I was turned on to this place by seeing a feature in Southern Living magazine showing the 50 best dishes under $10. There were a couple in Raleigh, but the Dirty South Burger had my name all over it. It's got a house ground chuck patty (which can be 8oz or 5oz for any burger), crispy onions, slaw, cheddar, chili and pork shoulder. I'm not sure I'd say it was the BEST burger I've ever had, but it was certainly worth the 45-minute trip.
It's a bit pricey for the meal itself, though. Everything is separate (burger, fries, drink - which is canned soda for $2.50). You can get the fries in different portions like the burger and they're pretty tasty. I'd say, though, the coolest part of the fries is the choice of two dipping sauces to accompany. Not only that, but they also give you two ketchup cups on top of the dips. I always hate having a good serving of fries and not having enough to dip them in. I didn't even come close to having that problem. The selection is interesting, too, including beef booster mayo, sweet chili sauce, buttermilk herb, and a handful more.
This place is among a small chain of restaurants on Wilmington by the same owner, including Beasley's Chicken & Honey and Joule. It's got an awesome, simple interior. A lot of exposed brick, black tables/booths, red chairs/stools. It's stylish and has really good music. It's something I'd imagine you'd see in downtown Austin, TX.
We got there RIGHT when they opened at 11:30 on a Monday. By 11:50 it was bangin'. Beasley's next door was the same way; so, I'd imagine this is pretty regular. Think about getting there early!