OK, I admit I’m not exactly on the ball with this one. Sloppy Cow opened months ago a mere mile from my house, yet I’ve neglected to stop by and support the new local burger joint. That is, until now. We dropped in for dinner the other night, and I was pleasantly surprised by this new James Island restaurant. Gone is the old Skibo’s, a place that never impressed me with its mediocre fare, and in its place is a fresh, friendly neighborhood restaurant.

The interior... we ate early. It was filling up by the time we left
  • The interior… we ate early. It was filling up by the time we left

The exterior has been painted a rustic orange, and the interior has comfy booths and lots of cute details, like Trivial Pursuit questions at each table and chalkboards scrawled with the latest specials.

Free fried wontons!
  • Free fried wontons!

The menu is compact but has plenty of choices. The burgers made with Angus beef are stuffed with all sorts of goodness, like cheese and bacon and grilled onions. We tried a simple four-cheese burger so we could discern the beefy flavor a little bit better. I took a bite about halfway through and came across a big blob of cheese oozing out of the middle of the burger, which I liked. But, of course, not everybody likes the idea of stuffing a burger.

One cheesy stuffed burger
  • One cheesy stuffed burger

And since I’m not much of a burger person, stuffed or not, I ordered the Cow Patty, a black bean burger stuffed with garlic, jack cheese, and jalapeño and topped with corn relish and cilantro cream sauce. Packed with flavor, the patty was spicy and filling.

The cow patty, packed with flavor
  • The cow patty, packed with flavor

The thick fries were lightly seasoned and as addictive as any fried potato treat. They have a decent beer and wine list, but being on the wagon as part of my new year/new me plan, I went for an n.a. sweet tea on the rocks (feel free to pat me on the back).

The perfectly sized kids burger
  • The perfectly sized kids burger

The burgers are $10 and the other sandwiches (including pulled pork, turkey burger, and chicken breast) are $9.

Overall, Sloppy Cow is a great addition to the very limited James Island restaurant scene. I can see this being a good spot to eat away a hangover, once my resolution fades.

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