Penguin Drive-In

★★★★★
Charlotte's Restaurant voted #1 Hamburger in the nation by Gourmet Magazine! Please call for to go orders.
  • 1921 Commonwealth Ave

    Charlotte, NC 28205

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  • 704-375-1925

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I was excited to try The Penguin Drive-In with my 4 year old son yesterday, although after our visit I was totally dissatisfied with our food and service. My son had chicken tenders that had no type of seasoning what-so-ever, I'm surprised

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I was excited to try The Penguin Drive-In with my 4 year old son yesterday, although after our visit I was totally dissatisfied with our food and service. My son had chicken tenders that had no type of seasoning what-so-ever, I'm surprised

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Warning for take-out!
You do not get a drink at all with the combo.

Over 17 dollars for a grilled cheese and some salsa and a chicken sandwich with reg fries. No salt, no pepper and not Ketchup was available. The grilled cheese was unique

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Warning for take-out!
You do not get a drink at all with the combo.

Over 17 dollars for a grilled cheese and some salsa and a chicken sandwich with reg fries. No salt, no pepper and not Ketchup was available. The grilled cheese was unique

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The people who used to manage and run The Penguin no longer run it. In October they opened a new restaurant called The Diamond a block away from The Penguin, along with the former staff. They are a lot friendlier and they're the ones that

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The people who used to manage and run The Penguin no longer run it. In October they opened a new restaurant called The Diamond a block away from The Penguin, along with the former staff. They are a lot friendlier and they're the ones that

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I liked it

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I liked it

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Well, I wrote a long detailed review but it didn't go through due to HTML error so I'm just going to list the pro's and cons.

My boyfriend and I are visiting Charlotte, NC from Panama City, FL.

PRO's:
-Famous Fried Pickles were

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Well, I wrote a long detailed review but it didn't go through due to HTML error so I'm just going to list the pro's and cons.

My boyfriend and I are visiting Charlotte, NC from Panama City, FL.

PRO's:
-Famous Fried Pickles were

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Have been there before and the food and service were excellent and it was crazy busy.Went in today maybe ten people in the place we order the fried pickles,another couple came in after us and they got there fried pickles before we did, so

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Have been there before and the food and service were excellent and it was crazy busy.Went in today maybe ten people in the place we order the fried pickles,another couple came in after us and they got there fried pickles before we did, so

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Well, a co-worker of mine and myself had to try the famous Penguin Drive In. We waited for about 10 mins when we got there @ lunch ( they were not busy @ all ). A guy finally came over and apologized for the wait and got our food order

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Well, a co-worker of mine and myself had to try the famous Penguin Drive In. We waited for about 10 mins when we got there @ lunch ( they were not busy @ all ). A guy finally came over and apologized for the wait and got our food order

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I should have know something was wrong. A Saturday night and the Penguin was empty!

If you had experienced the Old Penguin then you will know what I'm talking about. Great food, cool menu, great atmosphere, and big, BIG, burgers!

Now,

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I should have know something was wrong. A Saturday night and the Penguin was empty!

If you had experienced the Old Penguin then you will know what I'm talking about. Great food, cool menu, great atmosphere, and big, BIG, burgers!

Now,

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Ok enough already. The Penguin is not the same, just like when Jimmy and Brian took it over from the Ballentine family in 99. Its a burger joint. It cant possibly live up to the hype that some people set for it. Jimmy and Brian took a

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Ok enough already. The Penguin is not the same, just like when Jimmy and Brian took it over from the Ballentine family in 99. Its a burger joint. It cant possibly live up to the hype that some people set for it. Jimmy and Brian took a

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Don't waste your time here. These people are money hungry. The Diamond is where it's at!

The Penguin died.

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Don't waste your time here. These people are money hungry. The Diamond is where it's at!

The Penguin died.

