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Mini Review: The Penguin, Charlotte, NC

NC Penguin | Jul 13, 200509:11 AM

So I went to the Penguin for dinner on 4th July. It was pretty busy that evening (we got there at 6.45pm-ish) and waited about half an hour for a table.

I'd heard the burgers were good and the diners at the table next to us asked for recommendations and were told the same (this is after I had ordered).

I ordered the smallest size burger without cheese and my partner opted for a hot dog. We also ordered an appetizer of the legendary fried pickles (small size).

I've never had fried pickles before and wasn't quite sure what to expect. They're very thin slices (width ways, not lengthways) of pickle in a light batter, served with ranch dressing. I don't think the pickles are drained on kitchen towel or any absorbent paper before they're served to diners.

Anyway, the pickles are tasty, not really soggy but the batter does fall off pretty easily. The ranch dressing is a good accompaniment for the pickles which are slightly sour and salty.

My burger turned up about 10 mins after the pickles were served. For a joint that's famous for their burgers, I was rather disappointed to bite into a dry patty that was partly charred on the outside. The patty was not juicy at all. Also, the patty itself is not seasoned at all. No salt or onions or anything. I suppose that's why condiments are at the table.

As for the hotdog, my partner did not enjoy his hotdog. I could tell immediately from his reaction. He had the one with the coleslaw and raw, chopped onion on the top. I don't where the Penguin gets their dogs but they are not dyed red but are a pale pink color when cooked. Kinda looked like skinny bratwursts to me.

I would've thought a place like the Penguin could deal with crowds but my burger was very poor. It was clearly overcooked.

Does anyone know about the Penguin's hotdogs? Are they all made with that bratwurst looking weiner?

NC Penguin

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