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El's Drive In

Highway 70, Morehead City, NC
252-726-3002
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Ranked #11 of 99 Restaurants in Morehead City
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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Horseheads, New York
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41 reviews 41 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We stop here every vacation! A local place packed every time we go! Great food! We love this kind of stuff! We look forward to going every year! MMM!

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Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

El's is the drive in you want at the end of your block. Great food, good prices, and honest to God carhops who deliver your order with a smile. Pull in, park under a giant oak tree, order a fried shrimp sandwich with slaw and fries and enjoy when the gal brings it to your car. Save a few fries... More

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Utica, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Charming drive-in with very friendly carhops...looked to have a lot of locals stopping by. The fried chicken was to die for as was the sweet coleslaw (it was NOT mayo based). The chicken is cooked to order so be prepared to wait 25 minutes. It is definitely worth the wait!!!

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Greenville, North Carolina
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This is so much fun! We love El's! The food is good! Enjoy the picnic tables if you have been in the car for a while! The hushpuppies, burgers, fries, shakes all of it is delicious! It's a must when we leave the beach!

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knoxville, tennessee
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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

You have to experience it to believe it! Haven't seen a place like this since the 1950's. Best shrimp burger around and hush puppies to boot. Drive up and a car hop comes to take your order and bring out the food.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

El's Drive In was a nice, casual place to grab a bite to eat. We ordered a shrimp plate and a shrimp burger. My husband wanted seafood but we didn't want to get dressed and go anywhere fancy. The food was very good and the prices were decent for the amount of food we received. The only complaint I have... More

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Cary, North Carolina
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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I lived down here a year about 30 years ago. I ate lunch almost every day at Els then. I try to stop by now on my way to Atlantic Beach when I find time. Stopped last week and it was as good as I remembered. The shrimp burgers and onion rings are wonderful. Even in the pouring rain the... More

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Washington, North Carolina, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

A good lunch spot by the beach. The cheeseburgers, NC style with slaw, onions, chili and mustard, were really good. Along with onion rings and a chocolate shake, a nice treat after the beach.

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New Bern, North Carolina
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33 reviews 33 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We stopped at El's for the first time today for lunch, having heard that their shrimp burgers are great. El's doesn't accept cards, but they have a bank/cash machine inside. The girls will come to your car to get your order and bring it out to you, but we went inside, ordered, and waited. They were fast and friendly. Shrimp... More

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King, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Been eating here since I was a kid while visiting the beach. Always feel like we get quality food...best heart-attack-in-a-sack around. Only true drive-in that has maintained over the years, at least in places I frequent.

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