The Hot List: 5 spots for breakfast

Stack 'Em High and So Forth has two Outer Banks locations

Stack 'Em High Pancakes and Such

The eateries have been the flat-food specialists on the Outer Banks for more than 40 years. You order at a counter, and your breakfast is brought to the table.

Operated by two brothers, the restaurants serve not only pancakes, but waffles, French Toast, omelettes, and other combinations of breakfast food.

But pancakes — available in “short” and “high” stacks — are their calling card, so here are two offerings. “Island Delight” features pancakes covered with coconut, chocolate chips, banana slices and pecans. “Blue Monkey” is a stack of pancakes loaded with blueberries and banana slices.

You won't go away hungry.

  • Where: 1225 S. Croatan Hwy., milepost 9, Kill Devil Hills; and 3801 N. Croatan Hwy., milepost 4.5, Kitty Hawk
  • Info: 252-441-7064, (252) 261-8221, stackemhigh.com

Jolly Roger Restaurant and Pirate Bar

Known as a “locals' favorite” for breakfast, the longtime eatery is on the west side of the Beach Road (also known as Virginia Dare Trail). The low-ceilinged, no-frills restaurant is plenty casual. Tables and booths sit on a wooden floor. You really feel like you're at the beach.

If you really want to load up for a day of activity, a Jolly Roger omelette should do the trick. The eggs can be mixed with, among other things, cheese, steak, country ham and Italian sausage. Or you go the basic route with the “Eye-Opener” special ($3.99), which includes two eggs, toast, and a choice of baked apples, grits, or home fries.

Fruit, oatmeal, waffles and French toast are also available.

  • Where: 1836 N. Virginia Dare Trail, milepost 6.5, Kill Devil Hills
  • Info: 252-441-6530, jollyrogerobx.com
  • Nags Head Fishing Pier

That's not a typo.

The long-standing pier has a restaurant that serves all three meals, so you can have your breakfast with a side of Atlantic Ocean and, maybe, a sunrise.

It's a pier house with indoor and outdoor dining.

The coffee is hot and fresh, and breakfast choices include all the greatest hits. The menu includes eggs, pancakes, creamed chipped beef, biscuits, French toast, hotcakes, corned beef hash, grits, fruit, and bagels, among other favorites.

  • Where: 3335 S. Virginia Dare Trail, milepost 12, Nags Head
  • Info: (252) 441-5141, nagsheadpier.com
  • Sam and Omie's

You sit in history at Sam and Omie's, which is part of the Whalebone District.

Opened by two fisherman in 1937 — the same year the Tony Award-winning symphonic drama “The Lost Colony” premiered in Manteo — the family-owned eatery has ignored all trends and retains its old Nags Head charm.

On any given morning, you might be mingling with surfers, politicians, anglers, folks on vacation, and early-risers reading newspapers.

The interior is almost all wood, with tables, booths, and a bar (many folks like to eat breakfast cozied up to the bar).

Coffee is served in sturdy, old-fashioned cups.

Breakfast choices include pancakes (buttermilk or multi-grain), eggs Benedict, bagels, fruit, and several egg combinations.

And the owners have a sense of humor and adventure, offering up “McOmie” sandwiches and “Omielettes."

  • Where: 7228 S. Virginia Dare Trail,m milepost 16, Nags Head
  • Info: 252-441-7366, samandomies.net

The Dunes

If you have a large party looking for morning food, the Dunes fits the bill.

It's a large space with tables and booths, and the menu is huge.

Most traditional breakfast items are available, including pancakes, French toast, biscuits, eggs (scrambled, fried, and poached), omelettes, gravy, sausage, hash browns, and cereals.

Two specialty dishes are The Dolphin (for modest appetites), and The Whaler (for robust eaters).

For those who can't make up their minds, the family-owned restaurant features a breakfast bar every day (starting Friday, June 14). More than two dozen items —quiche, bacon, muffins, eggs, fruit, gravy, biscuits, and toast, among others — are on the buffet.

Please Note: This is not a "Best Of" list. Rather, it's a recurring feature in which we list places and things that help make the Outer Banks a great place to visit — and an even better place to call home.

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