Crystal & Jason's Guidebook

Crystal
Crystal & Jason's Guidebook

Coffee & Breakfast

Town’s local coffee shop. There is a location in KDH right around the corner on the bypass in MP6 Plaza that’s walkable/bikeable (walk east towards the Bypass and hang a right on the sidewalk! They roast their own coffee and have a eclectic menu of coffee, espresso, and specialty drinks. Must try the West Third! $ https://frontporchcafe.com/
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Front Porch Cafe-Kill Devil Hills
2200 North Croatan Highway
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Town’s local coffee shop. There is a location in KDH right around the corner on the bypass in MP6 Plaza that’s walkable/bikeable (walk east towards the Bypass and hang a right on the sidewalk! They roast their own coffee and have a eclectic menu of coffee, espresso, and specialty drinks. Must try the West Third! $ https://frontporchcafe.com/
The outer banks original Bowl spot. Made to order, delicious Acai bowls and fruit smoothies, perfect for a quick healthy breakfast or snack. They also have hand dipped Ice-cream. Two locations (Kitty Hawk & Nags Head). The Kitty Hawk location is just North of our home on the Bypass (MP 4.5). $ thespotobx.com
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The Spot
3700 North Croatan Highway
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The outer banks original Bowl spot. Made to order, delicious Acai bowls and fruit smoothies, perfect for a quick healthy breakfast or snack. They also have hand dipped Ice-cream. Two locations (Kitty Hawk & Nags Head). The Kitty Hawk location is just North of our home on the Bypass (MP 4.5). $ thespotobx.com
Need a quicky? This Nags Head gas station, convenience store and deli that is sure to peak your interest. Literally, the best biscuit on the beach + homemade Southern food. The fried chicken is to die for, but be prepared to wait as they usually run out. MP10 on the Bypass. $ Biscuitsnporn.net
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Biscuits N' Porn
2112 S Croatan Hwy
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Need a quicky? This Nags Head gas station, convenience store and deli that is sure to peak your interest. Literally, the best biscuit on the beach + homemade Southern food. The fried chicken is to die for, but be prepared to wait as they usually run out. MP10 on the Bypass. $ Biscuitsnporn.net

