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buffetbuster

Weekend in Charlotte Thu, 04/16/09 4:28 PM (permalink)
I am falling almost hopelessly behind in my trip reports, so I need to start doubling up.....
 
March 27, 2009
 
My flight got into Charlotte rather late, so I didn't have many options of places that would still be open.  So, I made my way to the Penguin Drive-in


This place is a little odd because not only is it not a drive-in, it has almost more of a bar feel than anything else.  There were so many cars outside, I had to park almost a full block away.  And when I went in, every table was taken as was every seat at the bar.  But, there were chairs next to a ledge against the near wall and I asked the waitress if I could sit there.  She said sure, so I grabbed a seat.
 
Considering I seemed to be the only one here over 25 years old and was in an out of the way location, I figured there was no way I was going to receive good service.  But several of the waitresses took turns filling my sweet tea glass and they really took great care of me.  Based on this piggie in the window,

bbq is one of the things they are best known for.  But since I planned on several more bbq stops in the next couple of days, I went in a different direction.
 
First up, the Race Track Dog,

with mustard, slaw, chili and onions.  None of the toppings were a standout, but everything worked well together for a fine dog.  I really enjoyed the sweet tang of the brunswick stew.

And to round out the meal, a fried bologna sandwich. 

The menu says it is thick cut, but that sure doesn't look thick cut to me.  Maybe I am just spoiled by my visits to G & R Tavern in Waldo, Ohio.
 
Penguin Drive-In
1921 Commonwealth Avenue
Charlotte, NC 
 
I checked into my hotel for the night.
<message edited by buffetbuster on Thu, 04/16/09 4:36 PM>
 
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