Native Charlotteans know any place that names a burger after Ric Flair (Woooo!) is going to be good. If getting into afigure four leg lock with The Nature Boy (Woooo!) isn’t your top choice of culinary entertainment, consider taking your baby to a bar with the White Trash Burger. Either way, do it right and get any of the burgers “Ding Dong Style”: topped with crunchy peanut butter, honey-cilantro slaw and hot sriracha sauce. Pure taste bud debauchery.
The nods to Charlotte icons continue with the Pterodactyl Burger, an homage to the now razed, but well-loved by Charlotte’s underage citizens, alternative music nightclubwhich stood directly across from Pinky’s Westside Grill on Freedom Drive in the late ‘80s and ‘90s.
Owners Greg Auten, Andy Cauble and Dave Rhames are former managing chefs at The Penguin, and they’ve brought the ever popular Greg’s Pickles (nee Fried), Hushpuppies and Corn Dogs with them. They also fought to keep the Volkswagen Beetle on top of their building, which was formerly home to Triple “G” Automotive, as the remaining sign in the parking lot attests.
Choices from the menu are served up primarily by heavily inked, friendly, but way cooler than you staff. Selections from the jukebox, some of them local bands, accompany the consumption of Pimento Cheese Waffle Fries, daily specials and desserts like Cheerwine Pound Cake and specialty drinks. Framed photos of the Four Horsemen, one of whom is The Nature Boy himself (Woooo!), and NASCAR memorabilia watch over it all, reminding diners to remember their Charlotte roots.
Additional parking for Pinky’s is located across the street from the location at 1600 West Morehead Street in Charlotte. (Woooo!)