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Central Cafe

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132 S Church St, Rocky Mount, NC 27804-5701
+1 252-446-8568
07:00 - 16:00
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Mon - Fri 07:00 - 20:00
Sat 07:00 - 16:00
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United States
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

There is an on-going argument about which is better, the Central hotdog or the Central cheeseburger. My vote is for the hotdog. Go for the dog with mustard, chili, and slaw. The to-go dogs are even better. Something about riding the dogs around in your car while they saute' in that paper bag makes them even better. Man, now I'm... More 

Thank Barbara B
Rocky Mount, North Carolina
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

I have been eating here since I was a child. Don't expect fancy but the burgers are simple and delicious! Hand patted and dressed however you choose. Hot dogs are equally yummy. You might hafta wait in line or you might get invited to sit with some folks that have room at their table. I am convinced that the Coca... More 

Thank Jamanda1
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3 reviews
Reviewed 24 September 2016

This quaint little cafe located in downtown Rocky Mount is awesome!!!!!!! I love, love, love the burgers and fries!!!

Thank trevorv45
Rocky Mount, North Carolina
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158 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2016

This is one of those Cafe's that all of us locals know about and visit often. Best Cheeseburger's and hot dogs period! But this visit, WHAT HAPPENED? Hamburger bun's were cold as if they just came out of the wrapper. And their slaw is second to none but this trip the cabbage was in huge chunks and dry. To be... More 

Thank mrschaplaincoley
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 13 August 2016

I love eating their hot dogs and cheeseburgers that is what they do best. Now that I'm not working it seems that I just don't think about driving downtown to eat.

Thank Julia F
Rocky Mount, North Carolina
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228 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2016

Greasy burgers that remind you that the pre-formed, frozen patties served at fast-food restaurants weren't always the norm. You can order at the counter if you want your food to go, or take a seat at any open table if you want to eat in, and a waitress will make her way to your table. It's a laid-back sort of... More 

Thank travelmakesUrich
Nashville, North Carolina
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79 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 2016

My family has eaten here for years and it is a favorite. Delicious burgers and fries are our favorites. Tea or sodas, hotdogs and some breakfast items too. Always served on little pieces of waxed paper so no dishes to wash or waste. Good food and always busy. Go and enjoy! :)

Thank tlstanley99
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 6 June 2016

So your asking yourself "what is this place seemingly so off the beaten path?" If you know someone in Rocky Mount, chances are they grew up eating hotdogs on a Saturday at Central. This is a genuine, no-frills, down-home soda-counter burger joint, where you with worth-your-while wait for a table on the weekend. But what no one tells you upon... More 

Thank Anna B
Nashville, North Carolina
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 May 2016

Central Cafe is an old fashion hot dog/hamburger joint that has been around for years. Steamed buns that melt in your mouth for the best hot dog you've ever eaten! It's all about the chili and they only have red wieners. Best sweet tea in the South! Don't be put off by the building; it's old, but that is part... More 

Thank vgoode88
Nashville, North Carolina
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79 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 April 2016

Great burgers in an old-timey setting. Loved that they don't waste plates but serve their food on little pieces of wax paper. 😃

Thank tlstanley99

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 10
American, Cafe, Fast food
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 132 S Church St, Rocky Mount, NC 27804-5701
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Rocky Mount
  • Phone Number: +1 252-446-8568

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?