Classic Burgers & Hot Dogs
Super Boy $5.25
South 21, 3101 E. Independence Blvd., 704-377-4509
A family-owned drive-in since 1955, South 21 still serves up the same classic American fare—including a fine signature burger. The Super Boy tops two beef patties with mustard, onions, lettuce, and tomato and comes with an order of crispy, salty fries.
Burger With Cheese, $3.50
Brooks’ Sandwich House, 2710 N. Brevard St., 704-375-7808
This cash-only classic takeout spot run by twin brothers has been serving great hot-from-the-griddle burgers in NoDa for 40 years. Order your cheeseburger “all the way” and it will arrive topped with mustard, onions, and the classic house-made chili.
The Char Heel, $3.79
JJ’s Red Hots, 1514 East Blvd., 980-225-8880
This Carolina-inspired treat tops the restaurant’s signature juicy, grilled Sahlen’s Smokehouse dog with house-made chili, a heaping portion of slaw, and a ribbon of deli mustard in a soft potato roll.
The Zack’s Special, $4.89
Zack’s Hamburgers, 4009 South Blvd., 704-525-1720
This monster is served with two ground-beef patties, melted American cheese, shredded lettuce, a slice of tomato, pickles, chopped onions, and special sauce on a soft, toasted sesame-seed bun. Sound familiar? It’s Zack’s nod to the Big Mac, plus a dollop of mayo and minus the middle bun. Served with shoestring fries, this dish can be enjoyed in a setting reminiscent of the days when The Chiffons dominated radio waves.
Winky Dinky Dog, $3.50
The Diamond, 1901 Commonwealth Ave., 704-375-8959
A spin on the classic dog, the Winky Dinky is topped with The Diamond’s creamy house-made pimento cheese and a liberal helping of chili.
Viking Corn Dog, $2.95
Pinky’s WestSide Grill, 1600 W. Morehead St., 704-332-0402
A no-frills dish, the Viking Corn Dog at Pinky’s is hand-dipped in batter and then deep-fried on a stick. There’s no shame in ordering two.