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  • Markarotti May 23, 2003 03:29 PM
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Heading to Duck North Carolina for the first time
in mid June.
Any good restaurants down there (I don't mean gourmet,
just decent food so that my wife and I can have
some good seafood or steaks while the kids eat their
usual hotdogs or chicken fingers!)

Also, since the number of restaurants in Duck and Carolla is limitted, are reservations necessary that
time of the year?

THanks.

Markarotti

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  1. For kid friendly places in and around Duck try:

    1. JK's up in the TimbuckII shopping plaza in Corolla. Great steaks and go-carts and bumper cars right outside for the kids.

    2. Red Sky Cafe near Scarborough Fair in the center of Duck. They have a great variety and very good food.

    3. Rundown Cafe on the beach road heading towards Kitty Hawk (200 yds from the gas station at the intersection of Rt 12 and the bypass) They have excellent tuna bites with Jerk sauce dip and awesome fish tacos and real fresh fish sandwiches.

    Not kid friendly:
    1. Elizabeth's Cafe in Scarborough Fair -- excellent wine list (size of a phonebook for NY!)

    2. Ocean Boulevard also on the beach road heading to Kitty Hawk near m.m. 12 I think--they are older kid friendly (they do not have highchairs...)

    This should get you started--there are others and something might catch your eye when you're down there too, so don't take this as the ONLY ones to go to!

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    1. re: Roni

      Thank you so much Richard and Roni for these
      excellent suggestions.
      My daughters are 7,9, and 11, and they are very well
      behaved so we might even try the places with nicer
      food and a wine list!

      :-)

      Markarotti

      1. re: Markarotti

        Let me second the recomendation for Red Sky Cafe, very good food, please avoid Elizabeth's unless you want to spend tons of money to be treated in a condecending manner. Good food, but I was NOT impresed. The Duck Deli has good sandwich and ribs, nice for the kids. Nicolletas in Corolla is very nice with good food and nice service. Also another vote here for JK's in Corolla, again good food nice service and kid friendly. Outer Banks offers lots of good food. Hope you enjoy your trip, we will be coming down in October after the crowds thin

      2. re: Roni

        Red Sky changed hands last year, changed menu slightly, and is not as eclectic as before (when it was a combination wine shoppe/cafe. Lunch is a better bet there, but it's small so be prepared to wait, particularly if you're more than 4 persons.

        1. re: Roni

          had dinner at ocean blvd last wednesday - seven of us got away for some adult time. it came highly recommended by someone one of us works with and it turned out to be a very good place. small, dark room, open kitchen with small chef's bar. busy place but comfortable. service was good. we ordered several appetizers to share. the seared scallops with a giant spring roll was my favorite. sashimi plate was good, too. i started with a bowl of cucumber gazpacho with a scallop that i enjoyed and had a piece of swordfish served over a grit cake with a leak sauce. my wife had a piece of escolar over a basil spaetzle and a light citrus sauce. mine was good. hers was very good. desert was average - we all shared a lava cake and slice of lemon cheesecake that was suprisingly savory instead of sweet/tart(?). nice selection of beers and wines. all told, dinner for 7 including beer, wine, apps, desert, and tip - $420. nice place. glad we went.

        2. 2 PLACES COME TO MIND. THE WEEPING RADISH PUB IN THE COROLLA FOOD LION SHOPPING PLAZA RIGHT NEXT TO THE MOVIE THEATER IS MODERATELY PRICED AND HAS GREAT CHICKEN FINGERS AND CURLY FRIES FOR THE KIDS, GOOD FOOD FOR ADULTS TOO BUT NOT GOURMET. THEY HAVE A MICRO-BREWERY AT ANOTHER LOCATION AND BRING THE BEER THERE. TRY THE AMBER ALE.

          THERE IS A BBQ SHACK IN THE OLD COROLLA VILLAGE NEXT TO THE COROLLA LIGHT HOUSE. OUTRAGEOUS HICKORY SMOKED RIBS, BBQ BEEF AND CHICKEN. I THINK THEY HAVE HOT DOGS FOR THE KIDS. NOT TO BE MISSED!

          THIS IS THE FIRST TIME IN 10 YEARS I'M NOT GOING DOWN THERE. HAVE A GREAT TRIP.

          1. Any good seafood restaurants? It's our first time and will be in Duck, NC, beg. of August.

            Where can we buy fresh seafood?

            TIA

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            1. re: George G.

              Just about EVERY decent restaurant in Duck and Corolla can turn out good seafood, so don't limit yourself. Some of my favorites are:
              -The North Banks in TumBuck II, Corolla (steam, raw bar, broil, whatever you want)
              -Blue Point in Duck (nice contemporary cuisine ... the sides are expecially inventive and tasty).
              -Steamers in Corolla for takeout
              -The Roadhouse in Duck (had an amazing wahoo sandwich here one lunchtime).
              -Fishbones (the original) in the Scarborough shops in Duck -- the menu at Fishbones' Sunset Grill (also Duck) is the same, but I prefer the original smaller location -- prep seems more careful and the food gets to you faster off the line.