best burgers in raleigh

One of the better things about travelling for work is having favorite places to eat in many cities. Char-Grill is a big fave whenever I'm in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina.

I started eating there several decades ago when I attended university in Raleigh. I used to like to go out drinking with the foreign students, and when the late-night munchies hit, I'd try to get them to go to Char-Grill. It was always a hit. It was fun to sit out front, half gassed at one in the morning, chowing down with friends from Morocco, Iran, Bolivia, Turkey, and other places. They were always delighted. Even now when I eat there, I think of those good old days.

Char-Grill has not changed a bit over the decades. I think it's fine that they raise prices instead of lowering quality and quantity. I think the first time I ate there, a good combo was about $1.50. Now it tops out at over $7. I don't care. It's good stuff.

Image #1: Just a few days ago. I arrived early. They had just opened so there were few customers.

Char-Grill, Raleigh, NC

Image #2: Just a few days ago. Same old place it's always been. I thought of my old friends as I took the picture. The way you order is a little strange. At the bottom of the left window under the smaller red sign, there's a slot. You grab an order blank and a pencil. Fill it in and slide it in the slot. Wait for your number to be called. Nothing is cooked in advance.

Char-Grill, Raleigh, NC

Image #3: Big-azz cheeseburger. Good too! Forget the impending coronary problems. Just eat.

Char-Grill, Raleigh, NC

Image #4: Same place about 24 years ago. 1987, I think. The people are watching a gay pride march go by. You can't see the marchers because the person holding the camera was out there with them. :p 😆

Char-Grill, Raleigh, NC, 24 years ago

13 responses to “best burgers in raleigh

  1. Yummy :chef:

  2. God, I'd kill for a hamburger that fresh. *drools*

  3. wooow! That's good!

  4. Anybody who comes to this area gets taken there on me. If you're nice, you can have a large shake to go with it. 😆

  5. :eyes:

  6. this is lovely

  7. Originally posted by aamir7866:

    this is lovely

    Time to eat! 🙂

  8. I want the burger!!!!

  9. Looks yummy…with our without garlic fries? 😀

  10. Originally posted by hungryghost:

    .with our without garlic fries?

    lol. The fries must be pure, only a light dusting of salt. The drink, large Dr. Pepper. :wine:

  11. Chargrill is a great place to eat!! Try to get there a few times a month..of course i like the chicken sandwiches too….. 🙂 thanks for the pics! brings back some good ole summertime memories!!

  12. What is the street address for that burger place?

  13. Originally posted by freereader:

    What is the street address for that burger place?

    Locations and info.The one in the pic is the oldest location, I think:618 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC

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