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Reasons Why Cook-Out Is The Best Fast Food Ever

This elusive southern chain is heaven in your mouth

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1. Location Location Location

Sure the South may be wrong about a lot of things, but it's always been right about food. You can only find Cook-Outs in Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.
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Sure the South may be wrong about a lot of things, but it's always been right about food. You can only find Cook-Outs in Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

2. The Drive-thru

Most Cook-Outs are only drive-thrus and walk up windows with outdoor seating and bathrooms. Because it is a well-oiled machine inside that little stone fortress, you are in and out in less than 10 minutes (can In-n-Out do that West Coast?)
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Most Cook-Outs are only drive-thrus and walk up windows with outdoor seating and bathrooms. Because it is a well-oiled machine inside that little stone fortress, you are in and out in less than 10 minutes (can In-n-Out do that West Coast?)

3. Everything is Made Fresh

Unlike typical fast-food chains, EVERYTHING at Cook-Out is made to order.
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Unlike typical fast-food chains, EVERYTHING at Cook-Out is made to order.

4. Cooked Outdoors Style

They grill all their hamburgers and hotdogs like anyone in the south would on a nice summer day
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They grill all their hamburgers and hotdogs like anyone in the south would on a nice summer day

5. Everyone Who Takes Your Order is Friendly

The menu can be a bit overwhelming but they never sound annoyed when you need more time or have a large order. Seriously, it always sounds like they are smiling.
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The menu can be a bit overwhelming but they never sound annoyed when you need more time or have a large order. Seriously, it always sounds like they are smiling.

6. They Love America and God

Gotta love a company that stands by their values
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Gotta love a company that stands by their values

7. They Stay Small

Even though they could open more restaurants all over the U.S. The privately owned Cook-Out has decided to stay close to home (shout out to NC) and simply make quality tasty food rather than go commercial. Most of the company's 132 locations are in North Carolina, where it was founded.
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Even though they could open more restaurants all over the U.S. The privately owned Cook-Out has decided to stay close to home (shout out to NC) and simply make quality tasty food rather than go commercial. Most of the company's 132 locations are in North Carolina, where it was founded.

8. The Menu

It is filled with so many cheap, fresh, delicious things
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It is filled with so many cheap, fresh, delicious things

9. Cook-Out Style

You can get any burger or hot dog "Cook-Out Style," which includes homemade chili, slaw, mustard, and onions.
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You can get any burger or hot dog "Cook-Out Style," which includes homemade chili, slaw, mustard, and onions.

10. The Decor

Some Cook-Outs have indoor seating, and they are far classier than your typical fast-food joint.
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Some Cook-Outs have indoor seating, and they are far classier than your typical fast-food joint.

11. The Tray is Both Cheap and Amazing

You get an entree, 2 sides and a drink for under $5. Plus, you can order a corndog as a side. It's like they made this restaurant with college students in mind.
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You get an entree, 2 sides and a drink for under $5. Plus, you can order a corndog as a side. It's like they made this restaurant with college students in mind.

12. Seriously, Behold the Goodness

All for under $5
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All for under $5

13. Cajun Style

You can order your fries "cajun style" which comes with a delicious slightly spicy topping.
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You can order your fries "cajun style" which comes with a delicious slightly spicy topping.

14. The Milkshakes

Look at all those flavors, plus you can mix and match flavors for even more yumminess. (Pro-tip: try pineapple cheesecake).
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Look at all those flavors, plus you can mix and match flavors for even more yumminess. (Pro-tip: try pineapple cheesecake).

15. The Footlong Hotdog

Yes, a 12 inch hotdog with your choice of toppings.
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Yes, a 12 inch hotdog with your choice of toppings.

16. They Have the Best Sweet Tea

They call it a huge tea, and it is amazing every time you get it.
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They call it a huge tea, and it is amazing every time you get it.

17. They Have Seasonal Milkshakes

In July and August they use fresh watermelon and they have eggnog in December.
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In July and August they use fresh watermelon and they have eggnog in December.

18. You Can Get a Hotdog With Bacon

Bacon > chili
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Bacon > chili

19. They Are Open Late

Most places are open till 3am, which means it's the perfect cheap eats after a night out.
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Most places are open till 3am, which means it's the perfect cheap eats after a night out.

20. Hushpuppies

These little golden nuggets of fried cornmeal are pure bliss and should complete every order
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These little golden nuggets of fried cornmeal are pure bliss and should complete every order

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