10: HAVE FRIES WITH THAT

CARL DANBURY, JR.

Previously unbeknownst to us, Cook Out has been around a lot longer than Points North Atlanta, and while we have steered away from mentioning most fast-food options, we can no longer resist.

It was a mere 15 days since Cook Out was opened on Haynes Bridge Road and the familiar lunchtime refrain of “What’ll ya have?” at The Varsity next door was as silent as one of Keats’ consecrated urns.

The new kid in town opened in late March, as the expanding network of this burger, barbecue, hot dog, chicken and shake chain, which was founded in the late ’80s in Greensboro, N.C., has taken Atlanta — and elsewhere — by storm.

The allure includes fresh, never frozen chargrilled hamburgers and 40 varieties of hand-spun milkshakes served with a side of expeditiousness. Salads? Nope.

Calorie-, carb- and cholesterol-counters beware, as the “healthiest” and only gluten-free items you might find are the chopped Lexington-style barbecue, grilled chicken or hamburger … hold the bun. cookout.com