Diners Drive-in and dives restaurants in charlotte nc you must try

Diners, Drive-ins & Dives Restaurants in Charlotte, NC You Must Try!

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Who doesn’t love watching Diners, Drive-ins & Dives? Guy Fieri literally has the best job in the world. If you don’t know, he receives emails from customers about meals at restaurants he must try. It’s a win-win-win! The restaurant gets televised attention, Guy gets to build his DDD brand and We get to watch and even visit these restaurants.

My family recently visited Charlotte, NC. As a fan of the show, I researched the best places to visit in Charlotte that had Vegan Options on their menu. I was plesantly surprised how many restaurants actually provide Vegan Options. With my husband being Vegan it is difficult to find Vegan food in Northeast Philadelphia. 

Here is a list of Diners. Drive-ins & Dives Restaurants in Charlotte, NC You Must Try:

The Improper Pig

The Improper Pig is serving classic BBQ as well as twists such as southern egg rolls & Korean barbecue salmon.

When Guy Fieri went to this restaurant, he tried the Chow bao Sliders. This dish is a steamed bun stuffed with succulent pulled pork that’s slathered with hoisin sauce and topped with a housemade coleslaw.

I also tried the Chow Boa Sliders with a side of Collard Greens and Macaroni & Cheese.  My husband ordered the Improper Plate w/Smoked Tofu. These items were absolutely delicious and the “Queen B” BBQ Sauce was out of this world. 

I highly recommend this restaurant for great North Carolina Bbq that also provides Vegan Options. 

*Another must try: Sweet Potato Casserole

Chow Bao Sliders at The Improper Pig
The Improper Pig

Location: Rhea Farms – 9855 Sandy Rock Place, Suite A, Charlotte 28277

Pinky's Westside Grill

The owner/chef of Pinky’s Westside Grill used to run Penguin Drive-In (which closed); used to be a garage that worked on VWs (and hence a VW on the roof).

When Guy went to Pinky’s he tried the Corn Dog Shrimp, Greg’s Pickles, Triple G Burger and the Asian Pork Burger.

We went to this restaurant a few times on our trip. The Greg’s Pickles are absolutely delicious. Me and my husband both really enjoyed the Pimp’n Fries (pimento cheese/vegan pimento cheese, waffle fries with chili/vegan chili) these were literally the best Loaded fries I have ever had in my life. 

My husband also had the “Stray Dog” (Vegetarian Dog, topped with vegan chili, mustard, slaw and onion) He threw a few of these down. 

I highly recommend Pinky’s Westside Grill, you will not be disappointed.

*Absolutely must try: Greg’s Pickles & Pimp’n Fries 

Pinky's Westside Grill
Pinky’s Westside Grill

Location: 1600 W Morehead St. CharlotteNC 28208

JJ’e Red Hots is a hot dog joint serving Sahlen’s smokehouse as well as house-made hot dogs and sausages; Guy tried the Kasekriener and Chili Cheese Coney Dog on his DDD Show.

This restaurant does have Vegan Options. My husband loved the “JJ’s “No.1” RED HOT” w/ Vegan Dog (JJ’s Hot Relish, Diced Onions, Yellow Mustard, Dill Pickle Spear). I loved “THE CHAR HEEL (CAROLINA STYLE)” House-made Chili, Slaw, Diced Onions, Yellow Mustard)

These hot dogs bring a nostalgia and you will not be disappointed.

I highly Recommend JJ’s Red Hots.

*Must Also Try: JJ’S Soon to be Famous’ ONION RINGS.

JJS Red Hots
JJ’s Red Hots

Location: 1514 East Blvd, CharlotteNC 28203


Now that you’ve seen our list of the best Diners, Drive-ins & Dives restaurants in Charlotte, NC, it’s time to start planning your next adventure! Gather a group of friends and family members together and make a day or night out of trying one (or all!) of these delicious dining experiences. We would love to hear about your experience if you do try any of these restaurants, so be sure to let us know!

Diners, Drive-ins and drives restaurants you must try

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