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Cook-Out, a North Carolina based fast-food chain is now open in Carrollton, GA., adjacent to Burger King and dozens of fast food spots on South Park Street. While it is not just your average fast food, you are certain to get the flavors of a backyard barbeque. Cook-Out is sure to satisfy both your taste buds, and your wallet.

The menu is budget friendly. For only $5, you can maximize your bucks by creating a “Cook-Out Tray.” The tray is the most popular menu item and consists of one main course with options ranging from burgers, chicken sandwiches or hot dogs; two sides, like onion rings, fries or even a cheesy chicken quesadilla; and a huge fresh brewed iced tea, Coke, Sprite or Lemonade. Burgers ordered in the tray can also be topped with anything from homemade chili and coleslaw, barbeque and A1 sauce or even bacon for no extra charge. Coke Floats and Cheerwine floats are also available.

The remaining menu items involve a mouth-watering spread typically found on your own backyard grill. There are a variety of char-grilled burgers to choose from in a variety of sizes. The smallest burger starts off at $2 and the largest starts at only $4.

The menu also has a selection of hot dogs such as chili-cheese dogs, slaw dogs and even bacon dogs. The chicken is also char-grilled and available on many types of sandwiches like Cajun, barbecue and club styled. There are also barbeque sandwiches and plates, chicken strips, wraps and quesadillas available for order.

One of the other main draws of Cook-Out is the 40+ premium milkshake flavors available. For $3, you can choose from current combinations such as strawberry cheesecake, peach cobbler, Snickers, banana pudding, plus an interesting Hi-C Punch flavor. There are also classic flavors like vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry. They also offer seasonal flavors of watermelon for July and August and eggnog for December.

Cook-Out opens at 11 a.m. and stays open until 4 a.m. At any hour – day or night – starved mobs pile into the restaurant and cars wrap around the building for the drive-thru. Oftentimes, workers do window-side orders and physically take orders from your car straight to the kitchen.

More often than not, you should always be prepared to wait, whether you decide to eat indoors in the small booths and tables or in the limited wooden benches outdoor.

The original Cook-Out restaurant opened in Greensboro, NC., in the 1980’s. Today, it has more than 100 locations.

This fast-food chain is a fixture in college towns. It first arrived in Georgia last year in Statesboro, neighboring Georgia Southern University’s campus, and eventually moved to Augusta, Athens, Savannah and Atlanta. There are plans in the making to open a location in Kennesaw. Over the next five years, Cook-Out has plans to open almost 30 more locations.

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