[style=”color: #008000;”]Great comments and recommendations. I look forward to trying next month. Thanks, all![/style]
We’re getting one in Clemson soon, they’re moving right along on construction, so it should be open soon. I’ll definitely check it out and report back. Looking forward to working my way through that milkshake list.
i95, my sister in NC raved about this place, so we tried it awhile back while visiting. I’d say it takes a definite backseat to Five Guys in quality and taste, but it’s 10x better than any major fast-food chain. Their huge menu is consistent, and everything we ordered (burger, hot dog, BBQ, shakes) was great. She likes to take her kids there because of the variety, and it’s a plus for families. I’d go again, but only if the other RF places on my list were closed already! [8D] Chris
cookout is by far the best fast food burger and dogs….and at $3.99 for a combo with 2 sides and a huge sweet tea that might have caused my diabetes..cant hardly beat that…
[style=”color: #008000;”]Sweet![/style] [8D]
i95, we must have been in sync. We stopped at the Asheville location on Sunday, and my wife had a chocolate banana shake as well. She loved it. I had a Cheerwine float – you can’t really judge a place based on the same concoction that you can make at home, but I was pleased. Daughter had an orange push-up shake which was also very good. I’m doing a chapter on it for Marie Let’s Eat which I will post next week.
I’m kind of hating this photo. I should have done better, but that’s what I had.
I have been to two of their locations. From what I have read, most of the locations are drive-thru only. This can be a little hectic for a first visit. If you go to a drive-thru location for a first visit, I would recommend that you park the car and walk up to the menu to check it out first, and let cars by, or you’ll hold up every car in line. The menu is long, and deciding can take a while your first time. There are many burger options and combinations.
Anyway, the two location I went to are at I-95 exit 97, and I-95 exit 121. I liked the one at exit 121 better. It has indoor seating. It is located near Wilson, NC. Take exit 121 and head east on Raleigh Rd (U.S. 264) toward Wilson for about 3 miles. Cook Out will be on your right.
I thought the burgers were very good, the hot dogs okay, and the Shakes were excellent. My only dislike was the funny tasting pickles. I love dills or kosher dills on burgers, and I think they used something that tasted between a “bread and butter” and a dill… .. hard to describe.
Overall, Cook Out is worth a detour, but I wouldn’t make a special trip from far away.
I’ve eaten at the Cook Out in Mount Airy a few times, and while their barbecue is nothing to write home about, their burgers and fries are pretty good; definitely better than what you’d get from one of the national FF burger chains. I haven’t tried their shakes yet, but after reading all of these very positive comments on here, I’ll have to make that a must-do the next time that I’m down in NC.
I hit one on the way north this week, they finally got one close to the SC border at exit 20. I used to have to wait until exit 97.
Best fast food burger on the road.
I’m fascinated by regional fast food chains like this (or Zesto or Martin’s here in Atlanta, Milo’s and Jack’s in northern Alabama), but remain baffled that Cook Out does not have its own website – the one linked above is to a well-meaning fan site and it doesn’t list all the locations. There’s one in Asheville that isn’t listed there, for starters.
Haven’t actually stopped in yet, as I don’t know much about NC yet other than Asheville, and that city has more than enough amazing restaurants to keep my attention from wandering, but I’m keen to have a burger and a shake one of these days.
I have been many times. I consider it to be pretty good but not great. Definitely not a must stop destination. They have a huge selection of food from burgers to dogs to BBQ and a huge selection of shakes that are quite good. If you are driving through and don’t have time to stop at one of North Carolina’s many wonderful sit down restaurants then give them a go. By the way, in the Charlotte area at least, only a couple have inside seating. Most are drive thru and picnic tables only.
There used to be a Cook-Out on High Point Road in Greensboro, not too too far from my apartment. The burgers were good for certain, the fries were nothing special, but the shakes ruled.
Since ice-cream stands are not a popular thing in the South (compared to Northeast), Cook-Out was our drive-thru ice-cream fix. If memory serves me correct, my wife would usually get the Peanut Butter Cup shake or Peanut Butter Chocolate shake, and I’d get Chocolate or Snickers. Freaking awesome.
(Never got BBQ there)
No question, the shake is the reason to stop.
i95, you went to Zack’s? What did you think?
[style=”color: #008000;”]Loved it and posted about it http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/tm.aspx?high=&m=221749&mpage=2#624601 here. [/style] [8D]
[style=”color: #008000;”]I finally had a chance to visit one of the clearly beloved Cook Out[/style]
i95, you went to Zack’s? What did you think? We were around Burlington last week but didn’t have a chance to stop in for a couple of Combos…[:(] Chris
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