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Re: “Big Gun Burger Shop

I Had lunch there today. The duck confit burger rivaled the taste of meals I've paid 3 times as much for at more "reputable" joints around town. It was an utterly satisfying meal, not to mention the fact that half price burgers are offered every weekday from 4 to 7. And the pickles...on my lord the pickles! Big Gun just replaced my go to Tuesday night burger shop. Way to go!. Parking was ample.

Posted by D-Bob on August 25, 2011 at 7:27 PM

Re: “Big Gun Burger Shop

If Five Guys sold beer, this place wouldn't exist. Average burger, below average for the price. The vanilla shake is worth the price of admission and the bar isn't too bad, but thats where it ends.

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Posted by Pseudonova on August 25, 2011 at 4:49 PM

Re: “Big Gun Burger Shop

Went there is past week, you just can't beat half price burgers for happy hour every weekday. The burgers are good, very unique toppings. The service was good, granted there were not many people in there. Will be returning soon!

Posted by crystalk131 on August 24, 2011 at 2:44 AM

Re: “Big Gun Burger Shop

5 oz. burgers? no wonder every burger has a shit ton of toppings... pretty slack that a burger joint relies on music to get people in the door and up their sales. maybe your FOOD should be the selling point. just a thought...

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Posted by mmmfood on August 22, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Re: “HŌM

I've had the chance to frequent both new additions to downtown Charleston, Big Gun and Hom.. or I'm sorry, "HoM". Whatever. Big Gun = creative burgers/beers and wonderful service. Hom = equals sub-par food and horrible service/management. I'll walk the extra few blocks to give my business to Big Gun over Hom on the regular. Thanks.

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Posted by C.J. on August 22, 2011 at 10:57 AM

Re: “HŌM

I hate to see this place close down so soon after opening but it is TERRIBLE. The ping pong tables are a cool addition to upper King, but they don't come anywhere close to making up for the bar's shortcomings. Absolutely horrible, do not come here.

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Posted by usmcdwc on August 20, 2011 at 10:40 PM

Re: “HŌM

The burger is good (from the short rib/brisket/sirloin patty to the additional ingredients and bun)...but the price is too much and the portion is too small. You just can't charge that much for a 5.5 oz burger and then ask the customer to pay for a side. It's unfortunate, because the food is good and so is the atmosphere...but this place won't make it charging that much for that product. You can get the same quality burger for the same price, but bigger portion and side included at other restaurants in Charleston...especially Rue de Jean right down the street and Biggies (formerly Granville's) on the other side of Crosstown (just had their delicious burger yesterday...only $7.50 and the same size as Rue's).

I'm definitely biased towards the plight of the restaurant owner and having to cover all their costs...but they need to seriously consider dropping the burger a buck or two and including a side. Or make it a true sized burger so you can get what you pay for. I'd like to see this restaurant make it, so hopefully they make the necessary changes.

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Posted by john83 on August 16, 2011 at 2:30 PM

Re: “HŌM

IT kinda hard to screw up a burger unless its fastfood other than that burgers are yummy I think the whole town has gotten a little too proud of itself and their prices on beers CRAFT beers. Is it just me or havent beer prices just skyrocketed over the past few years. Hom is good, big gun is good etc.... rue is good/better

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Posted by hotoit on August 15, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Re: “HŌM

Don't know what you're talking about yumyum. You work/own one of the other burger shops in town? Talk about a big waste of money. I've never been able to fill up at burger babies for less than $15.

The burgers at HoM are amazing! Made with sirloin, short rib, and brisket meat, and you're just making claims it's frozen? Unique menu, fries, onion rings are delicious.

24 oz of Genese Cream Ale for $4.50. You could walk next door to Midtown or some other college frat bar and pay that for a Miller Lite bottle or some other weak domestic. Plus HoM has a much better selection.

Not saying you couldn't find a cheaper meal elsewhere, but whenever I'm at a restaurant thinking about having their burger, I consider that I'll just get one at HoM at some point during the week.

I've found it to be a great new spot to eat and love playing ping pong. Much more unique than just another sports bar, with nothing to offer in food and beer selections. And I'm NOT some owner or staff at HoM trying to post a review like yumyum to help their own cause. Worst place in town? Gimme a break... I like burgers from Moe's, Rue de Jean, and HoM. Those are the best in town. Pretty much every burger place is "ok" ... Not gonna pay $4 for a slider.

