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November 2011

Quick Bite:
Where’s the Beef?

The answer is, “everywhere.” Charleston is dolling out burgers faster than you can say, “Hold the pickles, please.”

Biggie’s Southern Gastropub
Biggie’s was named for owner Trae Wilson’s English mastiff. But the moniker also describes the pub’s no-frills, grilled-to-perfection thick burger that comes with lettuce, tomatoes, and pickles and the option to add extras for just $.50. Pair it with a craft brew and a spot on the patio for fall perfection. 730 Rutledge Ave.,
(843) 577-0486,

Ho¯M is where the heart is in the downtown burger scene. The King Street haunt has burger lovers and ping-pong players flocking. But those without a beef bent can find specialty patties such as lamb, turkey, tofu, and falafel, too. Top that with a fried green tomato and you’ve got a Ho¯M run. 563 King St., (843) 573-7505,

Triangle Char & Bar 
Looking for lean and locally grown meat? Then hit either of this restaurant’s locations, where Hill Creek Farm’s grass-fed beef is showcased in burgers ranging from the Plain Jane (lettuce, tomato, and cheese) to the decadent Wilbur (pork belly and cheddar). With a 90-10 meat-to-fat ratio, be sure to order your patty cooked no more than medium. West Ashley: 828 Savannah Hwy., (843) 377-1300 & Mount Pleasant: 1440 Ben Sawyer Blvd., (843) 606-2900,

Big Gun Burger Shop
If you like your burger full of surprises (say chili, brie, or collards), Big Gun’s your place. At this hole-in-the-wall, favorites include the Duck Burger with duck confit, goat cheese, and apple jam and the Dirty Gardener with a vegetable bean patty, eggplant-tomato jam, and fried kale. 137 Calhoun St., (843) 789-3821,


Burger Babies
This King Street spot isn’t just cashing in on the cute factor—it’s the many flavors that bring customers through the door time and again. Beef, shrimp, pork belly, portobello cap, and tofu: whew, having to choose can leave you spinning. Good thing the bite-size burgers are small enough you can eat more than just one! Pair two babies with their “American fries” for a meal that’s as tasty as it is adorable. 293 King St., (843) 277-2700, 



photographs BY (Hom & Triangle Char & Bar) Autumn Nesbitt, (Biggie's & Burger Babies) LeAnn Cannon, & (Big Gun Burger Shop) Ali Fogle