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American classic


Sometimes when I am out and about and the only choice is to eat what the natives eat or go hungry, I eat what the natives eat. One of the few reliable items on any country menu will be the hamburger. This is because it’s food they understand, and they have to make it fresh.

This classic American burger is at Jim’s Grill near Yadkinville, North Carolina. Jim’s Grill has been around for decades. In the 1950s, it was a hot spot, with curb service, a jukebox, burgers, shakes, and teen-agers. Now it’s a place where old people go for lunch. Many of those old people, no doubt, went there as teen-agers in the 1950s.


  1. Jo wrote:

    I married into a family from Boonville NC and feel sure this is the grill on Highway 601, between Yadkinville & Boonville. It has been there a long time & the burger looks as good as ever. It survived because of the good food, as all the through traffic (truckers, tourists, etc.) moved to Interstate 77 when it was built.
    My mother-in-law had to become accustomed to the silence at night when there was no longer traffic on 601 after dark since Boonville & Yadkinville “rolled up their sidewalks.”

    Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 10:50 pm | Permalink
  2. daltoni wrote:

    That’s right, Jo. It’s the Jim’s Grill on U.S. 601 between Yadkinville and Boonvile.

    Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 10:59 pm | Permalink
  3. James M. Johnson III wrote:

    One thing to note: one of the very few foods that is almost always better out of a freezer bag os French fries. One can make really good fries from scratch, obviously, but it’s a royal pain to do so. It’s SO much easier to dump them into the fryer straight from the freezer bag, and they’re often quite good.

    Friday, May 16, 2014 at 7:28 am | Permalink

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