Let’s be honest, we don’t come to the beach just for the surf and sand. Restaurants and their delectable offerings play a role in the vacation, too. We’ll get you started with some delicious word images of what to expect when you go out to eat at Nags Head restaurant, Kill Devil Hills restaurants and Kitty Hawk restaurants. Imagine sitting down to steaming-hot shrimp with a sprinkling of Old Bay seasoning or a bowl of Hatteras-style chowder of sweet baby clams, fresh vegetables and a clear broth at Nags Head restaurants. Or check out some Kill Devil Hills restaurants to find fat morsels of jumbo lump crab meat piled into cakes and lightly broiled or fried and white, flaky rockfish fillets as you like them – fried, grilled, broiled or blackened. And don’t forget the rich, silky she-crab soup with the perfect blend of sherry and cream or oysters flash-fried to crispy perfection, dipped in tangy tartar sauce Kitty Hawk restaurants can offer.
If you like the fruits of the sea, you’ll love eating in Nags Head restaurants. Seafood is definitely the star of the show in Kitty Hawk restaurants, most of it caught right along these shores. Kill Devil Hills restaurants feature some all-you-can-eat seafood buffets. Every day commercial fishermen (and women) bring in the bounty of the sea, and it doesn’t take long to get that seafood from the boat to your belly. And good news: Nags Head restaurants don’t offer mere fried seafood dinners served with hushpuppies and cole slaw anymore. Of course, that classic combination is still available, but restaurants in Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills and Kitty Hawk have evolved. Now you can find Kill Devil Hills restaurants boasting the fashionable catch-phrases of “contemporary coastal cuisine” and “Southern coastal cuisine” along with others in the area. And Kitty Hawk restaurants, perhaps surprisingly, sport the most variety. Local restaurants are definitely in tune with trying to serve as much locally harvested seafood and local produce as possible.
If you’re not a huge fan of seafood, or if you like a little variety in your diet, don’t worry. Every town's restaurants offer more than seafood. Steaks, chicken, duck, lamb, pork, pasta and vegetarian options are offered on local menus. There are plenty of alternative restaurants on the Banks today, from Chinese and Japanese to Thai to Italian and Mexican to Baja, and there’s a wide range of atmospheres, everything from contemporary fine-dining with a dress code to the most casual, come-as-you-are eateries.