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South 21

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American, Fast Food
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3101 E Independence Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28205-7013
(704) 377-4509
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Hours:
Tue 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wed - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Seating, Takeout

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  • 22
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
VERY good Fried Chicken!

This particular South 21 location is definitely (as others have said) an old school experience...drive up - order via a speaker - menu posted on the speaker unit. The Southern Fried Chicken was awesome - fresh, hot - perfectly fried and served with french fries and slaw. The fries were good... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
MGordonCharlotte_NC
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Charlotte, NC
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Charlotte, NC
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313 reviews
214 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This particular South 21 location is definitely (as others have said) an old school experience...drive up - order via a speaker - menu posted on the speaker unit. The Southern Fried Chicken was awesome - fresh, hot - perfectly fried and served with french fries and slaw. The fries were good, the slaw a bit ho-hum however the chicken EXCELLENT.... More 

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Thank MGordonCharlotte_NC
Waxhaw, North Carolina
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

I ran across South 21 while looking on the internet. It looked interesting and so we decided to give it a try, since it was in town. We were hoping for a curb service, but this one did not have one. So we went in and you get in line and make your order from a menu on the wall.... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015 via mobile

Food is great.. Service is extremely slow. Servers not friendly at all. Too bad you have to deal with it to get the good food .

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1 Thank michael h
Stallings, North Carolina
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58 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015 via mobile

This place has old school drive in appeal that wont disappoint. Not the best burger in Charlotte but definetly worth a visit. Always have good food for good price.

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Oak Island, North Carolina
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62 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 via mobile

Classic food you have already fallen in love with. My first visit was souly based on that Guy from Diners-DriveIns-& Dives came here and it was a stop for every location in North Carolina. I got the cheeseburger with onion rings and it was good as expected. Going back to Charlotte in a month and I'll defiantly be stopping by.

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Monroe, North Carolina
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79 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

From the down home drive-in menu, to ordering over vintage, sputtering speakers, to the car hop nattily attired and topped-off with a pork pie hat. It was like a "blast from the past" experience. The food? Well, in the day it was doubtless unique. Today it is simply OK. Onion rings were memorable, the fries not so much. The double... More 

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Thank Stephen A
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 via mobile

A wonderful surprise minutes down the road from ovens auditorium for the KLove 2015 bible tour concert. Fun for kids to order from car and have car side service. Very traditional drive in menu!

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1 Thank Sudanotravels
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Surprised by the rave reviews for this place. The drive-in atmosphere is cool because it's an original and not a reproduction. The Superboy burger and crispy chicken sandwich were both fine, but nothing fantastic or unique to this area. Try any local What-a-burger, Showmars or Mr. C's (Concord, NC) and get nearly identical food. Nothing wrong with it, just nothing... More 

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Thank NTBFan
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43 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 via mobile

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!

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2 Thank akrausern
Columbia, South Carolina
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6 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

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?

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3101 E Independence Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28205-7013
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Charlotte
  • Phone Number: (704) 377-4509

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: American, Fast Food
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?