After roughly 28 (I was 7 the first trip) straight years of vacationing there, I have actually not been since 2005. Since then, several thnigs have closed, like the former best restaurant on the island (Austin Creek Grill in Hatteras) and now the Tides. Most of the ones mentioned here are fine. I liked the Quarterdeck (though I haven’t been there in years) and Buoys. We’ve also had consistent quality at the Breakwater in Hatteras. They have a Blue Cheese mussles appetizer that is outstanding. It’s the place where I usually go all out and get the fried seafood platter which is not just big but has quality items. Even the fish on it which is often Spanish Mackeral at other places is ususally flounder.
And really do not miss the Orange Blossom. Yes the apple uglies are great but a few years ago we discovered that the chocolated iced glazed donuts are some of the best we’ve ever had.
Also as was mentioned above, you absolutely cannot go wrong with just stopping at Risky Businees and seeing what looks good. They will also steam some shrimp for you while you are looking. Have fun. I think we are finally going back this year and I am anxious to see if it has really changed that much.
In addition, some suggestions, IMHO.
In Avon, Blue Parrot (trendier stuff, great sound view), Dolphin Den (noted for desserts), Toppers (pizza and such, a local favorite) and Nino’s (pizza and Italian stuff). For shopping, Village Grocery is nicer than the Food Lion.
In Buxton, Buoy’s (favorite of locals), Captain’s Table (also a local favorite, formerly The Tides), Buxton Munch (sandwiches), Orange Blossom (breakfast and bakery, noted for "apple uglies" (apple fritters)).
In Frisco, Quarterdeck (seafood).
If you make the trip to Ocracoke, Howard’s Pub (pub food).
Early May is a great time to be there — nice weather, not crowded and a real good time for fishing.
Fish House, Buxton. Fresh local fish, beautifully prepared, frequently fried, in a little local place with lots of charm.
MacDaddy’s Crab Shack, Avon. A nice, slightly upscale-feeling place, great food, terrific proprietary microbrew (called "Kinnakeet Tap Water," in deference to Avon’s historic name of Kinnakeet.)
Buoy’s, in Buxton. Or Hatteras Village. I never remember. Very good local fare.
Bubba’s BBQ in Frisco. Excellent pig.
And, of course, plan on buying and cooking your own fresh local seafood, from JoBob’s Trading Post (Rodanthe / Salvo / Waves) or Risky Business (Avon or Buxton). Include fresh produce from Austin Island Produce in Rodanthe or one of the farm stands you encounter on the way.
Keep the shore warm for us. We’ll be there second week of June, as is usual for us over the last 16 years.
We have rented a beachfront house on Cape Hateras/ Buxton, NC for the first week in May and are looking for recommendations for places to eat within a 20 mile radius. Very few places in this area have websites that post menus. I realize there is a thread currently running about Kitty Hawk, but that is 60 miles away. We will probably take a day trip there, but it’s too far to cruise up for dinner. Any good places for this Hatteras area?
Yes, I will have my surf casting rod, beach chair and cooler. Whether I catch anything is irrelevant. Still fun and relaxing. But if I do, we will be eating it. Just in case my fishing skills are not up to par, your dining recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
Cape Hatteras/Buxton, NC in May
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