Maybe this is extremely wishful thinking, but I don't care.

I'd be remiss if I said any of this without acknowledging the fact that we have a ton of amazing restaurants and eateries in New Jersey. Whether it's a fancy Jersey Shore restaurant, or a cheesesteak joint around the corner.  We pretty much have everything you can think of - especially when it comes to fast food.

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But even given the wide and wonderful array of fast, fried, greasy, meaty, excellence we have to enjoy from fast food spots here in New Jersey, there's still one place I wish we had.

When I was in college, I lived in Charlotte, North Carolina for two years. I have to be honest when I say that most of the things I experienced there is now a bit of a blur (I was a freshman/sophomore in college). But there's one thing in my mind that I can't seem to forget, even 11 years later.

Cook Out

Never heard of Cook Out? Neither had I. I had gone out with a guy native to North Carolina one night, and he was appalled that I'd never seen or heard of a Cook Out. I guess he'd already forgotten I was from New Jersey. Needless to say, he whisked us off to the nearest Cook Out post haste. I can't remember his face, but man do I remember that food! It was the perfect late-night food!

Cook Out is a North-Carolina based fast food joint known for food that literally reminds you of a cookout. A casual, but real one! Their menu includes BBQ sandwiches and trays complete with slaw, fries and hush puppies, char-grilled BBQ chicken breast sandwiches and strips, corndogs, french fries, hot dogs, quesadillas, BLT sandwiches, and over 30 milkshake flavors! But their famous for their homemade char-grilled hamburgers!

And one of the best parts is the affordability! You get a lot of food for not a lot of money!

They have over 300 locations across 11 states... but none in New Jersey. The closest one to us in in Maryland.

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Do we need another fast food chain specializing in burgers in New Jersey? Probably not. But a girl can dream. It was SO good!

Have you ever been to a Cook Out before? Let me know if you agree with me or not in the comments!

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