Cook Out Comes To Flotown - Backyard Burgers With a Christian Flair..
You've had one burger, you've had them all, right? As many as we've had, it's sad but true that not all burgers are created equal. As much as we love Sonic's tots, breakfast burritos and drinks, their burgers are pretty bland. So, everytime a new burger joint comes around, we give it a shot and take our chances...
Bobby was in town, so we met up for a later lunch. I drive past Cook-Out on S. Irby Street, across from Wal-Mart, and I heard a couple good things, so I suggested we try them out. Overall, it was pretty good, but more importantly, it has cut itself a niche that could bode well for the South - Christian Hamburgers, BBQ and Hot Dogs! We kid you not... You might not notice it at first, but the owners made no mistake in their message: Praise God, and pass the burgers.
No, there is no picture of Jesus and The Apostles in the dining area, nor will you see a figure like this at the drive-thru, like at the old Jack in the Box... It's very subtle, and it wouldn't surprise us if you didn't notice. It took us a few minutes..
It's just like a regular burger joint, although on the inside, it is decorated a lot better than your average Burger King or McDonald's. It's when you finally sit down to eat, that it hits you... First off, they play Christian Contemporary Music. Then, if you look at the cups and french fry bags, they have passages from the Bible on there. No, not whole quotes, just the occasional 'John 3:16' and others here and there, but you know that Christians own this place.... In a world where the food seems the same, a niche like this works. For mid-afternoon, the place was pretty busy.
I know, I know... You're saying 'What about the food???' Not bad by any means.. I got the Steak Double Burger (A1, Mayo, fried onions, pickle,lettuce and tomato). The burger was average sized, but the bun was nice and soft, and overall the taste was decent. The fries were pretty good too: not greasy, but crisp and nice inside, and plenty of them. Overall, not on the level of a Five Guys, but for under $6 with tea and tax included, it was a good deal.
We have only one complaint: the menu board is too small and crowded. It's kinda split up by different neon colors, but it could use being slightly bigger and separated, so old farts like me can read it better.. Aside from that, it was pretty good. The North Carolina-based company (the logo is the shape of the Tar Heel State) has places in Florence and Charleston, but we expect lots of them near everyone soon. Maybe they can make hats with the Palmetto State on them!