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The 7 Best Local OBX Seafood Markets

Best Outer Banks Seafood Markets

If you’re like us, you love seafood because it’s delicious and satisfies your craving in a way that few other foods can. Not only is it a tasty fare, but it’s also naturally good for you and requires minimal preparation. The Outer Banks is packed with countless places offering seafood. From restaurants to road stands, finding a way to get your hands on seafood is no hard task. But deciding which place is best can be hard. There are many things to consider on your hunt for the best fresh catch. Your beach vacation isn’t complete without indulging in the fresh fare caught locally along the Outer Banks. Don’t get us wrong, there are several restaurants that serve deliciously prepared entrees, but we highly recommend an outing to one of the many Outer Banks seafood markets for a staple meal to prepare at home for the entire family to enjoy! We’ve put together a list of the 7 Best OBX Seafood Markets to help you decide — or maybe even explore them all!


Austin Fish Company

3711 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 12.5, Nags Head

Austin’s features a variety of seafood including crab meat, shrimp, Best OBX Seafood Marketsoysters, clams, fish, scallops, crabs, live lobsters, lobster tails and snow crab legs. They’ll steam your shrimp and crabs for you, or you can order steamed seafood buckets, soups and fried dinners to go. They also sell the condiments you’ll need for your seafood. If you start feeling hungry while deciding what fresh seafood you want to cook for dinner, Austin’s has your back! Step on over to their porch for some lunch or perhaps just a quick bite to hold you and your family over until the next meal!


Billy’s Seafood

1341 Colington Road, Kill Devil Hills

A little off the beaten track on Colington Road, but well-known and a favorite of locals. At Billy’s Seafood they stock plenty of fresh, local seafood, so pick some up to prepare your own feast at home tonight. Best OBX Seafood Markets for Fresh Seafood - Fishmonger cleaning fishThey’re a great stop for local soft-shell crabs in season, and they also have convenience items, seasonings, beer and wine. The fresh, homemade tuna salad they sell here is some of the best you’ll find anywhere. We recommend grabbing a couple of their devilled crabs. Simply pop them in the oven and voila! A perfect and delicious appetizer or addition to your meal.


Carawan Seafood

5424 N Croatan Hwy, Kitty Hawk

Carawan Seafood Company has been around since 1980 and is considered a landmark to Kitty Hawk.  Offering fresh local seafood, you’re sure to be delighted by the friendly service this family-owned shop is known for. The offer all sorts of fresh fish and shellfish at prices within budget. Everything is prepared on-site to bring customers the freshest, cleanest seafood. Choose from local favorites like fresh North Carolina shrimp, or leave with a unique Best OBX Seafood Markets for Fresh Seafood - Blue Crab at Seafood Marketfind like one of their local spices or honey. The whole family will enjoy the trip to Carawan as the kids can venture into the gift shop room for seashell displays and souvenir-like gifts. Fresh produce is also offered on site, making Carawan Seafood a one-stop dinner shopping experience! Call before you head out the door for their daily menu of fresh fish.


Dockside ‘N Duck Seafood Market

1216 Duck Road, Wee Winks Square, Duck

Owned and operated by a local family of commercial fishermen and farmers, Dockside has all the fresh seafood you’ll need for an Outer Banks feast. Live and steamed crabs, crabmeat, steamed shrimp, fresh shrimp, clams, scallops, oysters, mussels, fish and lobsters – they’re all here, along with the condiments you’ll need. They also sell seafood-inspired prepared foods for take-out, such as homemade Best OBX Seafood Markets for Fresh Seafoodsoups and seafood dips. Homemade pies and fresh bread round out the offerings.


Bluewater Seafood Market

501 Old Stoney Rd, Corolla

Bluewater Seafood Market is located at the south entrance of the Currituck Club in Corolla. Choose from a wide variety of “fresh off the hook local seafood,” including blue crabs, halibut, swordfish, oysters, red snapper, flounder, wahoo, rockfish, salmon, soft shell crabs and sea bass. They also offer various salads and cole slaw, dips, spices and marinades plus steak, sausage, beer, wine and even ice. Bluewater has it all! Be sure to call ahead if you are looking to get one of their steamed or fried seafood buckets. Their seafood buckets are packed with deliciousness including red Best OBX Seafood Markets for Fresh Seafoodpotatoes, corn on the cob, Vidalia onions, spices, cocktail sauce, butter, lemon and of course, your choice of seafood. You can certainly have it your way at Bluewater!



Harbor House Seafood Market

58129 NC-12, Hatteras Village

If you’re in the Hatteras area, don’t miss your chance to stop by Harbor House Seafood Market for some of the best quality in fresh seafood. Everything this family-owned business offers is guaranteed caught local – and by their own boats! The owners have been in the commercial fishing business in Hatteras since 1989, which led them to open this local market for people to enjoy seafood that’s not imported. Harbor House offers both raw and prepared Best OBX Seafood Markets for Fresh Seafoodseafood that’s caught fresh daily! Other offerings include unique items such as shrimp and crab enchiladas, seafood sandwiches and shrimp pasta salad. You can find out what the catch of the week is, view oven ready items and even download the full Harbor House menu on their user-friendly website. It’s safe to say this family of four that make up the “Harbor House Team,” goes above and beyond to ensure their customers are happy. Don’t miss your chance at guaranteed satisfaction!


Sunrise Seafood Market

40658 NC-12, Avon

If you’re looking for a wide variety of fresh seafood, head to Sunrise Seafood Market in Avon. You’ll have quite selection to choose from including tile fish, spicy steamed shrimp, red snapper, fresh & dry seaBest OBX Seafood Markets for Fresh Seafood Fishing Boat at Sea scallops, middle neck clams and sheepshead fillets. Sunrise also hand makes all sauces fresh in house! Don’t forget to try the fresh potato salad, seaweed salad, smoked tuna bites or perhaps one of many marinades or dry spice rubs you can find here. Be sure to add Sunrise Seafood Market to your list of places to try for fresh seafood on the Outer Banks!




From local seafood experts to first time home buyer, Eillu is here to help you navigate the home buying & selling process.  With over two decades of experience in the Outer Banks market, we can help you with any questions and guide you every step of the way for a smooth experience.  We proudly offer exclusive deals that will save you money without sacrificing service.  Schedule an appointment with Eillu today!



14 Spooky Ghost Stories on the Outer Banks NC

Blackbeard the pirate and other ghost stories of the OBX

The history of the Outer Banks dates back to the very first settlers and the Lost Colony of 1587.  Of course, the Native Americans favored the area long before these settlers arrived. This long history is bound to set the stage for drama and trapped spirits.  Some paranormal experts believe the Outer Banks is one of the most haunted places in the US.  With pirates, ship wrecks and such a long history there is a lot to haunt in OBX.  Here are our favorite Outer Banks ghost stories from north end of the island to south.

