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With water playing such a large role in the history of the Outer Banks, you can bet that much of the cuisine here features seafood. Whether you’re looking for some home cooking or a romantic dinner on the Pamlico Sound, there’s a restaurant that fits the bill. Here is Forbes Travel Guide’s take on the best places to eat in the Outer Banks.
1. Blue Point Bar and Grill. Duck. Serving Southern coastal cuisine, Blue Point Bar and Grill is located in the town of Duck. The menu features dynamic dishes such as local Carolina shrimp with creamy cheddar grits, smoked surry sausage and green tomato chutney. Picking from the freshest ingredients, everything on the menu is in season and as local as possible.
2. The Left Bank, Duck. Located at The Sanderling Resort & Spa, The Left Bank offers both à la carte and tasting menus. The menu denotes where each of the main ingredients are from; Forbes Travel Guide’s editors love this because it adds an extra sense of freshness to the meal. There’s also a daily fresh seafood selection, offering everything from sea urchin to oysters.
3. Flying Fish Café, Kill Devils Hill. With a name like Flying Fish Café, the restaurant must specialize in seafood. It delivers with entrées like pan-fried Carolina crab cakes with house-made corn pudding. But Flying Fish also proudly calls itself the home of the Chocolate Hurricane — chocolate done five ways and wrapped in a white and dark chocolate cylinder.
4. Aqua Restaurant & Day Spa, Duck. It’s a combination that you’ve likely never heard: restaurant and spa. On the restaurant side, the menu is dominated by community-farmed, organic ingredients and natural meats. Expect items such as Low Country shrimp pasta and line-caught North Carolina mahi mahi.
5. 1587, Manteo. Set within Tranquil House Inn, 1587 Restaurant serves up gourmet food in a picturesque sitting. Overlooking Manteo’s waterfront, you’ll chow down on delightful dishes like classic bouillabaisse and a selection of chops. The menu features a good range of options from the land and sea, with plenty of sides to go along.