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Posted by JimJ on August 15, 2011 at 2:50 PM

Re: “HŌM

By far one of the worst burger places in Charleston. The staff is AWFUL. The food is not worth the cost. If I wanted to spend $10 on a burger I would much rather go to Husk, at least there I know they are using fresh meat that isn't frozen at some point. You would think that the owners being college graduates and all would realize that this is a food and beverage town, and if they want to have expensive food it really needs to be of higher quality. They have a lot of competition with big gunz and baby bugers, and the prices there are much more reasonable. The only thing they bring to the table is Ping Pong so I can only assume this with be a hipster hangout. The only problem with that is they for sure wont be able to afford the food or the drinks. I give this dump about 8 months, that is unless they hire a real chef. Regardless, the food was bland and very unexciting. The bread was mushy, and my med-rare burger was horribly over cooked. They really need to step it up if they want to make it. Good luck boys

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Posted by yumyum843 on August 15, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Re: “Sesame Burgers & Beer

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.

Posted by eastoak on August 13, 2011 at 4:35 PM

Re: “Sesame Burgers & Beer

CharlestonNative...I'm sorry to hear about your recent experience at our Park Circle location. I'm the chef here and it is my responsibility to make sure these things don't happen. Your absolutely right, I would never want to be served food that wasn't to par. I always try to tell my staff to not serve food they would not eat themselves. However in your case someone made a very bad decision and for that I'm very sorry and take full responsibility. Please, the next time you come in, ask for Paul.

Posted by Paul B on August 3, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Re: “Sesame Burgers & Beer

Forgot to say: my bad experience was at the Park Circle location.

Posted by CharlestonNative on July 21, 2011 at 12:59 PM

Re: “Sesame Burgers & Beer

I had a bad lunch experience today that was surprising for Sesame.

I ordered a Turkey Club sandwich to go - normally the Park Circle and Citadel Mall locations serve up the best club sandwich in town next to Five Loaves' (if only Sesame would use bread as good).

But when I got it back to the office, it had fallen apart a bit in the box on the ride back - so I had to reassemble the sandwich a bit.

While doing so, I could not fail to notice the gross brown goo that used to be an Avocado. It smelled bad and had smeared around the sandwich to the point where I could not even eat parts of it.

In the trash it went: wasted drive, wasted lunch break, wasted money. Still hungry and more than a little irked. They also gave me sweet tea instead of unsweet but I caught that one before I left. And no, they were not particularly busy - I picked up before noon.

* It would have been much better for them to simply say "we were out of avocados" than to try and foist a rotten piece of goo on me and ruin the sandwich.

I won't be making any more to-go orders from Sesame. If I ever get a grody order of "food" like that again, I will swear off Sesame forever.

Posted by CharlestonNative on July 21, 2011 at 12:58 PM

Re: “Big Gun Burger Shop

Had dinner at Big Gun this evening and it was delicious. My husband had the chili burger and I had the veggie burger. Both were very well done. I'm psyched to have finally found a good veggie burger in Chucktown. The fried kale on top was a nice touch. Hands down the best fries I've had in quite some time. I think the seasoning was a combo of Old Bay and something else that gave it a nice kick but not overly spicy.

Bottom line, a great "hole in the wall" burger joint with quality food and affordable prices. Also, props to the team on the cohesiveness with your brand from signage, to ambiance, music, etc. I get what you're going for and we're down.

Posted by eidoof on July 20, 2011 at 8:10 PM

Re: “Big Gun Burger Shop

We ate here a few weeks back and look forward to it again. The fried Brussels Sprouts are out of this world good, no bitterness and great texture. The Chicken Bog is the best in town. Known around Charleston usually as Chicken Perlo, this mix of rice and chicken with aromatic vegetables, and sometimes sausage, is a low country staple that is not often found in town. Big Gun gets it right. The Burgers we had were real good, but I'd stop just short of great. The French fries were equally as tasty. We didn't try the vegetarian burgers but it's good to know they have some options for those so inclined. Service was great and the atmosphere is fine. Give them a try next time you're down near Marion Square.

Posted by willywoody on July 20, 2011 at 3:57 PM

Re: “Big Gun Burger Shop

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

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Posted by max on July 19, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Re: “Big Gun Burger Shop

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.

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Posted by LC on July 2, 2011 at 10:45 PM

Re: “Big Gun Burger Shop

I don't understand how you can compare this place to McDonalds. Do you work for Grindz or King Street Grill? Maybe you're a sports bar/strip mall kind of person, but wishing failure on this restaurant is just mean. Big Gun isn't just a burger/fries joint. They have a lot of unique menu items--standards with a twist. Jut take a look at the other city paper article with all the pictures. Everything I've had tastes fresh and delicious. If you want your burgers cheap and greasy, go somewhere else.

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Posted by eastoak on June 28, 2011 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Big Gun Burger Shop

Hamburglar, I ate their last week and it was fantastic! The difference between Big Gun burger and McD's is they grind their own beef. We all love McD's but we really don't know we are eating when we eat there. I believe the Big Gun urger is a 6 oz burger by the way, they make with a different bun than the very over bready bun they opened up with. Oh, try their mac and cheese fritters with tomato jam, amazing!

Posted by LarrySurely on June 23, 2011 at 5:55 PM
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