Insider Info. The Outer Banks
By request, here are some places you may not know about on the Outer Banks. Places to eat, where to hear live music, when to eat out, things to do
Thursdays is usually the busiest night of the week for restaurants here. Saturday and Sunday are the least busy. If you are bringing a large group of people to a restaurant it is always a good idea to call and let them know. If you are bringing little ones, try to eat early...before 6:30 pm.
Instead of going to a seafood buffet...pick up seafood from one of the many seafood markets here and take it home. It will be fresher, cheaper and better. We recommend Austin's in Nags Head, Carawan's in Kitty Hawk and Billy's Seafood in Colington (KDH).
I like family owned restaurants, and there are many here. For the love of all that is holy please don't waste your money at a chain, where you are going to get frozen seafood. Here are some places that I highly recommend: I am going to focus on casual eateries in Kitty Hawk, Nags Head and Kill Devil Hills in this blog. All are locally owned.
I Got Your Crabs. "The oyster bar for locals" but I assure you that you will be welcome. Not fancy, but very clean and friendly. Eat in or take out. Check them out at www.IGotYourCrabs.com. The crab soup/bisque is really good and so are the oysters. They have fish tacos too...yum.
Tucked away, and located in the same place as The Pit Surf Shop, is Boardriders Grill. They serve wraps and burgers and pizzas and vegetarian fare too. Not fancy, but good and priced right. You can get tacos on Tuesdays for $1.00. Yes, a dollar. And they are good. Open from 11:30 am to 9 pm every day. Soak up some local color.
John's Drive In in Kitty Hawk. It looks like a well, kind of a dump, on the outside. But it is not and here is where you will find the most delicious milkshakes you can imagine. They are only open from April through September. Outside eating only. Try a dolphin boat...(it is mahi mahi...not Flipper). Check them out at www.johnsdrivein.com.
Food Dudes Kitchen in Kill Devil Hills. "Quality food from laid back dudes." Located at the Seashore Shops at Milepost 9 in KDH. Small place, paper plates, good food. And I can almost guarantee you will find locals in there any time, any day.
Check them out on Facebook. I don't think they have a website.
The Saltbox Cafe is a little out of the way...on the way to Colington Island. This is a new place on the Outer Banks and they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday and brunch on Sundays. I hear the shrimp and grits is fantastic. The owners are also the chefs, just fyi. https://www.thesaltboxcafe.com/
Try Cafe Lachine for breakfast or lunch, also owned by husband and wife team. Wonderful pastries, scones, muffins, and breakfast sandwiches. Lunch specials every day. Salads and soups and great sandwich combos. Homemade bread. Located at 5000 S Croatan Highway in Nags Head. A part of the Outer Banks Mall...at the very end, on the right...in the side shops. www.CafeLachine.com
Bad Bean Baja Grill and Cantina in Kill Devil Hills. The best salsa I have ever tasted. Everything is very fresh and everything is delicious. Located in the Seagate North Shopping Center at Milepost 6. www.BadBeachOBX.com
The Thai Room in Kill Devil Hills. Oceanside Plaza, Milepost 8.5 on the Beach Road. An experience. Not fancy, but funky design inside! Eat in or take out. Thai food, what else can I say? www.ThaiRoomOBX.com
When you try one or more of these, please let me know how you liked it.
Next time, Corolla, Duck, Southern Shores eateries.
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