The Hot List: Sunday Brunch

Eggs Benedict at The Blue Point

The Blue Point

  • Where: 1240 Duck Road (the Waterfront Shops), Duck
  • Info: 252-261-8090, thebluepoint.com

The fine-dining establishment, which overlooks the Currituck Sound, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this month.

One of its most popular events is the Sunday Brunch, which runs from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

It's accented by live acoustic music by some of the Outer Banks' best jazz and blues players, including guitarist Joe Mapp, guitarist-vocalist Laura Martier, and guitarist-vocalist Ruth Wyand.

One of the most popular brunch items is “Sam's Omelette (named for head chef Sam McGann, who co-owns the restaurant with John Power), which features three cheeses and a farm-egg casserole with sausage and crab covered in Hollandaise sauce.

Equally good are the house-made biscuits and country ham sliders served with house-made jam.

Other menu items include rosebay oyster stew, meatloaf, burgers and sandwiches.

Rooster's Southern Kitchen

The eatery just north of “French Fry Alley” on the U.S.. 158 Bypass offers brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Focusing on homestyle cooking, Rooster's serves up such staples as omelettes, quiches, and French toast.

“The Eggs Benedict-a La Cluck” is the signature dish, which includes two poached eggs, country ham, and baked cornbread coated with Hollandaise sauce.

For those with a heavy appetite, there's “Everything But the Kitchen Sink," with baked sweet cornbread, country ham, grilled onions, two friend eggs, cheese, and gravy.

The SaltBox Cafe

The cozy spot is about two miles off the U.S. 158 Bypass on a scenic, winding road behind the Wright Brothers National Memorial.

Brunch is served from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

On the menu are blueberry pancakes with peach syrup and a choice of bacon and meat or veggie sausage.

Smoked salmon hash with poached eggs, hash brown potatoes, and toast is another popular dish.

The “crabby Benedict” has a local flavor, with chilled crab, poached eggs on a English muffin covered with Hollandaise sauce.

Lighter fare includes fresh muffins and fruit, soups, salads and sandwiches.

Sugar Creek Seafood Restaurant

  • Where: 7349 S. Virginia Dare Trail (Manteo-Nags Head causeway), Nags Head
  • Info: 252-441-4963, sugarcreekseafood.com

Sugar Creek is a good place to start your day.

Most tables offer a bird''s-eye view of the Roanoke Sound.

So, there's that.

Brunch choices include fried chicken and waffles with maple syrup, steak and eggs, and omelettes.

There's also a “gravy plate,” with Angus beef tips and plenty of gravy on Texas toast.

Side items include French fries, fruit salad, rice, hash browns and apple sauce.

Lunch items are also available.

Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Lone Cedar Cafe

  • Where: 7623 S. Virginia Dare Trail (Manteo-Nags Head causeway), Nags Head
  • Info: 252-441-5405, lonecedarcafe.com

Owned by the Basnight family of Manteo, which includes the former President pro temp of the North Carolina Senate Marc Basnight, the restaurant is known for its fresh, local seafood and down-home atmosphere.

The wooden building has plenty of windows that affords diners views of the Roanoke Sound.

But, let's get to the food.

Two popular dishes are the stuffed French toast topped with fresh blackberries and the fresh broccoli and cheddar cheese omelette, served with a choice of home fries, cheese grits, or fresh fruit and a buttermilk biscuit.

Other fare includes fried soft crabs, prime melt, parmesan-crusted chicken and pull-pork barbecue sandwich.

Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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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