OBX Eats: Tortugas Lie


So I've been hearing a lot about Tortugas' Lie ever since The Food Network's Guy Fieri visited the joint last summer. Curious about what all the hype about, I finally stopped in for lunch last week. I must say that after my meal at Tortugas', it was obvious why Guy named the official "hot spot" on the Outer Banks.

According to Tortugas' Lie's website,  "Tortugas' is a home to some of the beach's finest fare. From mouthwatering appetizers to dinners and desserts so delicious you can't help by come backagain and again."

They definitely hit the nail on the head with their description because ever since my meal last week, all I can think about is their food.

coco-loco-chicken-tortugas-lie-nags-headTortegas' food is based on two things - sandwiches and southwestern inspired dishes. Their sandwiches include: barbeque, fish, crab cake, beef and veggie. Their southwestern menu items include a large helping of protein (pork, chicken, steak and shrimp) seasoned perfectly with a side of rice and beans. You can also order from their sushi menu on Wednesday nights during the summer (Labor Day thru Memorial 

Me and my significant other visited Tortugas' Lie for lunch on July 27th(my birthday!) and it may have been one of the best diningexperiences I've had while living on the Outer Banks. For lunch I ordered the Coco Loco Chicken (cool name) and my lunch mate decided on theHummus.

The Coco Loco Chicken is a chicken breast rolled and then fried in get this, coconut and cracked pepper. Now when I'm preparing dinner at home withchicken, the last thing I would think to use is coconut… but it's delicious! The dish also comes with lime curry dipping sauce and rice and beans on theside (my mouth is watering thinking about it).

hummus-tortugas-lie-nags-head-obxThe Hummus we ordered was also great. It came with a nice helping of spicy garbanzo spread and plenty of pita bread. The garbanzo spread was mixed with freshly chopped onion and tomato and garnished with parsley. YUM!

The restaurant is decked out in beach themed decorations along with old license plates from around the country covering the wood rafters. They play reggaemusic and have a sizable bar section with half a dozen flat screen TVs. The hostess was very polite and courteous and my waitress suggested a few items totry from the menu.

If you're on the Outer Banks and looking for a great meal from the "official" hot spot on the beach, make sure to check out Tortugas' Lie in Nags Head.

Thanks for reading and remember to eat local… always!

Tip: If you're planning on going for dinner, make sure to either arrive early (4:30pm) or late (9pm) to beat the summer crowds.

Tortugas' Lie
3014 S Virginia Dare Trail
Nags Head, NC 27959
(252) 441-RAWW
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