Food scene

Thin-crust & deep-dish stoned oven baked pizzas, plus pastas & other casual Italian fare, with in- & outdoor seating (and delivers). Did I mention their desserts? Cannoli, Gelato, and Tiramisu, Ohmy! Gluten Free options. MP 8.5, $$. https://www.slicepizzeriaobx.com
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Slice Pizzeria
710 South Croatan Highway
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Thin-crust & deep-dish stoned oven baked pizzas, plus pastas & other casual Italian fare, with in- & outdoor seating (and delivers). Did I mention their desserts? Cannoli, Gelato, and Tiramisu, Ohmy! Gluten Free options. MP 8.5, $$. https://www.slicepizzeriaobx.com
New York style pizza in Southern Shores (located at he Marketplace in Southern Shores – across the Bypass from Walmart). Authentic and fresh. Also offers a variety of salads, pasta dishes and subs. Does not Deliver ,$$. http://cosmospizzaobx.com/
Cosmo's Pizzeria
5591 N Croatan Hwy
New York style pizza in Southern Shores (located at he Marketplace in Southern Shores – across the Bypass from Walmart). Authentic and fresh. Also offers a variety of salads, pasta dishes and subs. Does not Deliver ,$$. http://cosmospizzaobx.com/
“Surfin’ Spoon is a radical little frozen yogurt bar established by professional surfer Jesse Hines in 2012”. Laid back atmosphere steps away from the ocean in Nags Head on the Beach road. Don’t forget to try their homemade cookie and ice cream sandwiches. Creative flavors, all made in an allergy friendly, peanut free kitchen. Closed on Sundays. MP11.5 (just south of Nags Head Pier), $. https://www.surfinspoon.com/
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Surfin' Spoon Frozen Yogurt Bar
2408 South Virginia Dare Trail
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“Surfin’ Spoon is a radical little frozen yogurt bar established by professional surfer Jesse Hines in 2012”. Laid back atmosphere steps away from the ocean in Nags Head on the Beach road. Don’t forget to try their homemade cookie and ice cream sandwiches. Creative flavors, all made in an allergy friendly, peanut free kitchen. Closed on Sundays. MP11.5 (just south of Nags Head Pier), $. https://www.surfinspoon.com/
Half vintage shop, half sweet shop. Order a homemade premium milkshake while browsing their extensive shop for women’s and men’s clothing, accessories and jewelry – supporting fair trade and locally made goods. On the sweet shop side – get soft serve ice cream, milkshakes, smoothies, and acai bowls. They also sell handmade truffles & candy by the pound. MP5.5, $. https://sweetstuffinside.com/pages/sweet-stuff
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Mom's Sweet Shop
3105 N Croatan Hwy
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Half vintage shop, half sweet shop. Order a homemade premium milkshake while browsing their extensive shop for women’s and men’s clothing, accessories and jewelry – supporting fair trade and locally made goods. On the sweet shop side – get soft serve ice cream, milkshakes, smoothies, and acai bowls. They also sell handmade truffles & candy by the pound. MP5.5, $. https://sweetstuffinside.com/pages/sweet-stuff
Bad Bean Baja Grill – Locals favorite for fresh Mexican, Latin-American cuisine with Coastal Carolina, Baja California, Tex-Mex flavors. Tacos, Quesadillas, Burritos, wraps, and more. Daily specials that are always mouthwatering, and did I mention the margaritas? Our favorites are the fish or pork belly tacos! MP3.5, $$. https://badbeanobx.com/
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Bad Bean Baja Grill
4146 North Croatan Highway
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Bad Bean Baja Grill – Locals favorite for fresh Mexican, Latin-American cuisine with Coastal Carolina, Baja California, Tex-Mex flavors. Tacos, Quesadillas, Burritos, wraps, and more. Daily specials that are always mouthwatering, and did I mention the margaritas? Our favorites are the fish or pork belly tacos! MP3.5, $$. https://badbeanobx.com/
An Outer Banks staple for over 40 years. Located on the beach road in Kitty Hawk, try the infamous Dolphin boat (you won’t want to share) coupled with a homemade PB milkshake. Sandwiches and subs are also offered if you’re not a seafood fan. John’s is a walk up establishment with a few picnic tables outside, but you’ll surely want to walk across the street to the ocean to enjoy your tasty meal. Beach Road. Open May-October. MP4.5, $.
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John's Drive In (Closed for the 2019 season)
3716 North Virginia Dare Trail
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An Outer Banks staple for over 40 years. Located on the beach road in Kitty Hawk, try the infamous Dolphin boat (you won’t want to share) coupled with a homemade PB milkshake. Sandwiches and subs are also offered if you’re not a seafood fan. John’s is a walk up establishment with a few picnic tables outside, but you’ll surely want to walk across the street to the ocean to enjoy your tasty meal. Beach Road. Open May-October. MP4.5, $.
Mellow surf shack style vibe eatery. Caribbean/Southern inspired burgers, Sandwiches, Quesadilla, and Wraps. Our favorite is the Cornmeal Fried Mahi Mahi Wrap or the Blackened Salmon wrap. Located on the Beach Road, MP9, $$. http://www.fooddudeskitchen.com/menu/index.php
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Food Dudes Kitchen
1216 South Virginia Dare Trail
