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Apr 11, 2010 05:49 PM

Drive-thrus, drive-ins and walk-up windows in the South

Hey all--

I'll be taking a road trip from Mobile to DC via Charlotte during the heat of summer and won't be able to leave my dog in my car to go eat. I wanted to know if anyone had recommendations for local, cheap drive-thrus, drive-ins or walk up windows. I will taking the following highways:

65 from Mobile to Montgomery
85 from Montgomery to Charlotte (then on to Greensboro)
29 and 360 to Richmond (or I may stay on 85 if there's good chow)
95 to DC

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  1. 2 drive-ins that come to mind are The Varsity in Atlanta and The Beacon in Spartanburg, SC. In Greensboro, Stamey's BBQ has a drive-in thru window, although the 'q is not outstanding. Cook Out is a small chain in NC has above average fast food and is drive thru only.

    Also, since this board doesn't cover AL and VA, you may want to also post on the Central South and Mid Atlantic boards.

    1. The two that come to my mind in Charlotte are the Penguin and South 21. I'm not sure if they are worth the stop, but they fit the bill as far as cheap drive thru or drive in.

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      1. re: burgeoningfoodie

        The Penguin isn't a drive-in or drive thru. South 21 is pretty far off the interstate, and probably not worth the effort, imo.

      2. Price's Chicken Coop -Takeout only, quick service. Latta Park, 601 East Park Avenue
        ( is a great place to eat and stretch your legs after eating. Picnic tables and a large shelter if the weather is rainy. It is a very short drive from Price's so the chicken will still be warm when you arrive.

        Price's Chicken Coop
        1614 Camden Rd, Charlotte, NC 28203

        1. BBQ King in Charlotte, NC looks like an outstanding stop. It's about 2 miles South of I 85 but it's not hard to find at all. Exit I 85 @ Exit 34 at Freedom Dr. take 1st right on Ashley and go 2 miles to Hwy. 74. Take your right on 74 and BBQK is on your left right after you turn.

          There's a Cook Out at Exit 111 on I 85 at Archdale, NC just south of Greensboro. Exit @ 11 on S. Main St. take 1st right on Renola Dr. then 1st right on Interstate Drive. Cook Out is on your right.

          There's another Cook Out @ Exit 36 I 85 Goldsboro take Randleman Rd. to the right and then Cook Out is @ 2601 Randleman Rd.

          There's another Cook Out East of Goldsboro at Exit 141 on I 85 at Huffman Mill Rd. turn left and go North to Cook Out on your right.

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          1. re: Littleman

            I think you mean greensboro rather than goldsboro cook out is the best walkup/drive thru option get a carolina dog or a regular cheeseburger and park the car or a bojangles there is a hot dog place of I-85 in efland but I never thought the dogs were worth the wait

          2. There's a Zesto's in Atlanta, GA (Forest Park) take a right on Old Dixie Hwy. east of the airport a few miles and just past I 75. Take a right on Old Dixie go couple miles to Forest Pkwy. Zesto's is on the right.


            2620 College St, Newberry, SC 29108