Cookout Has Officially Opened its First DC Metro Area Location

by MCS Staff

Back in May 2021, we let you know that fast food chain Cook Out is coming one step closer to MoCo, as a new location was expected to open at 8502 Centreville Road in Manassas Park– the first in the DC Metro area. The location, which was formerly home to a Roy Rogers, is now open according to a social media post by the fast food chain (seen below).

In 2020, the MoCo Show made the 60 mile trek down to Fredericksburg, VA to visit what was then the area’s closest Cook Out location. We left Gaithersburg, located in the approximate center of MoCo, at 6:14pm and arrived an hour and twenty minutes later, at 7:34pm. The Manassas Park location is a little over 30 miles from the center MoCo, about half the distance of Fredericksburg. Another location recently opened in Winchester, VA, but that isn’t considered part of the DC Metro area. There is also a location in Salisbury, MD but that is further than both of the Virginia locations mentioned.

Cook Out is a fast food restaurant that was founded in North Carolina in 1989 and primarily operates in southern states. Their menu primarily features grilled hamburgers and cheeseburgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, North Carolina barbecue and quesadillas. A signature to their menu is the Cook Out Tray which features combinations of entrees, sides and a drink for a low price. Another feature of Cook Out’s menu is their selection of more than 40 flavors of milkshake. A featured drink on their menu is Cheerwine, a local North Carolina cherry soda usually only served in North Carolina and surrounding states, that is now also offered in Maryland.

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15 comments

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Mirko November 5, 2022 - 11:27 pm

I hope Cookout comes to Ashburn because its closer to moco and metro…

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Zachary Parker November 6, 2022 - 4:56 pm

The article is extremely misleading saying DC Metro Area when Manassas Park is a 45 minutes drive away.

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MCS Staff November 6, 2022 - 5:37 pm

Good evening, regardless of how long of a drive for you, Manassas Park is in the DC Metro Area.

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Gail November 6, 2022 - 7:29 pm

Yes Manassas is considered the metropolitan DC area however it is not in Maryland it is in Virginia when are you coming to Maryland? That would be great!

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Keith November 7, 2022 - 8:50 am

When you say DC Metro area…it means area where the Metro runs ….so Manassas Park is not that…if say the DMV….then you can say yes Manassas Park is that….but not DC Metro area….

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MCS Staff November 7, 2022 - 9:01 am

A Metropolitan area has nothing to do with a public transit system. It simply refers to the major city that has influence over the larger surrounding area. In terms of business, Manassas Park (and many other areas), fall under the DC Metro statistical area, so you’ll often see businesses use DC Metro Area, DC Metropolitan Region, etc. when opening in an area that falls under that.

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David Simon (not the wire guy) November 7, 2022 - 9:06 am

I can’t tell if people are unintelligent or just complainers? Manassas is definitely in the dc metropolitan area by location and any other way imaginable. It’s just far away from Montgomery County and that’s probably why people are making these comments.

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Bob November 10, 2022 - 4:51 pm

“it means area where the Metro runs” made me literally laugh out loud. It’s like my 3 year old who thinks Goldfish crackers are literal fish covered in literal gold and can’t be convinced otherwise. Adorable, hilarious stuff.

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Kirsh November 7, 2022 - 9:10 am

I drive from Gaithersburg to Tysons in 20 minutes without traffic and over an hour with it so time driving isn’t a factor in this. Manassas and Manassas Park are both D.C. Metro (has nothing to go with Metro trains FYI).

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Gail November 6, 2022 - 7:30 pm

Yes Manassas is considered the metropolitan DC area however it is not in Maryland it is in Virginia when are you coming to Maryland? That would be great!

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Kirsh November 7, 2022 - 9:08 am

There is one in Maryland from what the article says. It’s just very far away!

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Pete Anderson November 7, 2022 - 10:06 am

Personally, I would not travel an hour to go to Cookout. Don’t get me wrong, it’s okay, and definitely better than most fast food joints. Now, Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers? I often drive to Fairfax or Fredericksburg for that option. I would love to see them expand to Maryland.

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Moves November 7, 2022 - 10:32 am

Gail sounds like Karen.

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Y’all turrible November 7, 2022 - 10:56 am

Zachary sounds like Karen

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Cece November 7, 2022 - 8:13 pm

Cookout is a good choice for the DMV!

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