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Kitty Hawk Restaurants

Kitty Hawk restaurants make dining out a real pleasure. You’ll find everything from Eastern North Carolina barbecue to tasty vegetarian cuisine to top-rated dishes known for imagination and tasty flavor combinations. Most Kitty Hawk restaurants feature delicious local seafood, as you might have guessed.

Some dress it up with exotic flavors and presentations, and some dress it down with traditional sides like hushpuppies and French fries. But you'll soon discover that it's all delicious. Several Kitty Hawk restaurants are known to be locals' favorite spots! Read on to discover where to go for barbecue, bagels, hot dogs, burgers, veggies, milkshakes and gourmet creations. Then get out there find your own favorite places!

Note that as you enter the Outer Banks from the north over the bridge from Currituck, all the restaurants on the right-hand side of the road (the side with the Home Depot) are Kitty Hawk restaurants, while those on the left are Southern Shores restaurants. We cover those eateries in the Duck/Southern Shores book and tabloid or online at duckncguide.com. Remember that locals call Croatan Highway -- aka U.S. Highway 158 -- The Bypass, and they refer to  Virginia Dare Trail -- aka N.C. Highway 12 -- as the Beach Road. Those simple names are just easier to remember!
 

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Barefoot Bernie’s Tropical Grill & Bar

3730 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 4.5, Kitty Hawk
(252) 261-1008

Barefoot Bernie’s is open year round for lunch and dinner. They pride themselves on offering big portions at reasonable prices. Menu items include seafood, steaks, chicken, pastas, large salads, sandwiches and gourmet pizzas. A large, varied kid’s menu is also available, plus gluten-free items and their fantastic Lean-a-licious menu that includes dishes with less than 550 calories. Check out their specialty frozen drinks and martinis or have your own favorite wine, beer or spirits with their full ABC permit. Large party reservations are always welcome. In the summer they have late-night food; call ahead for details.

Big Buck's Homemade Ice Cream

794F Sunset Boulevard, Timbuck II, Corolla
(252) 453-3188
3810 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 4.5, Kitty Hawk
(252) 715-0779
207 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Waterfront Shops, Downtown Manteo, Manteo
(252) 423-3118

For a tasty treat, head to Big Buck’s Homemade Ice Cream. Choose from more than 50 flavors of made-from-scratch ice cream plus sherbet, sorbet and soft serve. You can get any flavor made into a shake, split, sundae or float, even a brownie sundae — yum! Big Buck’s has an espresso bar and all the espresso-based coffee drinks you need to pick up your day. Handmade Belgium chocolate and fudge are made fresh daily, and they also accept custom orders for wedding favors, baby showers and other events. And don't forget the ice cream cake! They have a flavor for every occasion.

ClamBake OBX

5561 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 2, Kitty Hawk
(252) 489-4754

Let ClamBake OBX bring the fun and excitement of a good old-fashioned clam bake right to your front door this summer! ClamBake OBX services areas from Corolla to Hatteras. They will come to your house and do all the work so you can relax and enjoy your vacation. A clambake includes lobster, crab legs, shrimp, clams, mussels, corn on the cob, red potatoes, pearl onions and smoked sausage. All of their seafood is fresh and locally caught for the best Outer Banks flavor. There are also several dinner entrees to choose from for a barbecue on the lawn. They offer prime choice USDA meats including pork, beef and chicken with all the trimmings. See their website for full menu selections. ClamBake OBX will set everything up buffet style and you serve your own beverages. They can serve six to 600 guests and have menus that are child friendly. They will even clean up afterward, but if you do your own cleaning up they will give you a discount. 

