Lunch Like A Local 2020

 In Food & Dining, OBX Locals

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Lunch Like a Local 2019 – Outer Banks Lunch Restaurants 

Lunch Like a Local – They always say, eat where the locals eat and you’ll never have a bad meal. Lunch on the Outer Banks isn’t just a meal, it’s an experience. So when it comes to choosing a restaurant, be sure to head to one the locals love. Whether you want a sit-down meal, a quick bite, or a waterfront view, the Outer Banks is filled with authentic, local restaurants that are sure to become your favorite spots for lunching like a local. (Listed north to south) 

Lunch Like a Local 2019 will help find the best places to eat on the OBX, help you decide where’s the best place to relax, best restaurants to people watch and the best place to enjoy your vacation. Take a break from the beach or from shopping, sit back and watch the world go by and Lunch Like a Local. Find the best restaurant nearest you for lunch.

Currituck Mainland / Corolla

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Simply Southern Kitchen

To start off the list of local’s favorite restaurants for lunch…

If you love home-style Southern cooking, you’ll love Simply Southern Kitchen. We’re open 7 days a week serving up all your home-cooked favorites, including our famous fried chicken and award-winning North Carolina-style pulled pork barbecue. For seafood lovers, we have delicious seafood specialties. Our flounder and jumbo shrimp are both must-try dishes. Side choices are plentiful and include mashed potatoes, green beans, baked beans, fried okra, corn on the cob, collards and mac and cheese. Of course, you’ll want to start any meal off with the hushpuppies and homemade honey butter. Wine and beer are also available, including a selection of NC craft beers.


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North Banks Restaurant & Raw Bar

North Banks Restaurant & Raw Bar has been a local favorite in Corolla for more than 20 years. With daily lunch and dinner specials and a great lunch and dinner menu with delicious choices for everyone in your group, North Banks uses the freshest local ingredients and locally caught seafood and takes pride in its homemade delicious sauces and dressings. At North Banks, you are guaranteed service in a timely manner by vibrant, friendly, and efficient staff. Don’t miss their innovative beverage menu handcrafted by attentive bartenders. You’ll leave saying, “Now I know why all the locals recommend North Banks!” Dine in or carry out to the beach.


Ike's Bites

Ike’s Bites ‘N More

One of the few restaurants that are open year-round serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We serve Poke Bowls, fantastic burgers, vegetarian options like cauliflower pizzas and much more. People also rave about our gourmet salads, crab legs, steamed shrimp and famous fish tacos. We happily accommodate families and large parties easily. In addition to great dishes at competitive prices, we offer fun! There is custom shuffleboard, Multicades, 12 TVs for sports, outdoor seating and a full-service bar. Come taste the difference, and have some fun. Visit us for an amazing late-night option with live karaoke and Dj’s every week.



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Fishbones Raw Bar & Restaurant

With a menu that is sure to satisfy every appetite, served in a fun and casual beach-inspired atmosphere, Fishbones is the perfect place to lunch just like a local. Diners may select from a small plate, large plate or from a shareable menu. Or they can opt to enjoy one of the chef’s delicious daily specials. With a popular raw bar, full burger bar, popular local favorites like Gouda Pork Belly burger, Maui B.L.T. or the Fresh Catch Sandwich with Avocado Salsa, you’ll love lunchtime at Fishbones. Lunch that always comes complete with a festive vibe and coastal feel.


Kitty Hawk

High Cotton BBQ

High Cotton

If you want authentic North Carolina BBQ, you’ll love High Cotton, where these Tarheel natives slow smoke their barbecue over hickory coals and pair it with classic sides. There’s something for everyone, from beef brisket and ribs to smoked or fried chicken and Brunswick stew and barbecue. High Cotton is the perfect place to take a lunch break and get your NC BBQ fix. The menu also includes plenty of gluten-free options.


SandTrap Tavern

Sandtrap Tavern

Stop by the Sandtrap Tavern and lunch like a local! Located on Sea Scape Golf Links with views of the ocean & the fairway, Sandtrap Tavern is fast becoming a local’s favorite. Sandtrap serves breakfast, lunch and dinner including daily specials. Enjoy everything from handcrafted burgers to aged and seasoned prime rib. Don’t forget Sandtrap serves small plates made with local ingredients. Dining at Sandtrap, provides a relaxing tavern atmosphere. The Traps large bar features a plethora of 60” televisions and Carolina Keno! Sandtrap is truly a local dream, with the 19th hole being more than expected.


I Got Your Crabs

I Got Your Crabs

I Got Your Crabs Shellfish Market and Oyster Bar is locally owned and operated, and here you can actually say that the owners may have caught your meal. You’ll love watching them shuck oysters and crack open crabs for you and your family. And don’t miss a local favorite – seafood tacos that can be mixed or matched. You’ll love lunching like a local at I Got Your Crabs, where they shuck and you enjoy. Scheduling takeout orders in advance is encouraged.


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TRiO Restaurant & Market

When you’re in the mood for familiar favorites with a creative twist, head to TRIO Restaurant & Market in Kitty Hawk. This isn’t your typical beach bar fare. Locals know they can count on TRIO to serve up fresh salads, delicious Panini, inspired small plates, and more for a lunch that satisfies. And with one of the beach’s largest list of wines by the glass and lineups of craft beer, you can always find the perfect pairing for whatever you’re enjoying!