The North Room of Currituck Lighthouse

Sadie Johnson was the young daughter of the light keeper and her family was the first to live in the light keeper’s quarters at the Currituck Lighthouse.  Sadie’s bedroom was in the north room of the house. 

Each day, Sadie would play in the sand by the water edge and build sandcastles.  One day she did not return home and her body washed up the next day.  Tragic, but looked to be an apparent drowning.  Until the subsequent deaths occurred.

A friend of the keeper’s wife stayed for a brief visit and slept in the north bedroom.  She caught a mysterious illness and died. 

The last family to inhabit the house also suffered a tragedy.  The light keeper’s wife was being quarantined due to tuberculosis in the North bedroom.  She lost the will to live after being separated from family and friends and died in the room.

No one has spent an entire night in the north bedroom of the keepers house ever since.

Haunted Portrait of Whalehead

If you smell smoke while touring the restored Whalehead Club, head to the Dining room.  Here you will find a portrait of Mr. Knight, holding a cigar.  Many tour goers believe they smell the cigar while taking the tour, but of course smoking is not allowed in the museum. 

The cigar smoke has lingered for decades and was first noticed when researchers from Atlantic Research Corp were staying in the facility.  There has even been a haze visible around the portrait and the portrait has been sent out to be restored due to the apparent smoke damage.

The Black Pelican Restaurant

This restaurant is in the building that served as Lifesaving Station #6.  These stations, 7 total along the coast, were responsible for rescuing mariners who were caught in storms or ran into the shoals. 

The Station Keeper of #6, Captain James Hobbs, had a surfman named T.L. Daniels on his crew that took pleasure in antagonizing the Captain.  The Captain, could no longer tolerate the man when he insulted Hobbs’ wife and shot him in July of 1884 in front of the Lifesaving station crew.  T. L. was buried at sea with no witnesses and the Captain was never tried for the murder. 

Restaurant patrons report seeing T.L. Daniels roaming the restaurant where he was murdered by the Captain.

Seven Sisters

The Seven Sisters is an area in Nags Head near MP 14.  It got its name from 7 sisters who were slaves owned by a kind man who set them free near the end of the civil war. 

The sisters wanted to return to their homeland and disappeared one night.  The next day a large storm hit the area and left in its wake 7 large sand dunes.  These sand dunes are named after the slaves who disappeared.

Lost Colony & the Legend of the White Doe

In 1587, over 100 men, women and children traveled from England to Roanoke Island to establish the first English settlement in the new world.  Virginia Dare was the first English born child in the new colony.  Nine days after she was born, Governor John White, Grandfather to Virginia, sailed back to England. 

When he returned 3 years later on Aug 18, 1590, the settlement was gone. 

To this day it is still a mystery what happened to these early settlers.  Some believe Virginia Dare and others went to live amongst the natives. 

Legend has it that Virginia argued with a witch doctor, whom perhaps wished to marry her,  and when she refused he put her under a spell to turn her into a white doe after her passing. 

The ghost, in the form of a white doe, is still seen on the island to this day.

Roanoke Island Inn

This Inn with a view to the lighthouse in Manteo dates back to 1860 and today is owned by decedents of the original family.  It is said the ghost of Roscoe Jones, former owner and Postmaster in Manteo, haunts the Inn to this day. 

Roscoe was extremely distressed when he was let go from his position as Postmaster.  He isolated himself in the Inn and passed away a short time later. 

It is said, a man in a postal uniform can be seen leaving the Inn on a regular basis.  Guest also report hearing footsteps when no one is there, or seeing vases smash to the floor, window blinds moving up and down and radios turning off and on.

Pioneer Theatre, Manteo

The original Pioneer Theatre in Manteo on Roanoke Island dates back to 1918 and was moved to its current location in 1937.  George W Creef Jr opened the original movie house and it remains in operation with the original family today. 

This single screen family friendly theater is a small town gem; where no R rated movies are shown, admission is only $5 and the most expensive concession item is $1. 

Some locals believe it to be haunted by the former owner who demanded people to be respectful of one another.  One rule is cell phone use is prohibited inside the theater to ensure the uninterrupted enjoyment of all patrons. 

There are reports of a ghost knocking cell phone out of patrons’ hands when using them inside the theatre. 

Bodie Island Lighthouse

The Bodie Island Lighthouse is not as famous as its neighboring lighthouses.  It was the second one built in 1859 when the previous one was abandoned due to a poor foundation.  The second lighthouse did not fare well either as confederate soldiers blew it up to prevent Union soldiers from using it as an observation post.

The gate keeper’s cottage on the lighthouse grounds is where the haunting occurs.  Every day at 4:00 pm there is a knock from behind the massive bricked over fire place.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

There are many ghost stories that take place near and around the famous Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.

Theodosia Burr

It is said, the ghost of Theodosia Burr, lost in a shipwreck in 1812, walks the shores around the lighthouse at night.  She was the daughter of Vice President Aaron Burr, who was plagued by scandals and treason.  She was married to Joseph Alston, a wealthy planter and later Governor of SC.  It was an arranged marriage and not a very happy one. 

Years later, her portrait was found in a humble fisherman’s cottage near Nags Head.  The fisherman, William Pool, had offered the portrait as payment to a Doctor and said he received it from a young woman in a row boat who had no memory of who she was or where she came from.  The fisherman cared for the woman and nursed her back to health. 

When the woman heard the doctor was to receive the painting, she yelled “It is mine! You shall not have it! I am on my way to visit my father in New York, and I am taking this picture of his darling Theodosia!”  She grabbed the portrait and ran into the waves.  She disappeared but the portrait floated back the next day. 

The portrait is displayed in the Lewis Walpole Library in Farmington, CT.

Gray’s Ghost

There is also Gray ghost, who can only be seen in the same area when a severe storm or hurricane is approaching.  Gray was killed sometime in the 1900’s when a sudden summer storm hit the beach.  He appears as a misty apparition that disappears as one approaches and does not speak.  Now his ghost is a warning to beach goers whenever a severe storm or hurricane is approaching. 

Ghost Cat

The ghost cat of the lighthouse has haunted the area for over 150 years.  All agree the cat is black and white and about 20 pounds.  The gender of the cat sometimes varies.  When the lighthouse was moved, the cat was seen in the new location.  The cat is known to rub against people and even let you pet it but once you try to pick it up, it will disappear.

Flaming Ship of Ocracoke

Each September, on the first night of the new moon, a flaming ship can be seen sailing past the Coast of Ocracoke Island

Many German immigrants from the Rhine Valley came to America in the early 1700’s.  For most it was a safe and trusted voyage.  One voyage, did not turn out that way.  The crew attacked the immigrants stealing their valuables and setting the ship on fire and casting it adrift while the immigrants, whose throats were slit, were still on board. 

