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Pinky's Westside Grill

American Restaurant, Burger Joint, and Wings Joint$$$$
Charlotte
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  • Karen P.
    Karen PajotAugust 24, 2015
    Pimpin fries with chili were great! There is a lot of chili so be prepared ;) sweet tea was very sweet, but that's good for me. Fried pickles were good. Burgers are good - try ding dong burger!
  • Creative Loafing Charlotte
    It really is a "Weiner Wonderland" at Pinky's, with its griddled beef hot dogs and organic soy sausages. Our favorite, the Southern 500 dog, glistens with tasty chili, slaw and onions.
  • Hale H.
    Hale HoeflickNovember 26, 2014
    Fantastic food with one of the best views of Charlotte. Get the crab hush puppies? I can't remember what they are called but it has crab and it is fried - what more do you want?
  • Sukema K.
    Their fried Pickles are to die for if you love Pickles like I do. It was my first time trying fried Pickles during my visit there. I have yet to find a restaurant that tops them.
  • Jake B.
    Jake BockSeptember 30, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Pinky's really is my go-to burger joint, any time. The burgers are always perfect, fried pickles are the bomb, and - crab puppies. Service is generally attentive and really fast!
  • Michael M.
    Michael MyrickAugust 25, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Not a bad choice on the menu. Great food, great staff, super cold beer! The Pimp'N Fries are a spectacular appetizer! Get you some!
  • Cindy E.
    Love it all!! Have the burger Ding Dong style or the white trash burger. Loved the fried pickles with ranch. Don't leave without having the banana pudding.
  • Creative Loafing Charlotte
    The menu features compulsively snackable fried pickles and tempting burgers, in addition to beef hot dogs, organic soy sausages, corn dogs, salads and more. Read more
  • DJ
    DJJune 14, 2015
    The Natureboy, white trash style, is FUNDELICIOUS! It is prbably the best fried veggie creation that I've ever had. There is cheese, so not a vegan thing. Pimento cheese fries were ok. Need salt.
  • Greg S.
    Greg SchulzMay 18, 2016
    The crab hush puppies were awesome, as were the skrimpz. On the beer side, NoDa Coco Loco Porter was legit.
  • Aly
    AlyMarch 4, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Its a tip share restaurant, which means you'll have nearly everyone as a server. Tip well and cone on tuesdays for tilt back tuesday (all drafts are 2.50!)
  • Steve V.
    Steve VargaMarch 16, 2013
    The coolest staff. Get your burger Ding Dong style: crunchy peanut butter, honey-cilantro slaw and hot sriracha sauce. Yumm-freakin'-O... Wanna see my O-Face?
  • Jamie N.
    Jamie NivenDecember 22, 2011
    If u want greasy food def eat here.. Fried pickles are great, crab puppies are delish, and I love the waffle fries!!! The fried fish samich is huge n delish!!
  • Zach S.
    Zach StockwellDecember 18, 2013
    I've been to many burger bars...and this is by far the most unique I've tried. Excellent burger creations in a non-pretentious environment.
  • Kyle F.
    Kyle FowlerOctober 8, 2016
    Pimp'n fries. Quite possibly the best #friescoveredwithstuff I've ever had. Service was excellent too.
  • Creative Loafing Charlotte
    While many of the items are fried, including the "Nature Boy" burger — quite a number of items are not, although many of the salads do have fried items like fried shrimp or chicken. Read more
  • Lenn L.
    Lenn LongMarch 30, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    You can still order stuff you liked off the Penguin menu if you remember the name of it! (Dixie Chicken Sandwich is my fave!)
  • Kion S.
    Kion SandersOctober 29, 2011
    Great customer service. Was visiting from NYC and loved the southern hospitality. Forgot my to-go box and the server chased me down outside to bring it.
  • Sarah W.
    Sarah WilbanksOctober 26, 2011
    The owner of Pinky's used to be a co-owner of the Penguin - he brought all of the classic recipes over with him. Go for the classic burger or the corndog!
  • Erik M.
    Erik MinmanJanuary 8, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    the penguin never closed. it was plucked out of the plaza midwood earth and transplanted on moreehead, given a gold blinged out chain and set up shop under a vw bug or two. same great fried treats!
  • Amanda O.
    Amanda OgdenNovember 10, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    the ding dong chicken sandwich is extremely delicious. the pimento cheese fries are a must but could do without the fried pickles
  • Chris B.
    Chris BallanceAugust 9, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Pumpkin' fries are completely off the chain. Waffle fries with pimento cheese and chilli. Order one for the table, trust me.
  • Diane P.
    Diane PeacockSeptember 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Hands-down the best veggie burger I have ever had! Fantastic service as well with a great patio and overall vibe.
  • Ånika G.
    Ånika GAugust 14, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    The Nature Boy White Trash style is a must for vegetarians. They have vegetarian menu with so many tasty options
  • Emily
    EmilyDecember 30, 2012
    Crab hush puppies are worth the trip, fried pickles are great too! Huge portions...so bring a friend to help you split!
