Almost thought NOT to write this review. After all, there are many restaurants that once, virtually unknown and fabulous, got the "word" and people begin to flock in numbers so the restaurant becomes challenged with seating and overcome with providing good service. Thankfully it's Fall and Hatteras Island is slowing down for winter's chill so vacationers are few and the locals know a good thing as Dinky's is my new personal HI favorite and I want too want to keep it a secret. We love The Inn at Pamlico Sound Buxton and Ketch 55 in Avon but the name Dinky's threw us off over the years and chose not to drive to the end of Hatteras to go there. That was stupid! We'll never judge a restaurant by its name again. The view from dining in Dinky's overlooking the soundside marina was amazing. Glad we got there 6ish for a terrific Fall sunset. Dinky's offers a great selection of wines and well stocked bar to help settle you in for views and wonderful dining. Traditional appetizers like Clams Casino and Oysters Rock are prepared well and a good lead in to locally caught Grouper, Mahi-Mahi, Tuna, etc. specials, if available, as fresh caught is subject to good weather. A local friend's recommendation of going Friday night for their prime rib special was the BEST testimony to Dinky's good food. 16 or 20 oz offering, it practically melted in your mouth. Grouper Parmesan encrusted was prepared spot-on and was flaky and delicious. With garlic mashed potatoes and steamed veggie sides, we topped it with a sublime coconut cream pie with caramel sauce. We managed to get into a food coma at Dinky's and not sure one can avoid it as the dining experience was awesome, a bit pricey, but so worth it. Always sad to leave Hatteras Island, a magical place, to return to reality, face winter and head into fast approaching Holidays but there's comfort in knowing our favorite restaurant will be there when we return, perhaps a tad more crowded now that I've let the secret out of the bag.
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