The Charming Drive-In Restaurant Hiding In North Carolina You Must Try

Summer tourist season is winding down; barefoot beachgoers no longer swarm the boardwalks and HWY12 is a little less congested, but there’s still one place that exudes summertime vacation vibes year-round. For 40 years, peak season visitors and off-season locals have ventured to John’s Drive-In in Kitty Hawk for a wide assortment of delectable milkshakes and a famous tuna or dolphin boat.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:

How delicious is this place! It just exudes summertime and it’s true when they say, ‘you haven’t lived till you’ve tried the dolphin boat.’ Have you been here before?

You’ll find John’s Drive-In at
3716 Virginia Dare Trl N
Kitty Hawk, NC 27949

For another delicious seafood restaurant on the opposite side of the coast, try this amazing restaurant in a quaint intracoastal town.