Locals gather at this unlikely Watauga County establishment to shoot pool — and to eat first-class chargrilled burgers known far and wide.
5 on the Flat-Top: Little Bit’s Grill
In Oak Island in 1987, an ocean or two away from Vietnam, an immigrant found a second home for herself and her family by mastering a new, all-American cuisine.
5 on the Flat-Top: Concord Grill
This Person County restaurant may not look like much — that is, until a big, juicy thick burger dripping with freshly melted cheese comes through the takeout window.
Feeder of the Pack: Players Retreat in Raleigh
Over its 70 years, the Players Retreat has played many roles in Raleigh: hangout for NC State actors after performances, shrine to Wolfpack athletics, sports bar with a fine-dining pedigree. Plus, it serves a heck of a burger.
3 North Carolina-Inspired Burgers
That which we call a burger by any other name would taste as delicious. But the names of these burgers symbolize much more than what’s sandwiched between the buns.
From Elizabeth Hudson: The Special Sauce
Nostalgic burger joints are like time machines, delivering something extra special that keeps us coming back.
Making a Splash: An Ode to the Shrimpburger
Drive-ins and restaurants around the Crystal Coast turn tiny shellfish into shrimpburgers that are big on flavor. The sandwich is unquestionably one of our most iconic. But is it a burger? One writer investigates.
Greensboro’s Hamburger Square
This tiny city block in downtown Greensboro once had a gigantic reputation. Not so much for its charbroiled beef patties — though they, too, were plentiful — but for its colorful characters and their wild shenanigans.
In the 1950s, as Americans hit freshly paved roads in shiny new cars during the postwar boom, a new kind of restaurant took shape: the drive-in. From those first thin patties to the elaborate gourmet hamburgers of today, North Carolina has spent the past 80 years making burger history.