Kiss the Cook
This North Carolina-based chain is taking the southeast by storm and I have no problem with it at all. Cook-Out has opened three different locations in our region over the past couple years and I’ve visited all of them on multiple occasions.
Cook-Out serves what I would consider to be food for a casual cookout. Imagine that! Crazy, huh?
The menu features burgers, hot dogs, chicken, BBQ and a few other items. Most of the sandwiches and hot dogs can be topped with different ingredients or “styles.” So if you order something “Cook-Out Style,” it comes with chili, slaw, mustard and onions. The menu also includes a ridiculous selection of milkshakes - I think they serve something like 60 different flavor combinations. In authentic North Carolina fashion, they even serve Cheerwine!
For being a fast food restaurant with low prices, I’m surprised at the quality of the food. I think Cook-Out serves the best burger of any fast food chain and the pork BBQ is very good as well.
If you are visiting a Cook-Out for the first time, I’d suggest getting the combo tray with a big double burger, hush puppies, coleslaw, and a peanut butter oreo milkshake. It’s probably about 7,000 calories but so good and so cheap.
I’ve never been to a Cook-Out that wasn’t crowded. No matter what time of day, there is always a steady stream of people at every location. They do a ton of drive-thru business and typically don’t have a lot of seating so good luck getting a table. Fortunately, most locations stay open until at least 2:00am so you can eventually wait out any big crowds.
I’ve only been to an In-n-Out on the west coast one time, but I think that’s the most fair comparison for Cook-Out. It’s a regional fast-food chain that’s gaining huge popularity from loyal fans. And I’m definitely in the Cook-Out fan club.
1395 Hershberger Road NW, Roanoke, VA 24012
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