The crew launched the long boats and gathered the plundered wealth and started to make their way to Bath, NC.  As they were rowing away laughing and bragging to each other, the Captain looked back and the ship was plowing through the waters and quickly gaining on them as though at full sail and at the command of living humans. 

The crew rowed faster and tried to outpace the flaming ship, but the shipped rammed the long boat, sinking it, the treasure and the crew.  The burned husk of the ship washed up on Ocracoke the next day.  On the first new moon in September the eerie wailing sound can be heard just like the sound made so long ago from the violent attack.

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Teach’s Hole

Edward Teach, otherwise known as Blackbeard the Pirate, was known to hide along the inlets of the Outer Banks.  His final execution occurred in 1718 near Ocracoke, at Teach’s Hole.  When he was caught he was beheaded and his head was hung from the bowsprit.  Legend has it that his head continued to scream once removed from his body and his headless body swam around the boat and circled it 3 times once it was flung over board.

Even today, folks report seeing a headless body swimming in the cove and a headless body walking with a lantern on the beach looking for his head.

Graveyard of the Atlantic

The Outer Banks is known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic for good reason.  More than 1,000 ships have been lost on the shoals and many lives have been lost.  It is said that “ghost ships” can be heard with drowning screams and eerie sounds.

One particular ship has remained a mystery.  The Schooner Carroll A. Deering was spotted by lightships on Jan 29, 1921 with the crew visible but seeming to be sailing a peculiar course.  On Jan 31st, 1921 at 6:30am the ship was found abandoned on the shoals.   Her lifeboats were missing but rough seas prevented the Coast Guard from reaching the ship until Feb 4th.  At this point, it was discovered all personal belongings, key navigation equipment, important papers and the ships anchors were missing.

Several investigations were made and some suspected pirates, rum running gangsters and mutiny but no trace of the crew, the log, or equipment has ever surfaced to this day and it remains a mystery.

The Outer Banks of North Carolina has been captivating visitors for centuries.  From the first Native Americans, the first Colonist to the present day vacationer, there is something special about this island that is difficult to describe in few words.  Once it is experienced it is hard to go back to life as it was before.  The salt, sand and sea air get under your skin and won’t let go. 

If you are ready to get your place in paradise, contact Eillu Real Estate for help in following your dreams.  We can help you find and purchase the perfect permanent home, second home or vacation rental investment property.

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5 Best Fine Dining Restaurants in the Outer Banks with great service, food and a view

5 Best Fine Dining Restaurants in the Outer Banks

The Outer Banks has so many great restaurants, it is tough to pick one for that special occasion or to celebrate an important event. Of course, the food has to be outstanding. The atmosphere should be comfortable and inviting. Ideally, it should also have a view. The following 5 restaurants have a check in every column. You are sure to be pleased on that special dinner if you visit one of the following restaurants.

1587 Restaurant

405 Queen Elizabeth Ave, Manteo

Located on the waterfront inside the Tranquil House Inn in Manteo, is 1587 restaurant where every seat has a lovely waterfront view. Perfect for a romantic dinner with exquisite service and top notch cuisine. The menu is not extensive but carefully selected. Seafood is locally sourced by O’Neals in Wanchese and produce is from Somerset Farm in Edenton. There is enough selection, including vegan, vegetarian and gluten free dishes, for every taste. Choices include seafood, steak and chicken delightfully prepared by world class chefs. Travel writers and restaurant critics highly recommend the experience. Southern Living states “Remarkably creative cuisine”.

Aqua Restaurant & Spa

1174 Duck Road, Duck

The delightful restaurant and spa is located on the sound front in Duck to capture breath taking sunsets with your meal. Featuring line caught fresh seafood, duck, chicken and beef expertly prepared with a gourmet twist. The menu also has gluten free selections. Wine Spectator awarded the restaurant Best of award of excellence in 2013. Also, a popular lunch spot. Live music on the deck 7 days a week from 7 to 10 pm.

Blue Point

1240 Duck Road, Duck

Located on the Duck Boardwalk on the sound, Blue Point is a wonderful location for exquisite sunsets. Recently, they have expanded to include an outside bar directly on the sound front with frequent live music offerings. One of the original “farm to table” restaurants with seasonal dishes to make the most of local ingredients. Selections use techniques of brining, curing, pickling, and smoking as well as coastal southern traditions. The She Crab soup always gets rave reviews.

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Ocean Boulevard Bistro & Martini Bar

4700 N Virginia Dare Trail, Kitty Hawk

Located across from the Atlantic Ocean in Kitty Hawk, Ocean Boulevard is well known to locals and visitors alike. Menu selections include unusual starter items like local fig and goat cheese ravioli and lamb meatballs. Entrees range from Duck breast, rack of lamb, to more typical fare of roast chicken and New York Strip. The unusual pairings turn even the typical fare to something divine. The specialty martini bar is updated seasonally. Live music year round on Friday nights. The beach side patio is a great place to enjoy a cocktail before sitting down to your meal.

Colington Café

1029 Colington Rd, Kill Devil Hills

A little off the beaten track on Colington Road, but well-known and a favorite of locals. The restaurant is located in a converted Victorian house that retains a quaint, cozy vibe. The food and service is upscale with linen tablecloths and napkins, fresh flowers and expertly prepared dishes. Wide assortment of seafood, beef filets, pork and chicken. You will want to save room for the inspired deserts which receive rave reviews. The restaurant is nestled in the maritime forest with giant live oak trees and beautiful gardens.

From seasoned veteran to first time home buyer, Eillu is here to help you navigate the home buying & selling process. With over two decades of experience in the Outer Banks market, we can help you with any questions and guide you every step of the way for a smooth experience. Our exclusive buyers rebate and reduced commission will save you money without sacrificing service. Schedule an appointment with Eillu today.



Make a Low Country Boil to Eat Like an Outer Banks Local

Outer Banks low country boil

Looking for a fast, low effort delicious meal that is full of coastal flavor for your Outer Banks vacation or are you entertaining a large group of guests and need a crowd pleaser?  Look no further than the classic low country boil!

This one pot dish is a favorite by locals and visitors alike.  While the classic recipe is included below; there are infinite variations and it is easily adaptable for individual tastes and ingredients on hand.  Whatever your fresh catch of the day or what is available at the fish market or grocery store can easily be included.  If not everyone is a seafood lover then chicken breast meat chunks can also be included.  Want more vegetables? Add some baby carrots to the mix.

This is a good meal to prepare for a BBQ, party or when guests are arriving at various times. Although, once prepared and served, it seems to disappear quickly.

