Three Days in Fayetteville, North Carolina

Three Days in Fayetteville, North Carolina
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The drive from Savannah to Fayetteville was only about 4 hours, but we did make a few stops in South Carolina at The Drive-In and Dash-N-Dogz. While we were in town for an event in Fayetteville, technically, we stayed all three days in Springlake.

Our hotel was conveniently located next to Cook Out and across the street from Rustic Burger. Plus, I knew for sure that we’d be enjoying Biscuitville the following morning.

In addition to the Camacho Cigars event and eating from travel food spots, Marcela would be out and about looking for antique-type shops.

Springlake, North Carolina

Rustic Burger

Rustic Burger in Fayetteville, North Carolina
Rustic Burger in Fayetteville, North Carolina

While driving to our hotel, we spotted Rustic Burger (237 Skyland Plaza, Spring Lake, NC). Rustic Burger was our competition at the Camacho Bold Burger Battle event. in an interesting turn of events

The following afternoon was visited their Springlake location; there’s also another spot in Fayetteville. The nachos came highly recommended by the owners.

On a side note, if Marcela spots nachos on the menu, I don’t even ask anymore. We’re getting ’em!

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Nachos from Rustic Burger in Fayetteville, North Carolina
Nachos

They were very bright and ready for the eatin’. Since I’m not into guacamole, I stuck to the opposite side of the plate. But, with Marcela and Fred working on it simultaneously, a collision course with some guac was inevitable.

No complaints from anyone; everyone quietly enjoyed it. The nachos were the perfect choice to start our meal at Rustic Burger.

The All The Way Dog also operated as a starter for us that we shared. It’s an all-beef dog topped with housemade chili, slaw, onions & yellow mustard.

The mayo-heavy sweet slaw gave the dog a distinct taste when mixed with the yellow mustard. This fella is known as a North Carolina Hot Dog for those folks well versed in Regional Hot Dog-Styles.

A must-order from Rustic Burger if and when you visit.

All The Way Dog from Rustic Burger in Fayetteville, North Carolina
All The Way Dog

A Patty Melt or a Sandwich?

Speaking of regional styles, I couldn’t resist ordering their patty melt. Since I’m a stickler regarding patty melt authenticity, this is technically a melt or sandwich.

Rustic Burger’s patty melt has one of their Angus beef patties covered in caramelized onions, Rustic sauce, Swiss cheese, and bacon on toasted Texas Toast.

The bacon was crispy, the cheese was melted, and the caramelized onions were right on. It might not be a patty melt, but it was a great sandwich.

Patty Melt from Rustic Burger in Fayetteville, North Carolina
Patty Melt
Patty Melt from Rustic Burger in Fayetteville, North Carolina
Patty Melt

The Rustic Burger, their signature burger, comes with lettuce, tomato, pickles, and onions. The addition of bacon was an afterthought; as it turns out, it was a great afterthought.

I’m not a lettuce & tomato kinda guy, so it should be no surprise that the others took the lead on this burger. They happily ate the Rustic Burger while I polished off the Patty Melt.

CheeseBurger from Rustic Burger in Fayetteville, North Carolina
Rustic Bacon Cheeseburger

Cook Out

Cook Out Fast Food in Fayetteville, North Carolina
Cook Out Double Drive-thru

It’s not the first time I have visited a Cook Out (406 Lillington Highway, Spring Lake, NC). Cook Out’s drive-thru in Nashville, Tennessee, has seen me a few times.

If you’ve never been, the menu can be a little overwhelming. So a few minutes before arriving, I was online plotting out my attack.

It didn’t work; I fell apart when it was my turn to order. So I kept it simple with white cheddar cheese bites (cheese curds) and a homemade char-grilled Cheddar-style hamburger.

Cheese Curds from Cook Out in Fayetteville, North Carolina
White Cheddar Cheese Bites
Bacon Cheeseburger from Cook Out in Fayetteville, North Carolina
Cheddar-Style Char-grilled Hamburger

The only real problem is I didn’t enjoy the cheddar cheese sauce; it took me out of the moment. What’s worse is this is the same burger I’ve eaten on my other two visits.

