Kish and I were up in Cleveland yesterday and stopped for lunch at Punch Bowl Social on the east bank of the Flats. When I got my cheeseburger I found that every square inch — no, every square micrometer — of the top of the bun was covered with sesame seeds. I’ve never seen a hamburger bun with such a complete and thorough sesame seed coverage.
I was worried that each bite would send seeds flying across the table, but my fears were groundless. The seeds held to the bun and the awesome number of seeds added a very satisfying crunch and consistency to the burger. With two patties of beef, and served piping hots and sesame-laden, it was one of the best burgers I’ve had in a long time.
Some of the high-end burger joints have moved away from sesame seed buns to sourdough buns or ciabatta buns or other options, but the Punch Bowl Social burger shows what some serious shots of sesame can add to the cheeseburger experience.