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Penguin Drive-In

1921 Commonwealth Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205-5019
704-375-1925
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Ranked #627 of 1,944 restaurants in Charlotte
Cuisines: American
Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night
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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
  • Spanish first
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English first
Charlotte, North Carolina
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
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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Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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46 reviews 46 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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Charlotte, NC
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

I am rating The Penguin a very generous Average. We went on a Friday night recently and the wait was very long. The waitress was seemingly unfamiliar with the Kid's Menu as she didn't know exactly what the Kid's offerings were. It took about 45 minutes to get our food after being seated. It was not clear on the menu... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

food was greasy, fries were limp. I ordered a tap beer, and it was skunky. Maybe this was the place years ago, but it ain't got it no more.

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South Carolina
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Best burger and fries ever! Hot and juicy just like a burger should be. Come hungry, come often. This place is the best!

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Marion, North Carolina, United States
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29 reviews 29 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

The place was packed and I was pressured into ordering quickly. At the end of it all, the price made it a bad value for food that isn't worth writing home about.

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