  • Josh D.
    Josh DuVallNovember 8, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    I know the description sounds weird, but if you have an adventurous bone anywhere in your body, you have to try the Ding-Dong style burger.
  • Rodney W.
    Rodney WilliamsFebruary 27, 2016
    I had the popcorn chicken with buffalo sauce and waffle fries along with some Fried pickles all excellent.
  • Elizabeth
    ElizabethAugust 17, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The west side randy is my favorite!!!!!! And my waiter last night was so cute hahaha didn't charge me or my friends for our drinks last night! :)
  • Susannah B.
    Susannah BrinkleyAugust 8, 2014
    Try the fried pickles! The hibiscus ginger cocktail is surprisingly fabulous.
  • Will H.
    Will HuntSeptember 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The burgers and fried Pickles are awesome!
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsMay 23, 2015
    Check out Pinky's Westside Grill as it was featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives for dynamite burgers and a unique spin on shrimp. Read more
  • Jake B.
    Jake BockJanuary 15, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    There's a long wait in the evening, but the food is worth it. Crab hushpuppies, fried pickles, and oh my, the burgers... you can't do it wrong here.
  • Jeffery L.
    Jeffery LedfordSeptember 23, 2012
    Food is awesome killer hushpuppies and onion rings and great staff
  • only in r.
    only in rock hillNovember 18, 2012
    The ding dong chicken sandwich is off the hook. Don't fear the peanut butter. It will be your best friend.
  • Eric R.
    Eric RayNovember 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The white trash burger is the best and with waffle fries. Also try the beer they always have local brews.
  • Whitney L.
    Whitney LayerMay 15, 2015
    It was great!!!! Had the white trash burger ... Atmosphere was great.... They gave out sample drinks 😁👌🏾🍸
  • Ånika G.
    Ånika GJuly 17, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Fried pickles are amazing. I don't like pickles but something about theirs just does it for me. Also, the fried flounder sandwich on Fridays is a must try.
  • Heather N.
    Heather NabersDecember 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    You can't go wrong with anything on the menu. But especially not with the corn dog shrimp.
  • Amanda M.
    Amanda ManeyApril 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Best hummus I've ever had! Also try the Tony baloney and lemon pound cake!! So yummy!
  • Erik M.
    Erik MinmanJune 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try something new and take a bite out of the Ding Dong Chicken. Who would have thunk peanut butter on a buffalo chicken sammy would be so delicious.
  • Torgny B.
    Torgny BjersMay 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The waffle fries with veggie chili is the titties! I ordered with cheddar instead of pimento.
  • Gregory J.
    Gregory JaudonJune 10, 2011
    On a mission to try everything on the menu......black-eyed pea salad was amazing along with the pork sandwich.
  • Alicia P.
    Alicia PalazzoDecember 13, 2011
    The Uptown Tuna Melt is amazing! If you order ahead it's usually quick and painless!
  • Janice A.
    Janice ArenasNovember 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The Grilled Greek Pita is amazin'! Add chicken for an extra $3, it's totally worth it.
  • Ablacktv B.
    Ablacktv BlackJuly 24, 2013
    Turkey burger Westside style is my go to. Wings awesome and fries!
  • Courtney A.
    The white bean hummus is amazing! The ding dong burger is great
  • Josiah M.
    Josiah McGinnisNovember 14, 2011
    The White Trash Burger is incredibly good. Paired with a great draft beer, especially.
  • Gigis P.
    Gigis PoveromoMay 11, 2013
    Super cool! I loved the Penguin and just dig this place. So reminds me of a cool NYC joint!
  • CJ T.
    CJ ToscanoJanuary 13, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    The ding dong chicken is some sort of ambrosia of the gods
  • Mandie W.
    Mandie WaldingSeptember 14, 2015
    Had white trash burger and waffle fries also pimping fries all was amazing GUY did not disappoint on this one
  • Janet R.
    Janet RobinsonApril 7, 2012
    Fried pickles are the best! But the banana pudding will make you wanna slap your momma.
  • Charles E.
    Charles EJanuary 27, 2013
    Try the ding dong style hamburger. Don't think about it. Just try it.
  • Britton P.
    Britton PetersJune 11, 2011
    Eat here. Food and staff are phenomenal!!!:) get the Greek pita - best thing I've ever eaten.
  • Jake B.
    Jake BockMarch 26, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    There's a very thorough and detailed drinks list at the tables- they even list the liquors!
  • Britney J.
    Britney JonesJuly 21, 2013
    Yummy food. Relaxed environment. good drinks. Small parking lot.
  • Candy R.
    Candy RosenbaumSeptember 21, 2011
    It was my first time here. Great vegetarian choices... pickles don't belong on falafel though!
  • Torgny B.
    Torgny BjersApril 25, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Their soy dog with veggie chili and slaw is the titties.
  • David H.
    David HeiserFebruary 23, 2016
    The crab puppies are on point!
  • Therese J.
    Therese JerrardAugust 20, 2012
    Try the Pimento Cheeseburger - Great burger. Cool place!
