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3706 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC 28557
(252) 648-7161
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Ranked #9 of 101 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
Chapel Hill
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

El's is THE PLACE that we never tire of. If the SuperBurger wasn't so good, I might actually order something else sometime, but I can't leave Morehead City to go home to Chapel Hill without stopping here. Been coming down for over 20 years and it is still our favorite burger place.

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Morehead City, North Carolina, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Not the greatest food I've ever had but i love this place for the food and the driven experience. go there often with my motorcycle group

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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014 via mobile

Great shrimpburgers Carolina style ! Old 50's carhop joint. Slinging greasy good food ! Please tip the carhops, the ladies walk their hind parts off !

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Morehead City, Nc
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43 reviews 43 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
202 helpful votes 202 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

You just can't beat an "El's hamburger"! Or any other food that they serve. You just don't find many more drive in resturants anymore and we love El's. Our favorite thing is the hamburger with chili, slaw, chopped onions and mustard. Although they always seem busy, the service is great.

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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

We came here after a day trip to the aquarium. What a great find and friendly service. The cole slaw on the oyster burger was a nice compliment to a well fried oyster. The bugrers were griddle cooked greasy and delicious. The kids were silent the whole time they were eating which is always a good sign. Eating in the... More 

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Beaufort, North Carolina
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51 reviews 51 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

I love to come here when my kids fall asleep in the car. That way I can get some good food, while they are asleep and I'm in the car with them. My favorites are the shrimp burger, cheeseburger, pizza burger and the grilled cheese. Yummy!

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

What can you say, but "YUM". It is an old standard, but it never changes quality. The shrimp and oyster burgers are awesome. With all the cars in the lot, you think it will take forever. But before you know it, they are back with the food. Well worth the wait.!

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Lexington, North Carolina
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Great ole time messy burgers ann dogs and fries....drive in, walk up, sit in car or couple pic-nic tables outside.....nuff said

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Morehead City, North Carolina, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Els is a drive-in serving a range of food from hot dogs and burgers to shrimp and oyster burgers. Els is legendary among North Carolinians who come to the Morehead City area. I cannot begin to count the number of people who come to Els as a vacation and family tradition. From the coast to the mountains Els has fervent... More 

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Grasonville, Maryland, USA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Wait in your car and a server will come to take your order. I probably should have listened to her recommendation of the shrimp burger but opted for the large cheeseburger, It was tasty but not gourmet by any means. Yes, I would go back.

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Address: 3706 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC 28557
Phone Number: (252) 648-7161
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Morehead City
Cuisine: American

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