All 3 stars go to BOH. The food is almost always good, the service is almost always bad. Sometimes the food is great, sometimes the service is terrible. In at least a dozen visits, the food has never been bad, but the service has never been good. No one in the FOH appears to give a shit, as if they are on day 4 of a 3 day bender, and quite proud of it. Kudos to BOH for getting us in there anyway.
My wife and I have been about 3 times in the last year. Every time we have been there haven't been more than one or two at the bar and a few people eating. Not sure how they stay open. With that said the burgers were good and the beer okay. Would like to see a better selection of draft beer but all in all each time has been a good experience. I just wish they would clean and lighten the place up - it dosen't feel very clean. Could be that it has dark walls and furnishings.
I picked up a to go order today because I was at the Citadel Mall Target and it was convenient. I have eaten at Sesame before and it's been pretty good, but with all the burger places in town it isn't my favorite. Anyway, after driving to work with my burger, which I asked to be cooked medium, I took a few bites and realized it was raw. Charred on the outer 1/2 inch and on the inside it had the color and consistency of raw meat. I called and talked to the manager who was very nice and said he would refund my money. When I went back, the manager was friendly and accommodating, but the weird thing was that he said "they didn't tell you it was going to be pink throughout when you ordered medium?" This burger was in the "not cooked enough to be served legally" category as far as I'm concerned.
Finally got to Big Gun today and was anxious to try it out. There were 2 or 3 occupied tables and a few bar stools occupied when I got there high noon. It never got any busier. I got the Spanish burger and it was O.K. (not great, not bad). Unfortunately the fries were burnt and lacking in numbers. Same fry issue with my friends who dined with me (burnt and lacking in numbers). Their burgers were "good" according to them, but nothing that would make them come crawling back. My 2 cents: Not worth it for the price. There are to many other burger joints where the quality is as good or even better, and priced a few bucks less. On a plus side, the service was very good and attentive
I understand people may like the place, and when I had the chili burger it was good. The point in that is that it was just "good." I've read some of the reviews and agree, the fries that I had were black, the chili was basically non-existent, and the bread was overly doughy. Don't get me wrong, I still had a good meal, but if you are to be a burger shop, there shouldn't be much competition in regards to your burgers. Moe's, Rue de Jean, King Street Grill, Poe's, High Cotton, SNOB, and Hall's all have better burgers and that's not even the specialty for some of those places. And they all are similar priced. And that's not even half the list. I'm not saying that I don't want the place to be successful, but they have a long way to go in proving that they are the "Big Guns" in the burger game.
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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Good flatbreads and burgers. Brunch is another issue. They have great food but cannot pour a mimosa for anything (we asked for better pours on three separate occasions and they just can't get it right.) It is all OJ with a splash of cheap Cook's "champagne." For us, brunch is about the mimosas, so we will go elsewhere until they get it right.
Ate here last week, and was delighted at some aspects, disappointed in others.
1) The burger was cooked perfectly (Medium, as I ordered). Awesome.
2) Service was great... attentive.
3) Great beer selection.
4) Great quality meat...
5) The sweet potato fries are a-mazing.
1) Everyone at my table commented that their burger was under-seasoned... and I agree...
2) The bun could be improved...
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