If you have a large group and your pot is not very large, you can also cook in stages and remove the prior contents before adding the next set of ingredients.  Cover previously cooked ingredients to keep warm.

Low Country Boil

1 tablespoon of Old Bay seasoning (can also include Zatarain’s crab boil)

5lbs new red potatoes (if larger potatoes used, cut into wedges)

1 bottle beer (12oz)

1 – 1 ½ teaspoons salt & pepper

1 sweet onion – cut into wedges

1 head of garlic – halved (optional)

3 (16oz) packages of cooked Chorizo or Kielbasa sausage, cut into 1” pieces

8 ears fresh white corn; husked and cleaned.  Cut or break each ear into 2 to 3 pieces.

5lbs crab meat pieces (or just about any other seafood)

4lbs shrimp, peeled and deveined


In very large pot, bring to boil beer, salt, water.  Add Old Bay seasoning, potatoes and onion.  Simmer for 10 minutes.  Add the corn, sausage and crab; cook for 5 minutes.  Add shrimp and cook for additional 3 to 4 minutes.  Remove from heat and let stand while covered for 5 minutes.

Drain off water and pour contents onto picnic table covered with newspaper or disposable cloth.  Grab a plate and enjoy.  Serve with cocktail sauce, lemon wedges, and melted butter.

Low Country Boil – Take Out Options for the Outer Banks

If you want to make things even easier, many restaurants in the Outer Banks feature this dish for takeout.  Sometimes, they are called steamer pots and feature all the great seafood the Outer Banks is known for.  Some of our favorites are listed below:

Ten O Six Restaurant – Kill Devil Hills

Located at MP 8.8 on the beach road, this restaurant lets you order your seafood boil online several different ways and you can customize it.

There are 5 main combinations (each includes potatoes, corn and shrimp):

  • Blue Crab
  • King Crab Leg
  • Lobster
  • Shrimp
  • Snow Crab

Once a combination is selected, you can also add additional ingredients for even more customization for your group:

  • Little neck clams
  • Crawfish
  • Oysters
  • Mussels
  • Salmon

Prices range from $19.95 to $35.95 for each combination.

Outer Banks Boil Company – Corolla, NC

This company will bring the boil to the beach, your home or you can get a pot to go for takeout.  The catered boils require at least a 24 hour notice.  They perform the setup, cook and serve the boil, bag up any leftovers and even clean up and remove the trash!  The price includes plates, forks, knives and utensils.  You don’t need to lift a finger, just sit back and be entertained.  They even bring the homemade cocktail sauce and fresh lemon.

Pricing is based on number of people.  The traditional shrimp boil is $23.95 per person with a $100 catering fee.  Some additional fees apply for groups over 25 and to cater on the 4 wheel drive beach.  There are add-ons you can select to expand the traditional shrimp boil (clams, mussels, snow crab and lobster tail). Cornbread muffins, NC pork BBQ, and coleslaw can also be added to your meal.

Their take out pot (includes the pot) is available for $22.95 per person.  Just add water and cook for about 30 minutes on a cooktop or grill.

Dockside ‘N Duck Seafood Market – Duck, NC

Located in Wee Winks Square in Duck is another location where you can get your boil (and the pot) to go and simply cook it back at your house.  This establishment calls it a “steamer pot” or “Down East Clambake” but it includes the traditional low country ingredients.  There is a two person minimum and they feature 3 combinations plus the option to customize your own (all combos come with potatoes, corn and seasoning, plus cocktail sauce, lemon and butter):

Combo 1 – $27.99 per person

  • Snow Crab Legs
  • Little Neck Clams
  • Shrimp

Combo 2 – $32.99 per person

  • King Crab Leg
  • Snow Crab Cluster
  • Lobster Tail
  • Little Neck Clams

Combo 3 -$37.99 per person

  • 1.5 – 1.75 lb Lobster
  • Shrimp
  • Little Neck Clams

The market has plenty of sides you can also pick up with your order.  There are crab cakes, she crab and clam chowder soups, shrimp, artichoke crab and clam dip. Potato salad, hushpuppies and tomato pie will round out any meal.

Steamers – Southern Shores, NC

Located in Southern Shores Crossing Shopping Center, “Steamer Pots To Go” can be ordered ahead so you can pick up and go or you can walk in and order and enjoy a craft beer on the deck while waiting for your pot to be prepared.

They will custom build a pot for you or you can choose from:

Coastal Blend – $120 (serves 4 people)

  • 3lb Snow Crab Legs
  • 2 dz Little Neck Clams
  • 2 dz Mussels

Snow Crab Combo $135

  • 4lb snow crab legs

Lobster Pot Combo $168

  • 2lb Whole Maine Lobster
  • 2dz Little Neck Clams
  • 2lb Alaskan Snow Crab Legs

From seasoned veteran to first time home buyer, Eillu is here to help you navigate the home buying & selling process.  With over two decades of experience in the Outer Banks market, we can help you with any questions and guide you every step of the way for a smooth experience.  Our exclusive buyers rebate and reduced commission will save you money without sacrificing service.  Schedule an appointment with Eillu today.

Hot Diggity Dog: Best Way to Enjoy the Outer Banks with Your Pet

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Going on vacation with you fur-baby can be a lot of fun for both your family and your pet. The Outer Banks is one of the most pet friendly vacation spots in the country. We love our pets and our visitors’ pets.

Just like packing for vacation with children, packing for vacation with your pet will require a few additional items. Make sure your pet’s shots are up to date and he/she is up to date on heart worm medication. Pack a few toys or loveys (with your scent) to keep him comfortable and reduce anxiety. A familiar food and water dish is also a good idea. If crate trained, you can pack his crate or rent one to save space while you travel. Make sure you have id on your pet and include a cell phone number you can be contacted with should you and your pet become separated.

Please be courteous and clean up after your pet. All pet waste must be collected immediately and deposited in appropriate containers. Some locations will make waste bags and disposal available but it is a good idea to keep a supply with you.

Where to Stay: Hotel or Vacation Home

Your first decision is to stay in a lovely pet-friendly vacation home or motel/hotel. A vacation home has all the conveniences of home. They are furnished and have a fully stocked kitchen. Some have fenced yards or kennel areas for pets. You can select a home with a private pool or hot tub. Pets should not be invited into either the pool or hot tub. Vacation homes may have home theaters, outside kitchens, volleyball, basketball, putting greens or other features to appeal to you and your family. Every vacation rental company, Airbnb and VRBO on the Outer Banks have a selection of pet friendly homes. In the summer months, most of these must be rented for the full week. In the off season, you may be able to get a short stay.

