A Destination

The Charlie Graingers' story began in 1939 by Mr. and Mrs. Charlie and Anne Grainger. Charlie Grainger was an accomplished musician traveling all over the country by train in his private railcar. He played the finest and most sought out venues across America playing his Big Band sounds to packed orchestra houses nationwide. He met his wife Anne and set his sights on starting a new life in North Carolina. Settling on Queen Street in downtown Wilmington, NC he opened the "Peacock Alley" restaurant that became the first drive-in in town. After 40 years in business, the Grainger’s retired in the 1980’s leaving a long legacy of good food, great memories, and lifelong friendships. Many generations, young and old, fondly remember the smell and taste of the original Peacock Alley and it’s lasting memories made over the decades. 

Louis North purchased the site of the Original Peacock Alley in 2012. He demolished the too far dilapidated and condemned buildings and decided to rebuild the location to it's former glory. He built the new restaurant with heritage in mind - fine food served with a smile in a Classic Americana atmosphere. North revived the hot dog tradition but added his own staples to the menu introducing his famous brisket, bbq, and chicken salad to accompany the homemade soups and sides. Charlie Graingers is now expanding, bringing the values of a classic Southern restaurant to the rest of the Country. 


We've created some truly mouthwatering, classic, southern recipes for you to enjoy. We are more than just your average dog joint.


Less is more and when it comes to our food we make sure that you get the perfect combination of flavors.

Easy Going

Good food equals good time. visit us, bring your friends and relax over great food in a throwback atmosphere.