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High Cotton NC BBQ

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5230 Virginia Dare Trl, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
2522552275
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Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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  • 426
    Excellent
  • 124
    Very good
  • 49
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great BBQ, great service

Staying in Duck, took the family to High Cotton for dinner. Ribs and pulled pork were excellent - sides were fine but nothing special. Would give 6 stars for service if I could - incredibly friendly and helpful staff, and service was quick. Inexpensive as well. Definitely recommended.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
BWS-CT
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Ridgefield, Connecticut
via mobile
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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618 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Ridgefield, Connecticut
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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW via mobile

Staying in Duck, took the family to High Cotton for dinner. Ribs and pulled pork were excellent - sides were fine but nothing special. Would give 6 stars for service if I could - incredibly friendly and helpful staff, and service was quick. Inexpensive as well. Definitely recommended.

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Warsaw, Indiana
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

Loved the service and food at this place. I really liked how all the staff helped each other. We never had an empty cup and our food was served within 5 minutes of ordering. The half rack of ribs was more than enough and we definitely had our bellies full before we left.

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Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

If you like Carolina Pork BBQ, smoked chicken and great fried chicken you can't miss High Cotton. Located on the beach road in Kitty Hawk across from the Hilton Garden Inn with easy access. Food is all good, quick service with friendly staff. I've probably eaten here or picked up take out 25 times and can honestly say never had... More 

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Edgewater, Maryland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

We like this little family joint!! It's not expensive so it's a great place to go when many of the places at the beach can be! The food is good - we like everything we've had there! We make this place a staple in our list of places to go when we are at the beach!

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Gaston, North Carolina
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46 reviews 46 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

We visited this place with a group of about 15, The food was good. I will not say anything negative. As in other reviews I am from Eastern NC and the BBQ back home is different. So is the Brunswick Stew. But with that said. It was good. I enjoyed the BBQ and stew. The service was 1-der-ful. The staff... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Written by bob's wife. Bbq snob here. Super speedy service 7min sit down to eatin'. Chix & pastry a.k.a chicken &dumplings was as tasty as my granny makes& the Brunswick stew was awesome even though I prefer Brunswick Va style but the star was the meat, bbq & brisket. The brisket was fall apart good with just the perfect portion... More 

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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

....but my traveling companion was - so we wandered in on a very busy Monday night shortly before closing. Wow. No-frills presentation (but do you really expect that with bbq?). Awesome ribs, fried okra was perfect, great hush puppies. Apparently the pulled pork was incredible also according to my dinner partner, and I can also vouch for the bbq beans... More 

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Shepherdstown, West Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Kid-friendly. Pork BBQ unbelievable and the brisket is highly recommended. Staff so welcoming and friendly.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Fantastic smoked barbecue and awesome side dishes. The vinegar-based pork sauce is exactly what I want when I come to the Carolinas

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Beulah, Michigan, United States
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

OH MY GOSH! This has got to be the best BBQ I've ever had! DO NOT leave the Outer Banks without visiting this restaurant. Wish we were staying another week just to eat here again. I had the ribs w/ fries & slaw; husband had pulled pork sandwich w/ fries, beans, & slaw. BOTH of us could not rave about... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5230 Virginia Dare Trl, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Kitty Hawk
  • Phone Number: 2522552275

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget

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