First Off the Tee
For those planning an early day on the links at the Currituck Club, you may want to start your day by “ducking” into Duck Donuts. Founded in 2006 in Duck and expanded across the country, the shop was the first to provide customizable, made-to-order doughnuts to the folks along OBX. With several shops now located up and down strip, your foursome is never far away from a doughy delight. If, however, you and your group are more inclined for a breakfast with eggs, your choice of meats, maybe some hash browns, try Corolla’s First Light Breakfast and Burgers before heading out for your opening salvos.
Golfers going the distance on a multiple-course golf trip and looking for another more traditional breakfast hangout, at least one visit must be made to Stack’em High Pancakes and So Forth. The iconic establishment opened its first location in Kill Devil Hills in 1981 and then a second followed in Kitty Hawk in 1985.
For linksters in a rush, Bob’s Grill in Kill Devil Hills has been getting players to their tee times since the 1990s with its slogan “Eat and Get the Hell Out.” Specializing in plate-sized pancakes and fresh-made hash browns for breakfast and seafood burritos and Angus beef burgers for later players, Bob’s will get you moving.
Those the run with afternoon tee times, a great place to get into the swing of things is at John’s Drive In, established in 1977 in Kitty Hawk by a family from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The opening was the start of an Outer Banks tradition known as the “Dolphin” as the owners serve fresh tuna and dolphin and accented with homemade tartar sauce and freshly made cocktail sauce, among other tasty treats.
One of the truly iconic names to be found anywhere along OBX is Sam and Omie’s, a Nag’s Head mainstay since 1937. The restaurant, which offers a meaty menu including omelets, hamburgers, club sandwiches, prime rib and seafood, provides a “barefoot and beachy” atmosphere, all started by a couple of fishermen (and likely would-be golfers had there been a course or two in OBX back then).
Running late and really pressed for time? Two notable “grab and go” options in the region are a pit stop at Dairy Queen (yes, the Queen) near the site of the Wright Brothers’ Memorial in Kill Devil Hills and various locations of Brew Thru – the Outer Banks’ original beverage and snack, stay-in-your-car phenomenon that began back in the 1970s and remains a staple today.
For chicken wing lovers on the fly to the next round, Corolla has that covered at Ike’s Bites’n More. The sauces and dry rubs there are simply delish.
My next blog post will feature after round dining choices, as well as after dinner ideas.