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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 - 11:00 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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Staunton, Virginia
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399 reviews
196 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 195 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I saw El's Drive In on an episode of 'A Chef's Life'. While we were visiting the area, we decided to have lunch there. This is a deep-fried southern paradise. Hotdogs, burgers, fries, onion rings, shrimp, etc. We had the shrimp burger, the oyster burger, hotdogs, slaw, hushpuppies, and the shrimp tray. I don't know what was my favorite because... More 

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Morehead City, North Carolina
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Have loved El's since a youngin! Their El's super cheeseburger is awesome! Such fun to sit in the car and a car hop comes to you!! Always fresh, hot and delicious!

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Thank Momicked
Morehead City, North Carolina
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

You can not come to Morehead City without experiencing this historical eatery. It is a flashback to the past drive in and the sandwiches are made like they were in the 50's. Yum!

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Thank Janet M
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

As always whenever we are lucky enough to travel to Morehead City, we always visit El's Drive. I have been eating here since 1967 when I was stationed at Ft. Macon Coast Guard Base over on Atlantic Beach. The surprising thing is that everything taste the same as it did way back when. The slaw (on the Super Burger) and... More 

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Thank Bob L
Bethesda, Maryland
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34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Very busy because the food is good the oyster burger was yummy as were the burgers after we placed our orders a waitress brought it to our table in a timely manner

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Thank SDZ1940
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You would not stop from appearance...however... great and a half food... Rates a 12... crowded lot as it is a drive in. They serve you at your car.

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Thank Ed S
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39 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It looks like a dumpy little fast food joint, but it's fantastic! You park out front (which we did at 1pm on a weekday and it was packed) and a carhop (who was very sweet) takes your order. Didnt try the shrimp burger, but had regular burgers and hush puppies - very good stuff! Beats all the other fast food... More 

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

Burgers are good and this was actually the first red hot dog that I've enjoyed. Kids love coming here to eat and the waitress is friendly, she actually remember my son from 3 weeks before because he ate up on our roof rack. If nothing else go for the experience of an old fashion drive in.

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Thank Joel M
south carolina
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We love El's....been going here for over 20 years....nothing fancy but if you want a good burger and fries this is the place.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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143 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

El's is a staple in Morehead. You go for the burgers, which are very tasty but you can't help but wonder how it can take so long. I don't imagine that they grind the meat for every order but somehow it takes 30 minutes to cook a few burgers. We would go more often if they can find a way... More 

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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, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
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?