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OBX Corolla in August. Prime meats for our grill?

We vacationed here eight years in a row and had a fantastic time. Kids in college and just plain 'growing up' forced us to stay close to home. Have not been back since the summer of '07? Food Lion was just overtaken by Harris Teeter (great store). Any info if they carry prime steaks in the summer? We love the great coffee place with the bagels and crumb buns. Nick Diana's (wood grill) still pretty good? Any butcher shops or great fish markets open recently? Thanks in advance

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  1. Where are you coming from? Really far?
    I just ask because the best steak we just cooked last week in Corolla was brought by us from home.

    I think your best bet is Tommy's Gourmet Market in Duck.


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    1. re: monavano

      Per his profile information, the OP is from NJ.

    2. Most of the local fish is coming through the Seafood Industrial Park in Wanchese near Mantao. The fish is super fresh and more reasonable then other markets in the area.


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      1. re: chazzer

        As an FYI to the OP, Wanchese is an hour's drive from Corolla.

        1. re: carolinadawg

          And as you go up the OBX towards Corolla, you'll find seafood places that are well regarded on Yelp and such, and they have plenty of local, fresh seafood.

          Moreover, the OP is asking for PRIME MEAT ;-)

          1. re: monavano

            OP is also asking for fish markets...

            1. re: monavano

              Also O'Neals is 40% less then all the places that are well regarded on Yelp. In fact most of those well regarded on Yelp places buy the local fish from O'Neals

              1. re: chazzer

                Look, if anyone wants to spend 3 hours round trip from Corolla to save money, have at it.
                Not my idea of quality vacation time, nor my dogs!
                Moreover, I do 99% of the food sourcing/shopping for my household, and know decent prices when I see them.

        2. If you can make it down to Nags Head, then get some meat from the Fresh Market.

          1. Depending on your route the Weeping Radish might be an option before you reach the OBX. If steaks aren't available it won't be a wasted trip because their sausages are wonderful!


            1. If you're driving down from NJ, you might consider dry ice and pack up nice meat from a source you already know is quality.
              I can pretty much guarantee you'll save money, especially if you're grilling for a crowd.

              The Food Lion has upped its game considerably in the past few years, so you should check it out and see if it'll do the job for you.
              Saves a lot of time vs. driving down to HT.
              Of course, the HT is still nice, too.

              OBX coffee is still there, and the seafood place in the same shopping center is as good as any up and down the Trail.

              1. Ah, I almost forgot about this place because it wasn't open yet last week:

                "Butcher Block
                807 E. Ocean Trail, Monteray Shores Shopping Plaza
                (252) 453-3663
                For the meat lovers in the northern Outer Banks, Butcher Block is the prime location for all your barbecue needs. They offer cut-to-order Angus steaks ready for the grill. Enjoy Filet Mignon, Ribeye and New York Strip as well as bone-in Porterhouse and T-Bones. You can also find fresh ground beef, gourmet burgers, fresh pork (including homemade sausage), poultry, lamb and veal, all of the highest quality and freshness. For a real Southern treat, consider Butcher Block as the source for whole pigs on the OBX. Butcher Block also specializes in fresh seafood straight from the local docks. Fresh fish filets, shellfish and mollusk are available. Shrimp and crab steamed and spiced to order are other handy items. Butcher Block also features Boar’s Head deli meats and cheeses sliced to order. Check out their party trays and fresh salads."


                1. Thank you all for the great info. Looks like we've got some great choices.

                  1. I live near the Outer Banks; in fact, I did a wedding rehearsal dinner last week in the 4 x 4 area of Corolla. In my opinion, if you can shop & pack up a cooler before you reach the Outer Banks , it will be way less expensive for you. With that said, if price is not an issue, there's Tommy's in Duck..Harris Teeter in Corolla has pretty decent meats and fish.

                    1. Corolla local here...Butcher Block is FABULOUS--the owner,Johnny (along with his wife,Michele), was the butcher at the Corolla Harris Teeter for years and learned the trade from his dad. He really knows his stuff AND he'll take good care of you. Nice, local business and you won't be sending your money out of the country, like you will with Food Lion! Shop LOCAL...PLEASE! http://www.obxbutcherblock.com/home.html

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                      1. re: SweetPhyl

                        Will definitely hit it up next visit.

                      2. Okay, swweetphyl, good point about keeping the cash where it belongs. Butcher block it is!!! Thanks, all, for the suggestions. And, we'd prefer not to freeze a great piece of (prime) meat for later in the week.

                        1. By the way, Mike Dianna's Grill Room is still rocking the steaks and seafood AND live music on the deck at night. Lighthouse Bagels has the best breakfast in town...good sandwiches too! (In Monteray Plaza) Be sure to hit up Agave Roja for a tequila tasting. Corolla has it all now!

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                          1. re: SweetPhyl

                            I think we'll try out the Grill Room next visit.
                            We enjoyed First Light for breakfast.

                            Agree, Corolla has it all.
                            We make it down to Duck once or twice, but really, we have everything we need from Timbuck II and north.