Duck Donuts

601 Currituck Clubhouse Drive, Currituck Club, Corolla
(252) 453-3210
1190 Duck Road, Osprey Landing, Duck
(252) 480-3304
5230 N. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 1, Kitty Hawk
(252) 261-3312
710 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 8.5, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 480-3320

Make a beeline for Duck Donuts where you will find warm, delicious and made-to-order doughnuts. Duck Donuts makes its doughnuts fresh on site, and you have the option of each one being dipped in vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, lemon, peanut butter or maple glaze then sprinkled with your favorite toppings. You can watch your doughnuts being made then have the warm doughnuts boxed up to take home — if they make it home! They also carry a wide selection of Under Armour and OBX hats and visors for your pre- or post-doughnut workout. Locally roasted premium Kill Devil Hills coffees, orange juice and other beverages are offered. All shops open at 6 a.m. (Corolla 7 a.m.) and offer expanded hours during the summer.

Good Life Gourmet

3712 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 4.5, Kitty Hawk
(252) 480-2855

The Good Life Eatery occupies a beautiful space that is great for rehearsal dinners and private parties. With ample seating and a diverse menu, the dry bakery case is chock-full of delicious bagels, turnovers, cinnamon rolls, croissants and muffins. Take a look at their cold bakery case where even those of you with extreme willpower will be tested! Their menu features gourmet salads, sandwiches, wraps, paninis and homemade soups for lunch and, during the summer season, early dinner. Check out the cold beers with more than 100 varieties as well as a wide selection of wine for every palate. Custom catering is a big part of their operation. From 10-300 guests, Good Life can provide convenient catering both on and off the premises. You can also get a full breakfast every day as late as 1 p.m. for those who aren’t necessarily early risers! You should definitely try one of their featured breakfasts served in a personal frying pan. Their famous Puppy Porch is another great hit — stop by and enjoy covered outdoor seating for you and your furry friends anytime they’re open. Free WiFi is available for all customers.

Jimmy's Seafood Buffet

4117 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 4, Kitty Hawk
(252) 261-4973

Jimmy’s is a family destination offering a variety of Outer Banks seafood and more than 100 tempting dishes from both land and sea, including homemade soups and made-from-scratch desserts. When it comes to seafood, the owner says "size does matter," so dig in to the largest crab legs and shrimp around town. Check out their website for daily lobster specials, and on Saturday nights come for the all you can eat lobster all night long! Jimmy's also has many to-go options such as fried platters, steamed dinners and the handy carry-out seafood buckets. The clambake-style seafood buckets make enjoying great, steamed seafood at home a snap. Jimmy's even delivers right to your door, or you can call ahead for convenient curbside pick up. They open for dinner at 2:30 p.m in season and 4 p.m. in the off-season and have live nightly entertainment. While you’re waiting for a table, there are free pony rides for the kids, and you can play cornhole or putt-putt too. 

Ocean Boulevard

4700 N. Virginia Dare Trail, Beach Road, MP 2.5, Kitty Hawk
(252) 261-2546

Ocean Boulevard is a casual yet upscale restaurant, which means you can enjoy a special evening out in the comfort of your sandals. They are, after all, just steps away from the ocean. Ocean Boulevard’s culinary team serves an American bistro-style menu and has been praised in Southern Living magazine as well as The Washington Post. The menu changes seasonally but always includes lots of beautiful preparations of local seafood, regional poultry and meats, nightly chef specials and decadent desserts. They have a comprehensive wine list and a full bar with their own martini menu. Come here for live entertainment on Friday nights after dinner. Their oceanside patio is one of many unique features; it’s an enjoyable hangout during the summer and you can often catch some live music during the week. Ocean Boulevard is open nightly for dinner year round. Reservations are suggested.

Outer Bean Juice and Java

3701 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 4.5, Kitty Hawk
(252) 261-6000

Outer Bean is more than just a coffee shop serving both local and fair trade varieties of java. They are a one-stop shop for the health conscious individual. From sourcing bread and vegetables locally, to repurposing their leftover organic matter back to the local co-op, you will find a sense of community in this coffee shop that also serves delicious and healthy meals and drinks. Their filling pressed panini sandwiches feature Boar's Head meats and free-range options. Outer Bean can also cater toward the vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free palate with their heaping salads. Jumpstart your morning with a Kalevolution juice or a pineapple colada smoothie, or unwind in the afternoon with a glass of wine or cold beer. For those with a sweet tooth, try an ice cream drink or a scrumptious iced mocha from their espresso bar. Outer Bean is open Monday through Saturday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. In the peak summer season, be sure to check for their live, mellow entertainment schedule.  

