Penguin Drive-In

Burger Joint, Diner, and American Restaurant
1921 Commonwealth Ave (Thomas Ave), Charlotte, NC 28205, United States
Hours:
None listed (See when people check in)

People tend to check in during these times:

  • Today
    • Noon–8:00 PM
  • Tue
    • 1:00 PM–8:00 PM
  • Wed
    • Noon–2:00 PM
    • 4:00 PM–9:00 PM
  • Thu
    • Noon–2:00 PM
    • 5:00 PM–10:00 PM
  • Fri
    • Noon–2:00 PM
    • 4:00 PM–11:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 11:00 AM–10:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 11:00 AM–9:00 PM
Price:
$ $ $ $
Menus:
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Drinks:
Beer
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:
No
6.4/10

Based on 121 votes

People like this place

Total Visitors
2,598
Total Visits
4,187
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  • Michael W.

    You ain't leaving till you fix this penguin dude!

    Michael Wicenciak · September 11, 2014
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  • TV Food Maps

    Check out The Penguin as seen on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives , Man vs Food Nation Read more

    TV Food Maps · August 26, 2014
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  • Ryan E.

    Funnel cake fries

    Ryan Edge · August 16, 2014
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  • becca g.

    No way Jose.

    becca gibson · August 8, 2014
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  • Jenine G.

    Great burgers!

    Jenine Gatewood · July 30, 2014
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  • Marett M.

    Great food...worst service I've ever received. Sat in a nearly empty restaurant waiting to place order get drinks check out everything seemed to be a 30 minute process.

    Marett Mattox · January 26, 2014
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  • Thomas K.

    Out of Pepsi and chicken tenders. Not the same since it was taken over by new owners.

    Thomas Kocyba II · December 6, 2013
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  • Jackie Q.

    No...just no. Don't do it.

    Jackie Quiros · November 23, 2013
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  • Genevieve C.

    I was disappointed. Our server was rude and despite the tastiness of our food, she poured the entire salt shaker over on my fries...I couldn't eat them.

    Genevieve Cordery · November 18, 2013
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  • Michele

    This is not the DDD spot

    Michele · November 11, 2013
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  • Trey R.

    Closing down soon!! O_o

    Trey Rawls · November 8, 2013
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  • Lauren M.

    Bad Grandpa filmed here! must see this movie!

    Lauren Merrill · November 4, 2013
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  • Patrick H.

    Very slow.. Been here 30 min and still waiting on fried pickles. My first time in and I'm a Charlotte native. Pretty disappointing.

    Patrick Helton · October 11, 2013
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  • Sam S.

    Awful. If this place gets on another TV show it better be Bar Rescue.

    Sam Stalder · September 1, 2013
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  • Jess ⚓

    Out of black bean patties AND soy dogs?! WTF am I supposed to eat??

    Jess ⚓ · September 1, 2013
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  • Kayla R.

    Food takes forever. They don't clean the tables. Poor environment. Very disappointed.

    Kayla Reiland · August 31, 2013
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  • Laurie H.

    Awesome fried Mac n cheese

    Laurie Hagan · July 24, 2013
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  • Jaye H.

    Try the Yellow Eyed Burger

    Jaye H · July 20, 2013
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  • Cameron P.

    Get the fried bologna sw & fried mushrooms!!!!

    Cameron Paige · July 14, 2013
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  • Danielle W.

    Omg. Seriously. Amazing homemade food. Great atmosphere. Hush puppies and ranch hello! Burgers enuf said!

    Danielle Wasser · July 13, 2013
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  • Matt F.

    First time visit and thoroughly disappointed. Pittsburger was good, but fries made it soggy. Service was terrible. There were about 13 tables with 2-4 people at each. Only 1 waitress and 1 cook.

    Matt Frazier · June 11, 2013
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  • Sean L.

    Must get Fried pickles! Burgers are Great as well.

    Sean Lombardi · June 10, 2013
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  • Norman N.

