We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
3101 E Independence Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28205-7013
(704) 377-4509
Improve this listing
Write a Review

40 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Best fried chicken in the world!! We visit every time that we are in the Charlotte area. The establishment has been around for ages and it is no wonder with how fantastic the food is. Go visit!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Columbia, South Carolina
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015 via mobile

Burgers, chicken, and fish had no seasoning what so ever! My onion rings were cold. It took 30 minutes to get our food! Need I say more?

Was this review helpful? Yes
Wilmington, North Carolina
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014 via mobile

I love the fried chicken and onion rings, my husband has to at least have a bite of the burgers and my little one is all for the fries and shakes. The service is great we recommend.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Lynchburg, Virginia
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

I talked my whole family into trying this place out after reading all the great reviews. Sadly, it was a very big letdown. The food was really nothing special at all...bun was stale, burgers dry and flavorless, gross shredded lettuce. Worst coleslaw ever....milkshake?--bad! I just do not understand how this place has been open since 1955 and hasn't figured out... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Charlotte, North Carolina
Top Contributor
101 reviews 101 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

I have been to South 21 with my family several times, and look for opportunities to go back. I love the drive-in experience, and can't get enough of their burgers and hamburger steak. Bring a tray from home to put your plate on, and you'll avoid a mess.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

After seeing South 21 on Burgerland we knew we had to try it. The burgers were big and tasty. The onion rings were the best I ever had! The intercom system was really staticky and hard to hear but other than that it was an awesome old school drive in experience. We would eat here again!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014 via mobile

My wife, son and I stopped in and had cheese burgers and a chicken dinner. The food was great. It no wonder they have been open since 1955. The server that brought the food to our car was very friendly and polite. I really like the touch of the staff wearing fedora hats it lends to times gone by. We... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

Had been wanting to visit this Charlotte institution since was featured on Diner's, Drive-Ins & Dives. Finally had a chance to try it out and was not disappointed, burger was good, my husband also had a hot dog and he was happy with it, but the onion rings were the star of the show. Will visit again when in the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

The place fronts a very busy highway with construction, at least for now, across the street so getting into the place can be kind of tricky. If you're looking for an old drive burger joint then this spot will be right up your alley. The onion rings are some of the best I've ever had for the simple fact that... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
North Carolina
Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

We looked for this diner after seeing it on Triple D. We got a cheeseburger, fries and onion rings. It was very good and I'd like to go back. We visited later than the Aug 2012 date, just forgot to rate it.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed South 21 also viewed


Been to South 21? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about South 21

Address: 3101 E Independence Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28205-7013
Phone Number: (704) 377-4509
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Charlotte
Open Hours:
Tuesday 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
Cuisine: American, Hamburgers, Fast Food

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of South 21 and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from South 21 staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?