Tasty Thursday: HoM Burgers

Last weekend, Clay’s friend Jeffrey came down from Hartsville to visit. Clay and Jeffrey went to high school together and have been friends for a long time. Before moving to Charleston, Clay and I went to Carolina Gamecocks football games and tailgated with Jeffrey and his dad, and we saw them when we went to Columbia a few weeks ago for the high school football state champion game.

Here’s a throwback picture of Clay and I tailgating in 2009. We look so young here and both wore glasses back then (I couldn’t find any pictures of all of us!).

Picture 003

Jeffrey is always fun to hang out with, so it was great having him around for the day, and the three of us headed to downtown Charleston on Saturday to try a new-to-us burger restaurant called HoM.

Located on Upper King Street, HoM specializes in creative gourmet burgers. Burgers on the menu change every few months and range from ground beef and brisket to tofu, tempeh, and falafel. If you’re not into burgers, HoM also offers wings, sandwiches, salads, flatbreads, and tons of specialty cocktails.

DSCN8226

While I do eat seafood, I don’t eat beef, chicken, or pork, so it’s not always easy to find things to eat at burger restaurants. HoM is the exception, and that’s one reason I was excited to try it. The menu offers not one but three veggie burgers, and many of the sides and salads are vegetarian or can be customized ((brussels sprouts without the bacon bits, etc).

I was surprised that none of the veggie burgers on HoM’s menu when we went were black bean burgers, since most burger places that offer that as the only vegetarian option. The veggie burgers that day included an earth burger with quinoa, tempeh, and ground vegetables, a quinoa burger, and a falafel burger.

Of course, this made it hard to choose what I wanted for lunch. HoM has daily specials, so I ended up going with a special salad with arugula, red cabbage, cauliflower couscous, feta , white bean purée, parsley dressing and a balsamic reduction. Since all the burgers were on the regular menu, I figured I could try one another time.

DSCN8222

My salad came out beautifully and was delicious. The arugula is a slightly bitter green, but the balsamic did a good job of cutting that bitterness. Also, the cauliflower couscous and white bean puree made the salad hearty and filling. It was very reasonably priced at only $7, which is a steal for downtown Charleston and a special menu item.

Like typical guys, Clay and Jeffrey both had burgers. Clay had the Banh-Mi burger with a sriracha glaze, pickled vegetables and a beef patty with kimchi dressed romaine. His burger was also a special, and Clay loves anything with kimchi, so I knew he’d go with that. Jeffrey had the hurricane burger which is a regular menu option and is stuffed with goat cheese and duck confit.

DSCN8224

Both of the guys really enjoyed their burgers, which were $9-10 for the single burger, no sides. We all split an order of hand-cut fries as a side, and the fries were pretty tasty- very shoestring-y and came with a choice of two homemade ketchups or sauces for dipping. At least if you have to pay extra for a side, it’s shareable.

Aside from the food, HoM is a fun place to hang out. It’s in downtown Charleston, but there’s plenty of metered parking close by and it’s walking distance from a few garages and bars. The back room has ping-pong tables as well as board games and card games, including Cards Against Humanity– one of our favorites. I haven’t been to HoM for happy hour, but it would be a fun place to go for a snack, drink, and to hang out and play a game with friends (beer pong is not allowed).

DSCN8229

Overall, I really liked HoM and would go back if I’m in the area. West Ashley has some cheaper and more convenient burger restaurants if you just want a burger, but HoM is a fun place and it was neat to have so many vegetarian and custom options at a burger restaurant.

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Charleston Food, Local in the Lowcountry and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

16 Responses to Tasty Thursday: HoM Burgers

  1. Looks like a fun time :-). I’ve only been to Charleston once but loved it. Can’t wait to go back!

  2. I have never been there. So many places in Charleston I just cannot get to them all.

    • Amy Lauren says:

      It’s really good- you are right about the restaurants here though, it is hard to hit them all. I read that a new place opens up on average once a week in the tri-county area. I have a list of all the places I want to try and it has probably 25 restaurants on it. I don’t think I’ll ever make it to all of them!

  3. harveylisam says:

    Haha saucy sign! I guess they’ve had problems with people coming in and just playing ping pong haha. Weird.

  4. Steph says:

    Oh man. My cousin took me there in November when we were there and it was AMAZING.

    • Amy Lauren says:

      It’s great. Clay says it’s not the best burger in town and knows a better place (and I believe him), but the variety at Hom and uniqueness just can’t be beat.

  5. Victoria says:

    That salad looks AMAZING.

    If you like burgers but don’t eat poultry/beef, you should come to a race in DC and go to dinner with us at Central, where they have lobster AND tuna burgers. Yum!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      I can’t say I’ve ever had a lobster or tuna burger but that sounds really interesting! We went to DC last year and I want to go back so badly, I would love to do a race there, not MCM but maybe a half. Seems like a fun place to run (I wasn’t running when I visited).

  6. I’m not a vegetarian, but whenever a restaurant features a homemade or unusual veggie burger, I always have to try it. Oddly enough, one of my all-time favorite veggie burgers is from the Hard Rock Cafe (we have one in downtown Detroit).

  7. Hey Amy!
    It looks like you had a very nice experience with trying Hōm, which I’d never heard of, ever. I’m bad though. I would’ve loved to try the burger over the salad, but the salad does look interesting though.

    It still amazes me how many new places you can try around where you live. Love the throwback photo! Was 2009 already six years ago? Crazy! Of course, 2009 wasn’t the best time of my life. I was dating a guy who was a total whimp and let his family treat me like dirt, I had a chronic yeast infection for eight months… but hey, I guess this are signs I made it beyond those difficult tines. Grrr! 😀

    Take care!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      HoM is only in Charleston, so I doubt many people outside of Charleston have heard of it, unless they visit here a lot. I’ve talked about it with a few people in town who hadn’t heard of it. We have so many restaurants here it’s hard to keep track. If one is ever on TV, people will know it, but other than that…

      I really can’t believe 2009 was that long ago either!

  8. Pam says:

    Yum, that burger looks tasty, I love local restaurants that have unusual choices such as your salad. We have a couple place in Wilmington that have burgers that are quite good, but nothing like HoM. Charleston really has great restaurants.

  9. LilMysNinja says:

    PJ and I will have to check out this place sometime. That Banh-Mi burger is right up his alley!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s