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Specific OBX Questions

Hey everyone. A core group of friends and I will be heading down to the Outer Banks (Kill Devil Hills specifically) later this summer. We've been there once before (I wrote up a post about it) and excited to go back. I have a fairly good idea of the places we'll be going to, but a few questions linger. Hopefully you all can help me out.

1) Blue Point. Two years ago we opted for Ocean Boulevard because it was closer to where we lived. Now, I'm itching to go to Blue Point. However, visiting the website mentions "The New Blue Point". Is this new redesign a sign of new management? Is it different than before? Should I be worried?

2) East NC BBQ. I'm not planning on eating BBQ on the beach (especially since the only apparent real option is up in Corolla). But what I've been seeing is glimpses of recommendations on Rt 158 on the drive down here. I've seen sparse recommendations for BJ's BBQ & Currituck BBQ Co. Any thoughts / recommendations between the two or any others I should look at? I'm hoping for the real thing here (lived in the triangle for 4 years and have spent some time in Lexington NC as well): chopped pork w/ slaw and hush puppies please. If the options aren't that good, please tell me; I won't be upset. I'd rather just pick up some Chick-Fil-A then.

3) Fresh Local Seafood to Take Home and Cook. Pretty much as it sounds. Where's the best place to buy fresh fish/seafood? I'm not talking about Steamer Buckets though. If there's a market I should hit up somewhere or sometime, let me know. The only one I see ever mentioned is Austin's.

4) She Crab Soup. Recommendations? Both carry-out & eating in options welcome.

5) Outer Banks Brewing Station. Thinking about visiting because we all appreciate trying out new beers. However, I haven't heard a lot about it looking through the boards. This would be a lunch visit for us. How is the lunch food? How is the beer (is this something I should ask in the Beer board?)

6) Capt'n Franks. An institution obviously. But is it worth it? We didn't go last time because it came down to being "just hotdogs" and we would rather try more local flair (like John's Drive-In). But maybe it's really just that good? Weigh in with your opinion!

Please keep suggestions in a 10mi radius from KDH (except for the drive-down BBQ of course). That's basically from Duck down to the Causeway. Thanks so much for your help.

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  1. How are you getting there? Blackbeard's does great barbecue and is right off US64. Everything else that's north and east of Greenville ought to be avoided.

    I have never had decent she-crab in North Carolina. I'd save that one for Charleston, if I were you.

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    1. re: Naco

      Unfortunately we're coming in from DC so we'll be going down the 158. However, if this BBQ doesn't seem worth it, it looks like the Weeping Radish that's mentioned below might be a great substitute.

    2. My in laws have lived in Southern Shores for well over 10 years now and I'm kicking myself for just checking out Kill Devil Grill for the first time just last month, really good. Tortugas Lie is a great little bar and grill that stays busy year round. If anyone says Chili Peppers is good they lie.

      Kill Devil Grill
      2008 S Virginia Dare Trl, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

      1. #5 - I've been there for dinner and felt they did a nice job with the food. I'm not a huge beer drinker but I did enjoy trying their flights.

        Another beer option (and food) is Weeping Radish - they are on the mainland off 158 in Jarvisburg. They brew their own and have house cured meats, sausages, etc. Great place to pick up provisions!


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        1. re: meatn3

          Just took a look at the website for Weeping Radish and it looks fantastic. I'll plan to stop there on my drive from Nags Head to Edenton. I'd like to buy cured meats and sausage to carry home, which are your favorite items? Do you recommend lunch at the pub?

          Weeping Radish
          6810 Caratoke Hwy, Grandy, NC 27939

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            I haven't eaten in the pub, the timing hasn't been right.

            We liked the brats, pastrami & kielbasa. Their kraut is good, milder and more aromatic than most. I bought the sweet potato liverwurst, but lost it when my fridge broke...sounds interesting though!

            We detour a bit to make a stop when we go to the OBX and feel that it is worth while. I suspect they could pack your order for shipping with a little notice, might make it easier to bring home.

            Have a great visit!

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              I haven't eaten there since they moved to Currituck county, but I used to go to the Manteo location every few months. The German stuff was good; I liked the goulash the best. The beers are all excellent and you won't go wrong with any of them.

          2. The brewing station is good, haven't ate there but I am a big fan of their beers. Also the weeping radish is another local beer (as mentioned above) that can be found in manteo. I have had several of the beers that the outer banks brewing station has made, all have been good. As for Weeping Radish, I am a big fan of their beer and their many variations.

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            1. re: tthomasb

              The Weeping Radish isn't in Manteo any more- it moved to Currituck county, off 158. I'm not sure if the secondary location, which was around Duck/Corolla, is still open. The beers are very good, though.

