so so food in obx

Just got back from vacation in Corolla, the furthest point of the Outer Banks. Amazing vacation – huge, beautiful house, perfect weather and ideal company. Most nights we cooked, which ranged from pasta with clam sauce to a seafood feast consisting of oysters, crab legs, fish, scallops and tenderloin to hot dogs and pasta salad cooked and prepared by my 14-year-old nephew that has the makings of a future Bobby Flay. On the days we did dine out, it was hit or miss.

The first night, we ate at a place called Fishbone’s Sunset Grill & Raw Bar in Duck. If you are ever in the OBX and see this place, do yourself a favor and avoid at all costs. Total tourist spot. They get you with the nice view of the water and sunset – and they cater to large families, which is pretty much all of the Outer Banks. I will admit the bar is kind of fun for afternoon drinks – sort of a Jimmy Buffet feeling. I started off with sushi, which was OK, then king crab legs. I’m guessing the crab legs were steamed first thing in the morning then stood under a heat lamp until I was gullible enough to take the bait. Two of my sisters took the same bait and we were all disappointed. They were rubbery, lacking meat and a pain to open. Everyone else was equally disappointed with their selection.

Another poor decision was The Grill Room in Coralla. Although my seafood chowder was actually pretty good, my tuna was not. The whole meal was a disaster, but then again, when the server dumps ice tea on a sleeping kid, not much can be salvaged. We did end the trip on a perfect meal in Duck at Roadside Grill and Raw Bar. It’s a quaint 1932 cottage with an adorable patio if you can stand the heat. Every single one of us loved our meal. I split the pad Thai with my niece (needed a break from seafood) and to my surprise it was delicious! I’ve yet to find great pad Thai aside from Lemon Grass and Mint (both in Cleveland Heights) but was sold by the server’s clear dedication to this dish. It wasn’t traditional pad Thai, but I have to say, this chef’s version was really, really good.

I didn’t get a chance to go back to Blue Point in Duck on this trip, but the rest of my family did (I chose to risk my life by hang gliding). They all loved their lunch and from what I remember, I really had a good dinner there a few years back. Also, Elizabeth’s in Duck is supposed to be the best in North Carolina and continually receives high marks from Food & Wine. My husband and I were really looking forward to having a date night there one night, but our reservations were the same day as the hang gliding adventure. By the time we got back to the house, all we wanted was to finish the bottle of wine from the night before and relax in the hot tub. Next time for sure.


  1. August
    Posted July 10, 2007 at 11:03 am | Permalink

    I can’t remember where we ate when we last went to the OBX. It’s been a long time. Welcome back.

  2. michelle v
    Posted July 10, 2007 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    thank you!

  3. aputerlady
    Posted July 10, 2007 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    I love the OBX, too. Try Meridian42 and you were right to skip Sunset Grille. Amazingly Mako Mike’s makes a super Crab Dish that is just crab.

  4. Anonymous
    Posted July 12, 2007 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    We were there last year and had 1, yes only 1, good meal and that was at the Black Pelican. Other resturants were overrated and horrible. Worst food ever and very rude locals. They evev have a name for tourists that isn’t very flattering. Will NEVER return. HATED IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Too many other beaches who want the business and appreciate it.

  5. michelle v
    Posted July 12, 2007 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    Interesting – wonder what they call us. It’s funny, everyone I talk to says the food is bad that’s why they always dine in. But when I’m on vacation, I love to eat out and try new places. I love to cook, but not everynight on a trip! You’d make a killing if you opened up a consistently great place. I did enjoy my time, but for the next family trip, I’d rather try someplace new.