One summer when I was home from college I went through serious Cook-Out withdrawals. I mentioned it to my Mom and she immediately fired up the grill to cook some hot dogs and hamburgers. She didn’t understand that I was not talking about having a cook out in the backyard. I was talking about one of the best kept fast food secrets in North Carolina.
Cook-Out is a drive-through restaurant that began in the same town as my Alma Mater, Greensboro. They specialize in Carolina barbecue made with Texas Pete hot sauce. Cook-Out has all of the fast food you can imagine from chili cheese burgers to corn dogs. This comfort food tastes even more delightful for the simple fact that a combo meal is the best value of any fast food restaurant. An entree with two sides and a drink rounds out to about four dollars. I’m talking about a chili cheeseburger with a side of corn dog, a side of chicken nuggets, and a drink. Personally, I went for the barbecue sandwich with a double side of hush puppies and a Coca-Cola. Cook-Out’s hushpuppies are to die for, and the fact that I could get a Fancy Milkshake with my combo for only a dollar more made Cook-Out my number one guilty pleasure.
The Fancy Milkshake is Cook-Out’s most famous menu item. There are more than forty milkshake options, from Vanilla to Blueberry Cheesecake to Reeses Peanut Butter Cup, they have a milkshake for any tastebud. Their milkshakes are thick and creamy like soft serve ice cream, and run just a little over two dollars a pop. Some locations offer a ninety-nine cent milkshake deal. Hey, who could drive past that? No one!
While Cook Out started, and still offers the most locations in North Carolina, they have expanded to South Carolina, and most recently Richmond, Virginia. I once again am going through withdrawals since moving to Georgia, but hopefully they will expand South in the future. If not, it looks like I’ll have a tasty excuse to make a road trip!
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