What to Eat at the Outer Banks

Updated June 27, 2020.

It’s everyone’s favorite: What I Ate Wednesday! My recent trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina was a short one, but we did have to eat! It seems like most people who prefer vacation rentals also prefer to cook their own food instead of spending the money to go out to eat for every meal. That is also what we did, but we found a few local gems, too. Keep reading for all the gooey details!

On the Road

We road tripped from D.C. to Corolla, Outer Banks, and aside from the car snacks, we knew we’d need to stop somewhere to stretch our legs and have lunch. We found a fantastic locals spot a few miles off of I-64, just past Williamsburg called Two Drummers Smokehouse. We got the truest of true Southern fare!

Fried Green Tomatoes with Tomato Ranch Dressing for the Table
Kelly’s Pork Belly and Pimiento Cheese Sandwich with Honey Vinaigrette Coleslaw
My Pulled Chicken Barbecue with Sweet Potato Fries and Traditional Coleslaw


We arrived quite a bit later than anticipated due to rain and several accidents that slowed traffic along the way, but we divided and conquered when we arrived! Some of us settled into the rental house while the rest of us made a quick grocery run for the next few meals. We picked up sandwich fixin’s, pancake mix, eggs, fruit, and a few other items to round out supper for the night and breakfast for the next morning. But since I was on the grocery committee, I chose my favorite: sushi! The Harris Teeter across the street had great sushi.

Harris Teeter Sushi

Beachy Breakfast

That first morning I was surprised at how many of our 13 girls and ladies got up to watch the sunrise on the beach. Many of them even beat me out the door before I left for my seaside workout! Whether it was the sunrise beach walk, the seaside workout, or the luxury of sleeping in that a few ladies took advantage of, we were all pretty hungry by the time breakfast rolled around! Big thanks to Kelly, Ashley, and Rosa for taking care of pancakes, scrambled eggs, and bacon!

Blueberry Pancakes, Fruit, Eggs, Bacon, and Real Maple Syrup

Starbucks Run

After an early morning and trip up to the Currituck Lighthouse and historic area, some of us needed a Starbucks run. I’ve been cutting back on my Starbucks intake recently, so I was ready for a coffee frappuccino splurge!

Coffee Frap for me!


After more touring, we met up with some of the other girls for lunch at the Sunset Grill and Raw Bar for an obligatory seafood meal! When I saw on the menu that this seafood filling included lobster, shrimp, and flounder, I knew this was the one for me! It was refreshing because it was a cold meal on a hot day, but also indulgent because I’m passionately in favor of sweet potato fries whenever they are available.

Seafood Lettuce Wrap with Sweet Potato Fries

Coffee Run

Anyone who’s spent time in the South knows that humidity just zaps your energy. Or maybe that’s just my excuse for a third round of coffee during the day. Either way, I needed that mocha, my friends!

Iced Mocha


Since we had such a large and filling lunch, supper was sandwiches and leftovers from the night before. It was plenty for us!

Sorry it’s half-eaten. I almost forgot to take a photo! Turkey, Tomato, Lettuce, Hummus, and Cheese!

Ice Cream

Okay, so I fell asleep before everyone else went out for ice cream. I’m telling you, that Southern heat and humidity really works hard on me! But my friend Kelly did not disappoint. She promised to send me a picture of hers:

Kelly’s Grandma’s Oatmeal Cookie and Espresso Chip ice cream cone from The Chill Spot

Duck Donuts

We saved the best for last: Duck Donuts! I’m glad we waited until the last hours of our trip for this. If we’d started with these wonderful, creative, cakey donuts, I might not have eaten anything else!

The Assortment
The Classic Box
My Maple Bacon Donut. Don’t turn your nose up. It is the only donut I’ll ever want from here on out!

Want more on the Outer Banks? Check out What to Know Before You Visit the Outer Banks and 10 Things to do in Corolla, Outer Banks!

Are you ready to eat your way through the Outer Banks? Have a suggestion for where I should eat next time? Tell me below!

Want more foodie posts? Check out my World Foods Page! And for all things all-American, you’ll find them on my United States Page!

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3 responses to “What to Eat at the Outer Banks”

  1. I loved our trip to the OB! And man did you do it up OB style with your food selections, I love that!
    We got a Duck Donuts here several years ago, and I never knew what happiness was until I met that place. I can’t believe I hadn’t gone to the OB location!

    1. Thanks so much! I did try to do the OBX food justice in our short trip! So glad Duck Donuts is expanding so we can all know the happiness! 🍩

      1. You sure did!
        And yes . . happiness is a warm Duck Donut!

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