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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, Late Night, Lunch

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  • 96
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  • 54
    Very good
  • 13
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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
Love the Shrimp Burger!

Have good burgers, dogs,fries and we like the Shrimp burger! Enjoy those Carolina Coast fresh shrimp! We will be back.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
Crooner82
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Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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19 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

Have good burgers, dogs,fries and we like the Shrimp burger! Enjoy those Carolina Coast fresh shrimp! We will be back.

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Beaufort, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

Great spot to grab a burger or hot dog after a day out on the boat! Quick and easy, with friendly waitstaff and not that costly.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Pull your vehicle up under the Live Oaks and the gals will come to you for your order. Order an El's Super Burger with onion rings and tea. The waitresses will bring it right to you. This stuff is real drive-in food and will take you back in time. Good food!

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

I used to go here as a kid and just had a chance twenty years later to go back this past weekend. It was awesome! I got a,shrimp sandwich and a oyster sandwich. Fantastic! A tad pricey for a sandwich but well worth it. The hush puppies were amazing as well. You sit in your car and wait for the... More 

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Cary, NC
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42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

El's takes you back to the 50's. You park, and a waitress comes out to take your order from a sign on top of their building with no prices. I enjoyed my shrimp burger and my husband had a cheeseburger. The soft drink was served in a large cup. A great place to go when you don't want to go... More 

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Sanford, NC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

El's Drive In is an institution in Morehead City! They have great Drive-in staples...hamburgers and hotdogs, but the have seafood sandwiches and plate dinners too. My favorites are the shrimp sandwich and oyster sandwich...with coleslaw of course! Their fries are great, but I can't pass-up on the onion rings!! They have Pepsi products...remember that Pepsi was invented in New Bern...just... More 

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Miami, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

This is a great place. The hot dogs and hamburgers are great. Their wait staff comes to your car to take your order.

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Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Had just seen a TV reviewer highlighting this drive-in. It has a fascinating history. It has been family-run since mid-20th century and sits on what now must be valuable real estate on the main thoroughfare near the exit to Atlantic Beach. I do so remember places like this and this one must be a centerpiece of history in this area,... More 

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Morehead City
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

THE best shrimopburgers in the state are served here - under the large live oak trees. - if you're lucky to get here early enough. It's a tiny building with no inside seating but the best super burgers come out of this tiny little building. The carhops come to your car to take your order and then bring it back... More 

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North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

This is not the type of drive-in restaurant you may be thinking of. Rather than individual stations with an intercom to place your order, this is an unassuming parking lot in front of a small building with no specific spaces. One just pulls in and find a spot. The menu is posted on the restaurant above the door so I... More 

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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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