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El's Drive In

Highway 70, Morehead City, NC
252-726-3002
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Ranked #12 of 99 Restaurants in Morehead City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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English first
knoxville, tennessee
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

You have to experience it to believe it! Haven't seen a place like this since the 1950's. Best shrimp burger around and hush puppies to boot. Drive up and a car hop comes to take your order and bring out the food.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

El's Drive In was a nice, casual place to grab a bite to eat. We ordered a shrimp plate and a shrimp burger. My husband wanted seafood but we didn't want to get dressed and go anywhere fancy. The food was very good and the prices were decent for the amount of food we received. The only complaint I have... More

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Cary, North Carolina
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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I lived down here a year about 30 years ago. I ate lunch almost every day at Els then. I try to stop by now on my way to Atlantic Beach when I find time. Stopped last week and it was as good as I remembered. The shrimp burgers and onion rings are wonderful. Even in the pouring rain the... More

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Washington, North Carolina, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

A good lunch spot by the beach. The cheeseburgers, NC style with slaw, onions, chili and mustard, were really good. Along with onion rings and a chocolate shake, a nice treat after the beach.

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New Bern, North Carolina
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33 reviews 33 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We stopped at El's for the first time today for lunch, having heard that their shrimp burgers are great. El's doesn't accept cards, but they have a bank/cash machine inside. The girls will come to your car to get your order and bring it out to you, but we went inside, ordered, and waited. They were fast and friendly. Shrimp... More

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King, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Been eating here since I was a kid while visiting the beach. Always feel like we get quality food...best heart-attack-in-a-sack around. Only true drive-in that has maintained over the years, at least in places I frequent.

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

My family and I went here for our first time recently, the drive-in concept is interesting, but the wait for your food seems like forever. Our waitress didn't seem so happy about her job, but it was hot outside. The food was okay, not great. High prices.

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Swansboro, North Carolina
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49 reviews 49 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Els is a local icon that has the greatest comfort food in the area. The hot dogs, hamburgers and shrimp burgers are the best anywhere and all you do is drive into the parking lot and the girls come out to the car and take care of you. No better experience than taking the Harley over and setting under the... More

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Wilson, North Carolina
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We just had the large shrimp burger. It was awesome. The super soft steamed bun with large fried shrimp! You can't get any better!

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Indiana, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Had the Super Burger without slaw (why would anyone put slaw on a burger?), fries, and a milk shake. Good service, and fresh hot food. The burger is cooked on a flat top so it's like the burgers my mom used to fry in the cast iron skillet when I was a kid, nice and greasy! Loved it, will definitely... More

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