This post is also super old so I doubt the OP is still in need of recs! I will however say what I stated in a trip report from August (just in case anyone new is looking for recs)...Kill Devil Grill was the best meal we had earlier this summer. Next in line was Blue Moon Grill. Tortuga's was OK but not worth all the hype, IMO.
My inlaws live in Southern Shores so we're there a few times a year. I'll go ahead and shoot down the Dirty Dicks recomendation. The one time we ate there it everything we had was sub par. Have never been to Jimmy's Seafood Buffet but have been told by a few locals it's a place for tourists to shovel as much cheap food into their gullets as possible. More than likely it's all frozen stuff from Chile and Thailand.
Blue Point up in Duck is nice, not cheap but really good
Meridian 42 in Southern Shores, also not cheap but good.
Tortuga's Lie is a really good bar and grill but usually really crowded.
Those are just a couple. There are a bunch of OBX threads full of info.
My wife really like Tortugas Lie.
I've been hearing about a place called Food Dudes lately, but have not had the chance to try them. I hear that two chefs from different restaurants got together and started it on their own.
Captain Franks for a good hot dog. A local's favorite.
Flying Fish and the Black Pelican are also good.
Mama Qwans has a good bar.
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Colington Cafe - on Colington Road right past Wright's Memorial in Kill Devil Hills - GREAT She Crab Bisque - I had their tuna special which was excellent. A little pricy but worth it.
Right in Duck there is The Roadside Bar and Grill - their clam chowder is excellent. Only had lunch there - have heard nothing but good things about the place. Going north on road in Duck it is on the right hand side - oldish cottage looking place - unpainted wood with green cloth awnings.
Tortuga's Lie - MP (milepost) 11 - On the beach road - have read several reports of their good fish tacos. Interesting menu.
Chili Peppers - MP 5 1/2 Very good - famous for their sauces. Have had lunch there several times and dinner once - was good each time we went.
do a search for outerbanks and you'll find other sugestions
I've heard the seafood buffet's are not so great, but in 10 years of visiting the OBX, I've never been to one.
My favorites are Kill Devils - they have greate burgers, dogs, and fries, and by far the best ice cream/custard around.
I also enjoy Slammin Sammy's, Kelly's, Coastal Cactus, and Goombays - all in the Kill Devil Hills area.
Let us know how it goes!!!
Had my vacation on the Outer Banks ( we stay in Corolla) earlier this summer. What a great place!
Dirty Dick's was surprisingly good. Looks like a tourist trap, and probably is. You will see signs advertising it all over Rte 158. it is on Rte 12, just as you come over the Wright Bridge.
I saw TONS of people outside of Jimmy's SEafood Buffet in Kill Devils Hill- but not sure if that means it is good. It is cheap, and they have a website you can check out.