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El's Drive In

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3706 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC 28557-2903
(252) 648-7161
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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Tampa, Florida
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The best cheap eats!!! Car hops are attentive and served to you while you eat in your car.......definitely the best shrimp burger!

Thank LadyRed829
Charlotte, North Carolina
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21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a throw back drive in. You pull up in your car and someone will come take your order. This drive in has been around for a very long time and has been in NC magazines as a "must try". The wife loves the cheese burger, and I cant seem to get enough of the shrimp po' boy. This... More 

Thank Buz D
Atlantic, North Carolina
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20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A great drive in that have been part of the Morehead City scene for decades. Drive up, they come to your car, take your order, and bring your food back shortly. The El's Super Burger is my favorite and their Shrimp Burgers are hard to beat.

Thank damondowneastnc
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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514 reviews
296 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You don't have many drive in diner anymore. This place is very good at what they do. The service was quick. I don't know how the ladies keep all of the orders straight. It looks like they take orders from all over the parking lot. The food was good and the prices are great. We will be back the next... More 

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Bethesda, MD
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234 reviews
195 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Despite the heavy rain at lunch, we had excellent shrimp burgers and fries and the service was quick and good. One person had the oyster burger which was also great. We would lunch here again.

Thank endjed
Cary, North Carolina
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You have to be very patient at this place...it is so busy and everyone is working as fast & hard as they could...they really have an excellent system....our food was good...only disappointment was fries were a little soggy...burgers & hot dogs were awesome!

Thank pope1128
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great food!! Eli's is hard to beat!!Yummie food!! Always get a cheeseburger.. It's the best!!! Give Els's a try..

Thank Cindy T
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Got the shrimp burger and was blown away. Really good food, fair price and easy access. I would stop again next time I am in town.

Thank John M
Jacksonville, North Carolina
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

El's Drive has got to have the best shrimp burgers around.... I would Drive round trip over a hundred miles just to have their sandwich.

Thank Howie203
Bismarck, North Dakota
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275 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016

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.

Thank gshore

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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
American, Fast Food
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
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?