Originally posted by TJ Jackson
I know you didn't ask for breakfast - but this place is a gem, and is very much so a prototypical Roadfood establishment.
Sam and Omie's.
Look them up.
Never found any good barbeque while I was there....unfortunately....
Oh yeah. We love the Banks; this year was our 12th visit. It was our son's 11th--and he turns 10 this month!
Sam & Omie's. Had an oyster sandwich upon my arrival in the banks this year. Look for it, or you'll miss it. A "Nag's Head Cottage" building between the highways, near the entrance to Pea Island Wildlife Refuge. Look for the low sign of the pink elephant. (No foolin'.) ON weekends, breakfast is known to include Crab Benedict, which substitutes lump crabmeat for the Canadian bacon.
The Fish House, in Buxton. A go-to-heck-looking cinderblock building on the sound/canal. Walk in and there's a definite list to the left. A magic-marker sketch on the wall tells where the last storm surge hit in '93. Excellent fresh seafood, served in disposable ware. ("Here's our finest crystal," our waitress cracked when pouring a beer into plastic cup.) Great fried, broiled, sauteed. A surprisingly nice little wine list.
Port o' Call, in Kill Devil Hills or Kitty Hawk (I never rememnber). A very rococo restaurant with fresh seafood, local vegetables, and an antique/curio/junk shop of stuff gathered from the owner's world travels. The only broiled seafood platter I've ever had where every item was done to perfection; obviously, they'd placed each item on the broiler in turn, rather than all at once.
Buoy's, in Buxton. New last year. This place took over the overrated Labrador Oceanic Bistro--which was NEVER OPEN when we'd stop to have a look. I had great crab cakes, with a terrific side of slaw. A very nice wine selection. We stopped there on a whim last year, and the place has joined Fish House as a "must visit" every year.
The Dunes, Buxton. OK for dinner, but a really good breakfast house.
The Sanderling, near Duck. A little uppercrust for our tastes, but this resort sports a renovated Lifesaving Station with about the best upscale food I've ever had.
And, TJ--Bubba's in Frisco. A wonderful BBQ house. There's an outlet in Avon, but I've never tried it. I go to the original for great pulled pork and all the fixings.
Places to Avoid: Windmill Point (cramped, gimmicky, poor food), Dirty Dick's (overpriced, underqualitied), ANY all you can eat place, Sonny's (too smoky).
Of course, the best meals for us are the ones we cook at our rented beach house with the finest local catch. This year we had shrimp, Mahi-Mahi, and crab cakes, along with a nice seafood spread done by Stoney's Seafood in Avon.....yum.