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May 16, 2010 12:24 PM

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.