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Dining on the Islands

Being able to sit by the water and dine on succulent seafood, juicy steaks and pastas cooked to perfection is one of life’s simple pleasures. Here on the islands of Ocracoke and Hatteras, there’s not only a great selection of quality restaurants, but the menus vary considerably so that every craving can be satisfied. Whether you’re looking for restaurants with a specific dish or a certain ambiance, Sunny Day Guide has you covered. Take a look at some of the restaurants that are among our favorites!

Water View Dining

Everywhere you look, there are gorgeous views of the Atlantic Ocean or the Pamlico Sound. Why not take in that beautiful scenery while enjoying dinner and cocktails? Try dining on the freshest seafood and tender steaks at Breakwater Restaurant at Oden’s Dock in Hatteras Village. The views are spectacular! Begin with a Creole crab dip before diving into their “famous” tuna tort—blackened tuna stuffed into a tortilla with bacon, cheese, tomato, greens, and avocado. It’s the perfect entrée on a hot summer day. In Rodanthe, Good Winds Restaurant has amazing vistas from their deck situated on the sound. Visit at sunset for an outstanding backdrop to a delightful dinner. Start with a plate of fried, local oysters or seafood nachos before indulging in a juicy ribeye steak topped with crabmeat. Hatteras Sol Waterside Grill offers seafood pastas, shrimp and grits, and succulent steaks in an elegant environment near Hatteras Landing. Make sure to save room for the chocolate torte!

Family-Friendly Food

Known for having some of the best pizza around, Gidget’s Pizza & Pasta in Avon on Hatteras Island is a perfect place to take the family. This casual eatery uses fresh, local ingredients and is sure to please the most discerning palate. Vegetarians will find numerous menu options to choose from, and kids will love picking toppings for their personal pizza. On Ocracoke Island, Dajio is highly recommended. Visitors are constantly raving about their flatbread pizzas cooked in a wood-fired brick oven. Eat in or take it with you for a wonderful meal in a location of your choosing.

Dining at a Locals’ Hangout

On most days at the “world famous” Howard's Pub in Ocracoke, locals gather to mingle with friends and to nibble on chicken wings or conch fritters. Fresh seafood is highlighted throughout their menu with offerings such as crab cakes and seafood platters. This eclectic restaurant loves to welcome new guests too. Make yourself at home at Howard's Pub.

All You Can Eat!

For large appetites (and large groups) head to Dirty Dick’s Crab House in Avon for as much food as you can handle. Select your protein from items such as fried fish, chicken, clam strips or steamed crab legs. In addition to the all-you-can-eat options, the menu at Dirty Dick’s is extensive. Hungry diners may enjoy the fried crab lasagna, USDA hand-cut steaks, or ribs served with mac n’ cheese. And don’t forget the crabs! Steamed blue crabs are what started this successful restaurant concept.

Foods to Wake Up To

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. While on vacation it’s good to start your morning well-nourished so that your energy levels keep you going throughout the day. Pony Island Restaurant is a popular Ocracoke breakfast spot. This little gem serves some of the best pancakes around. If all you need in the morning is a little espresso, visit the Ocracoke Coffee Co. For over 20 years, they have been “waking up Ocracoke” with hot and iced coffee, specialty drinks and pastries. Meanwhile Fig Tree Bakery & Deli has been helping people in Ocracoke find a spring in their step with delicious breakfast items and also deluxe sandwiches for an afternoon bite!

End the Day on a Sweet Note

You don’t have to look far to satisfy your craving for something sweet on the islands. Stop for a cool dessert and fill your tummy with delectable ice cream from Happy Belly on Hatteras or at Sweet Tooth on Ocracoke. Both places have hand-dipped ice cream in a variety of flavors. The Slushy Stand on Ocracoke serves up generous scoops of ice cream, floats, smoothies and (of course) slushies that come in an array of flavors. Add some ice cream to your slushy for a special treat! Chocolate lovers may have a hard time deciding which fudge to get at Scotch Bonnet Fudge & Gifts on Hatteras Island. Their rocky road, plain or chocolate-peanut butter swirl are silky smooth and oh, so good! Of course they also offer other flavors and candies as well. Take home a box of saltwater taffy to remember your trip to the islands!

Hatteras and Ocracoke offer their guests a wide variety of dining options with fresh and local food. The resident chefs certainly pack a lot of flavor into their creations, enticing people to come back to visit.

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