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Cape Hatteras’s Best Restaurants

Oct 20, 2012

Author: Compiled by John Bryja

SBC Kiteboard asked some of the leading Cape Hatteras kiteboarders where and what they love to eat.


Mojos - Cape Hatteras's Best Restaurants

Photo: Mojos, located on the water in the Real Watersport's building.

Do you have a favorite place to eat in the OBX? We want to hear. Tell us about it in the comments section at the end of this article.


For me, a vegetarian, I couldn’t live on Hatteras Island without: Lisa’s Pizza – The Hippie Pizza – Hummus based pizza… It’ll make you want to take off your shoes, quit your job and put patchouli in your hair. Well, maybe not the patchouli… Stinky hippies!). After a sunset surf or kite session, I look at my iPhone, realize Lisa’s is about to close, and hightail it to the parking lot and score a pizza while they kick the late comers (9:05pm) out! —Ryan Evans, Best Kiteboarding

Defiantly have to go with ACC or Big Waves.  Props to Big Waves began the only place open in Tri Village after about 9pm, so they tend to score a lot of my business after a sunset session.  Lower budget, which is about all my budget can handle, but still have great fresh homemade food and sandwiches. But if I had to eat at one place everyday, it would be the ACC (Atlantic Coast Cafe) without a doubt, locally owned and has epic breakfast, lunch and dinner!  Spicy Tuna Burger is where it is at!! —Evan Netsch,  Airush team rider and College Student


If you are looking for a kick ass burrito, check out the Big Waves Deli for the Cali Style Burrito Carne Asada or the bean version for the vegetarians. (It even has their hand cut fries in it, yum~). Oceana Bistro in Avon has some pretty good crab cakes as well as the Buxton Munch! —Lia Feriancek, Best Kiteboarding

ACC! Atlantic Coast Cafe crispy chicken wrap or turkey wrap for a post session feast! —Bryan Elkus, photographer

The staff at OceanAir Sports has eaten more pizza from Nino’s than anyone else, just ask Papa Nino!  The jalapeño & pepperoni will cure just about any ailment, or go with the shop special: tomato, spinach and garlic. P.S. Stay tuned for the all new restaurant going in right next to the shop! —Brian Klauser, OceanAir Sports

When I really want an exceptional meal, we always end up at Mac Daddy’s in Avon. This year they are changing their name to Ketch 55, but same super friendly management and chef.  Rob behind the bar and Seth in the kitchen, Jomi has a great staff. Anything form Fish Tacos to Shrimp and Grits, the menu is always an adventure. I prefer to eat at the large U shaped bar which is in the center of the action with some killer beers on tap. —Lane Dupont, Photographer

I would have to say the Mojo’s Sunset Cafe would be my spot, and the Buffalo Chicken Sandwich with homemade potato salad would be my favorite menu choice. It is the perfect place to watch the sunset and the Buffalo Chicken sandwich is the perfect way to refuel after a day of sessions. You can also catch good live music there a few days a week through the spring, summer & Fall. —Jason Slezak, Liquid Force team rider

MacDaddy’s is the #1 pick on the island, you will see the Outer Banks Kiting staff eating, or drinking, there at least 2-3 times/week. The building is completely remodeled and raised after nasty Hurricane Irene hit us in August, 2011. But, the new name is:  Ketch 55!  Look for it, same great food, atmosphere, specials, bartenders/staff, and management! —Jay Crawford, Outer Banks Kiteboarding, Naish

Every body is taking about down south but what about up north in Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head.  You have some amazing restaurants here and also amazing place to kite. The best place to eat here are: Blue Moon Beach Grill in Nags Head right next to Jockeys Ridge state park., Taiko Sushi in Nags Head right next to the Hospital, Seaside Gourmet To Go in Kitty Hawk.  Amazing food Tortugas Lie Bar And Grill in Nags Head on the beach road. ­— Dimitri Maramenides, Owner Epic Kites

I would also have to second Jason’s pick as well, Mojo’s Sunset Cafe is the perfect spot to sit and enjoy a good meal and a cold beer.  Not only can you relax while watching the sunset, most nights you can also listen to some nice live music.  Although the dinner menu is stacked my favorite item is on the breakfast menu.  You can’t go wrong with a great bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich aka the Early.  Nothing beats a solid kite or regular hangover quite like it. — Brandon Scheid, Liquid Force


Atlantic Coast Cafe (252) 987-1200 (Waves) (252) 995-7700 (Avon) atlanticcoastcafe.com
Katch 55 252-995-5060  mackdaddysobx.com
Liza's Pizza (252)-987-2525 lisaspizzeria.intuitwebsites.com
Mojo’s Sunset Cafe (252)987-1600  realwatersports.com/mojos
Nino's Pizza (252) 995-5358
Oceana's Bistro 252-995-4991 oceanasbistro.com
Waves Market & Deli (Big Waves Deli)
(252) 987-2352



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