What's Cooking: A Restaurant Guide

By Janna Dimmig | Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Our Outer Banks restaurants have kept us satisfied with imaginative, freshly cooked food during these last crazy months. Whether they choose take-out, curbside pick-up or dine-in options, locals and visitors have definitely not gone hungry! It’s to their great credit that restaurant owners, managers and staff have been able to adapt to changing rules and keep the food coming. And adapt they must do on a regular basis. As the state changes its guidelines, restaurants change to meet them. Check the Outer Banks This Week updates each week at all these popular spots by going to the noted web address for each one.


Cosmo’s Pizzeria

New York comes to you with Cosmo’s freshly made, authentic NY-style pizza. Using only the highest quality ingredients, they offer specialty pizzas and classic favorites along with fresh salads, pasta dishes and subs. Cosmo’s is open for delivery and take-out Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m.

(252) 261-8388 | 5591 N. Croatan Highway | Southern Shores | WEEKLY UPDATE: duckncguide.com/cosmospizza


Ocean Boulevard Bistro & Martini Bar

Ocean Boulevard is an upscale American bistro offering dine-in and take-out options for dinner seven nights a week year-round. Standouts include local and regionally sourced seafood, beef, pork, duck, lamb and vegetables, highlighted by an exceptional wine list and creative martinis and cocktails. Dedicated to-go menus for apps, entrees and desserts ensure the superior quality of take-out meals, and curbside service is available. In nice weather enjoy oceanside patio dining.

(252) 261-2546 | 4700 N. Virginia Dare Trail | Kitty Hawk | WEEKLY UPDATE: nagsheadguide.com/oceanboulevard

La Fogata Mexican Restaurant Kitty Hawk

Freshly made, authentic Mexican cuisine is the specialty at this family-owned and -operated restaurant in Kitty Hawk. A full menu of house-made Mexican favorites plus ice-cold beers and margaritas keeps customers returning all year round. Everyone loves the casual indoor and socially distant outdoor dining and the friendly, welcoming staff. Take-out is available. La Fogata is open every day for lunch and dinner.

(252) 255-0934 | 3924 N. Croatan Highway | Kitty Hawk | WEEKLY UPDATE: nagsheadguide.com/la-fogata

Trio Restaurant & Market

Named for the timeless gourmet trifecta of wine, beer and cheese, TRiO is a market, restaurant, wine bar and tap house with an inviting cosmopolitan vibe. A favorite gathering place among locals, it offers two levels of indoor seating, outdoor seating, weekly live music, always-intriguing drink selections and a casually inventive menu ranging from paninis to crab pot pie to steaks and local seafood. Take-out and online ordering are available.

(252) 261-0277 | 3708 N. Croatan Highway | Kitty Hawk | WEEKLY UPDATE: nagsheadguide.com/trio


Outer Banks Brewing Station

Since 2001 the Brewing Station has earned its Beer Church moniker by maintaining a sanctuary for innovative craft brewing, American beach fusion cuisine and diverse live music on indoor and outdoor stages. With an acre of a backyard, a 30-seat bar and dining on two levels, there is space for everyone as well as a take-out menu. They also brew up sodas for the kids and are expanding into ciders.

(252) 449-2739 | 600 S. Croatan Highway | Kill Devil Hills | WEEKLY UPDATE: nagsheadguide.com/brewing-station

Bob’s Grill

The early bird gets the worm! Start your Outer Banks days at Bob’s with giant hotcakes, custom omelettes, fresh-made hash browns, maybe even a Bloody Mary. Refuel mid-day with a burger, crab cake sandwich or Po’ Boy. You can’t go wrong at Bob’s, where the atmosphere is lively, fun-loving and friendly, even when they say “Eat and Get the Hell Out!” Dine-in and take-out are available.

(252) 441-0707 | 1219 S. Croatan Highway | Kill Devil Hills | WEEKLY UPDATE: nagsheadguide.com/bobs-grill


Grits Grill

Grits and biscuits are the staples of a Southern breakfast, and Grits Grill is the place to get them. From shrimp and grits to biscuits and sausage gravy, omelettes to lunch specialties, down-home cooking is what you’ll find at this restaurant with a true diner feel and friendly staff. It’s open daily year-round from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. with breakfast served all day. 
Dine-in and take-out are available.

(252) 449-2888 | 5000 S. Croatan Highway | Nags Head | WEEKLY UPDATE: nagsheadguide.com/grits-grill

Woo Casa Kitchen

Family-run Woo Casa Kitchen welcomes diners to their restaurant like they welcome friends to their house. Using fresh, local seafood and top-quality ingredients, they craft dishes with worldly influences, including customized rice bowls, poke bowls, sashimi, shrimp and fish tacos, buffalo sliders and daily specials depending on what’s freshest. Healthy or indulgent, there’s something for everyone. Order at the counter and enjoy indoor or outdoor seating.

(252) 715-0089 | 5000 S. Croatan Highway | Nags Head | WEEKLY UPDATE: nagsheadguide.com/woocasakitchen

The Dunes Restaurant

A Nags Head tradition for 38 years, this family-owned and -operated restaurant is known for its family-friendly Southern Coastal Cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Dunes proudly utilizes locally and regionally sourced ingredients from N.C. farmers, fishermen and purveyors. Breakfast and lunch are served Wednesday through Sunday year-round, and dinner is served Tuesday through Saturday through Thanksgiving. Dine-in and take-out are available.

(252) 441-1600 | 7013 S. Croatan Highway | Nags Head | WEEKLY UPDATE: nagsheadguide.com/dunesrestaurant


Avenue Waterfront Grille

With views of the Manteo harbor and Roanoke Sound from every seat, Avenue is a favorite restaurant destination in downtown Manteo. Chef-prepared dishes include something for everyone – meat eaters, seafood lovers and vegans alike. Fish tacos, Tuna Sushi Style, Bayou Shrimp and Grits, salads, pizzas, burgers and a brisket sandwich are just a few of the favorites. Boat dockage and outdoor dining are available. Take-out is available with online and call-in ordering.

(252) 473-4800 | 207 Queen Elizabeth Avenue | Manteo | WEEKLY UPDATE: roanokeisland.net/avenuegrille


Muffins and Scones

Early birds, late risers and afternoon snackers love Muffins and Scones in Avon. A full-service coffee shop and bakery, this is the place for coffee and tea, an amazing assortment of New York-style bagels, muffins, scones, breakfast sandwiches, cookies, turnovers, cakes and more – all of it fresh-made in house. Custom order a cake for your special event. Fall means homemade soups, quiches and hot sandwiches.

(252) 986-5109 | 40126 N.C. Highway 12 | Avon | WEEKLY UPDATE: hatterasguide.com/muffinsandscones

Froggy Dog Restaurant & Pub

Froggy Dog is a Hatteras tradition for local seafood and house-made fare in a family-style atmosphere. They pride themselves on making nearly everything from scratch and using as much local seafood as possible. Large, spacious dining rooms allow for social distancing, and private rooms are great for large get-togethers. Enjoy weekday lunch specials, Sunday brunch and Friday Wine-Pairing Dinners with House Sommelier Blake Taft. Dine-in and take-out are available.

(252) 995-5550 | 40050 N.C. Highway 12 | Avon | WEEKLY UPDATE: hatterasguide.com/froggydog