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The Cook Shack

Union Grove


The Cook Shack
1895 West Memorial Dr. (N.C. Hwy. 901)
Union Grove , NC
(704) 539-4353
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On Saturday mornings at The Cook Shack, owners Myles and Pal Ireland host a jam session with dozens of fiddlers, banjo, and guitar pickers. It’s a gathering that has been called “the oldest continuous bluegrass jam session in the world.”
If you can’t make the jam sessions on Saturdays, though, try out the great cheeseburgers through late lunchtime any day of the week. Pal cooks a great breakfast, and on cool days she’ll serve warm soup or plates of pintos and cornbread. Since Myles and Pal have a small grocery store at The Cook Shack, you can find local folks to keep you company at almost any hour of the day. And music lovers will enjoy browsing the store’s walls and shelves crowded with bluegrass and country music memorabilia.

Hrs: Mon.–Fri., 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.-4 p.m.


From I-77
Take Exit 65 (N.C. Hwy. 901-Union Grove). Follow N.C. Hwy. 901 for 1.5 miles toward Union Grove. The Cook Shack is on the left just past the Fiddlers Grove campground and the fire station.


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Interstate Eateries is published by Our State magazine.