Along with its great beaches and amazing attractions, the Outer Banks offers some of the finest cuisine on the East Coast, making it a premier place to grab a bite to eat as well. When it comes to the most authentic and delicious foods, you won’t be disappointed on these barrier islands. Whatever you you happen to be in the mood for, you have plenty of restaurants to choose from, each bringing their own flavor to the Outer Banks foodie scene.
When you are visiting a place like the Outer Banks, you can be sure chefs know their stuff when it comes to seafood and other local favorites, and they know just how to prepare it to keep guests coming back again and again.
Whether you are looking for an upscale dining experience or a laid-back ambience where you can relax after a day in the surf and sun, restaurants that specialize in seafood are plentiful.
If you are looking for a smorgasbord of the freshest seafood, Captain George’s Seafood Restaurant in Kill Devil Hills is the place to be. All of its food is prepared fresh on the premises as well as homemade salads, desserts and the dressings to its secret seafood casserole recipes. Guests can enjoy upscale dining as well as professional service while enjoying the restaurant’s all-you-can-eat seafood buffet that features more than 70 items such as steamed shrimp, Oysters Rockefeller, prime rib, and of course their world-famous crab legs.
The Lifesaving Station at the Sanderling Resort in Duck offers guests the opportunity to dine in a casual yet historic setting for any meal of the day. Located in Caffey’s Inlet Lifesaving Station No. 5, it offers views of the Currituck Sound from the upper level. Guests can choose from classic breakfasts with an Outer Banks touch, enjoy a bowl of Outer Banks seafood stew or Sanderling sandwich at lunch, or have a dinner from either the land or sea. Tantalizing entrees include seared duck breast, seared sea scallops, 12 oz. NY strip, and lump crab cakes.
Awful Arthur’s Oyster Bar on the beach road in Kill Devil Hills was named by Coastal Living magazine as one of the top 10 oyster bars in the country and has been recognized for its tasty steamed shrimp too. Aside from its famous oysters and shrimp, local favorites at Awful Arthur’s include the popular Bad Barracuda’s Garlic Shrimp and Crab, soft shell crabs in season, crab cakes, and steamed combos. Want something other than seafood? Awful Arthur’s also has scrumptious burgers, pastas, and sandwiches.
A picture-perfect sunset and an unforgettable meal can become a part of what makes vacations unforgettable. If you want to find the perfect place to sip a glass of wine and watch the sun sink into the water, try these local favorites:
At the Sanderling Resort, Kimball’s Kitchen is an elegant dining experience that also offers breathtaking views of the Currituck Sound along with a world-class menu. Here guests are treated to freshly-caught local seafood, handmade pasta, certified Angus beef, and a wide selection of local oysters. Kimball’s Kitchen also has an award-winning wine selection to choose from along with hand-crafted cocktails. Enjoy entrees such as blue crab stuffed flounder, seared diver scallops, and handmade lobster ravioli.
Just south in the heart of the Village of Duck is the elegantly simple restaurant The Blue Point. Overlooking the Currituck Sound, The Blue Point offers breathtaking sunsets and can be touted as the Outer Banks’ original farm-to-table restaurant. With a menu that favors local and sustainable seafood and what’s in season, guests love The Blue Point’s mouthwatering menu that includes items such as the Pamlico Shrimp Ravioli Bowl, the Rosebay Oyster Stew, and Confit of Guinea Hen and Sweet Potato Gnocchi.
A Little Bit of Everything Else
Looking for a tasty burger, authentic Outer Banks cuisine, or perhaps some Italian? The Outer Banks has more to offer than just seafood. Enjoy a wide selection of delicious meals in a casual, beachy atmosphere. Here are a few restaurants that are sure to win over your palate.
If a Caribbean flair and atmosphere is what you’re after, be sure to check out Sunset Grille and Raw Bar in Duck. With a wide selection of fresh local seafood, steaks, pasta, and world famous cocktails, it has something for everyone. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, its full menu includes entrees such as an Island-Style Pork Sandwich, Caribbean Chicken Sandwich, Dolphin Jalamango, Salmon with Sun-
dried Tomato Pesto and Crab. Sunset Grille also has three tiki bars, a sushi bar, raw bar and outdoor waterfront dining.
Fishbones Raw Bar and Restaurant, also in Duck, offers casual dining in a fun atmosphere. The restaurant has undergone a complete renovation for the 2016 season and touts a modern feel and eclectic menu that includes small and large plates along with its popular raw bar. Creative Caribbean style combined with fresh local Outer Banks seafood makes Fishbones an Outer Banks favorite. Enjoy unique dishes such as Tuna Avacado and Seafood Enchaladas as well as a full burger bar with items such as the Caprese, Hurricane, and Nacho burgers.
Salt Water Grill in Corolla boasts coastal favorites that include locally-sourced seafood and produce and natural pork, beef, and chicken. It is also home to one of the largest craft beer selections on the northern Outer Banks. Guests can start out with tempting appetizers like fried green tomatoes or BBQ bacon shrimp and move on to steamers, fried seafood platters or entrees such as the Local’s Catch, Carolina Shrimp and Grits or Pesto Chicken to name a few.
If you are in the mood for Italian, there’s no better place to stop by than Duck Pizza Company, located in the Scarborough Lane Shoppes in downtown Duck. Family owned and operated, Duck Pizza offers everything from authentic, mouth-watering specialty pizzas to subs, wraps, wings, salads, stromboli and calzones.
So whether you want fine dining or a casual atmosphere, the best of surf and turf or pasta and burgers, the Outer Banks is truly not only a beach lover’s paradise, but also a foodie’s.
Michelle Wagner is a freelance writer who has called the Outer Banks home since 1999. She’s spent the last 17 years exploring the foodie scene on the beach; it’s a tough job, but someone has to do it.