Jay Bee’s

Drive-In | Hamburgers | Hot Dog | Ice Cream Parlor | Sandwich Shop
Worth a detour

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.

What to Eat
Jay Bee’s, Brat
A split Johnsonville Brat arrives freighted with spicy mustard and a heap of sauerkraut.
Jay Bee’s, Prairie Dog
Prairie Dog
The Prairie Dog: BBQ sauce, onions, melted cheese
Jay Bee’s, Smoked Sausage
Smoked Sausage
Smoked Sausages come topped with mustard and grilled onions.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Monday10:30am - 8pm
Tuesday10:30am - 8pm
Wednesday10:30am - 8pm
Thursday10:30am - 8pm
Friday10:30am - 8pm
Saturday10:30am - 8pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

Other Nearby Restaurants

  • Keaton’s

    Cleveland, North Carolina

    Keaton’s of Cleveland, North Carolina, is home to some of the best chicken anywhere — deep fried, then saturated with BBQ sauce. Unforgettably delicious!

  • Amelie’s French Bakery

    Charlotte, North Carolina

    A French bakery with kitsch decor, Amelie’s is a 24/7 beacon of croissants, quiches, tarts, tortes, sandwiches, soups and salads plus coffee in every good form.

  • Snappy Lunch

    Mount Airy, North Carolina

    A pork chop sandwich at Snappy Lunch diner in Mount Airy (Andy Griffith’s Mayberry) comes with a slew of condiments that add up to an American best!

  • Long Creek Fish Fry

    Dallas, North Carolina

    A Gaston County treasure known for big plates of catfish, flounder, shrimp & oysters (with hushpuppies, natch), Long Creek Fish Fry is a Carolina best.

  • Lexington Barbecue #1

    Lexington, North Carolina

    Lexington Barbecue #1 has defined North Carolina excellence since ’62. Smoky pork is a festival of tenderness with crunchy bits from the shoulder’s outside.

  • Nana’s Soul Food

    Charlotte, North Carolina

    Offering some of the best soul food in Charlotte, Nana’s is a cafeteria with a vast array of choices. Great vegetables! Prices are low and service is friendly.