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!).
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.