The Big Gun Burger Shop opened last week, and it didn’t take long for a CP crew to mobilize and get down there for a look around. We’d been following the progress of their opening via Twitter. Chef Jeffrey Stoneberger has been teasing us with all kinds of tidbits, and we were anxious to see what had been done to the space.

As you can see, the interior has gotten a rehab, with new accessories, seating, and colors. It’s bright and welcoming, despite being a tiny little space. Indeed, the smallness is a good thing, adding a feeling of coziness.

We went ahead and ordered some fried brussel sprouts, housemade pimento cheese, and a Twinkie milkshake while we pondered the burger choices (of which there are 13). The brussel sprouts (pictured below) were revelatory. They had a meaty deliciousness to them. The pimento cheese was appropriately sharp and creamy, and the Twinkie milkshake was just ridiculous.

Yes, the straw goes through the Twinkie, but sucking anything through it proved impossible. The milkshake-soaked Twinkie was the best element.

The crew ordered a nice selection from the burger menu. This here’s the Spaniard, which is a chorizo style pork patty with manchego cheese, romesco sauce, and grilled onion. Nice.

I ordered the Dirty Gardener, a veggie burger with fried kale, brussels sprouts, goat cheese, and eggplant-tomato jam. A good option for your vegetarian friends.

The Po’ Boy, pictured below, is fried catfish with remoulade and greens. Fries come with all the burgers, but the corn is an optional side. You can also get kimchi, pickles (really good housemade ones), collards, and chicken bog (forgot to get the low-down on that one).

A crew of happy CPers, celebrating the publication of our final Spoleto 2011 issue.

Pros: fresh food made well. The owner and chef are serious about providing good food from their tiny, little kitchen, and you can see it in what shows up on the plate. Besides a good selection of burger choices, they have four salads that look appealing and a drink list that is attractive for those of us who like Pimm’s Cup but prefer cocktails that don’t cost $10 or more. (Big Gun’s is $7).

Cons: The burgers would benefit from a different bread. The chef admitted they were still experimenting with different sources, so we expect that to be improved upon relatively quickly. The bread we had was too bready (I ended up eating my filling and leaving the bread behind). I also found the menu to not be accurate. The description of the veggie burger didn’t mention goat cheese or brussels sprouts. Maybe they should print out a daily menu so they can update changes daily. I have a feeling Stoneberger will be changing things up on a regular basis.

Big Gun Burger Shop is located at 137 Calhoun St. and is open from 11 a.m.-2 a.m., daily. They serve until 1 a.m.

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