Well hello. I just came back from a week in Kill Devil Hills with a long-time group of friends. The place we rented had a fully furnished kitchen and a nice grill so we did do a lot of cooking/grilling. Still, we managed to make a few trips out for food when we were feeling lazy so I thought I’d report up on it. Thanks in advance to all the contributors to the large OBX thread already here; it’s where I got a large majority of my info.
Tortugas Lie: This place is BUSY. We tried going twice during the weekend, and there were really long waits. Finally went on Tuesday to a much lighter, though still busy, crowd. Good fare overall. I tried their clam chowder: very fresh and full of seafood flavor. The coconut chicken had really interesting flavors, though I think their sides of beans/rice were both a little too mushy. The crawfish pasta was delicious, seasoned and steam shrimp were fresh, but the tuna tacos were just standard.
Kill Devil Grill: Really unexpectedly good food. The place looks pretty much just like your old-town diner. We all opted for the specials (which are significantly pricier than the standard menu). They were all very worth it. I had the soft shell crabs (delicious) with a nice refreshing slaw and some cheesy grits. I love grits, though these were a bit overly creamy for my tastes. There was an order of steak and ribs with the ribs being impressively well cooked – really tender and fall-off-the-bone. There was also an ahi ordered which was done very well.
John’s Drive-In: Amazing! There was all this hype that I was worried, but it really was wonderful. Everyone got the dolphin sandwich (tartar with lettuce and tomato of course): flaky, flavorful, great portion and great balance. There were some milkshakes and some orangeades ordered; I got a cherry chocolate milkshake. I can’t say it was the very best milkshake I’ve ever had, but it definitely is near the top.
Ocean Boulevard: Chosen over the more (apparently on CH) popular Blue Point because Duck was considered a bit far of a drive for us while on vacation. It turned out to still be near outstanding. The tuna sashimi appetizer was the best out of the three we ordered (the other two were a ravioli and a beef special): it had a great flavor and paired really well with the mixed salad. Crispy skinned duck breast was delightful as were the scallops. The fish orders, while definitely cooked perfectly, didn’t wow in flavor. Finally, most of the desserts were okay to good, with no real stunners.
That’s it. Hopefully we’ll go back next year.