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“Still traditional excellence!”
Review of Zack's

Ranked #10 of 224 Restaurants in Burlington
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch
Waynesville, North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
159 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Still traditional excellence!”
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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English first
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126 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“I have been coming here for years!”
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
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Thank my_red_dress
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Baltimore, Maryland
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great hot dogs and burgers.”
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

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Thank 177sba
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Burlington, North Carolina
Level 3 Contributor
24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Hot Dogs”
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
Thank Vera T
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Burlington, NC
Level 6 Contributor
472 reviews
330 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
“Hot Dog royalty”
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
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