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So the suited lawyers got involved and everyone got their panties in a twist. At first the Ballentine family was open to involving Jimmy and Brian and their staff in the expansion of The Penguin since they always had a great relationship

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So the suited lawyers got involved and everyone got their panties in a twist. At first the Ballentine family was open to involving Jimmy and Brian and their staff in the expansion of The Penguin since they always had a great relationship

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Just another lame franchise; Good thing they placed on a trademark on those fried pickles to prevent anyone from trying to replicate a horrible product. Ask Guy to do a follow up Food Network piece to help people stay away. Apologies,

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Just another lame franchise; Good thing they placed on a trademark on those fried pickles to prevent anyone from trying to replicate a horrible product. Ask Guy to do a follow up Food Network piece to help people stay away. Apologies,

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I LOVE THIS DRIVE INN. The food is to die for. I go there all the time. To die for Bacon Burger. N.C.

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I LOVE THIS DRIVE INN. The food is to die for. I go there all the time. To die for Bacon Burger. N.C.

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This was sad. I broke down and tried it.

The service was slow. The pickles were crunchy on the inside. They're not supposed to be crunchy on the inside.

The burger bun tasted stale.

The pickle portion was small. The burger looked

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This was sad. I broke down and tried it.

The service was slow. The pickles were crunchy on the inside. They're not supposed to be crunchy on the inside.

The burger bun tasted stale.

The pickle portion was small. The burger looked

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I went last week with a friend to check out The Penguin and see how it compared to the old Penguin with the new changes... I have to say that it looks the same for the most part, but the energy of the place was definitely not the same at

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I went last week with a friend to check out The Penguin and see how it compared to the old Penguin with the new changes... I have to say that it looks the same for the most part, but the energy of the place was definitely not the same at

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My wife and I went to the Penguin last week and the food was amazing.The Staff was great and went out of thier way to make sure everything was perfect.I'm not really sure what this new/old Penquin thing is about nor do I really care.The

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My wife and I went to the Penguin last week and the food was amazing.The Staff was great and went out of thier way to make sure everything was perfect.I'm not really sure what this new/old Penquin thing is about nor do I really care.The

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The 'New' Penguin that re-opened Jan, 2010 is NOT the Penguin mentioned in previous reviews. The owners who turned the place from a derelict bar/shooting gallery into a hip, successful neighborhood cornerstone were forced out, and the

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The 'New' Penguin that re-opened Jan, 2010 is NOT the Penguin mentioned in previous reviews. The owners who turned the place from a derelict bar/shooting gallery into a hip, successful neighborhood cornerstone were forced out, and the

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Yeah the burgers were good and the fried pickles were the bomb. But the snobby attitude from the waitstaff when waiting on the tables are not going to be missed by me! Yep said it. I've gone there several times with friend, We got the same old smug "what ya want" .... ain't got the time for you attitude from those guys...won't be missed. The people who made the food, made the place.

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Yeah the burgers were good and the fried pickles were the bomb. But the snobby attitude from the waitstaff when waiting on the tables are not going to be missed by me! Yep said it. I've gone there several times with friend, We got the same old smug "what ya want" .... ain't got the time for you attitude from those guys...won't be missed. The people who made the food, made the place.

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So TIRED of these people that DON'T live in our neighborhood trying to hurt our local business people. Greg Auten is the chef that created the Penguin menu that we love, and he is coming BACK to run the place. Jimmy and Brian are opening the Diamond up the street, and we need that place to do well also. We are trying to improve Plaza Midwood, you phony activists aren't helping us, stay away if you can't make the area better.

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So TIRED of these people that DON'T live in our neighborhood trying to hurt our local business people. Greg Auten is the chef that created the Penguin menu that we love, and he is coming BACK to run the place. Jimmy and Brian are opening the Diamond up the street, and we need that place to do well also. We are trying to improve Plaza Midwood, you phony activists aren't helping us, stay away if you can't make the area better.

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For many years, the Penguin has served as one of Charlotte's few 'legends' in the restaurant business. Great burgers, fried pickles are a must, and without compare the best falafel I've ever eaten. Wash it all down with ice cold $2 PBR 24 oz cans and you cannot go wrong! The world's most eclectic jukebox and the incredible mix of sub-cultures (Goths, Bikers, Yuppies, Students, Professionals, Punks, Soccer Moms....) and there are few places ANYWHERE like it. Too bad they're getting run out but soulless greedy corporate blood-sucking vampires.

