We visited the regional Southern chain that loyal fans say is better than In-N-Out and Shake Shack - here's what it's like

Cook Out 17

Hollis Johnson

It's a lot of food for less than $15.

New Yorkers love Shake Shack. The West Coast swears by In-N-Out.

But North Carolinians say that there's one burger chain that trumps them all.

Cook Out is a North Carolina-based fast-food chain serving up burgers, barbecue, and milkshakes, and it's renowned in the South for its low prices and high quality. Advertisement

But if you don't live in one of the 10 states the chain calls home, you might have never heard of this cult restaurant and its fervent following.

So, we went to Richmond, Virginia, to sample the much-hyped chain and see how it measured up to the coastal titans of the burger business.