There are many pet friendly hotels and motels at the Outer Banks. Many of the hotels will have community pools, saunas and other amenities. Hotels and motels are more flexible regarding check in and length of stay. In season, if you are limited to a long weekend visit, then a hotel and motel is the option of choice.


Travelodge Outer Banks/Kill Devil Hills

Address: 804 N Virginia Dare Trl, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948 Phone: (252) 441-0411

Outer Banks Motor Lodge

Address: 1509 S Virginia Dare Trl, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948 Phone: (877) 625-6343

Quality Inn Carolina Oceanfront

Address: 401 N Virginia Dare Trl, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948 Phone: (252) 480-2600

John Yancey Inn

Address: 2009 S Virginia Dare Tr Milepost 10, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948 Phone: (252) 441-7141

Dolphin Oceanfront Motel

Address: 8017 S Old Oregon Inlet Rd, Nags Head, NC 27959 Phone: (252) 441-7488

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Sun & Fun on the Beach or Sound

Playing with your dog on the beach or going for a swim is a memorable experience. Be careful when swimming near your dog as they can scratch unintentionally if you swim too close. Some dogs are fearful of the waves and it is best not to force the issue. If you are not familiar with rip currents, speak with a life guard to find if any are nearby and what you can do if caught in one. If you want to be extra cautious, they make life jackets for dogs.

A day at the beach is more comfortable for you and your pet with a bit of shade. You can rent umbrellas and chairs from several local companies. These companies will also set up your beach spot each day if you like.

Alternatively, you can visit a beach with a pier and go under the pier to get some shade for you and your pup. Don’t forget to bring plenty of water and a bowl. Dogs (and humans) will become ill if they ingest too much salt water.

If your dog is shy around the waves, consider going to the sound side of the island. Typically, the sound is less crowded and there are no waves. The sound is great for other water activities like Kayaking, Stand Up Paddleboarding, and windsurfing.

Beach Rules for Dogs on Outer Banks


Duck is one of the only beaches that allow dogs on the beach unleashed, but keep public safety and courtesy in mind and keep the pet in sight and under control. Sometimes the best behaved pet can get unnerved by another strange animal. Duck beach accesses are private. Each is owned by the individual Home Owners Associations, and access is limited to residents and vacation rental guests.

Southern Shores:

From May 15 to September 15 Dogs are allowed on the Southern Shores beaches before 9 a.m. and after 6 p.m. Dogs must be on a leash no longer than 10 feet. In the off season, the hours the dog can be on the beach are not restricted but leash and waste collection rules apply. The beach accesses in southern shores have pet waste bags but having your own supply is a good idea in case they run out.

Kitty Hawk:

Dogs are allowed on beach and must have a current rabies tag. Waste clean-up rules apply. Dogs must be on a leash from the Friday before Memorial Day until the day after Labor Day between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 pm; leash must not exceeding 12 feet. Dogs can be taken off the leash only if they will not disturb other people on the beach and must be under the control of the owner, who must remain within 30 feet of the dog at all times. Leash must be with owner at all times.

Kill Devil Hills:

Unless the dog is a service dog, they are not permitted on the beach in Kill Devil Hills from May 15th until September 15th, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. At all other times, dogs on the beach must always be leashed and under control of the dog owner.

Nags Head:

Dogs are allowed on the beach year-round as long as they are restrained by a leash not exceeding 10 feet.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore:

Dogs are allowed on the beach year-round if they are restrained with a leash 6 feet or less at all times.

Parks & Sound Access

The soundside or west side of the Outer Banks has a wonderful maritime forest that is ideal for hiking and exploring with your pet. The birds and wildlife you will encounter are abundant and the sounds of nature will fill your ears.

Nags Head Woods

Located at 701 W Ocean Acres Dr, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948 · (252) 441-2525, Nags Head Woods is an ecological preserve on over 1092 acres consisting of sand dunes, ponds, marshes, and wetlands. There is a parking area at the entrance and hiking trails are open from dawn to dusk daily for foot traffic only. The woods can be thick so best practice is to keep your dog on a leash at all times.

Jockey’s Ridge State Park

Jockeys Ridge is the largest sand dune on the east coast. You can’t miss it on the west side of route 158 in Nags Head. This 426 Acre Park is famous for hang gliding and kite flying. There is also plenty of room for hiking, a visitor’s center, museum, and picnic facilities. The west side of the dune has sound access. Be careful of your pets paws as sand can be 10-20 degrees hotter than the surface in the summer. Dogs leash must not exceed 6 ft.

Duck Trail – Boardwalk

The soundside meandering boardwalk in Duck is 7 miles long and features some delightful shops, restaurants and wonderful sunset views. The town has a multi-use path along the entire length of the town, mostly on the east side of Duck Rd (oceanside), providing a scenic and safe recreational area to walk pets, bicycle or skateboard.

Duck Town Park

The town park is a short walk from the boardwalk. There are 11 acres of natural beauty. There are trails through the Maritime Forest and willow swamp. The town green is open green space where events, concerts and activities are held. There is also public kayak launch, boat pier, picnic shelter, playground, water fountains (and a canine water fountain).

Roanoke Island Festival Park

Located in Manteo on Roanoke Island across from the downtown waterfront. Dogs must be leashed but a pleasant stroll is in store through this village-like park with multiple fascinating exhibits and events

Kitty Hawk Skate and Dog Park

Located off route 158 at 900 Kitty Hawk Road, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949 is the dog park where your dog can play with other dogs. The park has covered picnic shelter (with 2 grills, 10 picnic tables, lights and electrical outlets), Skate Park (5000 square feet), Playground, Dog Park, Walking Trail (half-mile), and Restrooms.

The county requires that interested users fill out a registration form and show a current rabies vaccination for each of the dogs that will use the park. Dogs are not allowed in the park until registration has been completed. More information and forms can be found online, or by visiting any Parks and Recreation office.


After sharing fun activities at the beach, sound or local parks, you and your pet can enjoy many local restaurants together.

South Beach Grille

6806 S Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC, 27959 (252) 449-9313

The South Beach Grille has a wonderful deck with ocean and sound views for you and your dog to enjoy among the other dog-less guests. This restaurant even has a top-notch doggie menu so your fur-baby will feel like a prince or princess. The staff are incredible dog friendly.

BK Shuckers

4020 N Croatan Hwy, Kitty Hawk, NC, (252) 261-7800

Located on route 158, BK Shuckers welcomes dogs onto the outdoor porch. Dogs are promptly served water and lavished with attention.

American Pie Pizza & Ice Cream

1600 S Virginia Dare Trail, Kill Devil Hills, NC, 27948 (252) 441-3332

American Pie offers a covered patio separated from the building that is dog and people friendly. There is a railing all the way around to keep your dog nearby and the roof keep everyone in the shade. Perfect for a pizza dinner or ice cream desert.

