My daughter and her boyfriend (I'll call them A&A) invited us to the farmers market in their town of Charlotte, which is about 45 minutes from our house. Nick was not feeling well enough to get going that early in the morning so we suggest that we all could just meet for lunch.

The two agreed. So after several minutes of trying to decide where to eat, A&A mentioned a little place in Charlotte called Pinky's Westside Grill. I remember Pinky's from when I was a little kid. It used to be an automotive garage. I distinctly remember this place because it always had a Volkswagon bug on the roof. We would pass this place when the family would go eat at the Gondola Italian Restaurant. It was always a big deal to us. When we would see the car on the roof, we knew we were almost at the restaurant.

Well now that garage has been transformed into a grill with a wonderful selection of just about any kind of grill foods you would want. I really wanted the fried pickles but I opted for the "Pinky Dog".

The pinky dog was a Nathan's hot dog on a french bun loaded with chili and Pinky's famous spicy pimento cheese.

Nick had the Bologna and I cant remember what A&A had but both looked delicious and I saw cream cheese on that dog! oh my! 

Incase your wondering, Yes, it still has the Volkswagon on the top of the building. It even has the original sign at the road but due to traffic, I was not able to get a shot of it.

This would be a place we would go back to. It was an easy drive there and had fast friendly service. There was a covered seating area outside that we enjoyed too. We love to go any place with outdoor dining.

I give Pinky's WestSide Grill an A plus.


  1. What a fun place to visit, Lisa. I love those little places that have some type of memory attached to them. We have one 'bar' here that has a motorcycle on the roof. It has burned (gutted) but the part of the building that holds it the motorcycle on the room is intact. I honestly don't think they are going to rebuild--it is kind of sad to go past and see the bike there. xo Diana

  2. That's cool how the automotive garage is now a grill! It sounds like you had a nice time!

  3. What a fun place for lunch, Lisa. I love the VW bug on top of the building. Easy to find . Your lunches looked very tasty. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

  4. Sounds like a great place for lunch. Fun to see the VW on top of the roof. : )

  5. Easy to find with the VW on the roof!!

  6. I believe the Gondola was the first place I ate a Pizza in 1955. I remember Pinky's GArage, but it has been a very long time since we went past the Old BBQ King. Musta been converted since we traveled that way!
    Love the pictures. I will have to try the dog with chili and pimento..
    From just west of the Catawba, Sherry & jack

    1. The BBQ King is still there but on the other side of the road.

  7. Yum. Email me one of those chili dogs.

  8. I've never been there, but I'm rarely in Charlotte.

  9. It must be close to dinner, because my mouth is watering. (surely has nothing to do with those snacks)...ohhhhh that pinky's

  10. What a cool eatery, I’d take that Pinky’s dog any day!