Brake for Burgers: Eat and Explore During Cabarrus Burger Madness

March 11, 2021

These road trip-worthy burgers and experiences will keep you coming back for more!

Hungry for something new? In Cabarrus County, good eats always come with a side of fun! For a limited time, 12 local restaurants are offering brand new burger creations that pair well with everything Concord, Harrisburg, Kannapolis, Midland and Mt. Pleasant, North Carolina have to offer.

Here are just a few ideas for things to see and do alongside each restaurant participating in Cabarrus Burger Madness. Fasten your seatbelt—this is one tasty road trip!

Heading to Harrisburg for Vortex Bottle Shop’s burger? Before trying The New Tradition, enjoy the outdoors at Frank Liske Park! Then, relax with a local brew. Vortex offers an amazing drink selection, and neighboring breweries Pharr Mill and Percent Tap House make it a great area for local beer enthusiasts.

If you’re a barbecue aficionado and enjoy making your own at home, try the Pimento Cheeseburger from The Smoke Pit! Before you go, stop at Lodge Cast Iron Factory Store for awesome cooking equipment and accessories. Afterwards, pick up prime ingredients at The Stock Market next door.

Making a pit stop at Punchy’s Diner for the Homerun Burger? Indulge in this donut delight, then head out to discover more of The Dale Trail. This self-guided tour honors the NASCAR legend with stops such as Charlotte Motor Speedway and Dale Earnhardt Tribute Plaza in his hometown of Kannapolis.

Try the Big Bad Mad Burger from Parkway House Family Restaurant then hop from one local favorite to another for the Fast Pass Tour at Charlotte Motor Speedway! Visiting Parkway House’s Union Street location? Be sure to swing by local boutique, Sweetest Beginnings for some specialty shopping.

Visiting to enjoy the Candied G.O.A.T. Burger from Johnny Roger’s BBQ & Burgers? Make it a family affair with food and fun your entire crew will love! Spend the day shopping at Concord Mills and discovering SEA LIFE Aquarium, then extend your getaway with an overnight stay at Great Wolf Lodge.

Fuel up on queso covered goodness with the Jalapeno Jack Burger from Jackie Boy’s Grill & Tap! Then, accelerate the adventure at classic car museums. Must-see stops include the Mustang Owner’s Museum, Morrison Motorcar Museum, and the Curb Museum for Music & Motorsports.

Swing over to Hot Box Next Level Kitchen for The Southern Charm burger and stick around to sip craft brews from Southern Strain. Then, get your game on and solve some puzzles at places like Escape Artist, Buzz City Games, and the Basement Arcade Bar—all located in Downtown Concord.

For more local flavor in Downtown Concord, order the Cuban Fritta Burger and other classic Cuban dishes from Havana Carolina! Then, stay a while to explore Union Street. Enjoy a drink at Red Hill Brewing Company and take home decadent desserts and fine chocolates from Chocolatier Barrucand.

When visiting Chophouse 101 to sample the Cowboys BBQ Burger, be sure to leave plenty of time to experience Downtown Kannapolis! Play at the ballpark, shop spring arrivals at local boutiques, sip coffee or craft beer, enjoy a leisurely stroll and pay a visit to the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame.

Head to Gibson Mill for the Getting’ Figgy With It burger and local beer from Cabarrus Brewing Company! This community gathering hub is full of adventure with antique shopping at The Depot, awe-inspiring rides at AutoBarn, more local brews from High Branch and thrills at Valcarol Escape Room!

Enjoy The Local One burger at 73 & Main and explore! Downtown Mt. Pleasant offers independent shops and more spots to sample local food and drink like Café Lentz, The Bakery at Mount Pleasant and Southern Grace—a distillery in a former prison offering tours and tastings of award-winning bourbon.

After lunch featuring the Jazzed Burger at 2 Gals Kitchen, take in the surroundings and be inspired by Downtown Concord! Make your own jewelry, find one-of-a-kind gifts and handmade goods at local boutiques, and snap photos of landmarks like the Cabarrus County Courthouse and Coca-Cola murals.

Trying all 12 burgers in one trip would be quite the challenge! But don’t worry—Cabarrus Burger Madness will be around for the rest of the month so there’s time to return. Don’t forget to vote!

Browse the digital Cabarrus County, NC Destination Discovery Guide for even more inspiration to plan an adventure during Cabarrus Burger Madness and beyond!  

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