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Outer Banks suggestions

I went to the Outer Banks for the first time last summer, and while we had a great time and loved the beaches, there really were no culinary highlights like there have been at other beach towns/areas I've been to. None of the seafood places we went to, for example, could match some of the joints in/near Ocean City, MD (like Waterman's). We went to the Carolina Buffet and Bob's Grill, among others.

So, folks, what did we miss? I'd love to hear what people's favorite places to eat in the Outer Banks are. We will be staying in Kill Devil Hills, but will probably go all the way south to Ocracoke and north to Duck/Corolla. I'm especially interested in good seafood. We head there on June 25th.

Thanks in advance,
Brian L.

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Bob's Grill
1219 S Croatan Hwy, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

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  1. Not sure what type of food you're looking for, but we just returned from OBX and had the best meal of our trip at Kill Devil Grill. I had a seared tuna over stone ground grits with a crab, sweet corn and grape tomato salsa. I'm still dreaming about it.
    Might I suggest searching the boards - there are quite a few existing threads that may provide the info you're looking for. Just search on 'outer banks' 'obx' or the specific town where you're looking for recommendations.
    Have a great trip!

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

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    1. re: AmyInNC

      Thanks, Amy! I'm not sure why we didn't go to Kill Devil Grill last year--I recall discussing it. We'll definitely go this time.

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

      1. re: brian14leonard

        I wish we'd gone earlier in the week so we could've hit it up twice :) let us know what you think!

    2. Tortugas Lie in Nags Head

      Cap'n Franks for the best hot dogs

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      1. Have been to Kill Devil Grill for lunch- really good. Had the crab cake sandwich. We eat all of our meals at our rental, so I usually only get to try restaurants the day before check in and check in day. Have also been Corolla Village BBQ in Corolla, behind the lighthouse and the Twiddy rental office. DOnt know a lot about BBQ- but it was good!

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

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        1. The Sugar Shack is almost right as you enter Nag's Head. It's a take-out place but I've never gotten a bad order from them. I always hit them up coming in and then again going out. I also second Tortuga's Lie.

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          1. the only place that can be called a foodie spot close to you would be 1587 in Manteo. Its in the Tranquil Inn. The Colinton Cafe isn't bad but 1587 is tops. If you go all the way to Okracoke don't expect much. Howards is the most known spot but it seems to have lost alittle bit over the last few years. The Back Porch on Okracoke isn't bad as well. In Hatteras if you like shrimp go to Risky Business under the Breakwater restaurant and order some jumbo shrimp steamed with some spices. ask for them hot and sit outside with a beer and eat them. you won't be disappointed. also up the beach in Frisco(right by the high school) go to Pops Bar for the coldest beer and bar seafood. steamed shrimp and fried oysters are tops here. Its not foodie heaven but its bar food heaven. Last if you are down in Buxton early in the day go to the Orange Blossum cafe for good coffee and the best apple fritter around. :)

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            The Back Porch
            1616 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201

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