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702 E Main St, Burnsville, NC 28714
(828) 682-6802
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  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    2.5 of 5 stars
Long-time favorite hang-out

Used to hang out at this place when I was a teenager. Now, many years later, it's still in operation, although much changed. Newly decorated inside after suffering major storm damage a while back. Food is simple with good size servings. Service is good. Atmosphere is a throw back to the 50's. I... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 1, 2015
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Lake Norman, North Carolina
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Lake Norman, North Carolina
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24 reviews 24 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Used to hang out at this place when I was a teenager. Now, many years later, it's still in operation, although much changed. Newly decorated inside after suffering major storm damage a while back. Food is simple with good size servings. Service is good. Atmosphere is a throw back to the 50's. I wish they could find the money to... More 

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Stafford, Virginia
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28 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

A lot of the locals eat here also so you know the food is good. The food was great but the service was very slow and the place could use a good cleaning. We were told that it was just recently remodeled and if that is the case then they are doing the bare minimum when they clean up. The... More 

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Stafford, Virginia
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We went to the Drive In in the evening. The tables are old and were not clean. They need to be stripped down to get the buildup off of the table tops. Floor needs to be scrubbed with bleach. Hired window cleaning company was determined to clean the inside of the windows while patrons were sitting in the booths. Not... More 

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Charlotte
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21 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We drove up and parked...noticed a few cars. Walked in and was pleasantly surprised to see a LOT of locals. I was put off by how messy the place looked but my friend cleared the table and the waitress took our orders. I had the «Chez» Smoky burger...Yes...«Chez». I thought that looked very out of place on the menu and... More 

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Jonesboro, Georgia
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65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

While the whole thing looked a bit marginal there were quite a few cars in the drive in. We had slow, unfriendly service. We both ordered a club sandwich were o.k. though nothing noteworthy. French fries and onion rings were also average.

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Bakersville, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2012

The service was very poor and the food is very average.

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Asheville
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2011

If you find yourself in Burnsville, there are definitely better choices. But this place is a throwback to 1957 and it's worth a visit just to see, and hear, the locals. Just stick with burgers and fries and you'll be okay. Dark, dingy, cramped, and uninspiring. But good nonetheless. And sweet little teenage waitresses.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2011

Convenient, open 7 days a week, serving breakfast anytime, decent food, interesting local folks always chatting and visiting, AND they make great P-nut butter milkshakes (which most places don't anymore). Over all, a good place to eat!!!!

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Big Sky, Montana
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2011

I ordered the bar-b-q beef.Looked more like grey rabbit...Side orders very bad also....Paid,left,did not eat a bite.... Stay safe at Hardees or Pizza Hut.Yhis place serves road kill.

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  • Address: 702 E Main St, Burnsville, NC 28714
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Smoky Mountains  >  Burnsville
  • Phone Number: (828) 682-6802

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