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Food Journey to Outer Banks, NC

I am heading to the OBX next Saturday with my family ages 2 to 58. Any great food discoveries along the way, and while we are there?

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  1. Where in the outer banks? Depends where you will be!

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    1. re: heelstar

      Duck, Corolla, Nags Head. But I also need places along the way down the coast - virginia, etc.

      1. re: svenbergman

        Where are you coming from. It's hard to recommend places along the way when no one knows where the way is. What city are you leaving from and what's your main route to OB.

        1. re: Littleman

          I am sorry. I am coming from New Jersey, down 95 mostly.

      2. re: heelstar

        I will be travelling down rte 13, staying in the southern shores, nags head, kill devil hills, kitty hawk. We heard there is not much in Duck. So, what do you know? Is there a good market for food, with great bread, pastries, beautiful fruit, veggies, poultry, fish, etc.? I want to do some cooking.

      3. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/360805 Might need to update it some, but you can do a search on specific areas of the OBX to find out what you like. There's a BIG difference between Nags Head & Corolla, distance wise.

        As for on the way...http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/718007

        1. South of Chesapeake, VA at Exit 290A on I64 is good soul food at Ms. Marian's and good BBQ at Wood Chick's.

          Ms. Marian's Restaurant @ 1437 Sam's Drive, Chesapeake, VA 757 - 547 - 5556.
          Wood Chick's BBQ @ 1025 Battlefield Blvd. North, Chesapeake, VA 757 - 549 - 9290.

          Just S of VA line is Southland Restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Just before you get to OB is Currituck BBQ.

          Southland Trade Restaurant @ 141 Caratoke Highway, Moyock, NC 252 - 435 - 6247.

          Currituck BBQ @ 4467 Caratoke Highway, Barco, NC 252 - 453 - 6618.

          1. Roadside Raw Bar is outstanding. Sunset Grille and Raw Bar is also very nice and The Blue Point is one of the best on the OB.

            Roadside Raw Bar and Grill @ 1193 Duck Road, Kitty Hawk, NC 252 - 261 - 5729.
            Sunset Grille and Raw Bar @ 1264 Duck Rd, Kitty Hawk, NC 252 - 261 - 3901.
            The Blue Point Restaurant @ 1240 Duck Road, Duck, NC 252 - 261 - 8090.

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            1. re: Littleman

              Second the Sunset and The Blue Point recommendations. Have not been to Roadside Raw Bar. I am a bit further south so not as familiar with restaurants up towards Duck.

              1. re: Littleman

                Heading to Duck, NC on Sunday...haven't been there in years, so thanks to all for the recommendations. We're going to Blue Point on Wednesday; was wondering about another place called "The Pearl" located in the Sea Ranch in Kitty Hawk? They have a great looking menu from what I've seen online, but no mention of it anywhere on this board. Advice, anyone??

              2. Here's your seafood market in KH. Duck Deli and BBQ is excellent. Blue Moon Beach Grill and Lone Cedar Cafe are outstanding for lunch and dinner. John's Drive In has oustanding burgers and fried seafood. Kill Devil Grill is nice also. Port O Call Restaurant and Saloon is a fun place and The Colington Cafe is a top 10 restaurant on the OBX for dinner only.

                Carawan Seafood @ 5424 North Croatan Highway, Kitty Hawk, NC 252 - 261 - 2120.
                Duck Deli and BBQ @ 1223 Duck Road, Kitty Hawk, NC 252 - 261 - 3354.
                Blue Moon Beach Grill @ 4104 South Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 252 - 261 - 2583.
                Lone Cedar Cafe @ 7623 South Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 252 - 441 - 5405.
                John's Drive In @ 3716 Virginia Dare Trail, Kitty Hawk, NC 252 - 261 - 6227.
                Kill Devil Grill @ 2008 South Virginia Dare Trail, Mile Post 9 3/4 Beach Road, Kill Devil Hills, NC 252 - 449 - 8181.
                Port O Call Restaurant and Saloon @ 504 South Virginia Dare Trail, Kill Devil Hills, NC 252 - 441 - 7484.
                The Colington Cafe @ 1029 Colington Road, Kill Devil Hills, NC 252 - 480 - 1123.

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                1. re: Littleman

                  Just on caveat/hint for Lone Cedar - stick the the basic and/or classic NC preparations. The Calabash style seafood is good, as are the vegetables. The fusion/special preparations I've had are not the best.

