When people think of great food they picture a nice sit-down restaurant; sometimes, though, wonderful food can be served without the waiter or even the table.
Wander into any of these three hole-in-the-wall spots and you'll be served some of the best burgers, sandwiches, barbecue and more, but it's up to you to find a place to eat it.
Chicken King (2301 The Plaza) is hard to miss at The Plaza and Parkwood.
Inside, though, it's little more than a counter at which to place your order and a few chairs to wait while it's being made.
With a menu featuring everything from burgers and hot dogs to fried fish and pork chops, I opted for the Steak Philly, topped with grilled onions, lettuce, tomato, mayo and oil and vinegar.
This sandwich is well worth the less-than-perfect dining spot, a stone bench outside of the restaurant.
Not far from Chicken King is another tiny order-and-leave spot called simply The Sandwich Shop (1235 E. 34th St.).
The limited menu includes burgers, hot dogs and other sandwiches, but the highlight is the ribeye steak sandwich, a 5-ounce ribeye steak grilled and served on a sub roll.
Right off Interstate 85 you can find Bodrick's Bar-B-Q (3701 Statesville Ave.).
Inside the green and white building are two windows: one for ordering your food, and the other for picking it up.
The barbecue is the reason to seek this place out; served with fries and a drink, the barbecue sandwich was under $7.
The mac and cheese is also delicious.
Larken Egleston has a Culinary Arts degree from Johnson & Wales. E-mail email@example.com.
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