Breakfast on the Outer Banks: Our Top 11 Favorite Places – Updated

Breakfast on the Outer Banks

The Outer Banks is known for a lot of great things, one of those is fantastic breakfast spots to get your vacation days started right. There are too many great restaurants to name, and not all of them are equal, but there are some that stand out as fan favorites. Here are our top 11 breakfast places where you can get all the morning must-haves and more! READ MORE

Getting Breakfast on the Outer Banks: Our Top 8 Favorite Places

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Every day should start with a good breakfast because as we all know it is the most important meal of the day. But not all breakfast spots are equal and some stand out more than others. Here are our top 8 breakfast places where you can find all your morning favorites.

Sam & Omie’s

First on our list and longtime local favorite we have Sam and Omie’s. Located across the street from Jennette’s Pier and known for their Sunday brunch. Be sure to try the “omie”lettes or the crab and eggs benedict.


Next up we have Henry’s, family-owned and operated since 1989. Some of my favorites include their home-style hot cakes, biscuits and gravy, or their seafood omelet. Even if you are getting a late start breakfast is available until 1 PM!

Duck Donuts

Of course we had to include Duck Donuts! You cannot make a trip to the Outer Banks without stopping here! All donuts are made to order so you don’t have to get up early and rush to get them while they are hot and fresh. Whether you keep it simple with a vanilla iced donut or go all out with a maple iced donut and bacon on top you cannot go wrong!

Nags Head Pier House Restaurant

If you are wishing to enjoy your morning cup of coffee while looking over the ocean and hearing the waves crash on the beach, then Nags Head Pier House Restaurant is the place for you. You must try their pancakes or home fries, they are delicious! Also, their seafood omelette is one of the best on the beach. Come early because there is typically a wait for breakfast, especially on Sundays.

Bob’s Grill

Known for their catchy slogan “Eat and Get the Hell Out,” Bob’s Grill has one of the best (and my personal favorite) breakfast on the beach. They have a large variety of stuffed omelettes and voted best hashbrowns on the beach. My personal favorites include their French toast or their HUGE (bigger than the plate) blueberry pancakes. With breakfast served till 2 PM you do not have to rush to get there in the morning!

Grits Grill

Take a step back in time at Grills Grill, a 60’s themed diner complete with retro pink and green vinyl. Serving a southern style breakfast until 2 PM daily. Not only do they have the best and fluffiest biscuits on the beach they also have Krispy Kreme donuts! These go quickly so get there early! Also, be sure to try their biscuits and gravy or their famous “Kiss Our Grits” platter.

The Jolly Roger

Known for their pirate memorabilia, Christmas ornaments hanging from the ceiling, and of course their breakfast is The Jolly Roger. Located on the beach road in Kill Devil Hills, the Jolly Roger is another longtime local favorite. Their breakfast platters are huge and affordable and their pancakes are the size of a dinner plate! Be sure to get their home fries and toast with your meal, both are made in house and are delicious.

Lighthouse Bagels & Deli

Serving up the best breakfast in Corolla is Lighthouse Bagels & Deli. With over 15 different kinds of bagels and made-from-scratch donuts you can find something for everyone. They also offer hot off the grill breakfast sandwiches and amazing cinnabuns and scones. Get there early because they are known to sell out of bagels by late morning.

There you have it! These are our top breakfast places on the Outer Banks and ones we often recommend. With so many great places to choose from I am sure we missed other great breakfast spots.  Do you have an all-time breakfast favorite that we didn’t mention?

Nags Head Beach Project “one of the best!”

Nags Head’s beach replenishment project, which was completed in 2011, and was the first of its kind on the Outer Banks, made this year’s list of best in the nation by the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association.The town was one of several chosen from similar projects on both the east and west coasts of the United States as well as the Gulf of Mexico.From May to October 2011, Nags Head dredged 4.6 million cubic yards from offshore to rebuild 10 miles of beach at a cost of $36 million.  The project was financed entirely by the town and Dare County funds, and the ASBPA said it has become a model for projects considered by other Dare County towns.

Picture of dredging operation from 2011

“Several years ago, with no federal or state financial assistance on the horizon, our community was at a crossroads,” Nags Head Mayor Bob Oakes said in a press release from the town.  “Erosion was causing homes to wash into the ocean all too frequently.  We had to take action one way or the other to protect our future, and we did.”

Bulldozer moving piping during 2011 project

The beach is now wide and full of activity on each summer day.   To take a look at the beach live take a look at this webcam showing Jeannette’s Pier, and area central to the replenishment project.

Recent picture of the wide beach looking south from Jeannete’s Pier

Last month, Dare County commissioners approved a 1% increase in the local occupancy tax in the area to help fund future projects on the Outer Banks.   The towns of Duck, and Kill Devil Hills are rapidly moving towards implementing their own projects, and the town of Kitty Hawk is now considering such a project due to the possibility of future funding through this new tax.All the best from the beach!By Tim Cafferty, President, Outer Banks Blue Realty Services

Memory Monday 7/1/13

Eggwich in the MorningThis week’s Memory Monday Photo submission comes to us from Dick Hadsell of Annandale, Virginia who stayed with Outer Banks Blue at the property “Asolare” in the Sanderling area of Duck.

Breakfast of Champions!

There is nothing like a good breakfast on the east side deck of a wonderful home with a great ocean view!Thanks Mr. Hadsell, we are suddenly hungry…All the best from the beach!By Tim Cafferty, President, Outer Banks Blue Realty Services

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