(Google 'Penguin Drive In Charlotte closing for more scoop on this)

I'm sure the food will be great at the new location, and hopefully they'll be able to recreate the fantastic atmosphere as well. I suggest that anyone who cares about this Charlotte landmark boycott the Penguin after Oct 24. It won't be 'THE' Penguin anyway.

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For many years, the Penguin has served as one of Charlotte's few 'legends' in the restaurant business. Great burgers, fried pickles are a must, and without compare the best falafel I've ever eaten. Wash it all down with ice cold $2 PBR 24 oz cans and you cannot go wrong! The world's most eclectic jukebox and the incredible mix of sub-cultures (Goths, Bikers, Yuppies, Students, Professionals, Punks, Soccer Moms....) and there are few places ANYWHERE like it. Too bad they're getting run out but soulless greedy corporate blood-sucking vampires.

(Google 'Penguin Drive In Charlotte closing for more scoop on this)

I'm sure the food will be great at the new location, and hopefully they'll be able to recreate the fantastic atmosphere as well. I suggest that anyone who cares about this Charlotte landmark boycott the Penguin after Oct 24. It won't be 'THE' Penguin anyway.

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Too bad they're going out of business. We'll miss you guys.. 10 years of work - owners Brian Rowe and Jimmy King had done a great job of building the best burger joint.. Sorry to see you guys go..

We'll see ya'll at your new place..

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Too bad they're going out of business. We'll miss you guys.. 10 years of work - owners Brian Rowe and Jimmy King had done a great job of building the best burger joint.. Sorry to see you guys go..

We'll see ya'll at your new place..

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Burgers are wonderful!!! Cool place to hang out and do a little shopping while you are at it. Good location!

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★★★★☆

Burgers are wonderful!!! Cool place to hang out and do a little shopping while you are at it. Good location!

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SEriously people the wolrds best burger youve got to get u one

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SEriously people the wolrds best burger youve got to get u one

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They are awarded best burgers by Charlotte's Best and for good reason. They are delicious perfectly juicy. great food. great place. A+

Should open a bigger place!!

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★★★★★

They are awarded best burgers by Charlotte's Best and for good reason. They are delicious perfectly juicy. great food. great place. A+

Should open a bigger place!!

Pros: fried pickles are awesome and I don't even like pickles

Cons: very small, very limited parking

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A classic Charlotte joint. Great burgers, fried pickles and even delicious black bean hummus! Reasonably priced and always busy. If only this place had a patio spot for the summer! Try Sito's Revenge shooter- a local specialty. Highly recommended.

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A classic Charlotte joint. Great burgers, fried pickles and even delicious black bean hummus! Reasonably priced and always busy. If only this place had a patio spot for the summer! Try Sito's Revenge shooter- a local specialty. Highly recommended.

Pros: Great food, jumbo pbr cans- inexpensive!

Cons: Small- not much seating

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Best fried pickles I've ever had. The place is great, the ranch dressing perfect. which makes greasy food better. Best place to go after a night of partying.

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★★★★★

Best fried pickles I've ever had. The place is great, the ranch dressing perfect. which makes greasy food better. Best place to go after a night of partying.

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Just would like to know who or what voted this place to be the "#1 burger in the nation"?

I sure can't find any references anywhere that state Penguin is #1 in Hamburgers, or anything for that matter, other than from the owner himself.

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Just would like to know who or what voted this place to be the "#1 burger in the nation"?

I sure can't find any references anywhere that state Penguin is #1 in Hamburgers, or anything for that matter, other than from the owner himself.