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Mellow surf shack style vibe eatery. Caribbean/Southern inspired burgers, Sandwiches, Quesadilla, and Wraps. Our favorite is the Cornmeal Fried Mahi Mahi Wrap or the Blackened Salmon wrap. Located on the Beach Road, MP9, $$. http://www.fooddudeskitchen.com/menu/index.php
Tortuga’s Lie – Caribbean fare located on Beach Road in Nags Head. Featured on Diners Drive ins with Guy Fieri. Seafood (including steamers), burgers/sandwiches, pasta and Lite Fare. Restaurant closed on Sundays. Tortuga’s also has backyard volleyball courts open to public play most days. MP11, $$. https://www.tortugaslie.com/
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Tortugas Lie
3016 South Virginia Dare Trail
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Tortuga’s Lie – Caribbean fare located on Beach Road in Nags Head. Featured on Diners Drive ins with Guy Fieri. Seafood (including steamers), burgers/sandwiches, pasta and Lite Fare. Restaurant closed on Sundays. Tortuga’s also has backyard volleyball courts open to public play most days. MP11, $$. https://www.tortugaslie.com/
Nouveau Southern food in casual environment. Seafood, Steak, Chicken, and pork. We recommend trying the Fried Calamari (twist on the traditional version). Closed Sundays. Located in Surfside Plaza in Nags Head, MP13, $$. http://bluemoonbeachgrill.com
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Blue Moon Beach Grill
4104 South Virginia Dare Trail
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Nouveau Southern food in casual environment. Seafood, Steak, Chicken, and pork. We recommend trying the Fried Calamari (twist on the traditional version). Closed Sundays. Located in Surfside Plaza in Nags Head, MP13, $$. http://bluemoonbeachgrill.com
Crystal’s favorite restaurant on the beach! Low key and authentic Thai food and atmosphere. Vegetarian and gluten free selections. Perfect for take-out. Too many favorites on the menu to recommend, your choice will sure not disappoint! Closed Mondays. MP8.5, $$. http://thairoomobx.com/
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Thai Room
710 S Virginia Dare Trail
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Crystal’s favorite restaurant on the beach! Low key and authentic Thai food and atmosphere. Vegetarian and gluten free selections. Perfect for take-out. Too many favorites on the menu to recommend, your choice will sure not disappoint! Closed Mondays. MP8.5, $$. http://thairoomobx.com/
Hybrid Sushi-Thai Bistro. We go here for sushi, Poke, and their Papaya Salad. Serve your typical rolls and specialty rolls. Located on the Bypass in Nags Head, MP10.5, $$. https://www.singlefinobx.com/
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Single Fin Bistro Bar & Grille
2424 S Croatan Hwy
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Hybrid Sushi-Thai Bistro. We go here for sushi, Poke, and their Papaya Salad. Serve your typical rolls and specialty rolls. Located on the Bypass in Nags Head, MP10.5, $$. https://www.singlefinobx.com/
Classy restaurant serving premium, wood fired land and sea dishes. This is the place for steak and ribs! Daily special menu always changing and extensive wine list. Closed Sundays. On Bypass in Kill Devil Hill MP9, $$$.
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JK's Restaurant
1106 South Croatan Highway
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Classy restaurant serving premium, wood fired land and sea dishes. This is the place for steak and ribs! Daily special menu always changing and extensive wine list. Closed Sundays. On Bypass in Kill Devil Hill MP9, $$$.
Waterfront Restaurant in Nags Head specializing in quality locally caught seafood. Serving traditional seafood platters and land entrees. IN season, you can’t miss their softshell crabs or crab cakes. Gluten free options available. Also visit their Osprey Lounge where you can enjoy a specialty cocktail or glass of wine while watching the close by osprey nest. Local Entertainment varies. Closed Mondays. Located on the causeway heading Southwest, $$. https://lonecedarcafe.com/
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Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe
7623 South Virginia Dare Trail
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Waterfront Restaurant in Nags Head specializing in quality locally caught seafood. Serving traditional seafood platters and land entrees. IN season, you can’t miss their softshell crabs or crab cakes. Gluten free options available. Also visit their Osprey Lounge where you can enjoy a specialty cocktail or glass of wine while watching the close by osprey nest. Local Entertainment varies. Closed Mondays. Located on the causeway heading Southwest, $$. https://lonecedarcafe.com/
Upscale, eclectic dinner-only French cuisine destination set in a tree-shaded Victorian house with a garden. Seafood, pasta, filet mignon and chicken dishes. Place to go for a gourmet meal. Gluten Free menu available. Reservations strongly recommended. Off the beach down Colington Rd., $$$. https://www.colingtoncafe.com/
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The Colington Cafe
1029 Colington Road
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Upscale, eclectic dinner-only French cuisine destination set in a tree-shaded Victorian house with a garden. Seafood, pasta, filet mignon and chicken dishes. Place to go for a gourmet meal. Gluten Free menu available. Reservations strongly recommended. Off the beach down Colington Rd., $$$. https://www.colingtoncafe.com/

