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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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Bismarck, North Dakota
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275 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The parking lot is always full of cars - the order and service is while you are in your car. Service is quick and they always get the order right. The burgers and fries are fabulous.

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Thank gshore
Siloam, NC
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36 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We wanted something quick for dinner while we pack to head home so we decided to go to El's for a couple of hot dogs. El's is an old fashioned drive-in where they come out to your car and take your order. The service was quick and the hot dogs were delicious! We'll definitely come here again.

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Thank Susan W
Denver, North Carolina
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Don't blink or you'll miss this tiny place!! We took the Cedar Island ferry from Ocracoke which puts you out right outside of Morehead City/Beaufort. This is a GREAT place to stop if your in a hurry and want some good food. Burgers are awesome. The staff was friendly. Just pull up and throw it in park, they'll do the... More 

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Thank RobertEvangelos
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

El's is something you rarely find these days -- an old-fashioned drive-in with carhop service and excellent food both ordinary and unusual. The shrimp burger is a highlight -- give it a try, it's savory and delicious! The fries are crispy and hot, the burgers are about as greasy as you'd expect but absolutely wonderful, and the carhops are friendly... More 

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Thank Scott J
Morehead City, North Carolina
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52 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

El's is one of those local treasures you hope is there when you return in 10 years. It is very much an old-fashioned drive through with carhops who manage to get orders right and lots of fried food choices . Good that the hospital and new cardiac care wing are next-door because you will not be able to resist the... More 

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Morehead City, North Carolina
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7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

El's is a trad.ition that some families enjoy every trip to Morehead City. The food is great, the place is timeless and you can't beat the old sit in your car comfort. My favorite food is hard to say, I like the hotdogs, the cheeseburgers and the shrimp-burgers. The french fries are always cooked just right, nice and crispy. My... More 

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Thank PBaze
Morehead City, North Carolina
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Super Burger is a very Good Choice but the trick is to get it all the way...With Slaw. The Shrimp Burgers are out of this World. Tender Shrimp topped with Slaw.. The Chili Cheese Fries very good, Stop by anytime, you will not regret it.

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Thank nfd4312
New Bern, North Carolina
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317 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place has been open since 1959 and no wonder. The signature food is the shrimp burger. Just drive up and park and someone will take your order. Note they do not take debit or credit cards but they do have an AT&T inside.

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Thank edodowd
Pilot Mountain, North Carolina
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67 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The shrimp burger is simple and great. Large helping of shrimp on a bun. The slaw does not come on the burger which is great for me...allergic to cabbage. The service is interesting because it is really a drive in...you pull into the parking lot and someone comes to your car to take your order. Super nice people!

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Thank gkmcfe
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've been going there for years and years, with family, with friends, or by myself. I love El's Super cheese burgers all the way-onions,.chili and slaw. Park under a shade tree and share your fries with the seagulls.

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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, Families with children, Local cuisine
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?