I was looking at the "Best and Worst of the OBX" post and realized that some of the recommendations are 4 years old - including mine! So I thought I'd give an up-to-date list for the place I know best: Ocracoke Island.
Zillie's: This is a terrific addition to the island. A little more modern than most of the offerings, Zillie's is a great place to stop in for a beer or glass of wine. They have a wide selection of bottled beers to go and eight well chosen rotating beers on tap. And their wine selection beats any of the other stores on the island. Browse their gourmet foods for picnic ideas, too. They also offer wifi for those who need to connect. A/C inside and a nice porch out front. http://www.zilliespantry.com
Howard's Pub is no longer open 365 days a year. They in fact closed for three months this past winter. Kind of a bummer, but once again Howard's does not have the best food. It does still have the best beer list that takes up 4 pages, so well worth a visit. The burgers and steamer bar are still good, but don't go there just for that. It is the only place that can handle a large group and it is air conditioned. http://www.howardspub.com/ordereze/de...
Smac 'N Ally's has the best burgers on the island! Too bad NC has that stupid law about cooking them to medium well or more. But somehow Smac's still keep them tasty and juicy. Fish is fresh and tasty and their hushpuppies are really good too. And you can still watch the charter boats unload their catch while sitting on the dock drinking a very cold beer (not a great beer list, but if it's cold enough...). Outdoors only. That's what the beach is about! http://www.smacnallys.com/
Flying Melon: We discovered this place a couple years ago and have never been disappointed. With both indoor and outdoor seating, they have probably the best breakfast on the island and serve it until 2pm. That's great for folks like me who sleep late on vacation. And over Memorial Weekend I had a soft shell crab sandwich with the house remoulade. DH had a scallop and bacon omelet. Delicious! http://www.ocracokeisland.com/flying_...
Dajio's is consistently good and the new renovations are a vast improvement. Still maintains that island charm, but has more seating and beers on tap instead of just bottles. Their steamed shrimp special 3-5pm is a great deal and I think the best steamed shrimp around. The calamari is also very good. Also tried the Tempura Shrimp Wrap, Cuban Panini and Shrimp Salad Club at various times during our last visit. All were good, but we both felt like $12 was a bit much for what you get. DH is a big eater and left hungry each time. Screened porch, umbrella'd patio and partially screened bar. http://www.dajiorestaurant.com/
Thai Moon: When you need a break from burgers and fish, this is an excellent option. Moon is direct from Thailand and her food is delicious. They have also recently hired a sushi chef and are offering a small selection of local sushi. The plan is that once it catches on, they will have sushi to go in coolers. Right now it is made to order, as is all the Thai food. A few outdoor tables and food to go. http://www.ocracokeisland.com/thai_mo...
804 Irvin Garrish Hwy, Ocracoke, NC 27960