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El's Drive In

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3706 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC 28557-2903
+1 252-648-7161
10:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 10:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 10:30 - 23:00
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Cape Carteret, North Carolina, United States
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56 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I stopped by this place , after having heard about it. It's a small place and very busy. I went at about 1230 on a Monday . I did not know that you could just wait in your car and a waitress comes to take your order . I went inside and placed my order , oops ! I ordered... More 

Thank Keeley O
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Shrimp burgers are the absolute best, we go by El's as often as we can. It's been there for years...

Thank Sid B
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15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When I was a child and we came to the beach we would always make a point to stop by El's. The food is always good and it is the perfect thing for a beach day.

Thank Madison G
Harkers Island, North Carolina
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1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love El's! Oyster burgers, shrimp burgers and cheeseburgers, oh my! The shakes aren't too bad either. Always a memorable meal.

Thank medale75
Wilson, North Carolina
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I just ate here not long ago and this was my first time here. Needless to say the food was awesome. Only drawback is cash only but hey who cares. If that is my only gripe then that's not really a gripe. Nice people good food and sometimes the waitresses are nice to look at

Thank forsaken27893
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

A family tradition! I have eaten here my entire life and always get the same thing, a super Shrimp burger and hush puppies. It never disappoints. Always fresh and delicious! You can phone your order in for quicker pick up.

Thank Pat W
Littleton, North Carolina
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

This old fashioned, drive up joint where you park and wait for a waitress to come to your car is reminiscent of days gone by. El's has been here my whole life (and I've been around a while) and is an experience not to miss! The shrimp burgers are really, really good!!!

Thank Allison D
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118 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

I've been bypassing El's for another local drive in and finally got the chance to try and compare. Not a good visit... Waitstaff greeted us quickly and friendly with a good knowledge of the menu and took our order along with our friend's in another car. Their order came out in less than five minutes. We waited, and waited. Our... More 

Thank keywestclown
North Carolina
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

Shrimp Burgers are awesome.. great drive in with curbside service to visit while in Morehead city. Family owned. Super burgers are great also.

Thank mlewis11
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34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Can't drive by without grabbing one. Delicious after all these years. Family tradition to stop when in town.

Thank Theresa4196

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Fast food
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 23:00
10:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3706 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC 28557-2903
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Morehead City
  • Phone Number: +1 252-648-7161

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?