This edition of Excited about Eating takes us to a place that appeared on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives, to Pinky’s Westside Grill in Charlotte.
Dora here. Don’t be alarmed not to find a spot directly in front of the diner. Just at the end of the strip, you’ll find ample parking, a plus for any business near downtown.
The inside was jammed for a Sunday lunch.
For my lunch, I ordered the White Trash Burger, which includes provolone, fried pickles, and onion rings with a spicy ranch sauce and a side of onion rings (straws). For some reason, the burger that arrived had raw pickles and onions with mayonnaise. The burger was OK, a little over cooked for my taste, but served on a soft bun. Maybe if it would have been served as advertised on the menu, I would have been more impressed. The onion rings were good, but a little greasy.
Dora here. Check out the popcorn chicken, little nuggets of breaded and fried white meat, served atop waffle fries with a side of slaw. I’m a huge fan of chicken, fried or grilled, so when I saw this on the menu, I couldn’t convince myself to go with something more adventuresome. Like Pimp’n Fries (waffle fries topped with chili and melted pimento) or the Asian-inspired Ding Dong Chicken Sandwich, marinated chicken slathered with peanut butter, hot sauce and slaw. I probably should’ve worked up the courage because the chicken could’ve used less time in the fryer; the outside was a bit dry and brittle. Awesome waffle fries, though, light on the seasoning and not too-potatoey as some tend to be.
Dora here. Pinky’s tag-team friendly servers ensure that your cup never runs dry. And if the crowd hanging around outside on a Sunday afternoon and the awesome reviews are any indication, we might’ve caught them on an off day.
We rate this restaurant 3 forks out of 5 for a family friendly restaurant serving good food.
2 thoughts on “Excited about Eating by Ernie & Dora Hiers”
We love to watch Guy Fieri’s show. What a great job he has, eh? We haven’t tried this place, but we did go out to the shop in Albemarle, Guy visited. I’m drawing a blank on the name. It was okay, nothing great. Have a fantastic weekend and enjoy the lovely weather! It’s definitely an outdoor writing day. Oh, Jakes Good Eats was the place. LOL! xo
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Ernie’s a huge Fieri fan and watches all the DDD’s and GGG’s. lol. It’s a stunner of a day, but COLD tonight. No wonder everybody’s sick. 🙂
Hope you crank out those words today, Jill. ❤
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