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El's Drive In

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3706 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC 28557-2903
(252) 648-7161
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10:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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104 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Can't go to Morehead City without a stop at El's Drive In. Cap hop service and all food is good and you don't even have to get out of the car. There are picnic tables for those that don't want to stay in the car. Recommend El's Drive In when visiting Morehead City Area.

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Thank Tommy B
Baltimore, Maryland
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Haha I got out of my car and went in to order and awkward!! I guess I was supposed to wait in my car and someone was going to come out to take my order. Just got a cheeseburger, it was good. Also, they only take cash!

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Thank monicaspol
New Bern, North Carolina
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Super cool! Pull up in your car, and the waitress comes right over to your car to get your order. This is a staple place in MHC. The waitress are friendly, and the food comes out pretty quickly. Its a burger, hotdog, milkshake place. Be sure to tip your waitress! Definite return.

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Thank 279lee
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped for lunch. Even though it was super busy, we didn't have to wait too long. It was worth the wait.

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Thank Ellen S
Charlotte, North Carolina
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a legendary restaurant, and this review will be as straightforward as your order needs to be. Get a shrimp burger or a cheeseburger. Don't try and be healthy, don't try and be creative or picky, and have your order ready.

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Thank cjburchette
Flowery Branch, Georgia
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63 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well, we were told to visit this place and have the shrimp burger and onion rings. We are not fired food eaters but we went anyway. I pulled in and there must have been 30 cars and trucks lined up in rows waiting on their food. It is a diner so the waitress comes to your car for your order.... More 

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Thank Richard W
Wilmington, North Carolina
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36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you are looking for fried everything, you are in the right place. The hotdogs all the way are really good and you can't go wrong with the El's burger. Don't expect a lot from your food runner.

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Thank reclined992016
Ayden, North Carolina
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

El's has the best shrimp burgers, cheeseburgers and hot dogs. Our family makes a summer tradition to go every year to this awesome drive in. So worth the trip no matter where u live!

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Thank beckysmith862
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The friendly people at El's have been doing this for over fifty years, and their experience shows. I have never tasted a better shrimp-burger in over 35 years in NC. This one was hot, fresh and tasty, so delicious I am still savoring the experience over a week later. You order from your car, either by phone or by flagging... More 

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Thank Brent A. P
Dayton, Ohio
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Shrimp burger outstanding , onion rings , hushpuppies , anything and everything outstanding yummy . Make sure you take cash don't do debit or credit card. But great prices and plenty of food.

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Thank rasmussenr5

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Restaurant Details

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
Cuisine
American, Fast Food
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3706 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC 28557-2903
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Morehead City
  • Phone Number: (252) 648-7161

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?