This past weekend, we were up in that area, so we stopped at the original Charcoal Pit location (North Wilmington) around 11:15 pm on Friday night. (They close at 1 am). The decor screamed "classic roadfood", and we loved the neon sign outside. We were really looking forward to their burgers, fries, and shakes.
Now for the bad news. The food was mediocre at best. The burgers were rubbery, and the texture seemed like they were from those pre-formed frozen hockey puck style. We can't confirm they were from frozen, but they sure seemed like it, being so rubbery.
The shakes were very thin. It would take no effort to drink it through a straw. It was only a little thicker than plain 'ol milk. There was a "triple thick" option, but we got the regular. Maybe one needs to order the "triple thick" to get any semblance of a an actual shake.
The fries were the best item we had, and they were only "okay"....not bad...not great. Very average.
Maybe by going late, we caught them at a bad time? But, we arrived there more than 1.5 hours before closing time, so who knows? The shake certainly could have been an anomaly, and the result of a misstep by an employee. But, we don't see how the burgers will improve if they do, in fact, use pre-formed frozen hockey pucks.... (which we have not confirmed, but it seemed like they were). Anyone know?
The place only had a few customers, yet there were lots of staff, ...most if them hanging around waiting for somethng to do.
We hope the food improves, because we'd hate to see a classic place like this go under. But, as of now, with the mediocre food, and very few customers. it doesn't look promising.
Janet and Glenn