    Do not get the queso cheese...on anything!!! Gross ;(

    Norman Newburn · May 19, 2013
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  • Jon E.

    I like the Pimento Cheese Burger.

    Jon Edge · May 15, 2013
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  • Katie

    Fried pickles are definitely great. They are a little spicy with almost a hushpuppie flavor. The chili queso dog is also great with a little spice. Had a taste of their burgers and it was great too!

    Katie · May 1, 2013
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  • Kat S.

    Fried pickles are the nomage

    Kat Smith · April 23, 2013
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  • nerd E.

    People here are so nice.

    nerd E · March 23, 2013
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  • Cody S.

    The Chin Strap burger. For real.

    Cody Shipman · March 10, 2013
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  • Sarah F.

    One hour for the cook to prepare two burgers. Fries were fantastic. So was the banana pudding. Management wanted to give us free merchandise instead of a discount on our meal. Disappointing.

    Sarah F · February 11, 2013
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  • Alegandra P.

    Used to be one of my favorite burger places but after today, I doubt I'll come back. The queso dip looked (and tasted) like rubber chili dip and the burgers were overcooked and dry. Svc was bad too.

    Alegandra Perez · January 21, 2013
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  • Blu A.

    Service was very slow. I waited 25 minutes just for cheese fries.

    Blu Assassin · January 19, 2013
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  • Anita B.

    The drink prices for tea and lemonade are outrageous!!

    Anita Blanchard · January 12, 2013
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  • Micah S.

    Republicans Rock!!!

    Micah Spicer · October 8, 2012
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  • Derek K.

    Try the black bean burger. Messy but delicious.

    Derek Kramer · October 6, 2012
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  • Angel T.

    Awful...just awful. First time trying since reopen and service was horrid. Chili cheese fries were inedible. Burnt hushpuppies. Dry food and overcooked. Also the sauces were bland...not ok.

    Angel Truesdale · October 4, 2012
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  • Adrienne H.

    Food was good. Very good service.

    Adrienne Hines · September 30, 2012
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  • Claire W.

    $2 ALL drafts on Tuesdays and $3 Whiskey on Wednesdays...... ANY KIND!!!! Fireball, makers, you name it!!!.now thats hard to beat!

    Claire Weingarten · June 19, 2012
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  • Kelly A.

    $2 PBR tall boys everyday! Get on that! :)

    Kelly Allison · April 13, 2012
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  • Joshua G.

    try the grilled chicken cesar wrap...its really good

    Joshua Greene · February 29, 2012
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  • Hermione M.

    Get the fried pickles. Without a doubt.

    Hermione Malone · December 29, 2011
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  • Eric D.

    Always check your to go bag. Its wrong every time. Last time no sauce for sweet potato fries, this time a fry missing, cole slaw, bbq sauce and the dip for the funnel fries. This sucks

    Eric D-J · December 27, 2011
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  • Callie H.

    Best sweet tea :))

    Callie Holston · December 14, 2011
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  • Kristen H.

    The fried pickles are to die for if you eat them with someone else!

    Kristen Hill · December 11, 2011
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  • Topaz W.

    I can hear you getting fatter hot dog.

    Topaz Woodruff · November 16, 2011
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  • Topaz W.

    FRIED PICKLES AND RANCH!!!!

    Topaz Woodruff · November 16, 2011
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  • Abigail D.

    Chili was extra oily tonight. Gross.

    Abigail Derr · November 13, 2011
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  • Jamie J.

    Eat at the bar and look for Al Pacino. He's there.. I promise.

    Jamie Joyce · November 3, 2011
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  • Anthony H.

    Good food, just get the take out.. Its not really a attractive place to eat inside unless your a big fan of Red diners

    Anthony Henderson · October 17, 2011
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  • Charlotte E.

    Always $2 24 oz pbr!!

    Charlotte Events.net · October 16, 2011
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  • Kat

    The banana pudding is some of the best I've ever had!

    Kat · October 12, 2011
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