  • Rob M.
    Rob MurrayNovember 22, 2010
    Lot across the street from Pinky's (on the south west side of W. Morehead and Freedom Drive) is also available for parking
  • Brandy M.
    Brandy MyrickOctober 2, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Fried Pickles are awesome. Fast service, awesome people, and great food!
  • Jarrod J.
    Jarrod JohnsonApril 1, 2011
    Love this place! never fails to impress! Also has SWEETWATER on tap n shock top! Score!
  • Dink N.
    Dink NolenOctober 23, 2014
    The Stray Dog was an awesome no beef alternative for me.
  • Christy L.
    Christy LuvApril 30, 2013
    OMG!!! The white trash burger was so good, I was dancing in my seat as I ate!!!
  • poprockphotography P.
    poprockphotography PriceMay 21, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Pimpin' fries with the veggie chili add jalapenos! Corn dog & Cheerwine!
  • Gary S.
    Gary SzczepanowskiJanuary 15, 2012
    The staff is aweaome and welcoming. The burgers and fried picles are great.
  • Merritt T.
    Merritt TracyJune 30, 2012
    Great waiters! Get the pimento cheese fries for sure!
  • Aly
    AlyJuly 26, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Hours have changed. Pinkys is open 11am-11 pm Monday through Saturday, and 12-10 sunday :)
  • Nichole C.
    Nichole CraneApril 14, 2012
    Best service I've ever experienced! Staff is on point!
  • Amanda M.
    Amanda ManeyJanuary 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best cake in Charlotte! Sunrise Cake
  • Stephen C.
    Stephen CoombsFebruary 18, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Best eclectic menu in Charlotte by far!
  • Jorge G.
    Jorge GFebruary 9, 2013
    I love this place!!! Best food selection in charlotte!!!! Ggguuuuudddd!!!
  • Austin A.
    Austin ArnoldMarch 19, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The white trash burger and banana pudding are to die for!
  • Chris K.
    Chris KonecnyFebruary 12, 2015
    If you are looking for a cool burger/sandwich/beer type place then come here.
  • Cindy E.
    Burger Ding Dong style! Must have the banana pudding
  • Mike U.
    Mike UralJuly 21, 2013
    Have a thing for peanut butter? Go for a Ding Dong burger or chicken sandwich.
  • Baruch S.
    Best burger I had in a long time. Awesome!
  • Pinky's W.
    Pinky's Westside GrillJanuary 17, 2012
    Hey! Whenever you are eating at Pinky's show us your check in and get a Pinky's Westside Grill sticker!! See y'all soon!
  • John Y.
    John YoungbloodMay 22, 2015
    People were awesome and the food was certainly on point!!!
  • Rick D.
    Rick DougMay 6, 2011
    Get a pitcher of shook top... Best beer deal in town
  • Image by #.
    I'm headed here for lunch today ~ what's good to eat for lunch here?
  • Steve D.
    Steve DavriaSeptember 11, 2012
    The Tony Baloney, placed in top 41 sandwiches in Charlotte
  • Shaylah B.
    Shaylah Bennett-AebyJanuary 19, 2013
    The best Long Island Iced Teas bar none
  • Yolanda H.
    Yolanda HamptonNovember 18, 2016
    Burgers, beer, crab hush puppies...worth the wait
  • Kat S.
    Kat SweetAugust 31, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    get the pimpin fries with veggie chili on top!
  • Mac
    Mac3 weeks ago
    Awesome environment and friendly staff.
  • Thomas K.
    Thomas Kocyba IIMarch 18, 2015
    Burgers and sweet potato fries are all good!
  • Doug L.
    Doug LittleMarch 18, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    White trash burger, the soy burger is good 2
  • Stephanie N.
    Stephanie NelsonDecember 13, 2011
    Westside Pinky is a GREAT sammy for a vegetarian! YUM!!!!!
  • Phoenix J.
    Phoenix JimenezAugust 15, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the Fried Pickles and Buffalo Shrimp Salad
  • Emma M.
    Emma MerisierJanuary 31, 2015
    Watermelon margarita... need I say more? $5
  • Bill B.
    Bill BakerMay 25, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The buffalo shrimp tacos are tasty. Give them a try.
  • Michael F.
    Michael FlemingMarch 18, 2013
    Great food! Get the white trash burger
  • Jeff C.
    Jeff CostaJune 10, 2016
    Great food. Never lets me down.
  • Johnnetta
    JohnnettaMarch 27, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the White Trash burger!!! Very good ;-)
  • Krystal F.
    Krystal FrancisSeptember 29, 2012
    White trash burger!! It is amazingness
  • Image by #.
    Il be in Charlotte for the upcoming holidays and will check it out
  • Alberto C.
    Alberto CruzApril 22, 2012
    The crab puppies are a must-have
  • T C.
    T ColeAugust 28, 2016
    Everything I have had so far
  • John D.
    John DeRosiaMay 5, 2013
    It's hard to recommend one thing. Everything is amazing!
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