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South 21 Drive-In

3101 East Independence Boulevard, Charlotte, NC - (704) 377-4509
A 1950s drive-in that still has Servus-Phone ordering equipment at every car window, the South 21 features burgers, fried chicken, milk shakes and superior onion rings.
83% Approval Rating (6 votes)

Scorecard

3 - Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Fish-O-Burger
Cherry Lemon Sundrop
Onion Rings
Super Boy Burger
Milk Shake

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (8)
Roadfood.com Editor
"When South 21 Drive-In boasts that its Super Boy burger is a meal in itself, that's only partially true. It's a lot of food, for sure: two good-size patties with the works in a sesame bun crowned with a quartered pickle spear and sided by a heap of French fries. That ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

3101 East Independence Boulevard, Charlotte, NC
(704) 377-4509

http://www.south21drivein.com

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Lunch, Dinner
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:No
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:Yes
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
The signature dish of the South 21 Drive-In is a Super Boy Burger: twin patties dressed to the nines with French fries and a pickle spear.
"The signature dish of the South 21 Drive-In is a Super Boy Burger: twin patties dressed to the nines with French fries and a pickle spear."
Michael Stern





For me, onion rings are the stand-out dish. At first bite, I wasn't sure I liked them because they didn't have the grease factor I expected. Into my 2nd, 3rd, 4th rings, it dawned on me just how good they are. Greaseless perhaps, but that in no way precludes extreme lusciousness. (note the Servus Fone apparatus in the background.)
"For me, onion rings are the stand-out dish. At first bite, I wasn't sure I liked them because they didn't have the grease factor I expected. Into my 2nd, 3rd, 4th rings, it dawned on me just how good they are. Greaseless perhaps, but that in no way precludes extreme lusciousness. (note the Servus Fone apparatus in the background.)"
Michael Stern


The Fish-O-Burger tastes much better than it sounds.  Those are two firm lengths of flavorful trout on the sandwich.
"The Fish-O-Burger tastes much better than it sounds. Those are two firm lengths of flavorful trout on the sandwich."
Cliff Strutz


The motto on South 21's cups means that when you order a Super Boy, you not only get the pair of patties dressed with mustard, onion, lettuce and tomato; you also get a pile of thin French fries and a pickle spear.
"The motto on South 21's cups means that when you order a Super Boy, you not only get the pair of patties dressed with mustard, onion, lettuce and tomato; you also get a pile of thin French fries and a pickle spear."
Michael Stern


Here is where you order and eat.
"Here is where you order and eat."
Michael Stern


There are no indoor seats at this true curb-service drive-in (but there is a take-out counter inside).
"There are no indoor seats at this true curb-service drive-in (but there is a take-out counter inside)."
Michael Stern


Independence Boulevard has dramatically modernized and widened over the years, restricting access; but the people's favorte drive-in continues to thrive.
"Independence Boulevard has dramatically modernized and widened over the years, restricting access; but the people's favorte drive-in continues to thrive."
Michael Stern


I've yet to try the fish-o-burger, but definitely intend to return to South 21 to sample more on the menu and to savor the precious ambience.
"I've yet to try the fish-o-burger, but definitely intend to return to South 21 to sample more on the menu and to savor the precious ambience."
Michael Stern


As a fan of food art, I was impressed by the hyper-realistic style of this imposing billboard behind the restaurant.
"As a fan of food art, I was impressed by the hyper-realistic style of this imposing billboard behind the restaurant."
Michael Stern



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