Buxton Seafood had great fresh fish, but it’s only a suggestion if you’re renting a house and want to grill good seafood.
That’s the Corolla BBQ. We were there in June of 2005 and it was very good. Hard to find though, it’s on a side road, west of main highway, just north of the Corolla light house.
Most of the places we have eaten have already been mentioned but if your looking for a pizza give Yellow Submarine on the beach road a try. Havent eaten there in years but was owned by a guy I did some business with and the pizza was always good…and spicy!
There was a little bit of a place near the lighthouse in Corolla we went to a few years ago. Barbecue sandwiches, lemonade and not much more, with some picnic tables outside. Tasty if simple, and very much worth stopping by if in the neighborhood. Anyone know if it’s still there?
ok…need more places hopefully above Duck…near Corolla…for roadfood/family dining spots….any suggestions? My best friend vacations there with her family…so all ages are there…from toddlers to seniors….
What about Queen Anne’s Revenge in Wanchese, anybody been there lately?
We are heading down to the OBX next week (9 more sleeps!) for the second year in a row, and I’m getting my mouth ready for the awesome chili cheese dog and peanut butter & chocolate pie at The Top Dog in Waves. We’re also going back to The Pickled Steamer in Avon — good food, even if the atmosphere is a bit lacking. We hope to have dinner one night at Hodad’s in Avon, and to try out the Atlantic Coast Cafe, across the street from our campground.
We will be spending a day mooching around Ocracoke village (lunch at the Creekside Cafe), and would like a recommendation for a nice but not expensive dinner in Buxton, Hatteras or Frisco on the way back, that has a vegetarian entree choice for my meat-hating, seafood-hating (except tuna) daughter. A sunset view would be a bonus!
Just returned from OBX.
Quick Report – Fatboyz on Ocean Road had great burgers, chili cheese fries and ice cream. Also on the Ocean Road == The Kill Devil Hill Grill – absolutely wonderful. Had the Philly Cheesesteak Egg Rolls, Center Cut Pork Chop, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and Apples.
Stopped at a Citgo Gas Station in Currituck on advice of a lady at one of the nearby shops – got a chicken salad sandwich for lunch and a breakfast biscuit for breakfast made at Cindy’s Kitchen (caterer next door to Citgo and wife of Citgo owner. Very Good.
Manteo – had a soup/sandwich at The Waterfront Trellis down in town. Very Good. Big Al’s — had a philly cheese steak sandwich, not bad.
OH. And for the "fish frowners," as Jane Stern would say, Lisa’s Pizzaria in Rodanthe / Waves / Salvo is very, very good. We usually wouldn’t have wasted a meal on non-seafood, but a friend of mine who went two years ago spoke highly of it, and my wife likes a break from the seafood at some point during the week.
Not really road food but if you are wanting a splurge, Elizabeth’s in Duck is wonderful. French fusion with an impressive wine cellar. The desserts are to die for. I went there on my wedding night, and have returned many times since. If you are on a budget, go for lunch or just coffee and dessert ( leave the kids at home : run away for an hour and restore your sanity ! )
I can also add my 2 cents, and say the Weeping Radish is worth a visit.
Smithfield’s in Zebulon is the best NC style BBQ we’ve found…you can search in google and see if there are other locations. It is a smallish local chain. There is also a small hole-in-the wall spot on the way north,from Okracoke Inlet towards Norfolk. Can’t remmber the name, but it has ( of course ) a sign with a pig on it, curtinas with sunflowers, and is near the Cotton Gin store as you head north from OuterBanks .
We go to OBX every year in August for vacation and have found that the quality of our dining experiences vary wildly. The only place I can honestly rave about is The Austin Creek Grill all the way down past the lighthouse. Great food and the one place we have to go to each every year.
The worst meals I’ve ever had down there were at The Pilot House and The Fish House. The latter was just bad, the former made my wife and I angry. Both places are to be avoided at all costs in my opinion. Your money is better spent at a local seafood market like Risky Business where you can make a better meal cheaper at home.
We also tried Bubba’s BBQ on one of our first visits there and were less than impressed. Dried out boring BBQ served by a surly staff.
Other places that we found that were in the "decent but nothing special to above average" category were Quarterdeck, Dolphin Den, Diamond Shoals, and Channel Bass. If you’re looking for a decent seafood meal those are all okay but don’t get your hopes up too high.
We’re planning our ’06 trip and I’ll have to revisit this thread as our trip gets closer.
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