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Out & About - The Penguin

Out & About is an occasional series of stories that highlight the best Charlotte has to offer in arts and culture, shopping and dining, entertainment and sports.

Crispy fried pickles with zesty ranch dressing. Hot, steaming chicken and dumplings. Belly busting burgers and hotdogs dressed more than 10 ways.

Hungry?  What are you waiting for?

Just a little more than three miles from campus lies a spunky dive called The Penguin. It attracts folks from across the region who drive into town just to grab a table and chow down.

Go early if you're hoping to have lunch there. There's usually a line of waiting hungry customers when the doors open daily at 11 a.m. That's because everything is made from scratch daily, from their zippy pimento cheese to the crispy, just slightly sweet corn dogs and sweet potato fries. The Penguin's clientele are just as varied as the menu. The eclectic crowd is often a mix of bankers, bikers and babies on any given day, with tattoos as common as neckties. 

All of these quirky charactistics define what this Charlotte landmark has been all about since 1954 - good eats and good people.

"The Bird" is no longer just a local favorite. It was recently featured on the Food Network's "Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives."

Prices vary from about $4 for the fried pickles to $8.50 for a black n' bleu (cheese) burger, but the average entrée is about $6.

Want to go?

1921 Commonwealth Ave., Charlotte, NC, 28205
(704) 375-6959

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