Family owned since 1946, this restaurant, housed in a replica of an early-19th-century Outer Banks lifesaving station, is more like a museum: classic clapboard construction, pine paneling, and filled with maritime artifacts. Stick with fresh-off-the-boat local seafood or prime beef. Miss O's traditional crab cakes are popular, as is filet mignon topped with lump crabmeat and asparagus with béarnaise sauce. Pecan-encrusted sea scallops are plump and tender. The 14-layer chocolate cake is another longstanding favorite. In summer, arrive early and expect to wait. The brass-and-glass Station Keeper's Lounge has entertainment Friday and Saturday nights in summer and early fall.
7114 S. Virginia Dare Trail (U.S. 158, MM 16.5), Nags Head, North Carolina, 27959, United States