Coleman’s Drive-In is like a hidden gem. The 1950s-style drive-in is located in the northeastern portion of Tabor City, not near any of the downtown businesses and restaurants. This delightful drive-in made of cinder blocks does not look like much from the outside, but what is inside is what matters. For my husband and me, the double cheeseburgers that awaited us was our top priority.
When we entered Coleman’s, we were immediately greeted by very cheerful people behind the counter. The menu is pretty basic, but what Coleman’s offers will delight your tongue. We ended up getting the double cheeseburgers – “all the way” and onion rings. “All the way” in eastern North Carolina means that chili is added to the hamburger. It really enhanced the thick, juicy hamburger with cheese. Our onion rings were greasy (aren’t they all?), but it appears that Coleman’s makes their onion rings as the breading was not over-the-top like many restaurants.
After finding a table, our food was brought to us with a smile. We were surprised how quickly our order came to the table. Our cheeseburgers were so good that they we devoured them. Maybe my husband was really hungry, but he ended up ordering another double cheeseburger! A little more time was spent with the onion rings that one Columbus County resident told us were a decadence to have.
If we are ever in Tabor City again, we will definitely stop by Coleman’s. The food is great, the service is wonderful, and the prices are dirt-cheap. We think that says it all!