Image by Me The view from the upstairs dining area.
Update: Sesame Burgers & Beer's Mount Pleasant location has been impressing over the last several months, but if you want a more recent take, Charleston Scene much confirms Pettigrew's take below (read Scene's profile here, paywall).
Sesame Burgers & Beer opened their third location on Wednesday, April 4, on Johnnie Dodds Boulevar in Mount Pleasant.
Sesame puts a unique spin on the burger joint concept by making everything possible in-house — including buns and condiments. By grinding their hormone-free beef in-house as well, one can even order a burger at sub-burnt temperatures. The menu is rounded out by other select sandwiches, salads, wraps, and apps.
A focus on quality spills into the beer list, which contains roughly fifty bottles and a rotating selection of twenty taps emphasizing local breweries. Throw cocktails and milkshakes (adult or otherwise) in the mix, and it’s hard to leave unsatisfied. In fact, it’s just hard to leave.
The restaurant has a 120-seat capacity, the largest of their three locations, spanning both inside and outside under a covered patio. The dedicated upstairs space will eventually play home to regular beer dinners and other special events.
Owners Joe Fischbein and Casey Glowacki first crossed paths working for The Mustard Seed, another locally-focused group of restaurants. Their first venture together was Five Loaves Café downtown, which too opened a Mount Pleasant location. Once they established Five Loaves, the pair pivoted to the great American hamburger.
The first Sesame location was an early member of the Park Circle renaissance in North Charleston, winning locals over at the corner of Montague and Spruill starting in 2007. A second location was opened in the Citadel Mall in late 2009, putting a welcome, quality dining option ironically opposite the food court. Successfully transporting their concept from a hip neighborhood to a traditional shopping mall demonstrated that Sesame could potentially work anywhere. Mount Pleasant will ultimately decide, but if the town’s embrace of food a fun is any indication, this third chapter of the Sesame saga should have a happy ending.
Sesame Burgers & Beer Mount Pleasant is located at 675 Johnnie Dodds Boulevard in Mount Pleasant. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m to midnight.