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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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  • 11
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  • 6
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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
Shrimpburger

After seeing this on the 10 best burger list from Our State, we had to pay El's Drive in a visit. You know you are in the right place when you see the trucks and cars all in the parking lot with running engines and happy patrons munching on the local fare. Squabbling seagulls are also tenants here... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 2, 2015
Katladyunc
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Cary, NC
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
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Cary, NC
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41 reviews 41 reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

After seeing this on the 10 best burger list from Our State, we had to pay El's Drive in a visit. You know you are in the right place when you see the trucks and cars all in the parking lot with running engines and happy patrons munching on the local fare. Squabbling seagulls are also tenants here and love... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Good but just too darned greasy for me. If you want deep fried food, this is your place. If you're looking for something healthy or light, drive on by

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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Eh, I'd rather go somewhere else for lunch. The drive in part was cool but my shrimp burger was all smashed and what not... Second time I went there, my chicken tenders were SO dry and they were busy so I avoided asking for ketchup. This place is not as good as people say it is!

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Morehead City, North Carolina
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

When we vacationed to the area, we always saw cars at this little drive-in, but never stopped there. Mistake! After we moved here, we ate there. Wow! It brings back memories of burgers I grew up eating. You would never want McDonald's again! Love the strawberry shake! Makes my mouth water just thinking about it!

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Raleigh, NC
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82 reviews 82 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Our go to place in Morehead, either coming in or going, and often in between. Menu that has worked for them for years, dependable for taste and value. Taste buds start sizzling about 5 miles out of town. Call them on speed dial to order to save some time, and just bask in the enjoyment of old memories made new... More 

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San Francisco, California
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78 reviews 78 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

The one thing I've learned about the South is that every place is further away than you think it is. Maybe it's because that wondrous series "A Chef's Life" makes everything feel so intimate. For instance, when chef Vivian Howard went to the coast for oysters on one episode, it just didn't feel that far from Kinston, but that was... More 

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6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

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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56 reviews 56 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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
34 helpful votes 34 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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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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