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“Results May Vary” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Poor Richard's Sandwich Shop

Poor Richard's Sandwich Shop
303 Queen Elizabeth Ave, Manteo, NC 27954
252-473-3333
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Ranked #6 of 30 Restaurants in Manteo
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Late Night
Description: The Pub overlooks Main Street Manteo and the dining room and back porch overlook the sound and Marina along the boardwalk.
Manteo, North Carolina
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“Results May Vary”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

This is a tough place to review, because depending on when you go and what you're looking for, your personal experience could be radically different. I've been here times when I'd give it five stars, and a few times when I'd give it one. But overall, I'm going to give it four, because some of the problems I'm going to talk about aren't really the fault of the management.

First, the sandwich shop. Great food, decent prices. It tends to get backed up around lunchtime, as both tourists and locals will stop in for an inexpensive lunch. But the staff does the best they can when the crush comes. And there's a really nice deck that looks out onto the water.

Now, the bar. Wildly different depending on the time of night/time of year.

First of all, it's very small. If it's really busy, you might have difficulty actually getting to the bar, but once you're there the staff is attentive. You might also have to stand out in the hallway to drink your drink. Again, not really the fault of the staff/ownership, but if you were looking to sit down for drinks and bar food, that could be considered a negative.

There's karaoke on Wednesdays, trivia on Thursdays, and usually bands on Saturdays. If its an acoustic band you'll be fine, if its a full band you might have trouble hearing yourself think. The atmosphere ranges from nautical quaint (think the coastal bar in "A Perfect Storm") to bizarre (think the bar in "Star Wars").

I definitely recommend giving the sandwich shop a try, and the bar if you're up for an adventure. As they say, "results may vary".

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Mount Zion, Illinois
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“Need to be open all day”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

was a little disappointed for the amount of food they could have sold if had a full menu around all the boat tours in the late afternoon hours

Visited July 2014
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“Good food great price”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Always lots of food. The Wings are their best kept secret. Trivia night on Thursdays ..so much fun! Didn't care for the hotdog chili on the chili cheese fried though..blech

Visited July 2014
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Reidsville, North Carolina
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“Good sandwiches- funky atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

It's right on the water and has a variety of sandwiches. Service is generally quick and you get a good value. Interesting bit of local color right in the downtown area of Manteo.

Visited July 2014
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“Odd little sandwich place”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Small pirate-themed sandwich shop that I guess turns more bar oriented in the evening, The place closes at 3pm. This is not noted on the door, window, or menu. A passing UPS guy told us. They reopen at 5pm but will only seat in the bar area. So, the bar area only seats maybe a dozen people and in the hour or so we were there several people were turned away. It felt so exclusive I suppose. Food was decent. Nothing remarkable though, and probably no better than what you could whip up in the kitchenette at a hotel room. But if you're having a few drinks then I'm certain it would be like the best food in the world. Ever.

Visited July 2014
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