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South 21

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American, Hamburgers, Fast Food
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3101 E Independence Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28205-7013
(704) 377-4509
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Today
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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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

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  • 20
    Excellent
  • 13
    Very good
  • 3
    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
Most recent review
Nothing Special

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 21, 2015
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English first
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20 reviews 20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

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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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

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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Columbia, South Carolina
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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?

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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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.

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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 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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102 reviews 102 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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.

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Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania
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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!

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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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 

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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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 

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CHERAW, SC
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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 

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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 1 - 20
  • Cuisine: American, Hamburgers, 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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?