The Black Pelican Oceanfront Restaurant’s extensive menu is both diverse and affordable, and the food never disappoints — and that’s why it’s a favorite among locals to meet friends and family.

A special menu is presented daily for both lunch, and dinner and always features fresh local seafood and seasonal harvests.

The restaurant is open year round (with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) and offers fresh seafood, steaks, vegetarian dishes, sandwiches and wood oven pizzas (not to be missed), as well as a menu designed just for kids. The dessert menu alone is worth a trip.

The spacious setting can accommodate all diners, whether dining alone or with a large group — and there’s a fabulous deck that will make it seem like you can reach out and touch the water.

Not only will diners experience exceptional food and service, they also will be dining on what some consider to be hallowed OBX ground: The building, which was constructed in 1874, originally served as historic Lifesaving Station No. 6. Later, it was used as an active weather bureau from which Wilbur and Orville Wright received weather forecasts to plan their experimental flights.

On Dec. 17, 1903, after their eventful and highly successful morning of flight, the Wright Brothers sent a telegraph to their father, advising him of their success and their plans to be home in time for Christmas. The weather bureau office connected to Norfolk, which passed the message on to Western Union — and the rest is history.

A meal at the Black Pelican is memorable in itself, but dining there will allow guests to trod in the steps of men who changed world history.

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