Goombays Grill & Raw Bar, MP 7 on the Beach Road in Kill Devil Hills

This restaurant came recommended by Bruce as having good food and being family friendly.  We arrived rather late (just before 9p.m) so it was not very crowded.   It had a fun island decor and the ceiling really caught the kids’ attention. So did the kiddie drink specials, like Crocodile Punch (a blend of orange, cranberry and pineapple juices) and Freaky Frog (pink lemonade, a splash of 7-Up, and raspberry syrup).  Each of the kids’ drinks came with a little toy too, which made the short wait for the food that much more enjoyable.  We ordered raw clams as a starter, which were good but not amazing.  I ordered the daily special, which was grilled swordfish topped with a tropical fruit salsa and served with black beans and rice.  It was really quite fantastic.  Even had dessert – a chocolate chip cheesecake which was heavenly.  Thanks, Bruce!

  Sooey’s BBQ & Rib Shack, Monteray Plaza in Corolla

We stopped here for lunch and it was no frills, but the food was good, fast, and it was family friendly.  I had a traditional pulled pork sandwich with a side of mashed potatoes and gravy.  The sandwich and BBQ sauce was very good; the mashed potatoes were swimming in too much gravy for my taste but still not bad.  The hubby ordered a combination plate of pulled chicken and fried chicken with sides of fried okra and green beans.  Nothing exciting to report on the kids’ menu – more hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken fingers, mac and cheese, and those frozen french fries again.  But all in all, a good quick stop for lunch. (Bruce had recommended another BBQ joint for lunch, Pigman’s Bar-B-Que, but we didn’t get a chance to stop there).

Big Buck’s Ice Cream Shop, TimBuckII shopping center on Sunset Blvd in Corolla

Kids -and adults – will love this shop!  How can you not?  They’ve got 57 varieties of homemade ice cream, home made candies and chocolates, a coffee bar, packaged candies, gums and other treats as well as fireworks!  Jackpot!   The shop is aptly named as a small cone was $4, but the homemade ice cream was very delicious.  Worth the stop!

Black Pelican Oceanfront Cafe, MP 4 on the Beach Road in Kitty Hawk

Black Pelican was another one of Bruce’s recommendations and our last meal in the OBX.   The restaurant boasts panoramic ocean views from the dining room and outdoor decks; however we arrived there well after sunset so no views for us.  There were no open tables available when we arrived, but there was a gift shop that kept the kids occupied until we were seated.  Our table was in the spacious upstairs dining room.  Our waitress was warm and lovely towards the children (the kids each took home a frisbee at the end of the night, which they loved).  We ordered calamari as an appetizer, which can sometimes be dicey, but at Black Pelican, they were lightly fried and perfectly seasoned.  It was quite a large portion too.  For my main entree, I ordered the Pacific Island Spiced Rubbed Jumbo Sea Scallops.  The 5 scallops were absolutely delicious, each topped with a dollop of avocado aioli.  Served alongside the scallops were Kalhua mashed sweet potatoes (so creamy) and a grilled pineapple arugula salad topped with warm goat cheese.  My mouth is watering  now just thinking about that salad!!  My husband ordered a house specialty, Tuna Nanago – sushi grade Ahi tuna rolled in spices, quick seared and served very rare atop Asian cabbage salad with soy and wasabi sauce.  He loved this dish and was very pleasantly surprised about the addition of Sriracha sauce (made from sun ripened chilies and garlic, quite spicy).  The kids each had a different meal – my youngest ordered a plate of pasta marinara (pasta was overcooked, the marinara sauce was reminiscent of banquet hall pasta sauce, and the portion was very large), my middle son ordered chicken fingers (his staple for the entire week; nothing special to report, what you’d expect from a chicken fingers kids’ meal) and my oldest ordered a NY Strip with fries.  This too was a nice portion, steak was tender and cooked as we ordered it.  Overall, excellent dinner, excellent restaurant!  Thank you, Bruce, for the recommendation!

Those were the restaurants we visited on this trip.   Please feel free to add your favorite OBX restaurant (it was surprising to me how many of my friends have been to the Outer Banks.  It seems that our family is a late newcomer to the area).  -Cookie Mama


  • I love Big Buck’s…….such a great part of our trips to OBX. Good call Lisa.

    In that same plaza is my favorite restaurant in Corolla/Duck, and I’m wondering if you saw it? The Bad Bean is a taqueria opened by a group of friends who have travelled quite a bit with their surfboard. Fish tacos with jicama slaw and tobaaco are the specialty and they have microbrews on tap. The line moves quickly, the ingredients are fresh and the prices are reasonable. I start thinking of The Bad Bean right around the time we cross into Delaware!

    And what about Duck Donuts? Did you make it there any morning?

  • I did see The Bad Bean, after we had already had lunch though. Are they big on cilantro, cuz I travel with someone who hates cilantro 😉

    Someone else did mention Duck Donuts to me but didn’t make it there either. Guess we’ll just have to plan another trip…

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