John’s Drive In

3716 Virginia Dare Trail, Kitty Hawk, NC, (252) 261-6227

This little “beach shack” is a local institution! Great sandwiches and treats for the beach or on the go. Free pup cups of vanilla ice cream that will surely be a hit with the pooch on a hot day.

Full Moon Cafe

208 Queen Elizabeth St, Manteo, NC, (252) 473-6666

This café in downtown Manteo has homemade bones made from the leftover beer grains, peanut butter and eggs. Free beer bones for all the dogs! Of course, the dogs also get a nice bowl of water (sorry no beer for the pup). Talk a walk along the Manteo waterfront after a meal for a perfect finish to the day.


1209 Duck Rd, Duck, NC, (252) 480-0032

This “Tap Shack” is the garden area to the side of the restaurant building. There are tables, games, and even live music. Attentive staff will keep the dog bowls filled and as well as great food for every taste.

Steamer’s Shellfish

798-B Sunset Blvd, TimBuck II Shopping Center, Corolla, NC, (252) 453-3305

Steamer’s Shellfish serves excellent fresh seafood, beer, and wine on their outdoor deck seating area. Your pup will be welcomed with a bowl of water as you enjoy the many offerings of this popular restaurant.


Wild Horse Tour

Corolla Outback Adventures 1150 Ocean Trl, Corolla, NC, (252) 453-4484

Well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome to join you on the Corolla Outback Adventures Wild Horse Tour. Knowledgeable guides provide history and local lore as you ride along with them into the Wild Horse Sanctuary and along the beautiful North Carolina shoreline. Reservations are required and be sure to indicate you are bringing a pet.


Outer Banks Kayak Adventures 1240 Duck Rd, Duck, NC, (254) 489-8146

Dogs are welcome on kayak and SUP tours. Private tours can be arranged for anyone bringing a pet for a custom experience.

Once you visit the Outer Banks with your pet, you may want to buy a vacation rental, second home or investment property. Eillu is here to help you navigate the home buying process. With over two decades of experience in the Outer Banks market, we can help you with any questions and guide you every step of the way for a smooth buying experience. Our exclusive buyers rebate will save you money without sacrificing service. Schedule an appointment with Eillu today.

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Ocracoke Island, NC – Paradise Found on the Carolina Coast

lighthouse Ocracoke Island, NC

I lived in the Outer Banks for more than 10 years before I ventured south to Ocracoke. Wow! I didn’t know what I was missing. The island is only accessible by a short ferry ride from Hatteras (or another private boat or plane). The ferry ride is a treat in itself. The 5 mile ride takes about 45 minutes and is a scenic and calm ride most days. Once you arrive it is like taking a step back in time. The Outer Banks continues to be named a top beach destination every year and Ocracoke is a favorite on the list.

Ocracoke Island beach

MSN recently listed Ocracoke as one of “20 Classic Vacation Spots that are Worth Another Look”. The quaint village is centered on Silver Lake. The best way to explore is by bicycle or golf cart. The Island is only about 1 square mile. In 2014, the year round population was 591.

When we flew into the general aviation airport, we were met with our golf cart rental. The beach is only a short walk from the airport. From the airport (W95), we could get just about anywhere on the island at a nice slow pace to be able to take in all the scenery. Of course, impromptu stops at local shops, eateries or ice cream occurred when the mood struck anyone in our party. Each restaurant has an easy walking map of the area or use your smart phone and Google Maps to help you navigate and get your bearings.

Many folks travel to Ocracoke for a day trip but there are accommodations to spend more time on the island with Hotels/Motels, vacation rental homes or Bed and Breakfast Inns; some located right on Silver Lake. There are even camping and docking alternatives for the most adventurous spirits. The views and activity on the lake front always has beauty, interest and action to captivate you.

The Ocracoke Preservation Museum is an interesting stop for history buffs or the curious alike. Exhibits illustrate island life from a time that has gone by.

The village is on the National Register of Historic Places with homes dating back to the 1880’s. The Lighthouse dates back to 1823 and is still in use. The base of the lighthouse is open to the public during the summer, with limited hours as it is staffed by Park Service volunteers. Everyone needs to visit the lighthouse and keepers quarters for the iconic “selfie” opportunity.

Teach’s Hole Blackbeard Exhibit will appeal to all the pirate fans as Ocracoke was one of the pirates safe harbors back in the day.

There is a famous British Cemetery to honor British soldiers who helped protect our shoreline during WWII. Several ships were lost during this period including HMS Bedfordshire, the British Tanker San Delfino and many others.

There are shops, boutiques and unique gift items strewn across the island with many handmade items not found anywhere else. There are many restaurants that feature what else, seafood! But Mexican food can be found for a quick bite at the Taco Stand or grab a quick sandwich or salad. Chances are whatever you are in the mood for, there is a place on the island to find it.

Ocracoke is located 23 miles offshore at the Southern portion of the Outer Banks between the Atlantic Ocean and the Pamlico Sound. The 16 miles of soft white sand and crystal clear water has never failed to delight the adventurer who has traveled to it. Swim, fish or enjoy all the water activities the island has to offer.

fishing Ocracoke island

Corolla is not the only place on the Outer Banks to find wild horses; Ocracoke has them too. There is a herd of horses, descendants of Spanish mustangs, who became shipwrecked off the island several hundred years ago and swam to the island.

Portsmouth Island is another local island that can be visited and there are tours from Ocracoke to take visitors to Portsmouth. It was established in 1753 and was one of the largest settlements during its heyday. It was abandoned in 1971 but the island can still be explored on foot to visit the post office, general store, church, Lifesaving station and learn the story about the village. Portsmouth is a great place to find Scotch Bonnet and other exquisite shells, like no other place in the Outer Banks.

Ocracoke has traditional and fun events for the whole family all year long. From Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree held the last weekend in Oct with a re-creation of the last hours for the pirate and his crew to the December Oyster Roast and Shrimp boil and the 4th of July celebration with fireworks and the August Fig Festival.

When Outer Banks residents from Corolla to Hatteras want to get a way from it for a while, they go to Ocracoke. A favorite destination of locals. If you have been thinking about a vacation home purchase, second home purchase or permanent home, check out all the Outer Banks towns have to offer. Buy with Eillu and save more with our buyers rewards plan.

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Where to Get the Best Soft Shell Crabs in the Outer Banks

Best places for soft shell crabs in Outer Banks

May on the Outer Banks arrives with expectation of a new season of visitors.  Blue sky days and warming ocean temperatures beacon us to visit the beach.  For many folks, the anticipation of succulent soft shell crabs is the highlight of the season.  Generally, the first full moon in May marks the beginning of the season but it is subject to a bit of variability.  April/May to August/September is the season where blue crabs go through the molting stage to create this delectable delight. 

