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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” (323 reviews)
“fried chicken” (200 reviews)
“brunswick stew” (80 reviews)
American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
5230 Virginia Dare Trl N, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-5934
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Reviewed today via mobile

We read reviews on restaurants before coming to the Outer Banks and liked the family menu offered here for barbecue. The service was prompt and very friendly. We very much enjoyed our waiter that was personable and easy going. We ordered bbq for a family...More

Thank sutrotower
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great family atmosphere, friendly staff, fast service, good value. I had the combo plate, North Carolina Pulled Pork, Texas Beef Brisket & St. Louis Cut Ribs and it was incredible. Pulled Pork was perfect chop & excellent sauce. Beef Brisket was the tenderest and juiciest...More

Thank Randy D
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped in here our first night in OBX. Great service as they all worked well together as a team, the owner stopped by and talked for a while with us. Overall a terrific way to start our vacation.

Thank george2269Raleigh_NC
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Always a good choice for bbq. They have a nice selection of sides. And their beef brisket is amazing!

Thank SunnSandChic
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Today is our last full day of vacation and barbecue sounded amazing. We made the trip out here to try it and it did not disappoint! My brother in law is picky and he said himself that he would have gone even father, twice as...More

Thank Becky N
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went in for lunch on a Tuesday. There were only 2 other customers, and our food came so quickly! It's real Carolina style, if that's what you like. I got the baked beans and they were delicious. My husband got thy brisket and we...More

Thank Contrail_Queen
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I recently attend with my family on vacation. The food was excellent but what really stood out was the service. Every worker here could not have been any friendlier. The owner even brought us out a free rack of ribs. The food comes out lightning...More

Thank dstadunc
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This has now become our go to place when we vacation in Nags Head. We went there three times in the week we were in the OBX. They have the best fried chicken I have ever tasted. It is so incredibly crunchy and juicy. If...More

Thank bshainline
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On the advice of a resident, we tried High Cotton and were very impressed. Outstanding Brunswick stew and barbeque. The facility is spacious, clean and inviting - prices reasonable and food outstanding. This will become part of our tradition while visiting the Duck/OBX area.

Thank William S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent BBQ and great choice of sides. The fried okra is crispy, the cabbage is so very good, and the mac and chees is exceptional. We always eat here at least once when we are on the OBX. Service is quick and friendly.

Thank srsparis2000
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9 February 2018|
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Response from Domingos D | Reviewed this property |
The food here is amazing. Best bbq I have ever eaten and bbq is my favorite cuisine. But it seems like a home cooked type of place that doesn’t focus on dietary restrictions. I would guess the ribs are gluten free given... More
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
Groups, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
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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