                  Lone Cedar Cafe
                  7623 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head, NC 27959

                2. On Route 13 Mallard's at the Wharf in Onancock, VA has outstanding BBQ, sandwiches, salads, fresh seafood and steaks for lunch and dinner. Take Highway 179 W in Onley and go a couple of miles to the Mallard's right on the waterfront in Onancock, VA on Market St. There's music entertainment on Sunday PM. Open daily.

                  Mallard's has a Sidewalk Cafe in Accomac, VA on Highway 13. It's open for lunch and serves nice salads, sandwiches and seafood.

                  The Inn and Garden Cafe is located on Market St. in Onancock, VA about a mile from Highway 13. They are open for dinner only and serve outstanding Eastern Shore cuisine in their dining room or their four season gazebo outdoors.

                  Flamenco is a European Restaurant in Onancock, VA open for dinner only and closed on Monday. They serve some of the best seafood on the Eastern Shore. It's in town on the right on N Street just before the waterfront.

                  Mallard's at the Wharf @ 2 Market Street, Onancock, VA 757 - 787 - 8558.
                  Mallard's Sidewalk Cafe @ 23410 Front Street, Accomac, VA 757 - 787 - 7321.
                  The Inn and Garden Cafe @ 145 Market Street, Onancock, VA 757 - 787 - 8850.
                  Flamenco @ 4 North Street, Onancock, VA 757 - 787 - 7780.

                  Exmore Diner has been around since 1954. It's located on Highway 13 and open for breakfast, lunch or dinner serving outstanding sandwiches, seafood and steaks. Eastville Inn serves outstanding lunch and dinner but they close on Monday/Tuesday. Go W 4/5 blocks on Willow Oak Road in Eastville, VA to Courthouse Road.

                  Exmore Diner @ 4264 Main Street, Exmore, VA 757 - 442 - 2313,
                  Eastville Inn @ 16422 Courthouse Road, Eastville, VA 757 - 678 - 5745.

                  Sting-Ray’s Seafood Restaurant, the Eastern Shore Pottery, a Convenience store/Exxon Station, and an RV and boat storage facility are all located in Cape Center. It's not fine dining but the seafood is fresh, there's BBQ and steaks also. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are outstanding. This is a nice place to stop just before you cross the CBB Bridge.

                  Sting Ray's Restaurant @ 26507 Lankford Hwy., Cape Charles, VA 757 - 331 - 1541.

                  1. Tommy's Gourmet Market will sell you meat, seafood, gourmet food and adult beverages.

                    Tommy's Gourmet Market @ 1242 Duck Road, Kitty Hawk, NC 252 - 261 - 8990.

                    Gourmet Market
                    14 Executive Park Rd Ste C, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

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                    1. re: Littleman

                      Thanks for your thoroughness. You have been very helpful. However, we found Tommy's sorely lacking. The website made it seem so promising. The adventure of the food hunt is what it's about, anyway!

                    2. You will be on Rt. 168 for about 65 miles after leaving I-64. At the intersection of Rt. 168 and Rt. 158 in NC, there is a seafood market called Frog Island Seafood. It's a market as well as a restaurant. We like the flounder sandwich, but pretty much everything is good and fresh.

                      Frog Island Seafood
                      3997 Caratoke Hwy, Barco, NC 27917

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                      1. re: foodjack

                        Kill Devil Grill and Blue Moon Beach Grill were our favorites in OBX last year. Sugar Shack for seafood to cook at home. Have fun!

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

                        Sugar Shack
                        1609 Hale Beach Rd SW, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469

                        Blue Moon Beach Grill
                        , Nags Head, NC 27959

                      2. We are big fans of First Light in Corolla for breakfast. First rate! We have also had great lunchs there. http://firstlightcorolla.com/Home.html

                        First Light
                        790C Ocean Trl, Corolla, NC 27927

                        1. From a Duck resident,

                          Kill Devil Grill - best food in the Outer Banks. Also try Food Dudes - a real treat.



                          Avoid the Sunset Grille at all costs - it's a nice place for a drink, but that's it. The food and service is terrible.

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

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                          1. re: Blarnson

                            I second Food Dudes. We're new to the area so haven't explored much yet - but like FD's so much that we keep going back. Casual - and small, can be a bit crazed because it does get full, esp on Thursdays (Taco Night). But consistently excellent, fresh seafood preparations. It's on the old beach road at about mile marker 9.5