618 E Market St, Smithfield, NC | Directions 2757735.508762 -78.340960
I had to be in Smithfield for jury duty and needed to pick up a late lunch. Given a choice between a local place and a chain - I will go with a local joint. I had seen good reviews of Zack's and when I saw the sign - I had to check it out.
Walk in - greeted and welcomed. First thing I noticed was how the owner went back and forth between cooking and his customers. The atmosphere was laid back and comfortable. Even though it seemed like he was having ongoing conversations with the regulars - at no time did I feel excluded or forgotten. I lingered after I was finished and watched him make a point of speaking with anyone and everyone and make an effort to connect with people. Even though I had never been in Zack's before - I could see this becoming a goto spot if was in town.
The place says Char-grill so I went with the bacon cheeseburger. When done, he offered me multiple options but I went with an old favorite - chili, slaw, pickles. First bite and I was transported back home to a favorite drive-in. This isn't some overblown foofoo fancy sandwich - it's a down to earth, good tasting, solid beef burger with crunchy bacon (yeah - exactly what I ordered). Fries were crispy and HOT - no stale, soggy potatoes here (a pet peeve of mine). Being full, I turned down the apple turnover and ice cream but you can bet I'll be back. Next time - chicken salad or BLT. I highly recommend anyone stopping in!
Great food! Old fashion charm! – Great burgers and fries. Really enjoy the old fashion style. And they help the local community by recycling the used cooking oil to make local fuel!
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