Papa John’s Pizza

3809 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 4.5, Kitty Hawk
(252) 261-2389

This popular pizza chain has made a name for itself by using high-quality ingredients to make their pies. They offer all the favorite toppings plus specialty pizzas like spinach alfredo and barbecue chicken and bacon. Also on the menu are side dishes including wings, cheese sticks and chicken strips. You can pick up an order at their Kitty Hawk location. Papa John’s delivers within Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills, and they are open for lunch and dinner.

Pizzazz Pizza

603 Currituck Clubhouse, The Shoppes at the Currituck Club, Corolla
(252) 453-8858
1187 Duck Road, Loblolly Pines Shopping Center, Duck
(252) 261-8822
4146 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 3.5, Kitty Hawk
(252) 255-0050
2515 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 10.5, Nags Head
(252) 261-1111

Pizzazz is a pizza favorite on the Outer Banks. They’ve been around since 1986 because they make consistently great pizza with generous toppings and the service is friendly. Choose from gourmet menu creations or stick with the traditional. Pizzazz also makes hot subs, salads and wings. You can eat in for lunch or dinner or have your pizza delivered. Call for off-season hours.

Rundown Cafe

5218 N. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 1, Kitty Hawk
(252) 255-0026

Rundown Cafe serves island cuisine in a casual atmosphere. The food is a fusion of Pacific Rim and Caribbean flavors, and they have a substantial menu of vegetarian options. Upstairs you'll find an authentic surf bar with a brand new, super large, ocean view deck where you'll find live music in season. This is a great family-friendly restaurant since the menu is very affordable and there are lots of choices for kids. Rundown serves lunch and dinner seven days a week in the summer. You can also order take-out here. They are closed from the end of November until March 1. 

Stack ‘em High

3801 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 4.5, Kitty Hawk
(252) 261-8221
1225 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 9, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 441-7064

Stack ‘em High is a great breakfast stop filled with everything you could ever want for breakfast. In this family-friendly restaurant, celebrating its 35th year in business, you’ll go through a line to select your own beverage, fresh fruit, cereal or muffins and a complete line of breakfast items that are then prepared fresh the minute you order. Choose from delicious breakfasts like pancakes — short or high stack — with fresh fruit, pecans or plain. They also have waffles, omelets, bacon, sausage and more. For those looking for lunch, they also have a light sandwich selection like BLTs, hot ham & cheese and even PB&Js for the little ones. Find a seat in the dining room, and they’ll bring your breakfast to you piping hot. Stack ‘em High is family owned and operated. 

Trio

3708 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 4.5, Kitty Hawk
(252) 261-0277

Trio is an exciting retail and tasting destination with an inviting yet cosmopolitan vibe that sets it apart from other casual venues on the Outer Banks. Made up of both a gourmet retail wine, beer and cheese shop as well as a bistro with a wine bar and tap house, Trio gathers the best from the worlds of wine, beer and cheese for your enjoyment, either on the premises or in the comfort of your home. In their retail shop you’ll find more than 2,000 wines from around the world, several hundred craft beers and more than 50 artisanal cheeses hand-cut to order. The bistro menu, served lunch through late night, features casual fare that is at once familiar yet with that special Trio twist. Choose from creative appetizers, cheese plates, fresh salads, gourmet paninis and Chef Neil's not-to-be-missed desserts. The beach’s largest selection of rotating craft brews awaits you at their copper-top bar. Twenty-four bottles of wine are presented in self-service tasting machines where you can sample wines priced from $10 to $100 per bottle for as little as $1 per taste! In the upstairs mezzanine you’ll find comfortable lounge seating, a free pool table, access to free WiFi and the tasting bar where you can enjoy weekly wine, beer or cheese tastings or host a private tasting. Trio also offers live music several nights a week featuring local artists playing everything from jazz to bluegrass to rock.