The special at this Gastonia institution is the slaw burger, a sandwich filled with slaw. But what slaw! A juicy mayonnaise-based combination with tomatoes and secret spices that somehow make it wonderful. The barbecue-and-slaw combo is also a treat. Robert O. Black started this restaurant in 1946. His son, Lloyd, still owns and runs the place with the help of Mark Hoffman, Lloyd’s nephew. Either of them can tell you about Gastonia history if you go inside and talk to them. But if you miss the old-time experience of the drive-in, just wait outside, and let the carhops come to you.
Hrs: Mon.-Sat., 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
Take Exit 17 (Gastonia, U.S. Hwy. 321 South). Head south on U.S. Hwy. 321 (North Chester St.) and go 1 mile to Airline Ave. Turn R and go 1 mile. (Airline becomes West Gaston Ave.)
If you are traveling back and forth to South Carolina, Mountain View is a good place to say “hello” or “goodbye” to small town North Carolina. In the winter, you can get a good view of the mountain, King’s Mountain, where the patriots won an important battle in the American Revolution. Although Mountain View has not been in business for many years, the owner, Nick Mantis, former head cook at the Athens Restaurant in Charlotte, and his daughter, Georgia, who is the manager, have earned a loyal local cliental for their country cooking, lunch specials, and tasty Greek dishes.
Hrs: Mon.-Sat., 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Northbound: Take Exit 8 and follow NC Hwy 161 toward King Mountain for 1.5 miles. Turn L at E. King St and go .5 miles.
Southbound: Take Exit 10B and follow U.S. Hwy 74 W for 1.5 miles. Exit on to E. King St./ U.S. Hwy 74-Bus W and follow E. King St for 1.5 miles.
Interstate Eateries is published by Our State magazine.