Pros: Don't know any

Cons: Don't know any

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I've traveled all over the world and this is by far the best burger i've had and i gave up meat but for this place i'll suffer the next day

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★★★★★

I've traveled all over the world and this is by far the best burger i've had and i gave up meat but for this place i'll suffer the next day

Pros: Great food and price

Cons: parking,wait time,staff can be rude

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Went to the Penguin last Friday. Both of us are new to Charlotte, and after seeing a clip about The Penguin on the Food Network, I suggested that we try it. First, we didn't know were to park, but found a dirt lot near by. There was a huge line outside, but considering there were like 14 groups ahead of us, we didn't wait long at all. The bar has great specials, $1.50 drafts, $5.00 yeunglin pitchers; they even have firefly, which appears to be hard to find in charlotte. The food is greasy but good. Fried pickles are "the thing to get," but neither of us were that impressed. The area around the restaurant seemed really cool and like there was a lot to do nearby. I will definitely be going to The Penguin again!

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★★★★☆

Went to the Penguin last Friday. Both of us are new to Charlotte, and after seeing a clip about The Penguin on the Food Network, I suggested that we try it. First, we didn't know were to park, but found a dirt lot near by. There was a huge line outside, but considering there were like 14 groups ahead of us, we didn't wait long at all. The bar has great specials, $1.50 drafts, $5.00 yeunglin pitchers; they even have firefly, which appears to be hard to find in charlotte. The food is greasy but good. Fried pickles are "the thing to get," but neither of us were that impressed. The area around the restaurant seemed really cool and like there was a lot to do nearby. I will definitely be going to The Penguin again!

Pros: food, cheap drinks, good service

Cons: parking can be tight on weekend

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BEST WINGS EVER!!!!

GREAT SERVICE!!!!

GREAT PRICE!!!!

And an authentic atmosphere.

A must for everyone in Charlotte

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BEST WINGS EVER!!!!

GREAT SERVICE!!!!

GREAT PRICE!!!!

And an authentic atmosphere.

A must for everyone in Charlotte

Pros: Great Food/Great Price

Cons: None

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You've got to try this place if you haven't already. To the rockabilly guy who wants a tall boy of PBR or the business man who wants a martini. it's there. The staff is great and very friendly. The food is the best in the world. The Ribeye sandwhich is stellar. The burgers are amazing too. Don't leave without trying the fried pickles. You'll be hooked for sure. Not to mention that the jukebox was rated best jukebox in the Queen city by Creative Loafing. So if you enjoy time travel, try out the Penguin because they just don't build atmosphere like this anymore. Tell em' John the Baptist sent ya'!

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You've got to try this place if you haven't already. To the rockabilly guy who wants a tall boy of PBR or the business man who wants a martini. it's there. The staff is great and very friendly. The food is the best in the world. The Ribeye sandwhich is stellar. The burgers are amazing too. Don't leave without trying the fried pickles. You'll be hooked for sure. Not to mention that the jukebox was rated best jukebox in the Queen city by Creative Loafing. So if you enjoy time travel, try out the Penguin because they just don't build atmosphere like this anymore. Tell em' John the Baptist sent ya'!

Pros: one of a kind place. can't beat the food for the dollar.

Cons: everybody loves it so much there's a wait, but well worth it

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Awesome fried pickles, cool atmosphere, incredible burgers, black bean hummus and sweet potato fries. Lots of college kids hanging out, older couples and great mix of people. Cool off with a fresh Guinness while you wait,,,and wait,,,,and wait for a table. Item to avoid: banana pudding.

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★★★★★

Awesome fried pickles, cool atmosphere, incredible burgers, black bean hummus and sweet potato fries. Lots of college kids hanging out, older couples and great mix of people. Cool off with a fresh Guinness while you wait,,,and wait,,,,and wait for a table. Item to avoid: banana pudding.

Pros: Food, prices, beer, atmosphere

Cons: Long wait, banana pudding was subpar

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After having a veggie burger here, I got really sick. It was the most horrible experience in my entire life. Me and my boyfriend had to go the hospital, he had the same thing, we both had ordered the veggie burger and shared that with fries. I used to eat here at least twice a week, but no more. Good luck, it's the luck of the draw here, I know at least 5 other people who have gotten sick from here as well.

