pinky’s westside grill (wesley heights)
rating: * * *
1600 west morehead street
charlotte, nc 28208
~ by lara fleming, guest blogger
my dad is in town this week, and we were able to go out for lunch together one day. i told him about a new place called pinky’s that i recently heard about.
it’s totally up his alley (and mine) because we both love burger dives. located at the corner of freedom and morehead, it’s not in the best part of town, so i probably wouldn’t go there after dark, but i felt totally fine going there for lunch. we saw all sorts of characters – business people out for lunch, moms and their kids, and lots of funky tattooed folks who work there. i love places that attract an eclectic bunch, so to me, this was a sign that the food would be good, and was it ever.
my dad got the ding dong style burger, and i got the maddy patty melt. we shared a basket of fried pickles. the ding dong style burger was crazy but delicious, according to my dad. it’s a burger with crunchy peanut butter, honey-cilantro slaw and hot sriracha sauce. he loved the flavor explosion, and said he would order it again. my maddy patty melt was equally good. it’s a five ounce burger with grilled onions, 1000 island dressing, swiss and american cheese hot pressed between two slices of texas toast. it almost tasted like a burger covered in pimento cheese, with a little bit of a kick. i would definitely order it again . . . although, i have to admit, the white trash burger caught my eye, and i don’t think i’ll be able to pass it up next time. it’s a five ounce burger with provolone, fried pickles, onion rings and spicy ranch sauce. how good does that sound?
our basket of fried pickles was the best i’ve ever had. they were thinly sliced and lightly fried (is that an oxymoron?), and the ranch dipping sauce was perfect – not too thick, so it didn’t overwhelm the flavor of the pickles, but complimented them perfectly.
the portions were not huge, which usually annoys me, but, in this case, the portion was perfect for a lunchtime burger. i didn’t leave feeling stuffed, and i was pleasantly full.
our burgers were between $4-$5 each, and the pickles were about $4, so it’s a total “cheap eats” place. the service was great even though the place was packed – friendly, fast, and attentive. i can’t wait to go back. i might have to convince my family to join me there this weekend because i can’t stop thinking about that white trash burger. it’s calling my name.