The bar at Cypress
Hungry for the best $5.00 burger on the peninsula? Head over to the second floor bar at Cypress on Monday nights. An example of a very clever business idea, Cypress, located at 167 E. Bay St., took a typically quiet Charleston restaurant night and turned it into a standing room only event.
Beginning at 5:30pm, $5.00 Burger Night at Cypress is a fun, lively and delicious way to start the work week. Tables are first come, first served. (Reservations to this part of the Cypress experience are not accepted. )
The second floor bar area is large, with seating options that range from typical bar stools and cocktail tables to white tablecloth seating for four and comfortable banquettes. The tables fill up fast, so plan on arriving early, before 6:00 pm. We arrived at 5:40 and were seated immediately but the line stretched down the stairs when we left at 7:00 pm. (The space is handicapped accessible but taking the elevator does not mean that you can advance in the line!)
And, oh my goodness, the burgers are so good. Cypress serves their burgers hot and juicy with a delicious "mystery" sauce spread on the soft brioche bun. There are four burger choices, all prepared at medium temperature. My burger choice was a cheeseburger served with pickled onions. The beef patty was flavorful and slightly crisp on the edges, just the way I like it. I added steak fries for an extra $3.00 and they were crunchy and cut generously but not too wide. My dining partner enjoyed the korean mustard and fried egg burger, with a side of deep fried macaroni and cheese. I had never tried fried mac n cheese and, after begging a bite, was won over by the crunchy, breaded outside and the creamy inside. I'll switch my fries for mac n cheese next time!
Our bill for two burgers, two sides, a glass of Stellenbosch Cabernet for my dining partner and ginger ale for me was only $29.00, including tax.
The Cypress staff is always friendly, skilled and efficient, both upstairs and in the main dining room, but I give kudos to the hostess and our server who provided gracious service during a very busy night. Both ladies remained cheerful while whisking guests from the long line to available tables and delivering burgers with surprising speed.
I will return to Cypress for Monday Night Burgers soon. After all, I still have two more burger offerings to sample along with my very own order of fried mac n cheese.