Fodor's Expert Review John's Drive In
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.
3716 N. Virginia Dare Trail
Nags Head, North Carolina 27949, USA
- The Dolphin Boat mahi sandwich
- Laid-back beachfront drive-in vibes
- 24-ounce milk shakes