            2. Another point about the Brewing Station - they can be jam packed with very large family groups in the early evening. Later in the evening it becomes more adult and they sometimes have bands playing.

              I've been pretty impressed how well the staff accommodates these large groups while not letting the service slip for the smaller tables.

              1. A relatively new restaurant that's universally loved nowadays (including by us) is Blue Moon Beach Grill, about MP 13 between the highways in a little strip center called Surfside. Small and not much to look at, it's always busy and do not take reservations. Get there early for lunch or dinner.
                We also think that Kill Devil Grill, MP 9 3/4 on the beach road, is perhaps one of the best restaurants on the Outer Banks.
                John's Drive-In is one of the places that makes it fun to be at the beach. But so is Cap'n Franks. It's the right atmosphere, and the dogs are good as well as the other offerings such as the "grouper boat." Just try it.

                Kill Devil Grill
                2008 S Virginia Dare Trl, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

                Blue Moon Beach Grill
                , Nags Head, NC 27959

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                1. re: fcbaldwin

                  You must, must, must go to Kill Devil Grill. It was by far our favorite place last year. We ate there twice. Amazing.

                  We also enjoyed Blue Moon Beach Grill. That was our second fave.

                  Loved Sugar Shack maybe even more than Austin's for take-home-and-cook.

                  Kill Devil Grill
                  2008 S Virginia Dare Trl, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

                  Blue Moon Beach Grill
                  , Nags Head, NC 27959

                  1. re: miss piggy

                    1. The Blue Point Bar & Grill www.thebluepoint.com is still fabulous. Still owned by Those Two Guys, the original owners, and the food is amazing and it's been expanded for more waterfront seating. Highly recommend--I was just there last night for a wine tasting and it was terrific!
                    2. Currituck BBQ Co. is the best on 158--several styles to choose from and don't forget the banana pudding. Not much else on the beach, lest you head to Corolla for Village BBQ.
                    3. Billy's Seafood on Colington Road is an excellent source of local seafood--in the heart of crabbing country.
                    4. She Crab Soup--gotta do Sam & Omie's on the beach road in Nags Head. Great spot for fresh seafood and great breakfast, too..
                    5. Brewing Station is great for local beers and they do terrific happy hour specials --starts at 3:00 or 4:00. Nout sure about lunch there...
                    6. Cap't franks has great dogs and IS an institution, but my money is on John's Drive in for the Dolphin Boat. Go to Frank's just for the dogs.

                    I'm a 25+ year local, former pastry chef and a bit of a foodie and I agree whole heartedly about Kill Devil Grill...good food at reasonable prices. But for that special night out, The Blue Point is the best, for sure. Casual dining, you can try Route 12 on the beach road in KDH--good food, great pizza and friendly folk.

                    Sam & Omie's Restaurant
                    7228 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959

                    Colington Cafe
                    1029 Colington Rd, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

                    1. re: SweetPhyl

                      This is exactly what I needed, SweetPhyl. My thanks.

                      Thanks especially about Blue Point. Going to a regular dinner and being disappointed is just part of being a chowhound imo, but if I can I'd like that disappointment to not be a place that'll cost me ~$50. Glad to hear that the "new Blue Point" is purely cosmetic. I'm really excited about it.

                2. Thanks for everyone's input so far. My questions seem so ridiculously specific because I've done a fair amount of research for this (and our 2008 OBX) trip, and I'm just cleaning up the loose ends.

                  For the Kill Devil Grill enthusiasts: don't worry, we went during our last trip. Yes, it was very good. We also hit up Tortuga's Lie, John's Drive-In, and Ocean Boulevard (write up here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5276...


                  As I mentioned in the OP, I already have a fairly good idea of the places we'll be visiting. For the curious here it is. Note, that even though we love trying local food, my group of friends and I also love to cook. So, as it has been for every traditional beachweek, most of our meals will come from us. This of course means I get to be very picky about the few meals we do decide to go out for.

                  Lunch: Capt'n Franks, Outer Banks Brewing (maybe for happy hour as Phyl mentioned), BBQ or Weeping Radish on the drive down

                  Dinner: Blue Point, Blue Moon, Sugar Shack Take Out (Fried food extravaganza... what? I never said we were classy)

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                  1. re: Wangus

                    note that "happy hour" in North Carolina relates not to discounted al-kee-hol, but food. Glad you're making it to the Outer Banks Brewing Station...but I'd bet the happy hour is 1/2 price apps or something like that. Discounts on booze have to be all day long in our fair state.