Five great Outer Banks destinations for Foodies


Starting to make plans for your next vacation to the beaches of the Outer Banks? If you can't come to the coast this fall, consider spending a week with us in the spring! The weather is warm, the rates are still low, and you won't find lines out the door at your favorite dining hot spots. 

Whether you're a seafood lover in search of fresh, local fare or you're simply looking for a new take on your favorite classic, restaurants along our barrier islands boast a wide array of unique Outer Banks dishes. And if you fancy yourself a foodie, be sure to check out Seaside Vacations' recommendations for the top five places a foodie must experience during their Outer Banks vacation. 

1. Mama Kwan's


Touted as the go-to spot for fish taco fans, Mama Kwan's is favorite Outer Banks restaurant among locals and visitors alike. This tiki bar and grill is known for its tropical drinks, laidback atmosphere and food with Pacific Rim-inspired flavors. A dining experience here is not complete with devouring a plate of "Mama's World Famous Fish tacos." Blackened bites of marinated mahi mahi are served with shredded cheddar/jack cheese, scallions, jasmine rice, shredded cabbage and an out-of-this world lime sour cream sauce to top it all off.    


 2. Urban Kitchen


For simple, seasonal fare, pop into Urban Kitchen in Corolla. A proud supporter of local farmers and fisherman, Urban Kitchen works with only the freshest, finest local ingredients available. Start with a series of small plates-such as pork shanks, crawfish pork sausage and bucatini pasta-before moving on to amazing main courses that range from pork chops served with sweet potatoes, surry sausage, apples, pearl onions and green chili BBQ to Scottish salmon served with mushrooms, sea beans, apples and carrot sauce. Urban Kitchen's menu changes seasonably, so be sure to check in often to see what's on the menu during your visit. 


3. Art's Place


Not a fan of seafood, or just looking for a little change of pace after snacking on scallops, shrimp and fish all week? Head to Art's Place on the Beach Road in Kitty Hawk to experience the best burgers on the beach. A locals' favorite for decades, Art's Place is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and serves 9 unique burgers bursting with flavors you won't find anywhere else. We recommend the Baja Burger, a half-pound patty topped with Swiss cheese, grilled red onion, pineapple and balsamic reduction. 


 4. Red Sky Café


If you're in the mood for an eclectic dish prepared by a world-class chef, stop into Red Sky Café in Duck for some of the best cuisine on our coast. Owned by Chef Wes Stepp, Red Sky Café offers a variety of mouth-watering dishes featuring local Outer Banks fare. While you can't go wrong with anything on the menu, we highly recommend sampling the Shrimp 'n Grits-which consists of North Carolina shrimp, applewood smoked bacon, tomato Cajun cream and redneck risotto-or the Free Range Half Chicken, a crispy duck breast served with strawberry BBQ redneck risotto and a local friend cabbage spring roll. 


 5. Surfin' Spoon


When you're done with lunch or dinner and find yourself in need of a delicious dessert, head down to Surfin' Spoon in Nags Head for a bowl full of frozen yogurt. Owned and operated by a local pro surfer, Surfin' Spoon offers 10 unique flavors of premium frozen yogurt-such as Bodacious Blueberry, Get Pitted Peach, Radical Red Velvet and Cray Cray Coconut-as well as a variety of tasty toppings. Stop in often: Surfin' Spoon is constantly adding new flavors and changing up their frozen yogurt lineup. 


Secure your spring stay on the Outer Banks with SeasideVacations today, and start counting down to your 2017 Outer Banks vacation!


Tuesday, October 11, 2016


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