We spent Labor Day weekend in Raleigh, North Carolina and had occasion to eat three meals along I-85 between Atlanta and Raleigh.
On Saturday, we stopped for lunch at Beacon Drive-In, 255 John B White Sr Blvd, Spartanburg. They reminded us of Atlanta's Varsity Drive In, except the focus at Beacon is on cheeseburgers. My wife ordered a Cheeseburger with everything on it. I ordered the same Cheeseburger A-Plenty - which includes fries and onion rings. The cheeseburger alone was $2.25 and the Cheeseburger A-Plenty was $6.25. In assembly line fashion, the order is yelled to the kitchen while we slide our trays along - picking up our sandwiches from among those being prepared. Drinks are stacked up waiting for customers also. We had lemonade and sweet tea @ $1.25 each. Beacon has been in business since 1946. Check them out: www.beacondrivein.com
We returned on Labor Day, and planned to have bbq for lunch in Lexington, North Carolina. We found most places were closed except for fast food chains and Shonto Japanese Steakhouse & Seafood, 17 North Main Street. My wife ordered Lemon Garlic Chicken ($5.99) and I had Sesame Scallops ($7.99), which came with fried rice, mixed vegetables and a small salad or soup.
Dinner was at La Esmeralda Mexican Restaurant, 6072 Hwy 53, Braselton, Georgia - just west of I-85 on the north side of GA 53 in a shopping center. I had Pollo Fundido (bite sized pieces of chicken with a cheese sauce) for $6.50 and my wife ordered Quesadilla Rellena for $4.95 - the two daily specials. When we prepared to leave, my wife asked for a "to go" cup for her drink. The waiter brought us two large styrofoam drinks with lids and straws completely filled with fresh Diet Coke.
All three places were quite good - not great - places to eat. They were much better than the fast food chains we were afraid we would have to patronize.