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After having a veggie burger here, I got really sick. It was the most horrible experience in my entire life. Me and my boyfriend had to go the hospital, he had the same thing, we both had ordered the veggie burger and shared that with fries. I used to eat here at least twice a week, but no more. Good luck, it's the luck of the draw here, I know at least 5 other people who have gotten sick from here as well.

Pros: the jukebox, service

Cons: food

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We saw this restaurant reviewed on Food Network so we were excited to try it out. The parking lot is very small so it took a while to find a spot; be prepared to walk a few blocks. It's obviously a popular restaurant and you will have to wait for you seat unless you are able to call ahead and get your name on the list. We got their around 2:05pm and were getting our drinks at 2:54pm.
The fried pickles were excellent, perfectly battered and fried. The full order is very large so a half order is recommended for two people. Actually, the hush puppies, fries, and fried pickles are all very large orders so you could probably get by only getting half orders on all of these. The hush puppies are very good as well. The fries are normal :)
We couldn't remember what Guy recommended on his show so we got a burger and hot dog. They were both good but nothing exceptional. Next time we plan on trying the barbecue or one of the specialty sandwiches.

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We saw this restaurant reviewed on Food Network so we were excited to try it out. The parking lot is very small so it took a while to find a spot; be prepared to walk a few blocks. It's obviously a popular restaurant and you will have to wait for you seat unless you are able to call ahead and get your name on the list. We got their around 2:05pm and were getting our drinks at 2:54pm.
The fried pickles were excellent, perfectly battered and fried. The full order is very large so a half order is recommended for two people. Actually, the hush puppies, fries, and fried pickles are all very large orders so you could probably get by only getting half orders on all of these. The hush puppies are very good as well. The fries are normal :)
We couldn't remember what Guy recommended on his show so we got a burger and hot dog. They were both good but nothing exceptional. Next time we plan on trying the barbecue or one of the specialty sandwiches.

Pros: great service, good food, economical

Cons: long wait for seating, small seating area so expect to wait a long time if you have more than 6 people in the group

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Too often people associate vegetarian with people eating leaves and grains with no flavor. This place shatters that myth and offers up veggie dogs, veggie chili, veggie burgers as well as tons of sides and not just regular burgers/dogs. Their black bean burger is simply amazing, - hummous patties grilled to a crispy outside with soft warm insides...top with pimento cheese and BAM! Fried pickles are a MUST have along with the sweet potato fries. There's something for everyone on the menu, and the prices are dirt cheap! Great service, a nice blend of customers, and just plain great food! To top it off, it was covered on the Food Network and is a great landmark here in Charlotte!

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Too often people associate vegetarian with people eating leaves and grains with no flavor. This place shatters that myth and offers up veggie dogs, veggie chili, veggie burgers as well as tons of sides and not just regular burgers/dogs. Their black bean burger is simply amazing, - hummous patties grilled to a crispy outside with soft warm insides...top with pimento cheese and BAM! Fried pickles are a MUST have along with the sweet potato fries. There's something for everyone on the menu, and the prices are dirt cheap! Great service, a nice blend of customers, and just plain great food! To top it off, it was covered on the Food Network and is a great landmark here in Charlotte!

Pros: Great prices, vegetarian options, fantastic fries

Cons: Small dining area (but worth the wait)

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The place has "atmosphere" alright... Its very smokey, the food was greasy and not very remarkable aside from the onion rings...they were very bad. We would not recommend this to anyone looking for "good food" or a "healthy meal"

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The place has "atmosphere" alright... Its very smokey, the food was greasy and not very remarkable aside from the onion rings...they were very bad. We would not recommend this to anyone looking for "good food" or a "healthy meal"

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This place is great!!
Small not a place for kids during the night....a perfect place to get a cheap drink and a great meal!!! They only have a couple of tables so you might have to wait but it was so worth it!! The burgers the southern way with the slaw on it....classic southern style

Worth the trip!

