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Arriving on Ocracoke Island at dinner time, I popped into Back Porch Restaurant, tucked into the trees on the Back Road, hoping they had room for one. In the middle of summer, there is usually a wait. Somehow, they had space, and I was immediately seated, yes, on the screened back porch, wit…

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The new sign in front of Weeping Radish Farm Brewery, on the big road in Grandy, announces to passersby what locals and savvy sojourners have known for decades: This mural-faced, pet-goat-fronted, Bavarian brewery, located in the heart of Currituck County, is also a butchery and one of the h…

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The hottest Latino song of the summer greeted us with a thumping bass line as we pulled open the door to Agave Roja restaurant in Corolla. Despacito was the first of many high energy musical numbers we heard as gal-pal Laurie and I enjoyed a recent lunch at the hip Mexican eatery in Monterey Plaza.

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Sometimes dining dockside means finding a picnic table under a boat side canopy and unpacking dinner from the clever little seafood joint across the street. If visiting Hatteras Village this summer, make a plan to order just made dishes from Harbor House Seafood Market and carry them just ac…

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Have you ever wanted to dine amongst the dunes? You can at Beachside Bistro at the Sea Ranch Resort in Kill Devil Hills. One of the few ocean front eateries on the Outer Banks, the Bistro actually has dune-side dining, and the dune scape is different every day.

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Phongkrit Pok Choeichom (Pok) and Art Maliyam have opened a new restaurant in Nags Head, Single Fin, but their first venture is closer to home, in Kitty Hawk, so I popped by recently for take-out from Pok’s Art Asia Fusian Kitchen.

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Naturally, most visitors to Hatteras Island are anxious to get fresh seafood, and surely, they do. But a person can only go so long without pizza, especially the young crowd.

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The Breakwater Restaurant, which is located on the far south end of Hatteras Island, specializes in just-caught North Carolina fish and a sunset view that will take your breath away.

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The Town of Manteo has perfected the art of quaint. The tiny community edging the scenic Shallowbag Bay is rich with history; the street names alone indicate a commitment to legacy and sense of place. Just up the street from the intersection where Sir Walter Raleigh meets his end at Queen El…

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Most eateries on the Outer Banks offer an array of menu offerings, hoping to entice the whole family with their variety. Not so at the Salad Bowl in Kitty Hawk, where their only goal is to serve you one amazing salad, in a bowl or a wrap and a fresh pressed juice or smoothie to go with it.

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Cheer on, dear food friends. The Orange Blossom Bakery & Café in Buxton is proof positive that Ugly is merely a state of mind — and an affirmative one at that! The good folks at this charming bakery and café long ago discovered the joy of mixing apples with leftover doughnut batter. When…

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When you walk through the front door of Black Pelican Oceanfront Restaurant in Kitty Hawk, there is an immediate awareness that you just crossed the threshold into a unique piece of Outer Banks history. Once an active life saving station, signs of its former existence are tucked into every c…

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Country Deli, the new kid on the block in Kill Devil Hills, is proving to be a crowd favorite, thanks to its friendly staff, quick service, made-to-order sandwiches — piled high with fresh-sliced meats and cheeses — and yummy sides and desserts.

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There’s no shortage of great spots to catch a sunrise or sunset on the Outer Banks – but if you can couple the experience with a delicious meal, glass of wine or cocktail, it’s a win-win.

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Proof of the culinary pedigree of chef Chris Setzer, owner of Hatteras Sol Waterside Grill on Hatteras Island, is evident in his creative menu — pan-fried Carolina lump crab cake, crispy shrimp spring rolls, tournedos of beef and shrimp fra diavolo and other mouth-watering options. His choco…

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Celebrating its fourth season in business, Outer Bean Juice and Java in Kitty Hawk is a haven for vegetarians and health-minded eaters. Owner, chef and natural-born hostess Necla Radar opened her shop in June of 2013, and she continues to share her good food, as well as the good vibes that f…

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Sometimes hunger hits at inconvenient times. Fortunately, there are a slew of local eateries, grocery stores and filling stations that offer grab-and-go options to keep your blood sugar level.

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There are plenty of reasons to visit the Outer Banks, and one of them is the incredible just-caught seafood served at area restaurants. Any seafood-lover will tell you that it’s very easy to taste the difference between previously frozen fish and something fresh from the boat — regardless of…

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Old Nags Head Café, located directly across from Jockey’s Ridge, is a local treasure. It might even be labeled a “best kept secret”— if a three-decades old restaurant that’s visible from both the bypass and the beach road can be called secretive.

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Kristina and Mark McCleary, chef-owners of Northern Light Bakery in Corolla, are celebrating their tenth year in business and life has never been sweeter. The wife and husband team opened their European style bakery in 2007 and have added new treats every season since.

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Disguised as an unassuming sandwich shop, a tiny Nags Head eatery and catering kitchen has steadily made its way into the hearts and homes of locals and visitors, one bite at a time. Hard work and dedication to the joy of food is apparent in everything created by Johanna and Justin Lachine a…

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All of you who are inspired at OBX Taste of the Beach, be sure to look around town for good stuff to bring back to your kitchen.

  • By Amy Gaw, contributing writer
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When a hungry patron can walk through the front door of a 30-year-old waterside restaurant, take a purposeful, deep breath and exhale into instant bliss, the visit is already notable.

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The catering division of Stack ‘Em High restaurant in Kitty Hawk has been newly christened Kiki’s Kitchen. The name change pays homage to the spirited matriarch, chef and restaurant diva Kiki Kiousis, who, with her husband, Perry, began Stack ‘Em High in Kill Devil Hills in 1968 and still fr…

  • By Amy Gaw, Contributing writer
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When cooking or baking for the holidays, why not make a little extra to share with a friend or neighbor?

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Handmade tortillas are always in season at Outer Banks Taco Bar (OBTB) in Kitty Hawk. Whether flipped on the griddle for tacos, deep fried for empanadas or cut into quarters for nachos, a freshly made corn tortilla is a tasty way to begin a dish, and you can find them in abundance and stuffe…

  • By Amy Gaw Contributing writer
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Once November hits the calendar, holiday meal planners are consumed with visions of roasted turkeys and cranberry molds and linen-covered tables stacked with pies. Pinterest snapshots intrigue, beguile and bewilder as we wonder, yet again, if we should serve turkey for Thanksgiving dinner.

  • By Amy Gaw Contributing Writer
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Burgers and oysters. Two excellent reasons to plan a visit to Two Roads Tavern in Seagate North Shopping Center in Kill Devil Hills, where fine burgers and briny oysters are the main menu attractions.

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Where to find wine with personalized service on the Outer Banks.

  • By Amy Gaw Contributing writer
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Along with fresh seafood, Ms. Vicki serves up delicious take-out fare and plenty of local knowledge.

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Eating to reduce inflammation will lead to greater health and energy.

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Country-style home-cooking favorites can be found just over the bridge on the Currituck mainland.

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The Outer Banks’ first Peruvian restaurant has a special kind of magic.

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 I get a little flutter in my heart when I catch my first glimpse of one particular family of grapes on the farm market table. It is grape season on the Outer Banks and that means it is time for the big, plump, deep purple and speckled-chartreuse end of summer fruit from the vines that so ma…