Fodor's Expert Review John's Drive In

$ Nags Head Fast Food Fodor's Choice

When a large milk shake is the only thing that will do on a hot summer day, this is the place to head for—locals say they are the best on the Outer Banks, or even on the planet. And when you just can't take one more night out at a fancy restaurant, John's will come to the rescue with the best handheld food on the Outer Banks: burgers, subs, sandwiches (including grouper), all-beef hot dogs, and sides. The Dolphin Boat is a must: pieces of mahimahi (dolphinfish) on a bun, served in a boat (basket), with fries or slaw, sauce, and hush puppies.

Hours vary seasonally, so call ahead on the day you plan to visit.

Fast Food Casual Lunch Dinner Quick Bite $ Fodor's Choice Family Historical Dessert

Quick Facts

3716 N. Virginia Dare Trail
Nags Head, North Carolina  27949, USA


Known For:
  • The Dolphin Boat mahi sandwich
  • Laid-back beachfront drive-in vibes
  • 24-ounce milk shakes
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Closed Dec.–Feb., Reservations not accepted

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