Jay Bee’s

Review by: Michael Stern

Foot-long hot dogs topped with mustard, onions, chili, and slaw … giant-size hamburgers dressed to the hilt with cheese fries and battered onion rings on the side … hand-chopped barbecue sandwiches decorated with slaw: Put these menu items together with a brash, drive-through (and dine-in) operation, and you have a truly all-American eatery. Jay Bee’s feels like fast food squared, and yet signs throughout the sprawling establishment warn that because everything is made to order, some items will require a wait.

In this place, a “wait” means about three minutes before your number is called over the loud speaker system, meaning your tray is ready to be toted to a table inside or on the patio out back (known as Jay-Bee’s Outback). At peak mealtimes, the big wait is the long line of cars at the drive-through window, where Iredell County natives come to buy a dashboard lunch or a party meal for twelve.

Hot dog highlights range from the simple foot-long with cheese (and, of course, chili and slaw) to such specialties as the Prairie Dog with dark-hued barbecue sauce, cheese, and onions and the “Northerners’ Fancy” Kraut Dog with sauerkraut and mustard. There are all-beef dogs which, although delicious, seem out-of-context here in pork country, and ninety-nine cent corn dogs for kids.

Although Jay-Bee’s pride is hot dogs, hamburgers are alright, too. Available in quarter-pound or half-pound configurations, they are hand-formed from daily-ground beef and sizzled to appealing succulence, particularly good when dressed with a heap of sauteed onions.

The beverage menu ranges from sweet tea and milk shakes to Dr. Pepper and Mountain Dew; and if you dine inside, a refill of any soda is free. One quart size drinks – yes, thirty-two ounces – are available at the drive-through window.

Directions & Hours

10:30am - 8pm
  • Monday: 10:30 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:30 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:30 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:30 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:30 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:30 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

What To Eat

Prairie Dog


Smoked Sausage


Jay Bee’s Recipes


What do you think of Jay Bee’s?

One Response to “Jay Bee’s”

Bruce Green

August 18th, 2010

We stopped in at Jay Bee’s on a Saturday in July on our way to South Carolina for a week of vacation. I had Jay Bee’s targeted for lunch.

I ordered the half-pound burger “all the way” with slaw and chili. My wife ordered the third-pound cheeseburger and my daughter got the brat. The brat was the highlight of the meal: nice snap and cooked perfectly. My wife’s burger was served with the cheese unmelted and she said it tasted very ordinary.

I was excited when the person behind the microphone (inside the store) told me it would take around 15 minutes to prepare my burger. I envisioned a hand-made patty covered with chili and slaw. What I got was, it seemed, a third-pound Sysco patty with a quick splash of chili and a decent amount of slaw. The burger had “snap” to it and that’s not what I was looking for. I received my burger in six minutes and I would have gladly waited 15 minutes for the real thing. As I looked around the restaurant I noticed 75% of the folks had ordered the foot long or other tube meat. It made sense. Pass on the burgers.


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