I immediately ask for a minute to look it over, seconds fly by and the best I can do is blankly stare at all that food. And all of that food being suspiciously cheap. At risk of blowing my cover as a pseudo-Southerner I went ahead and ordered a Double Burger Tray with fries, a corn dog and a large sweet tea for $3.99 + tax. During the trek from speaker to window I reviewed my order in my head... do I trust a meal of 4 items, two of which deep fried and consisting of 2+ varieties of processed meat? Not for under $5.
Too late for cold feet, the folks at Cookout have combated chickening out by installing high curbs on either side of the lane. Behind me was a beauty school dropout in a well used Chevy Beretta, in front is a retired couple in a Buick, and approaching from the left is the window from which a miracle in value will be served.
The food kinda blew, no surprise there. Forgettable burger, extremely well cooked corn dog, gross fries and a delicious tea. With money being too tight for Cookout to build a dining room I parked near the window for walk up orders. As I dined in thrift a customer complained to the window about finding bone chunks in the BBQ. "Now that doesn't surprise me at all" replies the cashier, two points for honesty... I may give the milk shakes a try later. With a lay off in my future and a recession in full effect I'm unable to look past value like this. A visit to this Cookout makes me homesick for my own grilling.