You can’t call yourself a Charlotte burger lover if you haven’t crushed this double patty, old-school cheeseburger at Zack’s Hamburgers

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I’ve driven past this iconic Zack’s Hamburgers sign hundreds of times without a clue about how good their old-school cheeseburger tastes.

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Located on the corner of South Blvd and Scaleybark

Zack’s Hamburgers is family owned and feels like it’s stuck in time – 1975 to be exact (when it opened).

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Zack’s is popping Monday through Friday during lunch and dinner, open 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Shockingly, it’s closed on Saturday and Sunday.

I review the simple menu.

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You gotta respect a place with a Hamburger Steak ($6.85) on the menu.

And order a Zack’s Special ($5.95) — two 100% ground beef patties with double American cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions, mayonnaise and special sauce on a toasted bun, served with French fries.

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Special sauce? Yes please.

I sat on one of the dozen or so red diner stools as I waited for them to call my number on the speaker system.

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I visited Zack’s at 4:30 p.m. and there was about 20 people there. Wait time was about 5 minutes for my meal.

The decor highlights awards that Zack’s Hamburgers has won through the years, along with a giant Elvis poster and this delightful map of Charlotte.

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Our skyline has changed

“Do you want ketchup?” the nice lady asks me. I said, “Yes, please” and take my Zack’s Special to one of the handful of booths on the right side of the restaurant.

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Plated, old school style

Zack’s is not the type of place for food Instagram shots, so other customers looked at me like I was insane as I photographed my burger.

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Zack’s fries taste like the good version of McDonald’s fries.

The Zack’s Special Burger = outstanding. I’m ranking it #3 in Charlotte. Behind Bang Bang Burgers (#1) and Brook’s Sandwich House (#2).

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Bun was fresh, burger cooked perfectly and the toppings didn’t over power the taste.

Oh, and if you need more evidence that Zack’s is old-school, you won’t find the restrooms inside – they’re out back.

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Happy burger eating!

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