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El's Drive In

Highway 70, Morehead City, NC
252-726-3002
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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
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

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
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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Greenville, North Carolina, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

It was very good.... Love the drive inn.... The food was simple but very good....I had the Superburger with Cheese and splurged on a Chocolate shake. Was very good ....I love their French fries.... Els reminded me of a drive inn my family used to go to was growing up. Els is defiantly worth it .... Now when I go... More

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Wilson, North Carolina
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

My boyfriend and I started our vacation off by stopping at el's drive in. We had to wait a few minutes before our order was taken. We then ordered two shrimp burgers, an order of fries and cheese fries. The parking lot was full so we had to wait about 15 mins, but it was well worth the wait! The... More

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Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We have eaten here before and it's always a great place. It also brings back memories of my teenage years of having curb service. The prices and service are great! Beware of the sea gulls they tend to perch on cars and place droppings in unwanted places.

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Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

El's is a local drive-in that has been around for years. It is one of those places that people make a point to go to every time they come to the beach. They offer limited menu items cheeseburgers, hot dogs, shrimp burgers, fries, & onion rings - typical food for a beach drive-in. You pull into the lot and the... More

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Durham, North Carolina
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

El's is a great place for Shrimp and Oyster burgers. They do have good fries. But; I agree with some of the others that the burgers and hot dogs are just regular old fare. After reading the reviews here: I assumed that the burger and dogs were on par with places like 5 guys. That is simply not the case.... More

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

If you're passing through Morehead City, why not treat yourself to a good, old-fashioned, greasy bacon cheeseburger made just the way you want it; hot, crispy french fries; and service with a smile? We stopped in at El's on our way from Cape Lookout. This place obviously has a great reviews on Trip Advisor, but more importantly, a friend of... More

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