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Pinky's Westside Grill

American Restaurant, Burger Joint, and Wings Joint$$$$
Charlotte
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  • Sukema K.
    Sukema KillianJune 13, 2017
    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.
    Upvoted Oct 22, 2017
  • 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!
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • 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!)
  • 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.
  • CJ T.
    CJ ToscanoJanuary 13, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    The ding dong chicken is some sort of ambrosia of the gods
  • 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!
  • Rodney W.
    Rodney WilliamsFebruary 27, 2016
    I had the popcorn chicken with buffalo sauce and waffle fries along with some Fried pickles all excellent.
  • 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.
  • 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 10+ times
    The burgers and fried Pickles are awesome!
  • 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
  • David H.
    David HeiserFebruary 23, 2016
    The crab puppies are on point!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Whitney L.
    Whitney LayerMay 15, 2015
    It was great!!!! Had the white trash burger ... Atmosphere was great.... They gave out sample drinks 😁👌🏾🍸
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    Courtney AppletonJune 16, 2017
    The white bean hummus is amazing! The ding dong burger is great
  • 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!
  • Stephanie P.
    Stephanie PeppersOctober 24, 2017
    The fried pickles are to die for!! I order them every time.
  • Josiah M.
    Josiah McGinnisNovember 14, 2011
    The White Trash Burger is incredibly good. Paired with a great draft beer, especially.
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