Chef Austin Kirkland took it up a notch when he opened his retro-dive burger joint, Big Gun Burger Shop in 2011. Styled with old hub-caps and playing classic tunes, not only does he serve artisan burgers like the Frenchman with mushrooms, bacon, caramelized onions, and brie cheese or the Southern Hospitality with fried green tomatoes, bacon, pimento cheese and chow chow on the perfect bun and the best pimento cheese you’ve ever tasted (yes you can take it home with you in 12 oz. containers), he also makes you jealous of the “non-burgers.” There’s the Dirty Gardner vegetable burger with eggplant tomato jam and fried kale and the Big Gnar, beer braised pork, bacon, smoked ham, apple jam, and spicy mustard. The meat is ground in-house with 25 percent of it brisket and the accompanying fries are freshly cut and seasoned with Old Bay and other spices. Just want to indulge in a classic cocktail or microbrew? The bar plate offerings are the perfect accompaniment with BBQ Duck with roasted corn grits, fried Brussels sprouts and the mac-and-cheese fritters with gouda mornay dipping sauce. — Katherine Connor
Dish (Summer 2015)
Serious burgers for serious eaters.
Features: Lunch, Dinner, Burger Week
Hours: Lunch & Dinner
Mon, Tues, Weds, Thurs, Fri 4pm-6pm: 1/2 price burgers, $1 off craft beers, $3 house liquors, $2.25 domestic bottles
Sun 11am-2am: $3 house liquors plus $3 fireball, $3 fernet branca, $3 Jäger, $3 Goldschlager, $3 Rumple Minze. 1/2 price bottles of wine and $1 off Craft Draft Beers