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This place is great!!
Small not a place for kids during the night....a perfect place to get a cheap drink and a great meal!!! They only have a couple of tables so you might have to wait but it was so worth it!! The burgers the southern way with the slaw on it....classic southern style

Worth the trip!

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Worth the wait! It's a small place but the food makes up for the wait. Don't count calories when you come here! Great burgers and lots of vegetarian options.

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Worth the wait! It's a small place but the food makes up for the wait. Don't count calories when you come here! Great burgers and lots of vegetarian options.

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I was at the Penguin 8/2/06 and did not find any of the great service or friendly staff that other posters report. We were a party of five, waiting for our fifth to show. When a table became available, the waitress placed a fifth chair, looked directly at our party of four, asked about our fifth (whom we told her was enroute) and seated us. After we sat, she gave us a five minute lecture on being seated without our entire party. If she'd informed us of that before seating us, we would have been fine waiting to be seated. Instead, she chose to seat us, in violation of their own policy and fully aware that our party wasn't complete, and then to lecture us about it and warn us not to do it again. We had planned to eat and hang out all night, but left after one round of drinks.

Go across the street to the Thomas Street Tavern- much more pleasant and the customers are actually welcome there!

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★★☆☆☆

I was at the Penguin 8/2/06 and did not find any of the great service or friendly staff that other posters report. We were a party of five, waiting for our fifth to show. When a table became available, the waitress placed a fifth chair, looked directly at our party of four, asked about our fifth (whom we told her was enroute) and seated us. After we sat, she gave us a five minute lecture on being seated without our entire party. If she'd informed us of that before seating us, we would have been fine waiting to be seated. Instead, she chose to seat us, in violation of their own policy and fully aware that our party wasn't complete, and then to lecture us about it and warn us not to do it again. We had planned to eat and hang out all night, but left after one round of drinks.

Go across the street to the Thomas Street Tavern- much more pleasant and the customers are actually welcome there!

Pros: atmosphere, if you like that kind of thing

Cons: Customer is last priority

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The Penguin is utterly fantastic! If you haven't been there yet log off of your computer and drive over now! The food is delicious, service friendly, prices are low, and the atmosphere can't be beat!

PROS: everything
CONS: none!

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The Penguin is utterly fantastic! If you haven't been there yet log off of your computer and drive over now! The food is delicious, service friendly, prices are low, and the atmosphere can't be beat!

PROS: everything
CONS: none!

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The Penguin is one of those places that every neighborhood should be lucky enough to have. Laid back, groovy, fun, and entertaining atmosphere never fails to please. Fantastic banana pudding, out of your mind drinks :), and killer service. Even if Plaza Midwood isn't your neck of the woods, the Penguin warrants a trip!

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The Penguin is one of those places that every neighborhood should be lucky enough to have. Laid back, groovy, fun, and entertaining atmosphere never fails to please. Fantastic banana pudding, out of your mind drinks :), and killer service. Even if Plaza Midwood isn't your neck of the woods, the Penguin warrants a trip!

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Whenever I visit Charlotte, I always end up at The Penguin, as it's one of my friends' favorite late night bars/eateries. The cheap food and beer prices, as well as the incredible jukebox, make this such a dependable destination. Just a warning (especially if you go later at night): Be prepared to have watery eyes and smelly clothes on account of the smoke. Even as a smoker I find myself bothered by it at times. But overall, this is a cool, hip place without trying to be.

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★★★★☆

Whenever I visit Charlotte, I always end up at The Penguin, as it's one of my friends' favorite late night bars/eateries. The cheap food and beer prices, as well as the incredible jukebox, make this such a dependable destination. Just a warning (especially if you go later at night): Be prepared to have watery eyes and smelly clothes on account of the smoke. Even as a smoker I find myself bothered by it at times. But overall, this is a cool, hip place without trying to be.

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Just the best place in Charlotte for a Burger, beer and a great time. I go at least once a week! The staff is fast, friendly and helpful. If you looking for a unique experience and great food head to the Penguin!!!

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★★★★★

Just the best place in Charlotte for a Burger, beer and a great time. I go at least once a week! The staff is fast, friendly and helpful. If you looking for a unique experience and great food head to the Penguin!!!

