Kitschy and offbeat atrractions, restaurants and dive bars in Outer Banks

August 1, 2011

Heading to the Outer Banks next Saturday for vacation. Any suggestions for activities, restaurants or other attractions? I enjoy strange and kitschy stuff, good food and dive bars. There with my BF and fam, 8/6-8/12. Cheaper is better. I'm based in Roanoke, Virginia

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August 2, 2011

Hey there! Going for a vacation to Outer Banks sounds great. Since you enjoy good food, here are some good options for restaurants bars that I found.

Outer Banks, NC (Source: Lauren)


Here are a few restaurants and pubs that I think you and your family will enjoy.

1. Henry's Restaurant (Recommended)

Henry's Restaurant is a local restaurant that specializes in seafood. They aim at providing American style food that appeals to all ages.

Seafood (Source: DB BLAS) 

Couple of reviews:

The dinner menu offers a wide variety of thing to choose from for both the beef & seafood lover. You won't find seafood fresher then theirs on the Outer Banks! The staff is always very nice & helpful too. Plus, Henry's is locally owned, its nice to help out the locals instead of just another big chain place.

Henry's Beef & Seafood Restaurant (Source:TripAdvisor) 

The value is great,it is like home cooking and they have a wide variety to choose from. We have always had wonderful service. We've eaten B,L&D here and all are wonderful - my personal favorite is breskfast! This is where the locals go!!!


Address: 3396 N. Croatan Hwy Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

Ph: 252-261-2025

Timing: Dinner:4pm-11pm

Price: $4-$21

Cuisine: Seafood, American

To see the menu, go here

2. Fat Boyz

Fat Boyz is popular for their burgers and ice cream. The place is located across the street from Jennette’s Pier. It is mainly a take out restaurant but you could also use the picnic tables outside the restaurant.

burger (Source: angelcandy.baby) 

This takeout joint is aptly named, but Fat Boyz arguably serves the best burgers along the Outer Banks, most of which say to hell with cholesterol, especially such specialties as the bacon cheeseburger with lots of mayo. You might also choose a crab-cake sandwich, chili cheese dog, or a Carolina barbecue pork sandwich with creamy coleslaw. The eatery takes the prize for such retro desserts as butterscotch sundaes and banana splits

Fat Boyz (Source:Frommer's) 

This is a great burger! With all these yuppie hamburger chains popping up and making huge claims about their meat, it is nice to see a good old fashion hand formed delicious patty! Unlike like 5Guys, these burgers aren't large because they are thin patties stacked high with filler (lettuce)...these burgers are just big!

Fatboyz (Source:yelp.com) 

Address: 7206 S Virginia Dare Trl Nags Head, NC 27959

Ph: (252) 441-6514

Timing: 11am-11pm

Price: $3.50-$8

Cuisine: American

To see the menu, go here

3. The Black Pelican restaurant

The Black Pelican restaurant is located across the beach Mile Post 4 in Kitty Hawk. They serve fresh seafood, vegetarian dishes, sandwiches and wood oven pizzas. 

Pizza (Source: Edsel Little) 

Couple of reviews:

I had the Popeye Salad with grilled salmon and it was outstanding! My picky sister tried my salad and we went back the next night so she could having salad envy.

Black Pelican Seafood (Source:Urbanspoon) 

The service is always very friendly and they get the job done. Place is incredibly good for kids (who doesn't love their meal served on a souvenir frisbee) and the food is quite good. Excellent sandwiches and salads. My husband loves the shrimp and grits. They know how to make an excellent Bloody Mary and Margarita as well. All in all a really comfortable and relaxing way to start a wonderful week at the beach.

Black Pelican (Source:yelp.com)

Address: 3848 Virginia Dare Trail Kitty Hawk, NC

Ph: 252-261-3161

Timings: Dinner: 4pm-11pm (they have separate late night menu as well)

Price: $4-$25

Cuisine: Seafood

To see the menu, go here

4. Barefoot Bernie's Bar (Recommended)

Barefoot Bernie's bar have colorful walls, unique light fixtures and family environment that would make the person feel like they were on a tropical island. 

Surfing (Source: Tricia) 

Here're a couple of reviews:

We really enjoyed Barefoot Bernie's. I wasn't crazy about my meal (Grouper in parchment), but everyone else in my group loved their food. The bread that they bring you is amazing--and they were happy to refill after we had gobbled up the first batch they brought.

Barefoot Bernie's Bar (Source:TripAdvisor) 

Amazing honey glazed salmon and grouper in a bag. No matter what time of night. We went one night at around 9:30pm and once around 5:00pm, both times were amazing. Even better with live music and great friends!

