As Christmas approached, Mebanites and guests passing through town along I-40/I-85 saw a new treat at the intersection of Mebane Oaks and Brundage Roads.
Cook Out has opened its new location at 1255 Mebane Oaks Road. And throughout the weekend before Christmas, long lines were seen both in the drive-thru line and inside the walk-in eatery, as locals and travelers became the first folks to enjoy this new local restaurant known for its char-grilled burgers, milkshakes, and other favorites.
Just off the freeway, across the street on the Brundage Road side from Starbucks, and across the street on the Mebane Oaks side from Sheetz and Wendy’s, the new Cook Out sits in an ideal location to catch travelers as well as local residents.
Unlike many Cook Out locations throughout the Triangle, which offer only a drive-thru option, Mebane’s new Cook Out offers eat-in dining, with numerous tables lined up alongside large plate glass windows that look out at the busy freeway corridor.
It took several years for this particular restaurant to come to pass, as the site first required the removal of a small house that had sat vacant on the property for several years. The Mebane City Council annexed the land for Cook Out’s usage into the city limits back in 2016. The site was finally cleared back in July, and the construction process took approximately four to five months.
The menu offers a wide range of options, including regular-size burgers, 1/4 pound burgers, and its signature “Big Double Burger.” Guests can get their burgers prepared to order or in numerous styles, including Cook Out Style (chili, slaw, mustard, onion), Cheddar Style (cheddar cheese, bacon, grilled onions, and mayo), Out West Style (BBQ sauce, bacon, mayo, pickles, and onion), and Steak Style (A1 Sauce, grilled onions, lettuce, tomato, and mayo).
Entrees also include hot dogs, barbecue, quesadillas, varieties of chicken and chicken sandwiches including regular, cajun, BBQ grilled, and spicy, and chicken strips. Chicken sandwiches can be prepared Original Style, Barbecue Style, Cajun Style, and Club Style.
Cook Outs are famous for offering two sides in its combo meals, offering onion rings, french fries, hushpuppies, slaw, chili, bacon wraps, chicken nuggets, corn dogs, quesadillas, and chicken wraps alongside their sandwiches. For those not seeking a combo meal with a sandwich, they can purchase side items as part of Cook Out’s value menu.
Cook Outs are also famous for their milkshakes. The new location in Mebane offers as many as 40 different flavors of fresh creamery milkshakes, including seasonal flavors such as watermelon in the summertime.
According to the company’s website, cookout.com, the business opened its first location along Randleman Road in Greensboro back in 1989. In 1996, Cook Out opened its first dine-in location in High Point. The company experienced solid growth throughout the 1990s and into the 21st century, and by 2008 had 50 Cook Out locations around the state of North Carolina.
In 2010, Cook Out branched into South Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee with new locations in Henrico, Spartanburg and Johnson City. By 2013, Cook Out was in Statesboro, Georgia, and Richmond, Kentucky, and in 2014 set up shop in Salisbury, Maryland and Huntington, West Virginia. In 2016, Cook Out moved into Oxford and Starkville, Mississippi, and Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The company currently has between 150 and 200 restaurants throughout the Southeast, offering varying drive-thru and eat-in options.
The company’s motto is “Always Fresh, Never Frozen,” and prides itself on the fact that all of its meat is ground and molded into patties every single day, loaded on a truck daily, and delivered to each individual store location daily.