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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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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good19%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“brisket” (319 reviews)
“fried chicken” (196 reviews)
“brunswick stew” (78 reviews)
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5230 Virginia Dare Trl N, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-5934
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Reviewed yesterday

SUMMARY: As a quick summary of our experience at this fine establishment, my wife and I dined here for lunch on a Saturday. The food was delicious and very affordable, and the service was incredible. SERVICE: We were greeted immediately by one of the staff...More

Thank RVAFoodTourist
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We recently ordered take out from High Cotton during our stay at the Outer Banks. The food was really solid. My wife and I both ordered a combination plate with a huge portion of pork barbeque and the what I think was called Mike's special...More

Thank slc3271
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There were probably 25 people waiting outside for a table so we opted to do a take out order. Both ordered the brisket platter and it was simply amazing. Flavor was perfection on a plate ! The brisket portion was enormous and actually had lunch...More

Thank Barry23451
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The chopped brisket and pork were very good. M wife loved the hush puppies. The smoked chicken was fine as well.

Thank Zach R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was highly recommended by the hotel staff. I suppose since there is limited options of BBQ in this area this joint is popular. Brisket is good. Sides are average.

Thank cadehoops
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For the last seven years, I have been in charge of our church men's retreat in Corolla, NC, which has included a great catered dinner on Saturday night from High Cotton Barbecue. We get the fried chicken, pulled pork barbecue, slaw, baked beans, cornbread and...More

1  Thank msfcoach
Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

Best brisket ever I am a rib girl when we go for bar b que but got the 3 meat to sample them all. I did not eat the ribs bit spicy for me but the brisket as so tender it melted in your mouth...More

Thank Patty1966
Reviewed 11 October 2017

If you want a phenomenal meal this is your ticket. There were 6 in our party and we got the family meal which was right around $85.00. Not only did we have more than enough BBQ, fried chicken, baked beans, brisket, ribs, coleslaw, hush puppies,...More

Thank TPARKS66
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

Brisket was tender and delicious. Was initially put off that I’m in NC and it’s labeled as Texas dry rub. Was served with bbq sauce on it. Luckily it tasted great since I’m picky about my sauces. I added a more vinegary sauce on top...More

Thank Tiza D
Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

Great service and atmosphere with great value for the price. The food was fantastic great value to be in a tourist area and on the beach.

Thank Shawn H
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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
Billy H
15 July 2016|
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Response from Shawn H | Reviewed this property |
Yes they should be able to accommodate your group! They are flexible with their seating.
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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
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
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
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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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