Barefoot Bernie's (Source:Urbanspoon) 

Address: 3730 North Croatan Hwy Milepost 4.5 Kitty Hawk, NC 27949

Ph: 252-261-1008

Timing: Dinner-4.30pm-10pm, Friday-Saturday: 10pm-1am

Price: $4-$9 (drinks)

To see the drink menu, go here

5. Rundown Cafe & Tsunami Surf Bar

Rundown Cafe & Tsunami Surf Bar has both outdoor and indoor seating that offers Caribbean and pacific rim cuisines. This is a surf bar which serves dinner as well.

bar (Source: Miles Gehm) 

Couple of reviews:

The raw bar and the steamer bar are superb, and Caribbean and Pacific Rim dishes dominate the dinner selections. Microbrews are served along with a martini menu, and drink specials rule the night, including the Shark Attack with grenadine that is served in a plastic shark. This Caribbean-style joint opens onto the beach road, and is found when you come over the bridge from the mainland.

Rundown Cafe & Tsunami Surf Bar (Source:Frommer's) 

The Rundown Cafe is a nice, little restaurant. Whatever you do, make sure you come here and get their Rundown soup. It is delicious. It's fishy, and sweet and all around excellent.

Rundown Cafe (Source:Citysearch) 

Address: Milepost 1; Beach Rd., across from Kitty Hawk Pier

Ph: 252/255-0026

Timing: Monday-Sunday: 11am-10pm, Sunday: 11.30am-10pm

Price: $6-$12

These are a few of my suggestions, hope it is helpful for your vacation. If you need information on anything else, feel free to ask us.

Have a safe trip.



August 2, 2011

Hi! happy to know about your trip to Outer Banks. Outer banks is a great place to be have fun with your family. There are loads of things to do in Outer Banks from soaking lots of Vitamins in the sun to surfing in it's sandy beaches.

Outer Banks (Source: Phyllis) 

Things to See

As per your wish I am going to suggest you offbeat things to do in Outer Banks.

1. Island Farm, Manteo  (Recommended)

Island Farm in Manteo is hidden gem. Here you get a glimpse of life as it was before the Civil War. You can join interpreters dressed in period attire as they carry out the daily activities of a Roanoke Island farm in the 1850s. You can see hands-on activities and demonstrations: Woodworking, cooking, blacksmithing, children's games and ox-drawn wagon rides are just a few activities offered.

Island Farm (Source: Thomas Carter) 

A living history site, Island Farm interprets daily life on Roanoke Island in the mid-1800s. The centerpiece of the site is the Etheridge farmstead, where Adam Etheridge built a house on land that had been farmed by his family since 1757. It is the oldest period restoration of a house on Roanoke Island, and includes 19th-century furnishings, some original to the house.
Visitors can explore nearly a dozen buildings, such as the farmhouse, a reconstructed slave cabin, outhouse, cookhouse, smokehouse, dairy, barns, chicken coop, corn crib, woodshed, and blacksmith shop.

(Source: The Island Farm - Roanoke Island) 

Activities vary daily.

Address: 1140 US Highway 64 Manteo, NC 27954

Hours: Wednesday to Saturday (June to October) 10 AM to 4 PM.

Phone: 252-473-6500


Cost: Call the phone number above or email islandfarm252@gmail.com

For more details click here and for reviews click here        

2. Frisco UFO House (Recommended)

You will find this kitschy attraction just a short distance from Cape Hatteras just before the town of Buxton. I read through many travel forums and found some information about this place. You will basically see a flying saucer kind of thing. Some say it used to be a real estate office, some say it is a vacation home now and others say there used to be a flea market inside the saucer that sold all kitschy and vintage stuff. Sounds interesting? Why not visit yourself and see what is it used for exactly.

Getting There:  It is located on Route 12 (on the left side if you are going south) in the town of Frisco, just before you get to Buxton, North Carolina.

Futuro House (Source: Elizabeth) 

3. Shipwreck Museum Inc

Shipwreck Museum Inc, is a good place to shop for kitschy stuff. They always have something interesting in their shop that would make you want to buy. If you like unusual stuff this place is a good bet for you.

Here is review:

Shipwreck Museum, Inc. a local fixture on the causeway for more than 55 years. It offers driftwood, seashells, jewelry, lamps, local crafts, live hermit crabs (which my brother got two summers in a row in the '80s), and anything imaginable that has a nautical theme.

 (Source: Nags Head Shopping Tips by b1bob) 

Address: 7746 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27959

Directions: On the causeway between Nags Head proper and Roanoke Island. Going in the direction of Roanoke Island, it's on the right.

Phone: (252) 441-5739

 (Source: OuterBanks2008) 

So go ahead and enjoy your holidays in warm sunshine with lots of fun and adventure. If you need any suggestions or help regarding any thing else feel free to write back. I would be more than happy to help.



Answered by Jayshree Shroff

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