Another one of those iconic places that folks will either love or hate - neutral is not an option here. This is a tiny hole-in-the-wall in downtown Mt Airy, which was retro before retro was cool, to mis-coin a phrase. This place caught marketing lightening in a bottle because of mention on the Andy Griffith Show & the now famous pork chop sandwich. Many of the locals hate the fame because it is often filled with tourist now, especially on Saturdays.
Like many iconic restaurant items the anticipation is better than the participation - it's the experience that will be remembered most. The Pork Chop sandwich is large, it if fried (you can watch them sizzling from the street), and if you get it loaded, it is a two-handed stomach bomb. I ordered my first that way, but now I just get it with mayo, lettuce, salt & pepper. This is not the best pork chop sandwich I've had, that honor would go to the one served at Wee Willie's Wee-nee Wagon in Brunswick, GA, at least while Willie was stile alive.
The burger here is not bad, but if you come here, it has to be for the pork chop sandwich, if only to say you did. There is also an Aunt Bea's BBQ here - avoid the BBQ, stick with the country cooking items, and there is a Goober's - avoid all together.
After eating here for over fifty years, I sorry to say that the food has gone down hill since Charles has left. The hamburgers has no taste,and the chili was so sweet it would gag you. There wasn't enough mustard or onions on it to even taste.I'm sorry to see an old establishment like this
go downhill because someone doesn't care. I don't think the porkchop
sandwich would be world famous now. This is very unfortunate.
A step back in time, and the most abundant and tasty meals at remarkably low prices. I go there every year for my birthday and get a grilled in front of you - pork chop sandwich that you can barely hold together (fork available if you request it!) with a glass of sweetened ice tea. NOTHING BETTER! There open weekdays and Saturday 6AM till shortly after 1. Service is fast and great - you may have to wait in line a short while, but never pass by Mt. Airy without enjoying this great little food stop!