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Big Oak Drive In in Salter Path, NC

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Notso Feb 16, 2008 09:04 AM

Anyone know if it is open during the off season. We are going down next week, and I would love to have a shrimpburger. I know a lot of restaurants close for the winter.

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    Cake Ladies Feb 16, 2008 06:17 PM

    Why don't you just call: (252) 247-2588

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      bob192 Feb 19, 2008 06:54 AM

      Closed for the season (and my mouth was watering, too!) along with almost all of the fresh-seafood markets - it looks like most places will be opening back up early or mid-March.

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        mikeh Feb 19, 2008 08:58 AM

        Red Barn Grill in Swansboro, NC is still open (and perhaps even the attached seafood market). It's something of a local legend down there - open 6 a.m. - 9 p.m. every day. Apparently they serve great seafood platters and fresh and local whenever possible (straight from their market, which is straight from their boat). See blog: http://viewfromthemountain.typepad.co...

        If you're going to be down that way anyway, you might want to check it out.

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          goodeatsinadive Feb 19, 2008 04:38 PM

          You may want to try the Croatan Cafe in Newport, especially if you like oysters.
          Worth a visit, or twelve....

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            Notso Feb 20, 2008 11:09 AM

            Thanks for the replies! I called and they are open on weekends from 11-3. So, hopefully I can get my fix.

            Mikeh, I will try and hit the Red Barn Grill. As many years as i have been going to the island, I have never tried it.

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              bubba_big Feb 20, 2008 01:28 PM

              Best shrimp burger in town is at El's drive in in Morehead City. This place is a legend. Been around since 1959.

              http://www.elsdrivein.com/

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                Jeanne Feb 21, 2008 07:18 AM

                I love El's - it is a must do every time I'm in Atlantic Beach. Waitress are very friendly and they have a fantastic shrimp burger. Their fried oyster burger is great too - and if you can't decide between the two - they'll let you do a combo oyster/shrimp burger. Yummmm.

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                  mikeh Feb 21, 2008 10:11 AM

                  This may be the debate of all debates, but having never tried El's, which is better for shrimp and oysterburgers - Big Oak or El's?

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                    Jeanne Feb 21, 2008 11:11 AM

                    Have only been to Big Oak 3 or 4 times - they're great and I would never turn one of their shrimp burgers down. However, I've been going to El's for over 30 years (yeah, a long time - since I was a teenager). So - my love for them is a sentimental thing with me too. I'll take El's over Big Oak.

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                      NXS Feb 21, 2008 11:35 AM

                      BIG OAK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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                        LBD Feb 23, 2008 09:34 PM

                        Last time I ate at Big Oak it was a letdown. I'd vote El's.

                        My mother in law lives like a half mile from Red Barn and I have only ever had a breakfast biscuit there. She cooks every meal so we never go out to eat when we visit. I might have to go out for lunch nect time I'm down there.

                        If you wan't a swank dinner head to Aqua over in Buefort, it's really good,

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