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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” (330 reviews)
“fried chicken” (202 reviews)
“brunswick stew” (81 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 yesterday via mobile

The food was fantastic, great customer service and very clean. Our favorite meal during our trip this week!! We highly recommend High Cotton for anyone looking for a great BBQ dinner. Thank you High Cotton, we’ll be back again :)

Thank bambi035
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ate here twice. Excellent BBQ. Very family friendly and budget friendly prices. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for some good lunch. Did not disappoint

Thank zblitz26
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We’ve been coming here for 5 years now. This is a must stop restaurant during our trip!! The best BBQ, fried chicken and sides!!

Thank Amanda B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice place for lunch. The portions were huge and the tea was sweet. Clean, good service, reasonably priced.

Thank LV-and-BF
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and i visited for a quick take out meal, though they did offer table service We both had the fried chicken which was fantastic The sides however weren’t great i had potato salad and slaw which were both runny and very sweet He...More

Thank sandeechalk
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So this restaurant is both dine in and take out, with family size options for take out that can feed anywhere from 6 to 12 people. We called in our order around 2 pm for carry out at 6 pm and still had to wait...More

Thank TheSouthernExplorer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

just what you want. a great nc bbq family meal in a VERY cozy and uncrowded seated atmosphere. right on the main BEACH road leading into kitty hawk.and the bbq was awesome. we went with the fried chicken, brisket, rib combo with great sides of...More

Thank Andrew M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Coming from an area with a rich variety of excellent BBQ restaurants, this restaurant does not compare with what I am used to, but it does offer decent pulled pork and delicious fried chicken, and is what I would consider “good”BBQ considering the location. Prices...More

Thank Enki12
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The pulled pork, the foundational bbq food in NC, is good- not amazing - but good. The brisket is inconsistent; sometimes it’s amazing, other times, it can be way too fatty and tough. If you hit it right, you’ll love it. Sides are all good....More

Thank Donny H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped here for lunch and it was very enjoyable. Large portions and low prices. Awesome hush puppies. The cook even sent an order of hush puppies ahead of our meals for a very hungry toddler.Staff very friendly too

Thank darcel m
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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
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, 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
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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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