Pros: food, staff, inexpensive

Cons: limited parking, crowded, loud

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Excellent place for a quick good, and inexpensive meal! Great burgers, fries, hotdogs!

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★★★★★

Excellent place for a quick good, and inexpensive meal! Great burgers, fries, hotdogs!

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After moving to Charlotte two months ago and desperately searching for good cheap food, I've finally found it! I've spent weeks stumbling into over-priced mediocre restaurants--what? 9 bucks for enchiladas? I knew there had to be something better. The Penguin has a great feel, and the service is excellent. Anyone passing by would grab you a drink and ask how you're doing. It's a rather loud little place though, probably not the best for a romantic evening.

The best fried pickles I've had and yes, I've tried a few. Burger was great and my husband has been pining for more chili dogs since we walked out the door. And I'm always excited when a place has sweet potato fried. Surprisingly, there are vegetarian selections too. I hear that the hummus is great. The Penguin is a must for those new to Charlotte!

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★★★★★

After moving to Charlotte two months ago and desperately searching for good cheap food, I've finally found it! I've spent weeks stumbling into over-priced mediocre restaurants--what? 9 bucks for enchiladas? I knew there had to be something better. The Penguin has a great feel, and the service is excellent. Anyone passing by would grab you a drink and ask how you're doing. It's a rather loud little place though, probably not the best for a romantic evening.

The best fried pickles I've had and yes, I've tried a few. Burger was great and my husband has been pining for more chili dogs since we walked out the door. And I'm always excited when a place has sweet potato fried. Surprisingly, there are vegetarian selections too. I hear that the hummus is great. The Penguin is a must for those new to Charlotte!

Pros: Cheap eats, good service, great food

Cons: Limited seating, loud, but fun!

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Love the burgers, onion rings, and hot dogs. The burgers are HUGE so be prepaired.

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★★★★★

Love the burgers, onion rings, and hot dogs. The burgers are HUGE so be prepaired.

Pros: Great everything

Cons: all smoking, small

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If you are looking for a fun place to go for an after work drink, the Penguin is the place to go. They have awesome burgers and french fries and many other choices including appetizers, salads, and sandwiches. They offer a full bar, so wheter you want a martini or a beer, they have it. The staff is friendly and the service is great. It is a place you can go alone or with a group of people and always have a good time.

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If you are looking for a fun place to go for an after work drink, the Penguin is the place to go. They have awesome burgers and french fries and many other choices including appetizers, salads, and sandwiches. They offer a full bar, so wheter you want a martini or a beer, they have it. The staff is friendly and the service is great. It is a place you can go alone or with a group of people and always have a good time.

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This place ia absolutley the best for burgers and dogs and they also make a great mixed drink. This is the only place my husband and I go now to get a great burger or Winky Dinky Dod.

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★★★★★

This place ia absolutley the best for burgers and dogs and they also make a great mixed drink. This is the only place my husband and I go now to get a great burger or Winky Dinky Dod.

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Great Food, Great Service, Cheaaap! Try the Winky-Dinky, Full Blown Hemi, and the Pork Chop Sandwich. Mmm Mmm Good!

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Great Food, Great Service, Cheaaap! Try the Winky-Dinky, Full Blown Hemi, and the Pork Chop Sandwich. Mmm Mmm Good!

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Here is a place that finally put to rest that small town mentality. There is no other diner/bar around where you can get an award winning burger, an award winning basket of fried pickles, an award winning bowl of banana pudding, and a top shelf liquor drink, or glass of "non-swill" wine. If your a person that "get's it", you know and love all that is the Penguin.

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★★★★★

Here is a place that finally put to rest that small town mentality. There is no other diner/bar around where you can get an award winning burger, an award winning basket of fried pickles, an award winning bowl of banana pudding, and a top shelf liquor drink, or glass of "non-swill" wine. If your a person that "get's it", you know and love all that is the Penguin.

Pros: diverse crowd, geat wines, best food

 

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