First Stop: Atlantic Coast Cafe

By Molly Harrison | Thursday, July 2, 2020

For countless Hatteras Island vacationers, the first stop on the island is always Atlantic Coast Cafe in Waves. It’s such a solid tradition that by the time they’re driving the bridge over Oregon Inlet, their mouths are already watering at the thought of baskets of piping hot fried shrimp, fresh fish tacos, ACC’s famous Hatteras-Style Crab Cake Reuben and those cheese- and gravy-slathered Disco Fries.

Since 2005 Atlantic Coast Cafe has established itself as a beach-casual destination for fresh and delicious fare. Locals and visitors trust that the breakfasts, lunches and dinners here will be consistently great and served with a smile. They come from miles around to start the day with breakfast options like omelets, wraps, biscuit sandwiches and the specialty Hatteras-Style Monte Cristo. They can’t wait to dig into lunch and dinner favorites like local seafood served in a variety of ways, burgers, baskets, wraps, sandwiches, entrees, salads and crazy good sides and starters. Add a kids’ menu, coffee drinks, smoothies, beer and wine, outdoor seating and take-out service, and you’ll see why this is a Hatteras favorite.

One try and you’ll find yourself joining the others who’ve made Atlantic Coast Cafe a targeted stop-off whether they’re coming, going or seeking a new vacation dining tradition.

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(252) 987-1200
25150 N.C. Hwy 12, Waves

About the Author Molly Harrison
Molly Harrison is managing editor at OneBoat, publisher of She moved to Nags Head in 1994 and since then has made her living writing articles and creating publications about the people, places and culture of the Outer Banks. When not working she practices and teaches yoga and spends as much time as possible outside and in or on the water with her husband and two children.