Kill Devil Hills

Awful Arthur's Oyster Bar

Awful Arthur’s Oyster Bar

No matter where you happen to be on the Outer Banks, if you are in the mood for oysters, Awful Arthur’s Oyster Bar in Kill Devil Hills is worth the drive. Now celebrating its 35th anniversary, Awful Arthur’s has been named as one of the top 10 oyster bars in the country by Coastal Living magazine and recognized by Esquire magazine for its tasty steamed shrimp. It is also famous for its popular surf & turf, soft shell crabs in season, crab cakes, and steamed combos. Awful Arthur’s features the Outer Banks’ only authentic oyster bar. Awful Arthur’s isn’t just about seafood, though. Menu favorites also include scrumptious burgers, homemade pasta, and delicious sandwiches.


Goombays Grille & Raw Bar

Goombay’s Grill & Raw Bar

Looking for a place for lunch and a local’s favorite restaurant? Look no further. Tropical taste, casual place, maximum fun at lunch. Join us for good days at Goombays Grille & Raw Bar, located in Kill Devil Hills. We offer incredible food and drinks in a casual, family-friendly, Caribbean-inspired setting. Open Late.


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Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint

When it comes local favorites anyone can agree with, Jack Brown’s is on the list. Our award-winning burger menu features a diverse selection of unique and creative twists on the American classic. Why not treat yourself to a hand-pattied 100% Wagyu beef burger served with house-made toppings on real buttered Martins’ potato roll? Also, daily specials that include a house made local lump crab cake or house-made guacamole. With over 120 beer and wines to choose from you’ll find the perfect combo. Finish it off with a deep-fried Oreo and you’re on your way. Open 11am-2am every day and a full menu until 130am sharp.


Pigman's BBQ Menu

Pigman’s Bar-B-Que

For more than 30 years, Pigman’s Bar-B-Que has been a favorite spot to lunch among locals and visitors alike. Famous for their North Carolina-style BBQ and Southern hospitality, Pigman’s features four varieties of BBQ, award-winning ribs, smoked chicken, and country ham all served with classic sides or packaged in a picnic to go. This is truly a lunch you’ll come back for again and again.


Nags Head

Dirty Dick's Crab House

Dirty Dick’s Crab House

Dirty Dick’s Crab House takes lunchtime seriously. Featuring 5 daily lunch specials starting at $8 and an all-day menu of popular sandwiches on freshly baked buns with homemade French fries, the options are endless. They know their crab cakes – they’ve served more than one million of them to hungry guests! If you are looking for a mid-day feast with all-you-can-eat specials, head over to Dirty Dick’s, where they can handle hungry crowds of any size. Take-out is also available!


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Red Drum Tap House

Red Drum Tap House is the perfect place for the family to enjoy lunch in a relaxed and casual atmosphere. Choose from three daily specials or local favorites like the Gamefish Burrito, Blackened Tuna Reuben and the delicious Oysters and Chips. With 18 micro and domestic beers on tap, a game room and just steps from the beautiful Atlantic Ocean, the whole family will love lunch at this tap house. A kid’s menu is available.



Lucky 12 Tavern

Ever hear of bankers, teachers, tourists, senior citizens, sports fans and entire families all picking the same place for lunch? Well, at Lucky 12 Tavern, you’ll discover that everyone can order from the same menu and be happy. It’s no surprise that the same fun tavern that serves pizza until 2 a.m. in season has caught on for midday meals of local seafood, salads, wings, and NY pizza. Lucky 12 is known for its extensive beer selection (20 on draft and 90 bottled or canned) and has 20 TVs to keep the most avid sports fans happy.


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Tortuga’s Lie

Come to find out why Coastal Living magazine readers chose Tortugas’ Lie to be a “Favorite Seafood Drive” in the State of North Carolina. That publication gave Tortugas’ kudos for its “island atmosphere, large libations, and standard favorites.” See for yourself why it’s one of those little secrets that locals just want to keep to themselves.


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Sam & Omie’s

Talk about local’s favorite restaurants…Since 1937, Sam & Omie’s has maintained its barefoot and beachy atmosphere from the very beginning. Before the big marinas were built, fishermen gathered here to launch their charter fishing trips, and Sambo and Toby Tillett saw the opportunity to offer food to these hungry sailors. Now open for three meals a day, this Nags Head landmark serves everything from omelets to full seafood dinners. Top lunch picks are the shrimp burger and the fresh fish sandwich. Old habits die hard (and fishermen flock to familiar feeding grounds), so don’t be surprised if you overhear a few whooper fish tales from the next table.


Sugar Shack Seafood Market

Sugar Shack Fish Market

Sugar Shack knows exactly how the locals like their seafood. This local favorite offers sandwiches, baskets, steamed buckets and your choice of seafood fried to perfection. Eat in or order to go, you’ll love this secret lunch spot right on the Roanoke Sound. Guests can choose from seafood boats to seafood by the pound. Enjoy local favorites like grilled Mahi Mahi with Jamaican Jerk, the Surf & Turf Sandwich, something from the raw bar or right from the oyster bar. Also on tap are delicious soups, salads, appetizers, and wraps. Take-out and delivery are now available!


Of course we want to discover local’s favorite lunch restaurants, but perhaps family friendly restaurants might really be what you’re looking for. What about later on the in evening? Perhaps you’re looking for the top choices to make for a special night out. It may be that you’re truly after a waterfront dining experience, or some top-notch sushi. Whatever it is you’re craving, The Outer Banks Restaurant Guide has you covered!

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  • Jim Poulos

    Wave Riders in Pirates Quay Shopping Center has an excellent breakfast and lunch. Ate their today

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