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Penguin Drive-In

1921 Commonwealth Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205-5019
704-375-1925
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Ranked #785 of 1,960 Restaurants in Charlotte
Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Mon - Wed 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thu - Fri 11:00 am - 3:00 am
Sat 7:00 am - 3:00 am
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night
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  • English first
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English first
Charlotte, North Carolina
Top Contributor
105 reviews 105 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

the traditional penguin restaurant had management problems. the restaurant had a sign explaining temporarily closed. the restaurant had a good neighborhood following. it has been a disappointment for the locals.

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Newell, NC
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The penguin needs to be taken off your list. The new owners screwed things up, got evicted and were denied chapter 11. It has been closed for a while now. Go to the Diamond instead.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

I will be the first to say that I loved thd Penguin when I first moved to Charlotte. But in the last year or so, it has totally changed. They were famous for the fried pickles and a favorite sweet potato fries. Then they took off the fries and were even out of the pickles. Then to top if off,... More

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Salisbury, North Carolina
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

I love the Penguin. It is so retro and cute and their frickles are the best as well as the blackened bird Blu Cheese burger and the servers are always so engaging and personable that I end up rather over tipping them because they feel like friends.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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36 reviews 36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

My husband loves hamburgers and since he moved to Charlotte I had been promising to take him to one of Charlotte's most famous burger joints. We got there around 1 pm on a Saturday and there were only a few other diners there. We ordered the fried pickles to start, which were slow to come out but tasty. The service... More

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York, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

After checking out the menu for this place online, I was really disappointed to find a completely different menu when going to eat here. Service was EXTREMELY slow. Food was decent, but nothing incredible. My group ordered cheeseburgers, fried pickles, onion rings, and fresh cut fries. No children's menu was available. The cheeseburgers were average. The fries and onion rings... More

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Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014 via mobile

Burgers were really quite tasty. Onion rings were worth the calories. Service was slow. All in all though a fun experience at a Triple D location and worth a stop when in Charlotte!

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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54 reviews 54 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

the pengiun has been a staple in plaza midwood for many years. changes in top level folks have caused issues in the quality of food in my opinion. It is still a good place to get a good burger and a beer

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Charlotte, NC
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60 reviews 60 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Our son did a lot of research for different types of Restaurants and we decided to try this location. The fried pickles are a real treat. Sandwiches with pimento cheese was very good as well as the hot dogs tried by others in our party. This place is a little different but very interesting for those customers young and old.... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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47 reviews 47 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

We stopped in on a whim on a Thursday afternoon and I am so glad that we did! We weren't very hungry so we just split some munchies...I highly recommend the fried pickles with pimento cheese and bacon. The decor is fun and feels a bit like time travel (but there's also a big TV that had the basketball game... More

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Additional Information about Penguin Drive-In

Address: 1921 Commonwealth Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205-5019
Phone Number: 704-375-1925
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Charlotte
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 3:00 am
Friday 11:00 am - 3:00 am
Saturday 7:00 am - 3:00 am
Cuisine: American

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