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High Cotton NC BBQ

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5230 Virginia Dare Trl N, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-5934
+1 252-255-2275
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Family oriented and good portions. Takes time to personlize the visit. Good NC welcome feel. Has nice NC gifts prepackaged. Would recommend.

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Portland, Maine
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had to go back for more the next day! My only suggestion is to incorporate some Carolina Microbrews!

Thank MrDWizard
Wolcott, Vermont
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Visited this summer, just getting to writing my review now. The BBQ was good but we were expecting out of this world. We waited at least a half hour to be seated so they really to pull in a crowd. What impressed me most was the team work of the waitstaff. Those kids really pulled together to make sure all... More 

Thank vtblacbear
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016 via mobile

We went to High Cotton while visiting the Outer Banks during Thanksgiving. We thought the food was great! Some of the best BBQ and selection for sides on the OBX. Quick service, great prices and friendly staff. We'll definitely be back!

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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2016 via mobile

Cool name, awesome atmosphere & great folks. The food was fantastic. Some of the best chicken I've ever eaten. I'm from eastern NC so the BBQ was not like I'm used to, but it wasn't bad. Went with friends and will return with family. Bought my daughter a cool High Cotton T-shirt too.

Thank mikesrobb
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2016 via mobile

Food was awesome but the service was poor. If your server seems like they don't want you there perhaps you should dine elsewhere. Duly noted.

Thank Team_B73
San Juan, null, Puerto Rico
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2016

Nice find in Kitty Hawk. Amazing barbecue! with incredibly friendly, accommodating staff. We absolutely loved the place.

Thank Elizabeth S
Herndon, Virginia
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016

During 5 days at the Outer Banks, we ate at High Cotton twice (and 3 other BBQ meals during the same time). High Cotton was the best. We take home a pork platter twice. Even the sides were delicious and the hush puppies some of the best I've enjoyed. Folks were very friendly, quick to process the order and there... More 

Thank Rob V
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2016 via mobile

Across the street from the hotel that I am staying at a only had a few minutes to get a bite to eat. The service was great and the food was on the table about two minutes after we ordered. The food was what you would expect and to have chicken and dumplings as a side was right on time.

Thank Jackattack7051
Wharton, Ohio
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

Neither myself, nor my sister, were impressed with the food here. Neither one of us could finish our meal. The hushpuppies, however, were quite tasty.

Thank idratherbeboatin

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
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
Good for
Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
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: +1 252-255-2275
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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