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El's Drive In

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3706 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC 28557-2903
+1 252-648-7161
10:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 10:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 10:30 - 23:00
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Siler City, North Carolina
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Finally got to go to El's Drive In. Best shrimp burger ever. They only put ketchup on the burgers, so you may want to take your own Tartar Sauce. It really takes the shrimp burger to another level. Onion rings were off the hook good. It was so good, we ate there twice in one day!

Thank paleface2015
Hillsborough, North Carolina
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

El's Drive In was highly recommended by local friends. The food was indeed very good. The fried oyster plate came with fries, cole slaw, and hushpuppies - all in generous portions. We wanted to sample the fried onion rings. Don't bother. The fries are much better. Onion rings may have been the frozen variety. I was also a bit disappointed... More 

Thank Phoodey2U
Morehead City, North Carolina
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As a local, I love El's! The waitresses work so hard and always give great customer service and my shrimp burger always sure to please!

Thank seagypsy1020
Lumberton, North Carolina
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If your looking for a local place to eat, this is an awesome choice for fast, friendly service & a great selection of food. It's a REAL drive-in with a lovely hometown feel. A great place to bring the family, with a relaxed atmosphere.

Thank Coneflower30
Raleigh, North Carolina
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119 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were told by TWO locals in Beaufort that this is the place to eat 'at' (not in) while passing thru Morehead City. We were instructed to follow the cars on how to park and to enjoy eating the best burger in the area while in the comfort of our car. This should have tipped us off to stay far... More 

Thank AbbyCorrine
New Jersey
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174 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A great surprise road stop drive-in with walk up service. Shrimp burger was very tasty as was the burger, fries and onion rings.

Thank MarcoTravel1
Boone, North Carolina
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54 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

What a fun experience to drive in, sit under an ancient oak tree, and have a friendly waitress (car hop?) come to your vehicle, take your order and bring it back in no time. Inexpensive and GOOD!

Thank drleo2
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Drive up and sit in your vehicle until one of the staff comes to you, they are very efficient in getting around to everybody. They were constantly going around the cars and in and out of the building. We had never been there before and she handed us a menu with prices. Prices are very good, boyfriend and I ordered... More 

Thank Julie D
Tampa, Florida
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

The best cheap eats!!! Car hops are attentive and served to you while you eat in your car.......definitely the best shrimp burger!

Thank LadyRed829
Charlotte, North Carolina
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21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

This is a throw back drive in. You pull up in your car and someone will come take your order. This drive in has been around for a very long time and has been in NC magazines as a "must try". The wife loves the cheese burger, and I cant seem to get enough of the shrimp po' boy. This... More 

Thank Buz D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Fast food
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 23:00
10:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3706 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC 28557-2903
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Morehead City
  • Phone Number: +1 252-648-7161

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?