5 OBX Restaurants You Probably Haven't Heard Of, Plus 5 More!
*This post originally ran in April 2015, but has been updated in October 2016 to include 5 more OBX restaurants you probably haven't heard of. Check out the new entries and don't forget to tell us your favorites in the comments!
One of the best things about going on vacation is experiencing the different dining options of your destination. The Outer Banks boasts numerous well-known, highly-praised restaurants, but sometimes it’s the hidden gems that make for an amazing culinary experience. Here are a few Outer Banks restaurants you probably haven’t heard of to try during your next OBX vacation!
High Cotton Barbeque
If you're looking for authentic Eastern North Carolina barbeque, look no further. It's cooked low and slow for hours over smoking hickory coals to achieve absolute perfection. One bite and you'll be hooked. You'll find other Southern favorites on the menu too including fried chicken, smoky ribs and beef brisket. Don't forget to choose your favorite side dish and a glass of sweet tea, y'all. High Cotton is conveniently located at Mile Post 2 in Kitty Hawk, where the beach and road begins. For more information, click: here.
Coastal Provisions Oyster Bar & Wine Cafe
Craving oysters? Then Coastal Provisions has just what you're looking for. This specialty food store turned restaurant with the addition of the Wine Bar & Oyster Bar serves great fresh local seafood, steaks, creative small plates and the largest selection of oysters in the Outer Banks. They're located in Southern Shores and are open for lunch and dinner. Check out their sister restaurants in Duck: Coastal Cantina and Cravings Steak & Seafood. The latter has also been featured on Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives with Guy Fieri. Shhhh! Don't tell anyone. For more information, click: here.
Art's Place Bar & Grille
Arguably the best burger joints in North Carolina, Art's Place is a local favorite. They go beyond the burger though serving up a stellar breakfast along with delicious lunches and dinners all in a laid-back beachy atmosphere. They have live music throughout the week, too. Pay them a visit next time you're in Kitty Hawk. For more information, click: here.
Outer Banks Taco Bar
The authentic flavors and funky twists of Korean, Vietnamese, Southern American and Central American cuisine meet right here at the Outer Banks Taco Bar. The fresh, fun and flavorful dishes are sure to please and the homemade tortillas and in-house salsa bar are to die for. Spice up your life with anything off the menu and don't forget to check out the daily chalkboard specials. The Outer Banks Taco Bar is located at Mile Post 4.5 in Kitty Hawk. For more information, click: here.
The Paper Canoe
It's the idyllic marriage of gourmet cuisine and waterfront dining that makes The Paper Canoe a local treasure. Simply and passionately prepared food is delivered from the backyard of the Outer Banks to your plate. You'll find wood-fired oven creations like specialty pizzas and handmade pastas to succulent, locally-caught seafood dishes. The Paper Canoe is located in quaint OBX town of Duck. For more information, click: here.
Food Dudes Kitchen
A local favorite, this small eatery tucked away in Kill Devil Hills has a little something for everyone. From fresh local fish and their popular pork tacos to nachos and shrimp spring rolls, the menu is unique and covers enough ground to keep many people in your party happy! Situated in a shopping plaza, this popular place might not be something you’ve heard about or notice immediately on your drive to your Nags Head vacation rental, but it is well-worth seeking out and you’ll be happy you stopped by. For more information, click: here.
Ortega’z Southwestern Grill and Wine Bar
Nestled in historic, downtown Manteo, Ortega’z Southwestern Grill and Wine Bar is a quaint, casual restaurant with a unique, lovable southwestern flair. Locals and vacationers alike love this hidden gathering spot for its exceptional food, delicious wine and a comfortable yet elegant atmosphere. For more information, click: here.
Another excellent Outer Banks restaurant that you probably haven’t heard of is Taiko Japanese Restaurant, located in the Outer Banks Mall shopping center in Nags Head. If you’re looking for fresh, authentic sushi and other authentic Japanese cuisine, Taiko has proven itself time and time again. For more information, click: here.
Pok’s Art Asian Fusion Kitchen
For a truly unique, enjoyable dining experience on the Outer Banks, discover Pok’s Art Asian Fusion Kitchen. Well-known owner and chef, Phongkrit Pok, melds together style and tastes from his family’s kitchen and from his travels around the world to bring a fresh, diverse menu to the Outer Banks. Be sure to stop by during your next Outer Banks vacation to try one of his unique creations. For more information, click: here.
I Got Your Crabs
Like most of the other restaurants on this list, I Got Your Crabs can also be found in a shopping plaza, but also like these other hidden gems, what you find inside proves that some places have more to offer than what meets the eye. This quaint, fresh seafood steam bar and market doesn’t boast a large restaurant facility, but the made-to-order, locally-caught and deliciously-prepared seafood, wrapped up in the package of a friendly, welcoming family atmosphere, is what keeps locals and visitors coming back again and again. For more information, click: here, or stop by the restaurant in Kitty Hawk, located at MP 4.5.
Use this guide to 5 Outer Banks restaurants you might not have heard of before, to create for yourself a delicious Outer Banks vacation. With tastes from around the world and from our own backyard, these restaurants will surely make your Outer Banks stay a savory one.
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