4 out of 5 burgers
On a recent trip to Charleston, SC I was fortunate enough to get to try some real southern burgers at The Sloppy Cow. Believe it or not, this was my first time trying “stuffed” burgers. For those of you who are still living in the dark (as I was), a stuffed burger has different ingredients stuffed into the patty, infusing it with flavor and generally tasting amazing. The Sloppy Cow is a great spot for tourists and locals alike so if you’re ever in Chucktown “y’all come back now ya hear?” – couldn’t resist.
The omniscient Sloppy Cow mascot adorns the wall
The Burger: The Sloppy Cow boasts nine specialty stuffed burgers including the “Bleu Cow Bleu” with bleu cheese, crumbled bacon, grilled onion and mushrooms, topped with garlic chili sauce and the “Smoking Cow” with smoked Gouda, bacon, smoked tomato relish and caramelized onion. The patties are all beef (this is the South, after all) and served on your choice of a burger bun or Texas toast. The burgers are extremely juicy and unsurprisingly sloppy with all the stuffed ingredients. Their burgers take toppings to a whole new level and create a unique taste experience, inside and out.
The “Spicy Cow” – roasted jalapeno relish, jack cheese, chipotle onions, bacon and spicy mayo
The “Spicy Southerner” – jalapeno pimiento cheese, topped with chipotle mayo and a fried green tomato
The “Cheesy Cow” – beef patty stuffed with three cheese blend
The Fries: If only fries could be stuffed, too. In comparison to the burgers, the fries are pretty standard. You can also opt for coleslaw, pasta salad or potato salad on the side. The only thing that could make this place better would be offering the traditional southern sides we experienced in other Charleston restaurants. I’m thinking mac and cheese, a biscuit, mashed potatoes, grits, etc. Go big or go home.
The Ambiance: We were there on a slow Monday night, but I’m told the Sloppy Cow is generally a busy and happening place to be. Since we were the last customers of the night, we had very fast service. The stuffed burgers are all $10, including your choice of side dish. You can also get an enormous and delicious milkshake for $4, which I think everyone should. Overall, great place to get a feel for the burgers of the South!
The Sloppy Cow’s casual interior – we had almost the whole place to ourselves!