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“Still traditional excellence!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Zack's

Zack's
201 W Davis St, Burlington, NC 27215-3718
336-226-4746
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Ranked #9 of 183 Restaurants in Burlington
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
Waynesville, North Carolina
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“Still traditional excellence!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

My husband could not return to Burlington without a trip to Zack's. The hot dogs are traditional and the service is fast and cheerful! A fun place to have a quick bite. Hot dogs, chili dogs, cheese, and of course, Cokes in glass bottles! What can one say? Reminds me of The Varsity in Atlanta!

Visited October 2012
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California
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72 reviews 72 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“I have been coming here for years!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

I love their hot dogs! The chili is not thick and sometimes you have to eat it with a knife and fork and it is sooooo good! The prices are great and I equally love the cheese just chili, in that you get a hunk of cheese in place of a hot dog smothered in chili, wish I had one right now! They have other stuff but I couldn't tell you what it is cause I always get the dogs!!!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Baltimore, Maryland
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Great hot dogs and burgers.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012 via mobile

Inexpensive,fast and good!! Hot dogs better than burgers. Definite one to go back to...Service was great,too

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Burlington, North Carolina
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“Hot Dogs”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

Hot dogs were soft and squishy. I just do not like artificial color on wiener. The service is o.k. It is a bus station type atmosphere.

Visited November 2011
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Burlington, NC
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“Hot Dog royalty”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

Zack Touloupas II has kept his grandfather's hot dog eatery running with magnificent simplicity and world-class excellence. Going on 85 years, "Zack's" is part of Burlington, NC's makeup - EVERYBODY has to have a "Zack's dog" - grilled up hot and fast.

Most folks (at least the people I hang out with) either order their dogs with mustard, slaw, & Zack's famous chili... or they go "all the way" which adds little chopped onions. Either way is outstanding.

Zack's also offers a "Cheese Dog" - with features a whole block of cheese instead of a hot dog. The block of cheese slightly melts when it gets covered up with the chili - making it one delicious treat. I always order a cheese dog and a hot dog: mustard, slaw, & chili. Awesomeness!

Of course they also have a "combo dog" (which is a hot dog covered by a thin slice of cheese) - but many regulars ask for a "Block Combo". What? Ah, this is a special combo: a whole block of cheese AND a hot grilled dog - all crammed into a warm bun with whatever toppings you ask for. Delicious decadence to a "Zack's" connoisseur! I have buddies that order 2 or 3 of these big boys at one sitting!

Other favorites include excellent burgers / cheeseburgers, grilled cheese sandwiches, BLTs, egg sandwiches, etc. - and some hot fresh french fries. Love it.

Zack's also sells bottle or fountain sodas (and North Carolina's Cheerwine is a popular local favorite).

As great as that menu is, Zack's also offers a tremendous southern-style breakfast... with an enthusiastic and loyal following. Egg plates with either country ham, bacon, or sausage coupled up with grits and toast/jelly is a favorite... and they also serve up scrumptious hash browns and assorted biscuits (egg, ham, bacon, sausage, cheese, etc.). As a bonus, the coffee is always hot and tasty.

I've got to tell you - this place is old school, casual, loud & busy --- and if you like a good hot dog, you'll LOVE this place.

The staff is always friendly - quick to wait on you - quick to serve you hot food... and Zack himself is almost always there making sure that things are enjoyable.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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