Cooked live, often fried, this simple delicacy looks strange but one taste and you will be hooked.  Get the best soft shell crabs at our favorite Outer Banks locations below.  The first batch of the season is generally regarded as the best.

Where to Get ‘Em

I Got Your Crabs – Kitty Hawk

As the name implies, this eatery specializes in crabs.  In fact, the owner is an experienced crabber.  As a result, restaurant patrons always receive the freshest crabs.  The restaurant prepares the soft shells in several ways.  The classic fried version is lightly but crisply coated and fried to perfection to reveal the tender hot juicy crab meat inside.  They also have a BLT soft shell and soft shell taco with fresh mango salsa.

Kill Devil Grill – Kill Devil Hills

Don’t let the laid back vibe or diner atmosphere fool you.  The Kill Devil Grill has great food and their soft shell crabs will not disappoint even the most finicky gourmet.  A southern pairing of grits with the soft shell is a great combination.

Billy’s Seafood – Kill Devil Hills, Colington Rd

For those who prefer to prepare and cook the soft shell crab at home, Billy’s seafood has you covered.  Locals shop at Billy’s to get fresh local seafood.  It’s worth the trip.  For cleaning and cooking instructions, check out this video or blog post from local chef Rosie Hawthorne.

What Are Soft Shell Crabs

The blue crab sheds its hard outer shell in order to grow.  Over the course of its 3 year life span, the crab will go through the molting process 18 to 23 times.  Once the crab sheds its shell, it will only remain soft for a few hours and must be removed from the water to prevent the shell from hardening.

Commercial crabbers have become adept at harvesting the soft shell at their peak of perfection.  Travel by boat in the sound or through the canals to view their “shedders”.  Here the crabs are monitored with precision.  Crabbers have learned to predict the molting of the crabs by looking at the faint line next to the backfin.  The color of this line provides an approximation of when it will be ready to molt.  A white line is about 7 to 10 days, a pink line is 2 – 7 days and a red line is imminent.

Most restaurants will include this delicacy on their menu this time of year.  Of course, no matter where you have them, you can’t go wrong with this scrumptious delightful dish.  Be sure to try them if you are visiting the Outer Banks during soft shell crab season.  While you are here visiting, contact Eillu to see how you can own your very own vacation home and save a week in May for yourself to savor the soft shell crab as an annual tradition.  A vacation home can be a very profitable investment, with positive cash flow, that pays dividends with priceless family memories.

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Outer Banks Taste of the Beach March 23-26, 2017

The Taste of the Beach is an annual event held by the Outer Banks Restaurant Association to celebrate fine food and drink on the Outer Banks. Explore the best that the Outer Banks has to offer all in one weekend event!

Featured Events

There is a large array of events that you could attend during the four days. Some of the featured events include:

The NC Chef’s Wine Dinner & TOB Kickoff Event includes top chefs from the Outer Banks as well as the three top chefs from throughout North Carolina. This will be a six course dinner and each course will be paired with North Carolina fine wines. Hosted at Basnight’s Lone Cedar Café on March 23, tickets are $124 and the event runs from 6:30pm-9pm.

The Outer Banks BBQ & Wing Showdown will be held on March 24 from 12pm-3pm at the Soundside Event Site in Nags Head. For $28 you get to taste around 15 different vendors BBQ & wing and then vote for the Best Outer Banks BBQ. There will also be a beer garden with local NC beers and wines, and live music by Jonny Waters & Co.

The grand finale is the Sysco Grand Tasting & Bartenders Bubbly Bash on March 26 from 12pm-5pm at the Port O’ Call in Kill Devil Hills. This event is $50 and includes 18 restaurants and the best beverage vendors.

There are many other events happening each day, with an array food, drink and fun to be had, and with ticket prices ranging from $13.50 to $179 there’s something for everyone! Check out the full event schedule at for more information. Don’t miss this delicious local event!

The Outer Banks is full of activities year-round. If you are ready to purchase your very own vacation home, permanent residence or investment property, let Eillu show you real estate so you can enjoy all the Outer Banks has to offer.

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Best Restaurants in the Outer Banks for Watching Sunsets

One of my favorite things about liviBest restaurants in outer banks for viewing sunsetsng in the Outer Banks is the Sunsets. No two are exactly alike. Sometimes, the colors are so vivid it takes your breath away. I don’t know why, but winter sunsets seem to be more vibrant than summer.

I like to catch the sunset on the sound in a pontoon boat. It is a quick ride to a spot right off Martins Point. Often times we will take some cocktails and appetizers to fully enjoy the bounty. The most memorable sunset was when a fog rolled in from the east, blanketing the homes on the shore and making them lit from within like they were on fire! I couldn’t believe my eyes, it was amazing.

Sometimes we take the boat to our favorite restaurants to enjoy the sunset and a great meal. Here are some favorite places to enjoy a sumptuous meal and a breathtaking sunset. No extra charge for the sunset.

Aqua – 1174 Duck Rd, Duck, NC

This award winning, sound front restaurant in Duck, is so well known for the excellent sunset view that they post the sunset time each day on their website. The food is higher end with entrees priced under $30. There is something for every palette, from steaks, seafood, duck and even vegetarian selections.

Sunset Grille & Raw Bar – 1264 Duck Rd, Duck NC

This Caribbean themed restaurant is a fun family destination. Take a stroll out on the dock to immerse yourself in the sunset. Sit in the outdoor dining area, or at one of the Tiki bars, sushi bar or the raw bar and enjoy your food and drink. There is so much to do, you could spend the whole day and eat all 3 meals.

Rent a waverunner and buzz around the sound. Or enjoy the Outer Banks, like I do, with a sunset cruise on a pontoon boats. The restaurant offers a 2 hour cruise for up to 10 people, complete with appetizers. After the cruise, get priority seating for dinner. Entrée prices range from $16.99 to $32.99.

Blue Point – 1240 Duck Rd, Duck NC

While Duck is not the only place to enjoy the sunset in the Outer Banks, it does have some great restaurants and I couldn’t just choose one. The Blue Point is located next to the Waterfront Shops, a great destination for an evening stroll on the boardwalk at sunset.

This well regarded restaurant was established in 1989 and is known as the original farm to table restaurant with simple, fresh, seasonal dishes. Entrees are prices under $40 with unique choices like pheasant; as well as seafood, beef and pork. The back bar features live music in the summer and is a great place to enjoy a cocktail and watch the sunset.

Waterfront Shops – 1240 Duck Rd, Duck NC

More of a destination than a single restaurant, the waterfront shops are located with a soundfront boardwalk connecting boutique shops, gallery, restaurants and even ice cream. Stroll the boardwalk and do some shopping before the sunset and relax on the benches to enjoy the view.

