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Looking for a good restaurant on Cape Hatteras/Avon

LulusMom Aug 19, 2013 02:13 AM

My brother will be renting a place in Avon on the Cape next month and we'll be visiting him for a few days. I've never been and have no idea what the food situation is like, but I'd love to take him and his girlfriend out for a nice dinner. Is there anything fairly close by that is really good? Avon seems to be just north of Buxton, if that helps. Thanks very much in advance for any information/help you can give.

  1. yummykimmy Aug 19, 2013 06:55 AM

    I like Dinky's down in Hatteras Village - the sunsets are beautiful and the food has always been good. Also closer to where you are staying is Ketch 55 - also good. Dining in Hatteras is very casual, the bed and breakfast - Inn at Pamlico Sound - is a wee bit more upscale and their food is decent as well.

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    1. re: yummykimmy
      LulusMom Aug 19, 2013 07:54 AM

      Thanks yk. How far down is Hatteras Village? I'd prefer not to have to drive far. I looked on tripadvisor and saw some very mixed reviews of Ketch 55, but I trust food reviews more on Chow.

      1. re: LulusMom
        yummykimmy Aug 19, 2013 08:08 AM

        It's about 30 minutes south. There are plenty of restaurants in the Avon area - but many are very plain. I think we have eaten at almost every single restaurant on Hatteras Island. If you tell a little more what you are after I can try and steer you better.

        1. re: yummykimmy
          LulusMom Aug 19, 2013 09:43 AM

          Thanks yummy. Basically my brother is paying for the house, and so ideally we would like to take them out for a nice dinner. My brother and I don't eat red meat, but the rest of the group do (just 5 of us). I'd like it to be really great food - that is the most important thing. If that isn't really possible I'd probably choose to cook myself. But if there is someplace with great food (no matter how dumpy, although I do like waitress service so we don't have to keep getting up for drinks), price doesn't matter either way; we'd also like adult beverages to be available.

          1. re: LulusMom
            Phoebe Aug 19, 2013 11:40 AM

            There are very few restaurants here on the OBX that serve really great food... anywhere. Truth be told, none where you are staying. (Too far south, more isolated.)

            If you truly want a GREAT meal... cook it at home like you suggested. Right now there's a huge selection of "fresh" seafood being caught & sold here locally. Great mahi, tuna, flounder, wahoo, clams, mussels, blue crabs (hard & soft shells), crab meat, shrimp & oysters. I'd rather enjoy a feast of great "fresh" seafood at home, than pay twice the price for "average" out at any restaurant. Half the fun is looking for recipes to prepare!

            (Note: Most rentals here have at least one huge pot for steaming crabs or doing a seafood boil!)

            1. re: Phoebe
              LulusMom Aug 19, 2013 12:54 PM

              Thanks, I'll come prepared with a few of my great seafood recipes and go that direction then. Makes lots of sense.

              1. re: LulusMom
                rockycat Aug 19, 2013 01:35 PM

                If you're going to buy your own seafood, stop at the retail store at the Wanchese Seafood Industrial Park. The quality is great and the prices are so much better than the rip-offs on Hatteras Island.

                1. re: rockycat
                  LulusMom Aug 19, 2013 01:52 PM

                  Oooh, thanks. I have never been out that way. Can you tell me where this place is? Do I need to bring an ice chest for whatever I buy?

                  1. re: LulusMom
                    Phoebe Aug 19, 2013 02:01 PM

                    LulusMom... Wanchese is way out of the way. Are you coming in from the north (Kitty Hawk)?

                    1. re: Phoebe
                      rockycat Aug 19, 2013 02:10 PM

                      Wanchese is on the way when you're coming from the Triangle. It's on Roanoke Island, at the opposite end from Manteo. The whole island isn't that big. From there you just cross over and turn south and you're on the way to HI.

                      You might want to bring a cooler but the market provides ice. You might also want to stop there on the way home to stock up your fridge/freezer. We did and ate pretty well for the next few days.

                      1. re: rockycat
                        LulusMom Aug 19, 2013 03:13 PM

                        Fantastic info, rockycat, thanks so much. And Phoebe, rc knows me and knows where I am coming from, so she was giving me info based on that, but thank you for making sure I knew.

                        1. re: LulusMom
                          chazzer Aug 20, 2013 07:08 AM

                          Website for the retail store at the seafood industrial park


                          1. re: chazzer
                            LulusMom Aug 20, 2013 07:27 AM

                            Thanks chazzer - that looks amazing. Since my brother will be there longer than we will I'm sure he'll appreciate having that info. Will forward it along to him.

                            1. re: chazzer
                              LulusMom Aug 20, 2013 07:31 AM

                              Wow, the lunch stuff there looks good too.

                    2. re: rockycat
                      yummykimmy Aug 20, 2013 09:10 AM

                      There's a seafood market in Avon on the sound side off of Rt 12 that services all the local restaurants. You have to go early because they sell out quickly. Very fresh and very inexpensive. I am terrible with directions, but if you are interested I can ask my husband for how to get there.

                      1. re: yummykimmy
                        LulusMom Aug 20, 2013 09:15 AM

                        Absolutely interested - thank you (and your husband).

                        1. re: LulusMom
                          yummykimmy Aug 20, 2013 11:08 AM

                          Going south on rt 12 make a right going west where the Risky Business market is (which I don't recommend). Stay on that road for about 1/2 mile and look for the market on the right hand side (on the dock). Enjoy your trip! And remember to go early!

                          1. re: yummykimmy
                            LulusMom Aug 20, 2013 01:45 PM

                            Thanks so much - I've just sent that to my brother. I'm hoping he'll make some of his famous fish tacos for us, so the info could be considered a bribe. In my email I asked what kind of beer he'd most like us to bring, just to sweeten the pot.

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          chazzer Aug 19, 2013 11:27 AM

          If you make it down to Buxton around breakfast to to Orange Blossom Bakery for their Apple Uglies


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