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Eat Your Vegetables.

Many people think of seafood...good, fresh, local seafood, when they think of the Outer Banks. And, thankfully, we have many wonderful restaurants and seafood markets where they can get their fill. However, we also have many vegetarians and vegans who visit, and for them, the choices are not as many, but there are choices.

So here are some recommendations for those healthy, non-meat eaters in your party. 

First, if you are going to a restaurant, look at their menu online to check out your options. Next, call the restaurant the day before, and not during the busy dining hours, and ask if they will accommodate vegetarians. Many chefs are happy to come up with something for you, but they do need notice. 

Rundown Cafe in Kitty Hawk  is a casual and funky little place on the Beach Road. Their hummus is some of the best I have ever tasted. What else is there to eat? Kersey veggies, bruschetta and grilled flat bread, grilled Portobello mushroom/artichoke hearts/fried eggplant. Maybe some sesame noodles, delicious or an Aloha veggie burger. And no worries, the other people in your group will find plenty of seafood and chicken options too. They reopen for the 2016 season on March 1. Open for lunch and dinner. Family friendly. I have eaten here many times. Love it. 

Also in Kitty Hawk is Black Pelican Oceanfront Cafe. Here you can find wood-fired pizzas and there is even a gluten free crust upon request. Vegetarian pasta tossed with seasonal vegetables and a tomato and basil cream sauce. Or, you might want to try the marinated grilled Portobello mushrooms over smoked gouda mashed potatoes, topped with sauted mushrooms, spinach. roasted tomatoes and feta cheese. I am hungry now. Open for lunch and dinner. Family friendly. Open all year. 

Sun Fish Grill is located in the Monterey Shopping Center in Corolla. What's to eat? Fried artichoke hearts, fried green tomatoes with goat cheese and Chipotle aioli, a 3-grain veggie burger, veggie Quesadilla, pasta, and more. Open seven days a week from 11 am to 9 pm. Family friendly. 

Blue Moon Beach Grill is located at Milepost 13 in the Surfside Plaza Shopping Center in Nags Head. This one is always on my top 5 picks of places to eat. Open for lunch and dinner. Family friendly. Choices include Veggie Voodoo Pasta, a wonderful Caesar salad, braised Portobello stuffed with spinach, arugula and goat cheese risotto. Very popular, get there early. 

Goombays is another one of my favorites. Very casual, very family friendly and it is a popular place for the locals. Baked stuffed jalapenos, Rasta Pasta, steamed veggies, marinated and grilled Portobello sandwich, and a very good black bean burger. They actually open back up today, February 26. Located on the Beach Road, Milepost 7 in Kill Devil Hills. 

The Full Moon Cafe in Manteo has some interesting choices. I could not get to their website, but I found the menu on the Facebook page. Several of their salads sounded great...especially the Brie salad. What else? Hummus, nachos, the Mediterranean Wrap, the Gatherer Wrap and the Black Bean Wrap. Beans and Rice is always nice and they offer a pasta of the day too. The Moon Melt: roasted eggplant, red bell peppers, spinach, hummus topped with provolone and drizzled with balsamic dressing. 

Tortugas' Lie is located on the Beach Road at Milepost 11 in Nags Head. Very popular, get there early. They serve lunch and dinner. garden burgers, hummus wraps, white garlic pizza (this is delicious). beans and rice, nachos, steamed veggies. 

There are other places too, and my point is that yes, it is not hard to find places on the Outer Banks where you can have delicious and healthy and unique vegetarian meals. 

Until Next Time I am 

Your (very hungry) Outer Banks Blogger