Yearning for summer eats during these winter blues? Check out Kennesaw’s Cook-Out

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Sophia Mackey

Cook-Out’s tasty fries act as the perfect side for their mouthwatering sandwiches and creamy milkshakes.

Sophia Mackey, Reporter, Artist

The classic American meal consists of a burger, fries, and a milkshake. When Americans order this, we expect that special backyard summer barbeque flavor and experience. Too often, fast-food restaurants let us down and hand us some lame slab of meat on bread with cold fries and melted ice cream.

Fear no longer, fellow Americans. Cook-Out arrived in Kennesaw to take us from the drive-thru to the neighborhood grill for a true hamburger, crispy fries, and a “fancy milkshake.”

Cook-Out serves crispy french fries and delicious burgers with various toppings, such as usual condiments, grilled onions, cajun seasoning, bacon, chili, and/or slaw.

Sophia Mackey
Cook-Out serves crispy french fries and delicious burgers with various toppings, such as usual condiments, grilled onions, cajun seasoning, bacon, chili, and/or slaw.

Established in 1989, Cook-Out only exists in the Eastern areas of the United States, making the restaurant that much more special. Thankfully, this means Cook-Outs can be found around Georgia in cities like Atlanta, Athens, and now Kennesaw.

Cook-Out also offers other quintessential American meals like chicken sandwiches (both grilled and fried), chicken tenders, pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs, corn dogs, and more. These options include usual sides like fries, hushpuppies, and/or onion rings. As for the drinks, Cook-Out serves tea and fountain drinks, including one rare soda called Cheerwine. Cheerwine tastes similar to Dr.Pepper or Mr.Pibb, but carries an accentuated cherry flavor.

Along with their various meal choices, Cook-Out also serves an ample selection of flavors for milkshakes. They offer the usual vanilla, strawberry, chocolate, and candy shakes, but also serve not-so-classic flavors like peanut butter banana, blueberry cheesecake, cherry cobbler, and even Hi-C Punch.

How can a place this spectacular exist, right? The magnificence does not end at mere taste alone. Their cheap, customer-friendly prices make Cook-Out that much more majestic.

After stopping by for dinner, I ordered a small burger with cheese, ketchup, and lettuce; a regular burger with cheese, ketchup, and lettuce; an order of regular sized fries; a Cheerwine float; and a large drink all for $10.12.

Relax. I did not eat all this by myself. However, I easily could have and desperately wanted to. Cook-Out will make customers forget their human-sized stomachs and tempt them to eat the whole building.

Senior Jordan Grubb devours her small cheeseburger with ketchup and lettuce. “It literally tastes like I went to someone’s house in the summertime and they cooked me a meal on their back porch,” says Grubb.

Sophia Mackey
Senior Jordan Grubb devours her small cheeseburger with ketchup and lettuce. “It literally tastes like I went to someone’s house in the summertime and they cooked me a meal on their back porch,” says Grubb.

With its low prices, one-of-a-kind flavor, and magical milkshake menu, Cook-Out might blow the normal big-name fast-food chains out of the water (or grease). For those passionate about that good ol’ American meal, Cook-Out could even become a new go-to spot. Drop everything and sprint to the nearest Cook-Out.

The Chant’s grade: A+

For more information (locations, menu, nutrition facts, etc) on Cook-Out, check out their site here.

Cook-Out’s burgers taste so incredible that they will disappear from the foil and into customers’ stomachs within minutes.

Sophia Mackey
Cook-Out’s burgers taste so incredible that they will disappear from the foil and into customers’ stomachs within minutes.