Welcome to the Penguin Drive-In

Flippin' Burgers and STILL Kickin' A** Since 1954

The Penguin Drive-In is a landmark restaurant in the heart of Charlotte’s Plaza-Midwood neighborhood. Family owned since 1954, The Penguin has been one of America’s most legendary Drive-In Restaurants. Many patrons of The Penguin Drive-In who were raised on our home-style cooking now share it with their own children, and have become part of our extended family of regular customers that enjoy traditional American classics at reasonable prices. Founded by Charlotte N.C. native Jim Ballantine, a World War II veteran and member of the U.S. Army’s renowned 101st Airborne Division, The Penguin Drive-In has become a friendly gathering place for generations of patrons from all walks of life. We welcome you to experience our wide selection of burgers, sandwiches, hot dogs, salads and of course, our famous Penguin Fried Pickles™! Come see why The Penguin Drive-In™, has received rave reviews by hundreds of food critics, and has been featured on such programs as The Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” and The Traveler’s Channel’s “Man vs Food”. We look forward to serving you!