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High Cotton NC BBQ

5230 Virginia Dare Trl N, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-5934
+1 252-255-2275
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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good18%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“brisket” (345 reviews)
“fried chicken” (215 reviews)
“brunswick stew” (84 reviews)
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American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
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5230 Virginia Dare Trl N, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-5934
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of my favorite BBQ places! Large portions. Flavorful chicken and barbecue. Great for lunch. Fast service.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Asqfamily
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Outstanding BBQ in Kitty Hawk, located just across the street from the Garden Hilton Hotel. The service was terrific, very engaging with a lot of sincere recommendations! The brisket was as good as any I ever tasted along with great sides and cornbread! The server...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank drfager279
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When we had a home there we use to eat at this place quite often. Food is still very good, service was good, definitely a must place to go.

Date of visit: November 2018
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not a great atmosphere but the food is good. The ribs are always tender and hot. Great BBQ flavor. Fair beer selection ( not good enough for a beer head like me). Very bright inside and noisy.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Gusthesaint
Reviewed 31 October 2018

Quaint little bbq spot with excellent food!! Tables covered in red and white checked tablecloths , high, open ceilings , very cozy little place. Great service and food. Be sure to try the fried chicken. I know it's a bbq place, but that fried chicken...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank 711BetsyG
Reviewed 27 October 2018 via mobile

I went with the N.C. pulled pork and it was a good choice. The collard greens and Brunswick stew sides were great too. Huge portions for a fair price. Plenty of seating inside and family friendly with a great kid’s menu.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Rather_Nomadic
Reviewed 19 October 2018

Frozen food, bar b que was way too spice hot to eat, brisket was tough, and we have to get your own drinks....kinda different. Don’t think I would go here again

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank tabrdo
Reviewed 12 October 2018

I was seated upon entry, my drink order was taken and brought to me immediately, and I placed my order. Within 2-3 minutes my pork plate with collards and baked beans (you get two sides--collards were not on the menu but were offered as a...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank LynneandWoody
Reviewed 10 October 2018 via mobile

Having seafood for a while while in the OBX, we decided on Barbecue for a change up. Easily found , Across the street from the Hilton Garden Inn We decided on-the St. Louis Ribs, Pulled Pork, Fried Chicken and Brisket. You also get 2 sides...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank johnsA3073BZ
Reviewed 5 October 2018

High Cotton was in a very convenient location as it is across the street from the Hilton where we stayed. We had 6 people in our party for dinner and we all enjoyed our meal. Two people in our party had the brisket which was...More

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank jerseyj0e
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9 February 2018|
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Response from mikesxpress | Reviewed this property |
Best stop and get him some saltines.
Debbie M
21 January 2017|
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Response from SugarPig27949 | Property representative |
HI! We're so happy that you're interested in visiting High Cotton! We are open in October, Monday through Saturday (usual hours are 11am to 8pm). Hope to see you then!
Scott B
16 July 2016|
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Response from Docsknotinn | Reviewed this property |
Yes. They seem to do more carry out than eat in. They also have BBQ sauce, nuts etc
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$18
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5230 Virginia Dare Trl N, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-5934
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Kitty Hawk
  • Phone Number: +1 252-255-2275
  • E-mail
Authentic. Simple. Delicious. High Cotton Barbeque has been well-known on the Outer Banks for over 10 years for their Eastern North Carolina Style Barbeque, Famous Fried or Slow Smoked Juicy Chicken, Melt in Your Mouth Ribs and Texas-style Beef Brisket. As Tarheel natives we want to share the flavors and aromas unique to Eastern North Carolina Barbeque. Consistent temperatures and long hours of smoking with hickory coals produce the characteristic pink coloring and sweet outside brown meat of our famous pork barbeque. Combined with our traditional side dishes and a glass of sweet tea and you're in High Cotton, Outer Banks Barbeque at its very best.
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