REVIEW: Zack’s Hot Dogs – Burlington

I have been hearing great stuff about Zack’s Hot Dogs in Burlington for about seven years now and was finally in the Burlington area dropping off some marketing materials with my friend, Elliot. I dropped by the downtown staple which celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2003 to grab a late lunch before heading out of town.

I walked into Zack’s right around 3 p.m. on Friday and it wasn’t too busy in there. I snagged a seat at the bar and ordered a combination dog (hot dog + cheese), a Zack’s burger, fries and a drink. All of the food was in front of me within two minutes and I began to get my grub on (pictures below).

EDITOR’S NOTE: Every thing is not this yellow…damn cloudy exposure setting…

At 3 p.m., I normally don’t expect the fries to be on point but my order came out crispy and warm. I had to add a little bit of salt but, besides that, they were fantastic especially when I added some of Zack’s secret hot sauce into the ketchup to give them a little zing.

The cheeseburger wasn’t the most beautiful thing when it came out. The cheese wasn’t melted onto the patty and the toppings were placed haphazardly so I had to reconstruct it before I ate it. However, the patty was perfect and that is truly what makes a burger and not the toppings. It wasn’t the best burger that I have ever had but for $1.70, it buts fast food burgers to shame.

The combination dog was the best part of the meal. Just like the burger, the cheese on the dog wasn’t melted but that may be part of the appeal of Zack’s for people. I got the classic Carolina hot dog (chili, slaw, mustard & onions) and definitely make my Top 5 list of hot dogs that I have had in the past few years.

The speed and price is another thing that makes Zack’s Hot Dogs stand out. I was in and out of the restaurant in about 10 minutes. The menu is about as inexpensive as you can get basically laughing in the face of national chains that mass produce their food yet still charge a ridiculous amount for the quality that they are giving their customers.

Here is a link to Zack’s Hot Dogs menu.

Zack's on Urbanspoon

I am the founding blogger of Eat It, North Carolina. I started Eat It, North Carolina because I am always looking for awesome, local restaurants in different places around North Carolina but have never been able to find one place on the Internet that lists them. I'm a recent graduate from East Carolina University & currently live in Greensboro. I like all types of food but am a sucker for Chinese and greasy spoons.
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8 Responses to REVIEW: Zack’s Hot Dogs – Burlington

  1. jimmy says:

    I use the auto white balance setting on my camera, then use picasa to adjust before publishing. It can help with those colors. Might help?

    • Charlie Brinson says:

      Thanks Jimmy…I am still rocking the Droid camera phone which takes decent shots. I accidentally clicked on the cloudy setting but have since switched and the pictures come out a little bit better…i may have to run these three shots through Picasa to see if it helps…preciate the advice!

  2. John says:

    Charlie, I had a similar experience today with Zack's. For the price that food is ridiculously good. Have you tried out their chili cheese fries? I mean, the chili was the biggest pull for me. Was wondering about your thoughts too. Also, any Burlington spots you recommend? I'm new to the Burlington area and also have a food blog going, The J&J Food Blog.

  3. Charlie Brinson says:


    I didn't get a chance to try their chili cheese fries but I have the feeling that I will be going again very soon. The chili is definitely as big of a pull as the price and I though Zack's sauce was damn tasty, too. I about bought a bottle of it.

    I have a lot of friends that are from Burlington so I will see what kind of recommendations they can give me for greasy spoons and hole-in-the-walls that you can try out but I don't know that many off hand. I am more familiar with Greensboro, High Point and Winston.

    I checked out your blog and it looks good. I about tried that J&G Barbecue place the other day but went to Zack's instead. We will definitely have to share some tips. My e-mail is if you want to get in touch with me outside of the comment section.

  4. Mick Marlier says:

    You gotta try Mike's Deli and Harrison's in Burlington. I spent four years in Alamance County at Elon University. Fat Mike makes the biggest damn sandwiches you have ever seen. And Harrison's is a Burlington institution with a delicious grilled turkey sandwich and tasty chicken pita. Also, the some of the best salsa I have found in the state is at La Fiesta. The margaritas aren't bad either.

    • Charlie Brinson says:

      Thanks Mick! My Burlington friends have said all of those places are great! I just need to give myself a reason to drive over that way!

  5. Natasha says:

    The Village Grill on Huffman Mill Road has the BEST key west grilled chicken ceasar salad!! They also have a good burger, grilled chicken pasta, and wonderful mahi & tuna entrees as their catch of the day. This is one of my favorite restaurants!

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