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El's Drive In

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3706 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC 28557-2903
+1 252-648-7161
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10:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 10:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 10:30 - 23:00
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New Bern, North Carolina
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

Super cool! Pull up in your car, and the waitress comes right over to your car to get your order. This is a staple place in MHC. The waitress are friendly, and the food comes out pretty quickly. Its a burger, hotdog, milkshake place. Be sure to tip your waitress! Definite return.

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Thank 279lee
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

Stopped for lunch. Even though it was super busy, we didn't have to wait too long. It was worth the wait.

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Thank Ellen S
Charlotte, North Carolina
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

This is a legendary restaurant, and this review will be as straightforward as your order needs to be. Get a shrimp burger or a cheeseburger. Don't try and be healthy, don't try and be creative or picky, and have your order ready.

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Thank cjburchette
Flowery Branch, Georgia
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78 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

Well, we were told to visit this place and have the shrimp burger and onion rings. We are not fired food eaters but we went anyway. I pulled in and there must have been 30 cars and trucks lined up in rows waiting on their food. It is a diner so the waitress comes to your car for your order.... More 

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Thank Richard W
Wilmington, North Carolina
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45 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

If you are looking for fried everything, you are in the right place. The hotdogs all the way are really good and you can't go wrong with the El's burger. Don't expect a lot from your food runner.

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Thank reclined992016
Ayden, North Carolina
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

El's has the best shrimp burgers, cheeseburgers and hot dogs. Our family makes a summer tradition to go every year to this awesome drive in. So worth the trip no matter where u live!

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Thank beckysmith862
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

The friendly people at El's have been doing this for over fifty years, and their experience shows. I have never tasted a better shrimp-burger in over 35 years in NC. This one was hot, fresh and tasty, so delicious I am still savoring the experience over a week later. You order from your car, either by phone or by flagging... More 

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Thank Brent A. P
Dayton, Ohio
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

Shrimp burger outstanding , onion rings , hushpuppies , anything and everything outstanding yummy . Make sure you take cash don't do debit or credit card. But great prices and plenty of food.

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Thank rasmussenr5
Williamston, North Carolina
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27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

I heard about this place from Trip Advisor and was not disappointed. A waitress came our car and took our order. She was friendly and the food was very reasonably priced. I had the bacon cheeseburger and onion rings. My husband had the Superburger and onion rings. I loved mine and he really liked his. It was fresh and hot.... More 

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Thank mvanvlack
Staunton, Virginia
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427 reviews
209 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 207 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

I saw El's Drive In on an episode of 'A Chef's Life'. While we were visiting the area, we decided to have lunch there. This is a deep-fried southern paradise. Hotdogs, burgers, fries, onion rings, shrimp, etc. We had the shrimp burger, the oyster burger, hotdogs, slaw, hushpuppies, and the shrimp tray. I don't know what was my favorite because... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Fast food
Meals
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
Sunday
10:30 - 22:00
Monday
10:30 - 22:00
Tuesday
10:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
10:30 - 22:00
Thursday
10:30 - 22:00
Friday
10:30 - 23:00
Saturday
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?