Blacow Burger, a sushi and burger concept, is coming to South End, sneaky close to Bang Bang and the soon-to-be Shake Shack.
Blacow first opened in Fort Mill three years ago, and owner Calvin Ma told me Charlotte felt like the natural expansion destination, especially since they won Best Burger at the Moo & Brew fest last year.
It’ll be located in South End’s new Dimensional Fund building.
Concept: Calvin said it’s “high-end burgers with sushi, but the prices are lower than say, Cowfish.” You can expect Asian-inspired burgers and cocktails along with more traditional American flavors. “Our burger is different,” he said. “I won’t say they’re crazy but we have more creative toppings. And with a young city, like Charlotte, people like to try new things, they’re looking for that experience.” He’s also pumped about the sushi and burger pairing because, from a business standpoint, you’re targeting people with two totally different food preferences or cravings.
Why South End: Clavin told me South End is the perfect spot for Blacow because “we’re targeting that young professional crowd.” He believes the price point (around $11 per burger) is right in line with what the younger crowd is comfortable paying for a good burger.
No. 1 seller: The Blacow – Wagyu (Japanese Black cow beef), lettuce, teriyaki glaze, nori furikake, mayo, tempura avocado ($13).
Burgers (all 6-ounce patties on homemade brioche bun):
- Flaming cow – ghost pepper jack cheese, fried jalaperio chips, sriracha mayo, lettuce, tomato ($10)
- Gangnam – marinated in bulgogi sauce with kimchi, baby arugula, green onion and cilantro ($10)
- Caballero – lettuce, tomato, apple wood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, guacamole, onion strings, chipotle mayo ($11)
- The Hangover – cheddar cheese, apple wood smoked bacon, mini classic poutine, over easy fried egg, caramelized onion, truffle oil ($13)
- F.R.O.G. Burger – homemade fresh basil goat cheese with F.R.O.G. (fig, raspberry, orange & ginger) jam reduction, arugula, candied applewood smoked bacon ($11)
- Carolina BBQ Cheese Burger – Carolina sweet barbecue sauce, lettuce, tomato, cheddar cheese, sliced jalapeños, bacon, beer-battered onion rings ($11)
- The Swiss Fun-Ghi – sautéed mushrooms, baby arugula, apple wood smoked bacon, caramelized onions, Swiss cheese, blue cheese crumble and dressing ($11)
- The Classic – cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, Blacow sauce, pickle ($9.50)
- Hawaiian Burger – lettuce, tomato, Swiss cheese, applewood smoked bacon, mayo, red onion, teriyaki sauce, grilled fresh pineapple ($10)
- Chili Cheese Burger – homemade chili, homemade southern slaw, pepper jack cheese, cheddar cheese sauce and onion straws ($12)
- Nutty Goat – balsamic onion, garlic and herb goat cheese & pecan mix, Chipotle aioli, candied bacon, pickle, arugula ($12)
- Korean pulled pork burger – marinated Korean pulled pork, pepper jack cheese, short-rib patty and homemade southern slaw ($11)
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Timeline: Calvin hopes they’ll open by the end of the year, but early 2020 is a more conservative projection.
Header image via Facebook/Blacow