Coastal Cantina is a great stop on the boardwalk to get Tex-Mex favorites like quesadillas, soft tacos and burritos. Almost all items are under $10 and include unusual selections like the Pato Taco with duck confit with queso fresco cheese.

Pamlico Jacks – 6708 S. Croatan Hwy Nags Head, NC

Easily assessable on the bypass at milepost 15.5 in Nags Head is a local favorite, Pamlico Jacks. I always look forward to company events or holiday parties catered by this team; because the food is always outstanding! You will know you are in the right place when you see the ship, the Pamlico Pearl, with the outside bar. There is something for everyone on the menu. The unusual selections include fried green tomatoes, lobster mac & cheese or shrimp and grits. The children’s menu even includes a steak selection. Pick an outside table or a table in front of the large window inside to get the most out of the sunset.

Tale of the Whale – 7575 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC

Located on the causeway in Nags Head is the Tale of The Whale an Outer Banks favorite since 1980. The soundfront location has a lovely pier with plenty of benches to surround yourself by water while enjoying the sunset. Most entrees are under $30 with a bountiful selection of seafood, steaks and pasta.

The Outer Banks is full of restaurants offering excellent food. Why not get a bonus by viewing the sunset while you dine out? Let Eillu be your guide to the Outer Banks; whether visiting, purchasing or selling real estate.

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Feast Your Eyes and Satisfy Your Cravings with Thanksgiving in OBX


By the time Thanksgiving arrives to the Outer Banks, the hectic pace of summer and the demands of visitors has dwindled. Locals are in a more laid back grove with more time to visit friends, attend events and appreciate all the abundance our “slice of heaven” bestows on us. Thanksgiving is a traditional time to give our thanks out loud in front of family and friends.

Many families enjoy spending Thanksgiving (and Christmas) in the Outer Banks. I think it is getting closer to nature, the smell of the ocean and the beautiful sunsets that make Thanksgiving special on the Outer Banks. I can recall one Thanksgiving that was so warm, a dip in the ocean was needed and a welcome respite.

While many folks can’t conceive of any alternative other than cooking the traditional turkey with all of the fixings. For the adventurous among you, or just the ones who don’t want leftovers or to clean up after the meal that takes 10 hours to cook and 10 minutes to enjoy, here are restaurants for you to enjoy while visiting the Outer Banks this Thanksgiving.

I must admit I never would have considered dining out for Thanksgiving until my kitchen was being remodeled. At the time I had two small children and enjoyed one of the best meals and family diners EVER!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Eillu!

Restaurants Open Thanksgiving Day


Lifesaving Station Restaurant

Located at the Sanderling resort, Thanksgiving Day meal is served from 12:00pm to 8:00pm. The four course meal has traditional fare as well as something to please every palate. From the first course featuring shrimp and grits or a Carolina crab cake, moving to the second course of Butternut Squash Soup with Cinnamon Infused Crème Fraiche or a salad of mixed greens, to the main course of Roasted Turkey with all the fixings or Grilled Ribeye with maple sweet potato puree, roasted root vegetable and truffle butter. Patrons should leave room for desert of a flourless chocolate torte, pumpkin cheesecake with cinnamon whipped cream or a pecan tartlet. Check out the full Thanksgiving day menu $55 per adult.

Red Sky Cafe

The award winning Red Sky Café is featuring a Thanksgiving Buffet from 11:00am to 4:00pm. The buffet lineup can be viewed here. The menu has everything for the traditionalist as well as selections for seafood and beef lovers. The meal is not complete without tasting the assortment of oysters. Adults can enjoy the buffet at $24.95 and reservations are strongly recommended.

Sunset Grille & Raw Bar

Sunset Grill is also offering a buffet for Thanksgiving at $24.95 per adult. The waterfront location of this restaurant is one of the best spots for viewing the fall sunset over the sound. You are sure to enjoy the traditional favorites as well as some specialties that spice things up. The buffet is being served from 11:00am to 6:00pm.

Kitty Hawk:

Ocean Boulevard Bistro & Martini Bar

Ocean Boulevard, an upscale favorite serving the Outer Banks for over 20 years, features a 4 course meal from 3:00pm to 9:00pm. Adult meals are $60 and a special 3 course children’s meal is available for $20. The menu can be reviewed here. It features, turkey, lamb, seafood and beef with a twist on traditional favorites.

Kill Devil Hills:

Beachside Bistro

Located in the Sea Ranch hotel, the Beachside Bistro is set so diners can enjoy the oceanfront view while enjoying their meal. Thanksgiving Day meal is being served from 11:30am to 6:00pm. Menu selections and soup and salad bar are priced separately.

Captain George’s Seafood Restaurant

Captain George’s is known for the seafood buffet they feature year round and is in the top 12 “all you can eat seafood buffets in America”. Reservations are accepted for groups of 10 or more. The meal is being served from 11:30am to 9:00pm and adults cost $32.99. The restaurant has gluten free selections.

Mako Mikes

Mako Mikes is serving a plated meal with turkey, ham, and all the traditional side dishes from 12:00 to 8:00pm as well as the regular menu being available to guests. Thanksgiving Day meal adults prices are $15.95 with children served for $6.95.

Peppercorns Restaurant

Located in the Ramada Plaza hotel on the oceanfront, the restaurant will be serving plated meals from 11:00am to 6pm.

Nags Head:

Basnight’s Lone Cedar Cafe

An Outer Banks icon since 1996 is serving from 10:30am to 6:00pm a buffet of local seafood, ham, prime rib, pork tenderloin, turkey and traditional sides. Adults are $34 and children are $17.

Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant & Tavern

Kelly’s serves a wonderful thanksgiving buffet as well as items from the regular dinner menu and the children’s menu from 10:30am to 7:30pm. Adult meals are $34 with senior citizens at $28 and children at $13.

Mulligan’s Raw Bar & Grille

Mulligans is serving a Thanksgiving buffet meal until 6:00pm; adults can eat for $28 and children $14. A traditional Thanksgiving plate with all the trimmings is $15.

Pamlico Jack’s Restaurant

Billed as a Thanksgiving buffet and oyster festival, Pamlico Jack’s puts on a spread. Featuring seasonal soups and seafood as well as the traditional fare, you will not leave hungry. Adults cost $34 with children at $16.95.

The Outer Banks is lovely to visit this time of year. There are many attractions open with no crowds, lots of quaint shops for gift buying and window shopping and sumptuous restaurants for every appetite. The holidays are a great time for visiting and quality family time. Let Eillu show you real estate to purchase your very own vacation home, permanent residence or investment property and enjoy the Outer Banks for many seasons to come.


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