Drinks & Nightlife

Wine, Beer, cheese and more! Gourmet wine/bottle shop with rotating beers on tap. Over 100 wines by the glass. Two levels to comfortably chill while sipping wine and enjoying a charcuterie board. Also offers a variety of salads, paninis, small plates, and fresh desserts. Live music year-round with a mix of acoustic rock, bluegrass to jazz. Closes at 9pm, Kitty Hawk MP4.5, $$. https://obxtrio.com/
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TRIO Restaurant & Market
3708 North Croatan Highway
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Wine, Beer, cheese and more! Gourmet wine/bottle shop with rotating beers on tap. Over 100 wines by the glass. Two levels to comfortably chill while sipping wine and enjoying a charcuterie board. Also offers a variety of salads, paninis, small plates, and fresh desserts. Live music year-round with a mix of acoustic rock, bluegrass to jazz. Closes at 9pm, Kitty Hawk MP4.5, $$. https://obxtrio.com/
Craft beers from a wind-powered brewery & live music in nautical-themed digs. Enjoy the backyard with pirate ship playground. Also offers brewery tours weekly and beer to go! Regular late night live music (check online for schedule). Kill Devil Hills MP ,$$. https://www.obbrewing.com/
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Outer Banks Brewing Station
600 South Croatan Highway
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Craft beers from a wind-powered brewery & live music in nautical-themed digs. Enjoy the backyard with pirate ship playground. Also offers brewery tours weekly and beer to go! Regular late night live music (check online for schedule). Kill Devil Hills MP ,$$. https://www.obbrewing.com/
Towns sweet little beach road brewery with ocean view from upper deck. Family friendly with rotating taps, kombucha’s, seltzers and wines. Welcoming outdoor area with games and live music. Kill Devil Hills MP10 , $$. https://swellsabrewing.com/
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Swels’a Brewing Beer Company
1802 South Virginia Dare Trail
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Towns sweet little beach road brewery with ocean view from upper deck. Family friendly with rotating taps, kombucha’s, seltzers and wines. Welcoming outdoor area with games and live music. Kill Devil Hills MP10 , $$. https://swellsabrewing.com/

Lifestyle & Activities

Drive down South to Rodanthe and watch kiteboarders or even join them your self and take a lesson! Other wind sports include foiling, winging, Windsurfing.
Kitty Hawk Kites
24502 North Carolina 12
Drive down South to Rodanthe and watch kiteboarders or even join them your self and take a lesson! Other wind sports include foiling, winging, Windsurfing.
Hidden gem in Nags Head. The Outer Banks is not all Ocean! Check out the wooded area and hike through the nature preserve (watch out for goat-man).
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Nags Head Woods Preserve Dedicated Nature Preserve
701 West Ocean Acres Drive
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Hidden gem in Nags Head. The Outer Banks is not all Ocean! Check out the wooded area and hike through the nature preserve (watch out for goat-man).
Hip Surf school for all ages
Outer Surf
Hip Surf school for all ages
Super fun water park for all ages. North across the Wright Memorial Bridge.
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H2OBX
8526 Caratoke Hwy
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Super fun water park for all ages. North across the Wright Memorial Bridge.
Style Di Vita
2705 North Croatan Highway

Sightseeing

Fun Place to see all types of aqua animals. Perfect for that rainy day activity. A sure win for the kids.
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North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island
374 Airport Road
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Fun Place to see all types of aqua animals. Perfect for that rainy day activity. A sure win for the kids.
Check out the largest sand dune on the East Coast. Walk up (or roll down) the dune, check out the free museum, or even spend the day on the backside at the Sound (secret spot for shallow (wave free) water play and Kiteboarding enthusiast).
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Jockey's Ridge State Park
300 W Carolista
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Check out the largest sand dune on the East Coast. Walk up (or roll down) the dune, check out the free museum, or even spend the day on the backside at the Sound (secret spot for shallow (wave free) water play and Kiteboarding enthusiast).
Come see where it all started with Orville & Wilber Wright.
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Wright Brothers National Memorial
1000 N croatan hwy
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Come see where it all started with Orville & Wilber Wright.
Trek up one of the local lighthouses. Views for days.
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Bodie Island Lighthouse
8210 Bodie Island Lighthouse
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Trek up one of the local lighthouses. Views for days.