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John's Drive In

3716 Virginia Dare Trl, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-4277
(252) 261-6227
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Ranked #10 of 62 Restaurants in Kitty Hawk
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Mon - Tue 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri - Sun 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout
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English first
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This place is just a old charmer we have to hit along the way when in town,still loven the peanutbutter milkshakes. The food is good just not good for my diet these days, not to "many healthy choice" just yummy ones.

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Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This place is always full all the time. I believe if it were open 24/7 it would be crowed 24/7. Any kind of milk shake that you can think of can be made here. Just a neat OBX landmark!

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Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

John's is a local icon and a must-do for any vacation. It's a throwback to simpler times...great food, great people, and the shakes oh my! It's an outdoor walk up, so don't expect to sit in the AC...but you can enjoy the atmosphere of a perfect beach day, sit at one of the outdoor picnic tables, enjoy a conversation with... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

John's is basically just a shack on the side of the road, and if you drove past it, you wouldn't think much of it. We were staying within walking distance of it, so we decided to try it for lunch one day, and we loved it. I had the fried mahi sandwich, and for around $5, it was fantastic. Everyone... More

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

If you are looking for a great family restaurant with an oceanview this is it. Dolphin Sandwiches and Milkshakes are the best, and the prices fit any family budget. No inside seating, but who needs that when you can eat on clean picnic tables and fell the ocean breeze. Great for people with young children, they can play in the... More

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Montpelier, VA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This is one of our go-to places when we visit the Nags Head area. This restaurant looks like a shack on the side of the road because that's what it is. But we wouldn't miss it for the world. The milkshakes are what take us there but we have gotten food items as well, all delicious! It can be crowded... More

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Waynesboro
1 review
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

My family has been coming to John's for as long as I can remember. The food is always great and we always look forward to it. I have my own family now and planned to continue our tradition of coming to John's multiple times on our vacation. Today after a 6 hour drive our first stop was Johns. My 11... More

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Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Awesome place in Kitty Hawk on the beach rd. local fav. Known for the dolphin boat, and milkshakes. been going there since I was a little girl. A must when you visit the OBX.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

This is the best kept secret on outer banks. you will never taste a better milk shake anywhere and the burgers are phenominal. they also have great seafood baskets. during lunch hours the place will be crowded but it is definitely worth the wait.

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Dallas, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Little bit of a wait, and crowded when we went, but friendly service and hamburger and milkshake were great! French fries ok, wish I had gotten fried mushrooms or okra. Perfect place to grab lunch in your bathing suit after a morning or afternoon of swimming and hanging at beach :-)

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