ALL WE COULD SAY WAS.
WE JUST HAPPEN TO BE IN CITADEL MALL AS IT WAS GETTING LATE. WE WERE HUNGRY NEEDED SOMETHING TO EAT & WE WERE ABOUT TO SETTLE FOR THE FOOD COURT WHEN MY WIFE SAYS. LETS TRY Sesame Burgers, SHE HAD NOTICED THE LINE OF PEOPLE WHEN WE ENTERED THE MALL. WE WENT IN AND FELL IN LOVE WITH NOT ONLY THE FOOD BUT THE SERVICE AS WELL I HAD A TURKEY BURGER SHE HAD THE FISH TACOS BOTH WERE DELICIOUS. WE WANTED TO GO BACK BEFORE WE LEFT CHARLESTON BUT WE WILL BE GOING BACK.
You Gotta Try The Fried Pickles.
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.
Best burgers in Charleston.
I discovered this place on accident and have been back weekly ever since. Fantastic customer service, excellent food, HOMEMADE EVERYTHING (Ketchup, mustard, mayo, pickles, smoked meat, hand ground steak).
Met Joe and he comped me a dessert just for telling him how much I loved his restaurant, how awesome is that.
All in the name.
If you put "burger" in the name of your restaurant, you'd better have a good one on the menu. There are several at Sesame that are sublime. Come to think of it, I haven't had one that isn't amazing. I wasn't crazy about the home-made ketchup, but now you can get the store bought-stuff there. ;-) Don't let the location intimidate you. This is not the Spruill avenue from the days of the Navy base. Come early because Sesame is not a secret. The lunch crowd knows about it and fills it quick. They have vegitarian and chicken options, so you can include the guy who is on diet this week.