Josephine's Sicilian Kitchen
- Where: 3701 N. Croatan Hwy., milepost 4.5 (the Dune Shops), Kitty Hawk
- Info: (252) 261-2669, obxitalianrestaurant.com
Imagine going over to friend's house for dinner and discovering she's a top-notch, imaginative chef.
That's the feeling you'll get at the intimate eatery in Kitty Hawk, owned and operated by Josephone Caggese and her husband, Cosmo.
Josephine knows of what she cooks and serves: she was born in Sicily and operated an Italian restaurant in New York City before moving to the Outer Banks.
The restaurant's menu — about a half-dozen dishes — changes every week.
Specialties include seafood risotto, chicken rosemary, meatballs, sausage, pastas, appetizers, and desserts.
The chef usually visits each table to make sure things are just right.
Reservations are recommended.
La Fogata Mexican Restaurant
- Where: 3924 N. Croatan Hwy., milepost 3.5, Kitty Hawk; 4933 S. Croatan Hwy., milepost 14, Nags Head; and 41934 N.C. 12, Avon
- Info: 252-255-0934 (Kill Devil Hills), 252-441-4179 (Nags Head), 252-986-1118 (Avon), lafogataobx.com
The three eateries are known for their authentic Mexican and Texas-style cuisine.
Folks with big and modest appetites will find dozens of choices, including vegetarian dishes.
On the menu are individual items and traditional meals, including tacos,, burritos, tostadas, enchiladas, quesadillas, and fajitas.
Beef, chicken and seafood options are available, along with salsa and chips.
There are daily lunch and dinner specials, and each restaurant has a bar with TVs overhead.
Fuji Steakhouse and Sushi Bar
- Where: 1201 S. Croatan Hwy., milepost 9, Kill Devil Hills
- Info: 252-449-0628, fujiobx.com
Fuji Steakhouse is a big, open space that bills itself as “dinner and a show.”
The latter refers to the tables around hibachi grills, where diners can watch their meals being cooked.
Choices include chicken, steak, shrimp, scallops, lobster tail, as well as a vegetarian dish. There's a sushi bar with a dozen choices.
Hand-rolled sushi dishes have such colorful names as “California Dynamite,” “Fantasy,” and “Spicy Friend.”
Small rolls come in about 18 varieties, including salmon, tuna, squid, and octopus.
Japanese-style soups and salads are also available
Shaddai Peruvian and Mexican Grill
- Where: 112 U.S. Highway 64 (next to Piggly Wiggly grocery store), Manteo
- Info: 252-423-3013, Shaddai on Facebook
The quaint, low-ceilinged restaurant's signature dish is the “pollo a la brasa,” a charcoal rotisserie chicken.
You have your choice of a whole or half chicken with two sides, among them, jasmine rice, black beans, plantains, and French fries.
If chicken is not your thing, try the “lomo saltado.”
It features soft pieces of top sirloin, tomatoes and onions sautéed with soy sauce in a fiery wok.
There are about a half-dozen other Peruvian meals and beverages, as well as desserts, on the menu.
Mexican dishes include such traditional fare as tacos, fajitas, and nachos.
Marsala Bay Grill
- Where: 9175 Caratoke Hwy., Point Harbor
- Info: 252-863-3001, masallabaygrill.com
The eatery at the north end of the Wright Memorial Bridge sits on the Currituck Sound, which often displays glorious sunsets.
There is indoor and outdoor seating.
The restaurant, which is open for lunch and dinner, specializes in Indian cuisine, some cooked in a clay tandoori oven.
Among the tandoori choices are murg tikka (chicken), lamb chops, and salmon.
Vegetarians will find much to love at the eatery, which lists eight intriguing dishes on the menu.
Traditional entrees feature chicken, seafood, lamb, and scallops.
Indian breads, appetizers, and desserts are also available.
Let your server know how you want your food seasoned (spices are major component of Indian cuisine).