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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: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 107
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  • 61
    Very good
  • 15
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  • 6
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  • 2
    Terrible
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
El's is my desert Island, last meal on death row place to go

I always get a El's super burger (no cheese) onion rings and a large Pepsi cola! El's is also known for their shrimp burger. A El's super burger has mustard, onions, chili & slaw. It all works so well together.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
wilsopd
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Athens, Georgia
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Athens, Georgia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I always get a El's super burger (no cheese) onion rings and a large Pepsi cola! El's is also known for their shrimp burger. A El's super burger has mustard, onions, chili & slaw. It all works so well together.

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Thank wilsopd
Copperas Cove, Texas
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I've heard about these "shrimp burgers" so I had to give it a try. Honestly it wasn't bad but it wasn't as great as I've heard. Some fried shrimp with Cole slaw and ketchup = meh! BUT, the slaw was great and the hot dog was really good. I can see that they probably have a really good burger so... More 

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Thank Steve S
Winston Salem, North Carolina
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57 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

I eat at El's every chance I get. The only thing I order is a large shrimp burger with slaw and ketchup. They have the best shrimp burger in eastern NC. Friends of mine say the cheeseburgers are also great. It is a drive in and the servers are quick and your food is at your car in minutes. This... More 

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Thank LizDarla
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26 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

I have been here quite a few times and nothing ever changes!! They come up to your car window to take your order and serve your food to you in your car! The Shrimp Burger is great as well as the Burgers, Hot Dogs, French Fries and Milkshakes!! Recommended if you are looking for something quick and on a budget!... More 

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Morehead City, North Carolina
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

Great place to eat, Homemade Shakes.. Great food from pates to hotdogs an fries. even the Chilli Chesse Fries are the best i have had anywhere.

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Thank nfd4312
Winnabow, North Carolina
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38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

Stopped by for a quick bite after visiting Beaufort and had a shrimp burger and an oyster burger. Excellent food and quick service. If you are a first time visitor all you need to do is pull into the parking lot and a server will come out to your vehicle to take your order. There are no ordering speaker boxes... More 

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Thank Gregory D
Jacksonville, North Carolina
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

Great place to grab some lunch on a short lunch break. The cheeseburger all the way, never disappoints.

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Thank keithacnc
GREENVILLE, NC
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

A local drive up diner legend! Everything is good at El's except the calories! I'm on a diet and I truly miss it!

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Thank Ralph W
Raleigh, North Carolina
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

Come in the right way to get waited on by waitresses who come to your car. There are no menus, it's over the window at the drive in. The waitress takes your order and then brings it to your car. Old fashioned grilled hamburgers and cheeseburgers, shrimp burgers, you name it, it's from the good old days. No fountain drinks,... More 

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Thank ohltb
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27 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015 via mobile

If you haven't been, this is a must visit. Friendly wait staff who come to your vehicle to take your order and they do so promptly. Food is good too. We got different variations of their cheeseburgers along with fries. Classic location that you don't see everywhere but is definitely worth a visit.

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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?