Pike's Old Fashioned Soda Shop
I was so excited to eat here, a friend had insisted I come try the bread pudding. After several minutes of indecisiveness I decided to try something out of my norm and ordered a tuna melt. It was okay, it wasn't bad but they put a lot of produce in the salad that I don't particularly care for. But as I sit eating the sandwich I didn't really like another family sat next to me. The same server that was taking care of me very excitedly exclaims to them "oh I love newbies, let me show you some things on the menu. People come from all over for this item". Um, excuse me I'm a newbie too and maybe if I had received that type of attention perhaps I would have actually ordered something I would enjoy. As he ran by the server asked if I wanted my check and I had to stop him to ask for the bread pudding. It was pretty good. But, I think I had a sour taste in my mouth by that point.
Got there late to meet friends on a Sunday. They were already eating from buffet brunch. I wanted to order from menu. Other than a little slowness from waiter in beginning. Service was good. Chicken and waffles were great. Chicken was crispy, seasoned good. Would've been perfect with just a few taps of some lemon pepper but otherwise great chicken and the waffle was light and fluffy. Syrup not to sweet. Will definitely check them out again
I've grown up coming to Pikes and it has always been one of my favorite places in the city. It's perfect for a casual meal with friends or a laid back date night dinner. The food is always fresh, tasty, reasonably priced, and the menu features a good mix of classic old school home cooking, mouthwatering burgers and sandwiches, and creative twists on old classics; personal favorite being the honey pecan fried chicken The milkshakes and black cows (or anything from the dessert case or list of ice cream creations for that matter) have me driving from pineville every chance I get, even just to get one to go. The staff always treat you like family and the whole experience has always been amazing for the 25 years I've been coming here. Sadly Pikes has announced that they are closing but hopefully planning to reopen elsewhere. I for one will be waiting anxiously to see what happens and hoping for the best for the incredible team behind what I consider to be a classic Charlotte icon.
Love this Charlotte staple. Come on Charlotte. Get out and support the good ol' places that are still offering good food and ice cream. It was a shame to see such a huge line at Jennie's and no wait at Pikes. Group think and something "new" takes business from a great spot. Next time your in the area visit the place with character and history and great shakes and sundaes!
Milton Irizarry Jr
Classic Charlotte place. Service was great, our server was really friendly and helpful. Got the salad with friend chicken tenders on it. Really good. Everyone liked the dishes they ordered. Food is a cut above a diner. Definitely a pace to bring people visiting. I recommend.