I need to say no to the sauce and yes to the slice. The Fresh Banana Fancy Milkshake (not pictured) made up for my burger sadness with its thick and creamy consistency and tastiness.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

Bojangles

Bojangles Drive-thru Menu Board in Fayetteville, North Carolina
Menu Board from Bojangles Drive-thru

One morning I woke up early and drove to the nearest Bojangles (914 Berkley Hall Way, Fayetteville, NC) for a Pimento Cheese Biscuit (no picture cause I ate in on the drive back). The only comparison I could make was to the one I ate at Biscuitville the day before.

Both come on a freshly baked biscuit; I opted out of the egg on the Bojangles version. Biscuitville’s pimento cheese is served warm while Bojangles is cold.

I’d give the edge to Biscuitville also cause their pimento cheese had diced jalapeños.

Wiener Works

Wiener Works in Fayetteville, North Carolina
Wiener Works in Fayetteville, North Carolina

The minute I spotted the sign, I knew two things: that Wiener Works (3402 Raeford Rd, Fayetteville, NC) is an old-school hot dog joint, and number two, there is more than one location.

I was right on both educated guesses. The family-owned Wiener Works opened in 1973 and currently has four locations in the Fayetteville, North Carolina area.

Drive-Thru Menu Board from Wiener Works in Fayetteville, North Carolina
Drive-Thru Menu Board

We kept our orders simple, onion rings, a cheeseburger deluxe, and a chili dog with slaw. The o-rings were crispy and came in an open-ended and branded sack, my preferred carrier for side dishes.

The onions are whole rings, not the ground kind from BK. Though I regret not accepting the offer of a dipping sauce.

Onion Rings from Wiener Works in Fayetteville, North Carolina
Onion Rings

My first move when I’m handed a burger is to check under the hood, first the top and then the bottom bun. I’m mostly checking for signs of a fresh beef burger.

This was 100% NOT fresh beef. Additionally, the irregular-shaped burger reminds me of Bubba Burgers, which I do not like.

Wiener Works’ burger has a proper sear, but I just can’t get past that generic/processed boxed burger taste. Yet, I can see how some folks would enjoy it.

Cheeseburger from Wiener Works in Fayetteville, North Carolina
Cheeseburger Deluxe
Chili Dog with Slaw from Wiener Works in Fayetteville, North Carolina
Chili Dog with Slaw

The dog in my chili dog appears to be a pork/beef mix. It’s not skin-on for you wiener aficionados.

This tasty little ditty hit the spot. Wiener Works has my favorite cole slaw style for dogs, all finely diced.

Wiener Works Menu from Fayetteville, North Carolina
Wiener Works Menu

Based on the burger prices, it appears the regular hamburger is a totally different patty. If I had only noticed that at the drive-thru, it might have been a different burger situation altogether.

Southern Coals Country Style Kitchen

Southern Coals Country Style Kitchen in Fayetteville, North Carolina
Southern Coals Country Style Kitchen in Fayetteville, North Carolina

We’ve been waiting for Marcela outside an antique shop for at least an hour when I suddenly see Fred walking down the strip mall. It seems that Southern Coals Country Style Kitchen (3319 C Raeford Rd, Fayetteville, NC) has caught his eye.

He walks to the car where I’m enjoying the cold air and tries one of his old tricks. You must have friends like this.

Fred tries to talk me into going to eat at Southern Coals but, at the same time, makes it seems that it was my idea. So I’m guessing this is some sort of food-inception.

