By Carrie Brothers/Correspondent
This popular year-round spot built an addition for canopy-covered outdoor seating last year, expanding the always large demand for seating and giving diners the chance to soak up a bit of Hatteras Island sunshine. Open seven days a week and serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Oceana’s has long been an Avon staple. With daily specials available and a diverse menu, there is sure to be something for everyone in your group.
Where: 40774NCHighway 12, Avon
Hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily
Gidget’s Pizza and Pasta
Tucked away in the Hatteras Island Plaza shopping center, Gidget’s Pizza and Pasta is easy to overlook but shouldn’t be skipped. They offer more than 40 toppings to cover their fresh, homemade pizza dough and cauliflower pizza crust. Open since 1997, Gidget’s casual environment offers a large, sophisticated wine list, a matching beer list including a selection of North Carolina microbrews, and a menu full of house made offerings. Seating is limited, but takeout is available. Gidget’s is exclusively takeout after 4 p.m. on Saturdays.
Where: 41934NC12, Avon
Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday- Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday (takeout only 4-9 p.m.); closed Sunday
Info: 252-995-3109; gidgetspizza.com
Tavern on 12
A little originality and playfulnessinspire every item on this Southern-inspired menu.Daily specials routinelyfeature fresh, locally caught seafood.The menu is packed with crowd pleaserslike pizza, sandwiches, build-your-own burgerand vegetarian options. Houseoriginals, like Pimento Mac & Cheese andthe Soul Roll, a pulled pork and collardstake on the spring roll, pair well with thecovered porch.
Where: 53060NC12, Frisco
Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday-Monday; closed Tuesday
Hatteras Sol Waterside Grill
Hatteras Sol is perched overlooking the Teach’s Lair Marina at the tip of Hatteras Island. Diners can enjoy priceless views of the Pamlico Sound while savoring items from the skillfully crafted menu. Approachable elevation graces the fresh seafood-focused fare. Enjoy live music with a well-crafted cocktail on the deck as you watch the renowned Hatteras sunset over the water.
Hours: 5-8:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; closed Sunday and Monday
Info: 252-986-1414; hatterassol.com