NOW it is really off season
Christmas is over, the New Year is here...and NOW, in my opinion, it is really and truly the off-season on the Outer Banks. Several more restaurants closed after New Years Eve, there are just not many people visiting this time of year and traffic is much lighter.
This is not a bad thing. When you live in a popular beach town, it is nice to get a little break from all the cars, people and activity. Time to rest a bit, restore, refurbish and get ready for the next season. Maybe even time for a vacation off the island.
This is the time of year that we, the locals, can reconnect with each other, visit some of our old favorites and new places that we did not get a chance to get to over the summer. And I did just that over the last few days.
I had been hearing really good things about La Dolce Vita in Manteo. The owners are from Sicily and the food is authentic Italian. And good, very good. It was so good that after we finished our late lunch we ordered two pizzas to take home for our New Years dinner. Friendly service. And the sweet tea was fresh and delicious. That is important to me as a southerner. All food is made to order so it might take a little longer but is well worth the wait. Right now the restaurant is located in the Elizabethan Inn on Highway 64 in Manteo but our server told us that they will be moving to Point Harbor in March. Big move, big change.
We love oysters at my house, really love them. We went to Sandbars Raw Bar and Grill over the weekend. Located in the Belk Center in Kill Devil Hills, this used to be a Coldstone Creamery...now a restaurant. This is a very friendly, very clean neighborhood place. Casual and welcoming. Good service. Originally we planned to have dinner but the steamed oysters were do good we ended up eating two dozen (each) along with some soup. They have a daily happy hour from 3 pm to 6 pm and this features deals on food, not drinks. Our experience was so good that we got take out a few nights later, and it was also fresh and delicious. Currently they offer oysters from several area including James River, Blue Point and Eastern Seaside but we went with the local choice, Crab Slough. Honestly, some of the best I have ever eaten. Steamed just right and served with real butter as well as cocktail sauce. The beer was cold, the atmosphere was laid back and it was a great experience. Lots of beers on tap too...if you like that sort of thing.
I have not been to this next place but have heard lots of good things about it; Simply Southern Kitchen, across the bridge in Harbinger. As the name implies, it is southern food...we are talking Salisbury steak, BBQ, pork chops, hush puppies, sweet tea, flounder. Daily specials too. I am going to check this out, maybe even this week, and will post an update on our Facebook page.
I have been getting some calls from people telling me about new businesses on the OBX for the 2016 season. One of these will be a dune buggy rentals place...with traditional dune buggies and several vintage dune buggies for rent. More later. but I am pretty sure they are going to be one of our Village VIP Partners. Speaking of that, please do check out all the offers from our preferred businesses and remember to use that little blue VIP card while you are here. Lots of great offers from photographers, restaurants, attractions and shops.
More 2016 news; Many of you know and love the Yellowhouse Gallery in Nags Head (I do too). Well, Eve Turek, owner of Yellohouse, along with her husband Pete, are now the new owners of SeaDragon Gallery in Duck. SeaDragon Gallery is located in the Waterfront Shops in Duck and has been there for 15 years. They will reopen in March and will feature local art, American handrafts, fine art and some of Eve's own photography.
Until Next Time, I am
Your Outer Banks Blogger
photo credit: Sandbars Raw Bar and Grill in Kill Devil Hills, NC