PHOTO CREDIT: Stephanie Dazey
Founded in Greensboro in the late 1980s, Cook Out is a fixture in college towns across the Tar Heel State. (Locations exist all over nearby Kentucky, Virginia, South Carolina, and Tennessee, too.) For many college grads and transplants from the region, Cook Out triggers happy memories of late-night, Harold and Kumar-esque excursions to the drive-thru, road trips, and flashbacks to simpler, (drunker?), and freer times. The menu is similar to a spread you might find at a friendly, backyard, you guessed it, cook out. Burgers, hotdogs, barbecue sandwiches. There's a section of char-grilled chicken sandwiches, densely breaded chicken strips, reminiscent of those found in a high school cafeteria (in a good way), and wraps. Another draw is the restaurant's menu of more than 40 milkshakes.