups, mustards, etc. are homemade…). If you haven’t tried something like this, you should. We ate them as if we had been on a desert island for weeks … while we continued to try to decide on lunch.
I landed on the Patty Melt. I am not a big meat eater but it sounded interesting being topped with American cheese, caramelized onions, house made mayo (which I asked to have on the side, and it was a no show), and spicy Coast beer mustard on marble rye.
My husband chose the Slider trio – a “Memphis” (house made peanut butter, bacon and banana slices), “Colorado” (grated sharp cheddar and house made chili) and the “Southwestern” (guacamole and chipotle sour cream).
Although the restaurant was packed, our lunch arrived very quickly. Unfortunately, it did not live up to our visit at their sister location at the Mall.
My hamburger that was supposed to be served “medium” was almost well done and with everything that was on it, was still very dry. The marble rye was somewhat charred (see picture) and had a burnt taste to it. And the house made mustard had such an overpowering flavor of horseradish that I even asked the server what was on the burger as I didn’t see horseradish listed as one of the ingredients. Again, the homemade mayo was a no-show.
The trio of sliders were good, but overcooked. Because they were topped with so many things it somewhat hid the fact that they were extremely dry and overdone.
Having said all of this we would definitely give “Sesame Burgers and Beer” in N. Charleston another try. Our first lunch at their Citadel Mall location was magnificent. Due to the parade and the crowd (there was a very long line when we were leaving), they could have been having an off day.
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love the west ashley location! the BEST burger in town, good service, fun times!
Innovative, fresh tasting burgers with incredible side options. Not your run-of-the mill Burgers and Fries.. unless of course that's what you want!
a group of friends and I, went to Triangle for late night burgers and drinks. Our friend drinks only Stella Artois. On her second beer, she noticed it had a funny taste to it. Most of us at the table tried it (because we are her close friends) and agreed. After making the server aware of the situation, she picked up said beer and took a sip...... THAT'S RIGHT. TOOK A SIP. Put it down and said "Tastes a lager to me." (Since it's not a lager) Said friend did not drink the beer. Actually ordered a Yuengling and sent skunky Stella away. At check time, said skunky beer was still on check. Very politely, my friend asked the server if it a mistake that the beer was still included on the tab. At that point an argument between our server and the bartender ensued. Such statements were made, "What retards", "How drunk are they", "F@!k that", in plain hearing distance. Plain hearing distance being 3 feet away..... I emailed the restaurant, with no response. Who's running this place????? NEVER AGAIN WILL I, NOR ONE OF MY FRIENDS FREQUENT THIS PLACE EVER AGAIN.
For them to last another year would take a miracle. Looks like another place with ownership that has cash, but no experience. Less partaking of the cocktails by the staff MIGHT help to better their service, too.
I think for them to last another year is asking a lot. Another case of someone with enough cash to open a place, but limited knowledge in operations. If the staff drank less during their shift, the service MIGHT improve...
I like the owner but the service is SOOOOOO SLOW!
I would not be suprised if this place closes down within a year.
I have to agree with what I've read, I hesitated to post due to hoping my experience was a mishap. First- the service was way too slow when there are not many people in the place. There was a hair in my very well done burger (asked for medium) which at least they took that off the price, I ended up being VERY sick just a couple hours later so will not be back until I start hearing consistent positives.
Great place, good atmosphere. Always a good time!
Unique flavors of wings and they are delicious! My fav is the rasberry sauced wings. The staff is really down to earth and friendly. I'd avoid dining at lunch. I have heard the service lacks at that time of day. Great low key spot for evening!
A recent visit to the Mall location was a disaster: except for the onion rings. I was quickly seated by a harried mgr. Very soon a young woman handed me a menu and took my drink order. The drink was in front of me in short order. Then the wait began. The young lady never stopped serving other tables, taking orders and working up a low grade sweat. She passed by my table SEVERAL times after I had put the menu down. After approx 15 minutes I spotted her behing the service station sorting flatware. I walked over and asked if I could possibly place an order. She advised she was not my waitperson and had told another young lady about me. She did however take my order for a med rare american cheeseburger with raw onion. The real disaster was the cheeseburger. Why the hell do they season the meat with coriander and some other spice that left a metallic taste in the mouth. After two bites I asked for the check, paid and left. Never to return.
A Hidden Gem.
I heard about this place on Restaurant.com. I've probably driven past this place a million times and never even noticed it.
Pros: Eclectic menu, delicious homemade salad dressings, ketchup and mustard. Food looks, smells, and tastes fresh. A great place for Vegetarians, I recommend the Black Bean sliders (you can choose from a variety of mouth watering toppings). Their salads rock..who would ever think a salad could taste so good! Staff are always friendly, kind, welcoming, and pleasant.
Cons: A little dark in the restaurant...other than that-Nothing.
Will definitely return and recommend to friends!
Adding my rating. See review below.
Grindz is apparently under new management, according to our waitress there tonight. That being said, it does not appear that much has changed based on prior reviews.
The good thing about our visit was that the waitress was very nice.
That being said, here are the cons:
1) We both ordered our burgers medium, described by the waitress as "pink". BOTH were grey, beyond well-done. Its a burger joint, folks: for a $9 burger, I expect it right. And no, I don't send food back, I just don't come again.
2) The fries tasted straight out of the freezer. Not worth the $2 price tag (fries don't come with the burger? How odd) Onion rings probably were frozen too, but were OK. Again: fries are basic, get them right.
3) The wait was VERY long for food to come out. At 6 PM, there were only 2 other tables full in the place, and about 6 waitstaff out front, including an obviously bored hostess (which screams inexperienced management). So personnel was not the issue. It took about 5-10 minutes to get our pitcher of beer (only about 3 customers at bar, so why the wait?), and total of 20-30 minutes for burgers to come out. Overall, it was just too long a wait.
4) The plates were HOT, meaning they has sat under the heat lamp. Again, the place wasn't busy . . so why were they sitting? What were the 6 waitresses busy with?
5) The patrons at the bar were EXTREMELY drunk (slurring, unbalanced, you know), foulmouthed, and loud. That happens. In Grindz' defense, a manager eventually did come and discreetly ask them to be quiet, and they did. However, Grindz kept serving them alcohol after this. Inexcusable.
6) No pickle on the plate. Yes, picky I know. But come on. Burger, fries, no pickle? Do you not know what a burger plate is supposed to look like? Also: the pickle on their "All American" burger was a sweet pickle. Huh? Dill, people, dill is how its done.
7) Waitress was unable to answer simple questions about the menu. Example: the special was a $3 beer happy hour special. Based on waitress' description, we both thought we were getting a bucket of mini-bottles. It was instead a half pitcher. We were happy with the half-pitcher, but not what we were expecting.
Would I go back? Ehh, not for the food. I would maybe go for a beer, but there are so many other places to try, I don't see the point.
This place is the pits -- We took a group of nine there for lunch -- THe loudspeakers were right overhead blaring deafening music -- we cold not talk = It was so uncomfortable-- they could not hear us asking to tone it down a bit.. I will never go back --
I can't understand why anyone wouldn't love this place. Lunch today - split two excellent burgers with a friend (The General Lee and the Bramboozled) and they were OUT. OF. THIS. WORLD. The prices were great, our service was fantastic (Caroline) and the taste and portions of the food were fabulous. Love, love, loved it.
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