Sausage Sando from Southern Coals Country Style Kitchen in Fayetteville, North Carolina
Sausage Dog Sando
BBQ Platter from Southern Coals Country Style Kitchen in Fayetteville, North Carolina
BBQ Platter
Pimento Cheese, Mac N Cheese & Cornbread from Southern Coals Country Style Kitchen in Fayetteville, North Carolina
Pimento Cheese, Mac-and-Cheese & Cornbread
Pulled Pork & Brisket from Southern Coals Country Style Kitchen in Fayetteville, North Carolina
Pulled Pork & Brisket
Banana Pudding from Southern Coals Country Style Kitchen in Fayetteville, North Carolina
Banana Pudding

Look, it was a great call. Southern Coals Country Style Kitchen is a badass bbq joint. We stuck to the basics with a platter featuring brisket, pulled pork, cornbread, mac & cheese, pimento cheese, and some banana pudding to wash it all done.

The sausage sandwich was an afterthought and timed perfectly with Marcela’s arrival. She didn’t see us in the car and knew we couldn’t have strayed far.

I never even touched the sauces on the table since I like for the beef to stand on its natural flavor. Southern Coals Country Style Kitchen is the kinda spot I’d love to be in my neighborhood.

The problem is it’s 739 miles away, and I know that cause I just checked, lol.

Angier, North Carolina

Shelley’s Moms Bakery

Shelleys Moms Bakery in Angier, North Carolina
Shelleys Moms Bakery in Angier, North Carolina

On our way to meet our semi-recently transplanted friends from Miami to Sunni Sky’s Homemade Ice Cream, the Shelley’s Moms Bakery (275 Fish Dr, Angier, NC) building calls out to us. We’ve got some time to kill, and I’ve got some messages to respond to, so Marcela and Fred investigate.

Shelley’s mom must be Mexican or at a bare minimum, love the same sweets we usually buy at La Migaja in Little Havana. So a couple of Conchas (Mexican sweet bread) found their way into our car for the very short trip to see our amigos.

Conchas from Shelleys Moms Bakery in Angier, North Carolina
Conchas

Sunni Sky’s Homemade Ice Cream

Sunni Sky's Homemade Ice Cream in Angier, North Carolina
Sunni Sky’s Homemade Ice Cream in Angier, North Carolina

As it turns out, Sunni Sky’s Homemade Ice Cream (8617 NC-55, Angier, NC) was a great middle point for meeting our friends who live in Durham.

Omar and I go way back to 1996, when I worked at Best Buy in Hialeah. He and his wife Mari moved to North Carolina about five years ago, and they have a daughter, Alana.

Tom and Vanessa have been our friends since very close to the beginning of my adventures as Burger Beast, well over ten years. You might recognize them from Copperpots, our events like Croqueta Palooza, or the Burger Museum where Vanessa worked for a bit. The Copperpots have a son, Jackson.

Friends Group Shot at Sunni Sky's Homemade Ice Cream in Angier, North Carolina
Friends Group Shot at Sunni Sky’s Homemade Ice Cream: Alana, Omar, Burger Beast, Mari, Marcela, Fred, Tom, Vanessa & Jackson

I didn’t have any ice cream, so I can’t comment, but everyone seemed to enjoy their sweets. Me? The company of my old pals was enough for me.

Random Spots near Fayetteville, North Carolina

RJ’s Place in Fuquay-Varina

RJ's Place in Fuquay Varina, North Carolina
RJ’s Place in Fuquay Varina, North Carolina

While killing time drove by this retro spot named RJ’s Place (712 N Main St, Fuquay-Varina, NC). Unfortunately, we had just missed it during operating hours, but it looks like the kinda place for a burger, chili dog, and a shake we enjoy.

Dixie Drive-In in Lumberton

Dixie Drive-In in Lumberton, North Carolina
Dixie Drive-In in Lumberton, North Carolina

Opened in 1963, Dixie Drive-In (1920 E 5th St, Lumberton, NC) is right up my alley. Unfortunately, I went on the day they were closed.

We were on our way to Philadelphia (actually New Hope for The Burgerly), so there was no way to correct my timing error. So I’ve added it to my Future Road Trips list, hoping I can one day visit and eat a plate lunch.


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