Back over the summer, I took Courtney with me to Tarboro Brewing Company for a little afternoon adventure. On our trip to eastern North Carolina, Courtney and I talked about her experiences in North Carolina. She is originally from Pittsburgh, but has been in Raleigh for a few years now. We decided to do a little fast food tour of some of the best places in the triangle because there were a few she hadn’t been to yet. Even better, when Glory found out, she asked to join us to help us take photos, but also because she was excited to see Courtney’s reaction. Here are 5 Southern fast food places you have to try in Raleigh.
Our idea got started because we drove through Nashville, NC and I told her about how the Bojangles’ right off US-64 there has the best cheddar bo biscuits in North Carolina. She had never heard of a cheddar bo and was interested in trying Bojangles’ after learning about it. Courtney is a vegetarian, so she had avoided Bojangles’ because she thought it was just a chicken place. I think she is a fan of the cheddar bo biscuits, and of course, their bo rounds.
Order: Cheddar Bo Biscuit, Bo Rounds, & Sweet Tea OR Chicken Supreme Dinner, Fries with Extra Seasoning, & Sweet Tea
During my senior year in high school, my parents took me to Raleigh to tour colleges. We took a break in between visits to have lunch at the Char-Grill on Hillsborough St. I have always loved that location for that memory. When we met here for lunch one day, Courtney got the full experience from filling out the order form to improvising seating. She ordered a grilled cheese which came on a burger bun, fries, and a soda, while I got my normal order (below).
Order: Cheese burger with Bacon, Mustard, and Mayo, Fries, Cheerwine (or a Chocolate Milkshake)
I think this was my favorite stop we made because Courtney was incredibly excited, told everyone it was her first time there, and then the server asked if she was a new student at NC State. Cook Out has the best milkshakes around and their Jr. Tray gave me life in college. I met Glory and Courtney after a Pure Barre class, so I figured that my work out cancelled out that calories I was consuming and I got a milkshake for the road.
Order: Jr. Tray with a Burger, Chicken Nuggets, Fries, a Sweet Tea or Cheerwine & then a Peanut Butter Fudge milkshake. If it’s in the summer time, definitely get the watermelon milkshake.
While I know that Goodberry’s isn’t really fast food, Courtney loves ice cream and had never been to Goodberry’s. Glory and I decided to take her after our lunch at Char-Grill and we lucked up with the flavor of the day being pumpkin. I got a small pumpkin concrete, but wished I had gotten it with cheesecake bites like Courtney did. I don’t want to speak for her, but I’m pretty sure this was Courtney’s favorite stop of all.
Order: a Small Concrete – either Chocolate, Pumpkin, or Peanut Butter
Until this adventure, I had never eaten at Snoopy’s either. I don’t really have an explanation for why I had never been other than I don’t eat hot dogs, and that they are famous for hot dogs deterred me. I now know what I have been missing and am thrilled that Glory suggested we go to Snoopy’s.
Order: Single Cheeseburger Combo, Fries, Sweet Tea
Photos by Glory Roze Photography
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