By Carrie Brothers | Correspondent
Waves Market and Deli
This year-round market has become a Tri-Village staple thanks to creative handhelds made possible by their legendary deli. Made to order, the burritos are stuffed with fresh ingredients and the sandwiches, like The Stamos, come piled sky high on homemade bread. An always delicious selection of creative specials are posted daily to their social media. Service is quick and friendly in this locally owned and operated spot. Call ahead takeout ordering is available if you want to take your sandwich on the beach.
Where: 26006 N.C. Highway 12, Waves
Hours: 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Thursday-Saturday
Info: 252-987-2352, Waves Market on Facebook
Bros Sandwich Shack
Opened by brothers Matthew Coates and Josh Artzt, this spot strives to be more than just your standard burger joint. The bros make as much as they can in house with fresh ingredients. Dive into a basket of wings or tuck into a mountain of their BBQ NachBros, waffle fries topped with slow-roasted pulled pork and smoky gouda. Original homemade sauces and dressings adorn juicy burgers, tempting sandwiches, big salads and a substantial, homemade quinoa burger. They offer counter-style dining or just order takeout through their website to enjoy at home.
Where: 41934 N.C. Highway 12, Avon
Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily
Info: 252-995-9595, brossandwichshack.com
The Buxton Munch Co.
The menu here is as bright and colorful as this classic Hatteras spot. Since 1999, Buxton Munch has been serving up an array of wraps, subs, sandwiches, burgers, quesadillas, tacos, and their famous Crabby Patty. After more than 20 years, you can bet they are doing something right. Call in your lunch and enjoy delivery right to your car, or spend your meal basking in the sun at one of their eight picnic tables.
Where: 47359 N.C. Highway 12, Osprey Shopping Center, Buxton
Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday; closed Sunday
Info: 252-95-5502, www.buxtonmunch.com
Sheila’s Carolina Kitchen
Don’t be fooled by this hidden gem’s location! Tucked in the back of the main KOA building, this family-run restaurant welcomes everyone, campers and non-campers. Everything is cooked to order and served with a smile by Sheila Spencer, a long-time Hatteras Island restaurateur. The lunch menu features generously sized burgers, cheesesteaks, Reubens, wraps and fresh Carolina seafood. They also whip up classic breakfast options, like biscuits and gravy, omelettes and pancakes in addition to options like sizzling breakfast fajitas. Dine in, on the porch, or get your meal wrapped up to go.
Where: 25099 N.C. Highway 12, Waves, inside the main KOA building
Hours: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday-Monday, closed Tuesday
Info: 252-987-2629; Sheila’s Carolina Kitchen on Facebook