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El's Drive In

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3706 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC 28557
(252) 648-7161
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Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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  • 77
    Excellent
  • 41
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 0
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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
Most recent review
Different, yet cool

Drive up service, not very expensive... However the portions are smaller. The food is fresh and tasty! Great for a long day spent at the beach.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
Lina M
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Late Night
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134 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Drive up service, not very expensive... However the portions are smaller. The food is fresh and tasty! Great for a long day spent at the beach.

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Henderson, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Hot dogs, shrimp burgers and hamburgers were all awesome! The food was delicious and the price was very reasonable! Just a good old local establishment!

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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50 reviews 50 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Wow this was a blast from my past nice drive in they come out and take your order and the food was fantastic we had shrimp and plenty of it for 12 dollars it's an amazing amount if food and they give you plenty of condiments. They bring the food out to you, awesome service I grew up with a... More 

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Hancock, Maine
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45 reviews 45 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

We were hungry for lunch and pulled in, the waitress/carhop cones right out to take your order. We had burgers, chili cheese fries, shrimp, onion rings, hush puppies and shakes-all for 20$. A definate treat that takes you back

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Beaufort, North Carolina
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

El's Drive In is a landmark in Morehead City. None of the locals who have moved away would dream of coming home and not eating at El's before they head back out. It's a family owned old timey drive in restaurant with "car hops" who do a great job in all kinds of weather so don't forget to tip them.... More 

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Roxboro, North Carolina
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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015 via mobile

Had a super burger and it was perfect. Not greasy at all, just right. Sorry I even tried the shrimp burger because I would Have one everyday. Great food and friendly service. Don't forget to leave a tip.

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Chapel Hill
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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