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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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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch

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  • 86
    Excellent
  • 49
    Very good
  • 12
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  • 6
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  • 1
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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
Best Takeout in Town

Great Burgers, Hot Dogs, Shrimp or Oyster Burgers, Shakes and the like in Morehead! Grab it and go! Very reasonable, and excellent!

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
AHAWK5
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Raleigh
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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Raleigh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Great Burgers, Hot Dogs, Shrimp or Oyster Burgers, Shakes and the like in Morehead! Grab it and go! Very reasonable, and excellent!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

This is the quintessential drive in! The food was amazing. Great burgers and hot dogs. I will definitely eat here each time I visit!!

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Elkin, North Carolina
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

El's is always on our list when we visit the Morehead area. My family has been going here since the 80's, and their food is consistently delicious. This is a drive-in..so a quick lunch type deal--no indoor seating.

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North Carolina
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65 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

If I visit Atlantic Beach it is a must that I stop in at El's for a shrimp burger. For the uninformed, a shrimp burger is a hamburger bun with fried shrimp and cole slaw. You can drop the slaw if you don't want it and add ketchup if you like. I get the large and it is perfect. The... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

I remember visiting this place as a teenager and everyone saying they had the best shrimp burgers around. We stopped here for the first time in years on July 2 just to grab a couple shrimp burgers and hushpuppies. First of all, the price was great- around $10 for 1/2 dozen hushpuppies and 2 shrimp burgers but I guess you... More 

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Greenville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Great shrimp burgers and regular burgers. Classic drive-in. No sit down service. Simple and efficient.

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Raleigh, NC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Home for our old favorites which include a cal ahead order when we hit the outskirts of Morehead (252-726-3002) for superburgers with cheese all the way, shrimpburgers, and onion rings. Order ready when we arrived. Of course, doing it this way this means you miss out watching the action in the parking lot, meeting up with friends and family who... More 

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Jacksonville, North Carolina, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

If you blink you will miss this place and a delicious meal. My son and I just happened upon this place and at first could not figure out the parking of the drive-in but soon realized just park and they will come to you. They were closing in 10 minutes but took our order with a smile and what a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I was born and raised off this food!!! Quick, easy, friendly service!!! The menu consist of different foods, drinks for young and old. The waitresses are very friendly and able to answer any question you may have about each item! Beware if the seagulls they love to mix and mingle!

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

The highlight of our visit to Morehead is to eat at El's. Always good food, good service and always busy. Their burgers are great. Tried the shrimp boat this year. Freshly fried, very yummy.

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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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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: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine

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