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High Cotton NC BBQ

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5230 Virginia Dare Trl N, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-5934
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Mount Sidney, Virginia
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We visit several times a week while vacationing in OBX. Everything we've ordered has been excellent. The brisket is to die for, and the pork bbq is the best. And then we tried the chicken and weren't disappointed. And if you're lucky, get the smoked cabbage!

Thank Joseph T
Saint Louis, Missouri
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I shared a full rack of ribs, and they were delicious. A little spicy, which was unexpected but welcome. Collard greens were tasty and the fried okra was great. Nothing to complain about. Friendly fast service. There were also some interesting historical photos around the room of the barbecue process from Eastern North Carolina. All in all,... More 

Thank chosenexile
Pocono Mountains Region, Pennsylvania
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Friends hired them from afar to cater their wedding this week. While getting our nails done, the technician said oh if it's High Cotton, you'll be set. And we were. Brought everything to the house and set up in 5 mins... smoked chicken, pork, Mac & cheese, cornbread, ribs, all very good. Pig sauce was a nice compliment! Heard the... More 

Thank Alicia R
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed the beef brisket. It was lean, tender and not too much barbecue sauce. Coleslaw had too much mayo and was yellow. Not sure why. Hush puppies lacked any flavor. French fries were hot and crisp. The wait staff was fast and attentive.

Thank Lisa G
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We got High Cotton to cater our house party down the OBX! Everything was so great and easy. We got smoked chicken, ribs, pulled pork bbq and sides. Everything tasted fantastic. They set up in about 15 minutes and everything was perfect. We had plenty of food and even leftovers. I would highly recommend High Cotton. Sherry was fantastic!

Thank Ashley R
Raleigh, North Carolina
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161 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We bought a combo of ribs, chopped pork and fried chicken, yum! This was a feast and we loved every bite. Their sauce is a combination of tangy & tomato which worked perfectly on the pork. The ribs were full of meat and had just a little bit of tug to get them off the bone....perfect. The fried chicken had... More 

Thank SavvyShopper417
Manakin Sabot, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very good barbecue. Loved the brisket. Great sides. The collards were cooked southern style. Could have eaten a whole plate of them. My wife loved the hush puppies. Wait staff was exceptional. Cole slaw did not have much flavor.

Thank dond7
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

High Cotton BBQ did not dissapoint! We wanted some good BBQ, and that's exactly what we got! The kids even raved about it! The smoked chicken and beef brisket were outstanding! Oh, and the brisket sauce...YUM! I wish it was available for purchase, but it's coming soon. Suggestions: Add cornbread, mac n cheese, and HAND CUT french fries to the... More 

Thank Kristina D
DuBois, Pennsylvania
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31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came here on our week trip to OBX. Was looking forward to some great bbq. When we got our meals the portions were very large and the prices were excellent. We ordered the ribs which were fantastic. We also ordered and ate the BBQ pulled pork, Fried Chicken, and the Beef Brisket, all of which were great. All the... More 

Thank cecoleman82
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31 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I have never been here before after many years visiting the Outer Banks. We stopped for dinner and was surprised to see the family atmosphere of the restaurant. We both ordered a different meal to share. I ordered the southern fried chicken and my wife had the ribs. Both were good but we liked the barbecue up... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$7 - $18
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5230 Virginia Dare Trl N, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-5934
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Kitty Hawk
  • Phone Number: 12522552275
Authentic. Simple. Delicious. High Cotton Barbeque has been well-known on the Outer Banks for over 10 years for their Eastern North Carolina Style Barbeque, Famous Fried or Slow Smoked Juicy Chicken, Melt in Your Mouth Ribs and Texas-style Beef Brisket. As Tarheel natives we want to share the flavors and aromas unique to Eastern North Carolina Barbeque. Consistent temperatures and long hours of smoking with hickory coals produce the characteristic pink coloring and sweet outside brown meat of our famous pork barbeque. Combined with our traditional side dishes and a glass of sweet tea and you're in High Cotton, Outer Banks Barbeque at its very best.

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