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“Best Hot Dog in NC!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Roast Grill

Roast Grill
7 S West St, Raleigh, NC 27603-1849
919-832-8292
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Ranked #65 of 1,129 Restaurants in Raleigh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American, Fast Food
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Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch
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47 reviews 47 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Best Hot Dog in NC!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013 via mobile

George knows how to cook a hot dog. Ask for it burnt! My favorite hot dog. And they serve Coke in 6 pz bottles!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Raleigh, North Carolina
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18 reviews 18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“WHAT a great dog!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

This tiny little treasure in Raleigh, NC is my favorite hot dog joint. The mother and son team who own and work are a true treat!! I loved the atmosphere, the food and will return again.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Best in town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

This small place has been owned by the same family since it began decades ago. Great hot dogs, great atmosphere. Just don't ask for ketchup!

  • Visited November 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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62 reviews 62 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“For those who love hole-in-the-wall eateries”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013 via mobile

This place is easy to miss. On a lightly-trafficked side street a bit away from the busier parts of Raleigh, with a sign so washed out that you wonder if the place is still in business, the neon "open" sign is your best landmark. Step inside and you will feel transported back in time. A small lunch counter with maybe 8 fixed stools that feel a bit too short and placed a bit too close together is on your right. In front of you are two half tables, each with room for 2 people. The place looks like it could use a good dusting. But the atmosphere feels so right. Businessmen in suits sit beside construction workers who sit beside artists and so on. The common bond is their love of the simple fare and the throwback feel.

The heart of the operation is a small griddle where the proprietor, George, a Scrabble fanatic, fries the hot dogs, turning them just enough that they get a nice blackened crust over much of them, just the way I like it. Your choice of toppings is mustard, onions, chili and slaw. No ketchup, not even if you beg. The dogs are $2.50 each and a small coke is a buck. Some beers are also available, as is homemade baklava and pound cake for dessert. Haven't had the desserts so I can't comment on those. The dogs, however, are really tasty. Nothing fancy in the way they are served; they are just placed on a piece of paper; no plates, no utensils -- very green actually. Most people order 2 or 3 hot dogs at a time, although even one makes for a nice lunch. Bottom line, if you are tired of flavorless boiled or steamed dogs or dogs that have sat on the griddle for so long that they could pass for jerky, and you instead want some flavorful grilled dogs (maybe topped with some chili, and/or mustard, and/or onions, and/or slaw) this is the place to come to. You sometimes have to wait a bit, especially on Saturdays, but it is well worth it.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Must-visit for the dogs, and for the unique atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

I am admittedly not a big fan of hot dogs, but had to check this place out after seeing it pop up on "Man vs. Food" many months ago. Roast Grill was very close to our hotel, so we decided to give it a shot before heading off to a noon N.C. State basketball game at PNC. When we pulled up, I just couldn't believe it. This place looks stuck in the 50's, added as a tiny diner on the first floor of somebody's house. Even the "HOT WEINERS" sign out front is a relic. It was around 11:30 AM, and we couldn't get the door open. The place was completely full, with about 10 at the diner stools. Both tables were full, and another couple was waiting inside the door. We finally sat, and just took the whole place in. The dog assembly line was quite efficient... see my photo. All of the hot dogs were packed on a small covered roaster, and about half of them were charred pretty well. Mustard and onions were next to that, and then a really big bun steamer. After the buns, there is the 70-year old chili recipe. The chili is fantastic... it has a hot and spicy kick. Both of us got 2 for $5 and my wife got a little bottled Coke. Honestly, we could have easily eaten 3 apiece. A guy next to us ate about 8 of them. The whole place is tiny, and looks like a museum. Both the man and woman working were as nice as they could be... they have a good thing going, and we will definitely be back when we are in Raleigh again.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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