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“Best milkshakes!”
Review of John's Drive In

John's Drive In
Ranked #2 of 4 Quick Bites in Kitty Hawk
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout
Description: CLOSED FOR THE SEASON, Thank you for another great summer! An Outer Banks tradition, John's has been a favorite with locals and vacationers since 1977! Serving Fresh Tuna and Fried Dolphin served with homemade tartar sauce or fresh made cocktail sauce. Also available many flavor of malt, fresh fruit milkshake and other tasty ice cream treats. John's gives free ice cream to dogs, horses, rabbits, skunks and any other type of pet that you would bring to John's would earn you a "puppy cup."
Reviewed 1 September 2018 via mobile

Hands down, the best milkshakes on the beach! We get the milkshakes a few times each summer and it never disappoints. Our latest stop included Oreo in our shake and John’s actually provides a straw big enough to get the pieces of Oreo, which is a huge plus given this ban on straws around here lately! Any shake is delicious, depending on what you like. One of our favorite spots, my husband and I have lived here for 6 years. Very rich, creamy and full of flavor, a tasty treat!

Date of visit: August 2018
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dolphinboat, Owner at John's Drive In, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2018

Thank you for your review of John's Drive In. Our family has been serving Locals and Vacationers since 1978 and strive to give everyone that "old school" Outer Banks experience that we are known for. We appreciate your patronage and look forward to seeing you again and be sure to check out our Facebook page for updated information about John's Drive In.

John Tice

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Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

Best milkshakes! Dolphin boat is to die for! Long wait and hard to find parking, but it was worth it! Not my first time here and won’t be the last!!!

Date of visit: July 2018
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dolphinboat, Owner at John's Drive In, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2018

Thank you for your review of John's Drive In. Our family has been serving Locals and Vacationers since 1978 and strive to give everyone that "old school" Outer Banks experience that we are known for. We appreciate your patronage and look forward to seeing you again and be sure to check out our Facebook page for updated information about John's Drive In.

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Reviewed 19 August 2018

This was the second summer we've been able to hit John's and we made sure to get there twice, and early for lunch.
The cheeseburgers taste the way burgers are supposed to....they're made perfectly, with excellent meat and standout buns and fixings. You're just seldom going to find burgers this good anywhere. And the shakes are stellar as well. The dolphin boat is always a good bet on the seafood side. For regular vacationers to the OBX, John's absolutely fits the "must do" list for places to eat. This is Norman Rockwell stuff if Norm had been digging mid-Atlantic beaches and surfside burger shacks.

Date of visit: June 2018
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dolphinboat, Owner at John's Drive In, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2018

Thank you for your review of John's Drive In. Our family has been serving Locals and Vacationers since 1978 and strive to give everyone that "old school" Outer Banks experience that we are known for. We appreciate your patronage and look forward to seeing you again and be sure to check out our Facebook page for updated information about John's Drive In.

John Tice

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Reviewed 17 August 2018 via mobile

Got for lunch as a to go order, was good typical food although it can get so busy in which case I would suggest giving up and going to Spanky’s instead.

Date of visit: August 2018
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dolphinboat, Owner at John's Drive In, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2018

I am sorry that you thought our food was "typical" and that our establishment is so busy. Because we are so close to the beach and going to the beach is the most popular thing to do on the Outer Banks during the summer our little food stand (just 520 square feet) gets inundated with orders for food and ice cream. Unlike many of our competitors, we make everything to order and everything is made with fresh ingredients so it takes time but our customers over the past 42 years have found that it is worth the wait. Our loyal customers have come to know and appreciate the care and thought that goes into each and every product we serve. As you can tell by our reviews and ratings, we are one of the top rated restaurants on the Outer Banks. So sorry that your John's exerience was just "typical" and I'm sure that Spanky's will be happy to have your business.

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Reviewed 17 August 2018 via mobile

This always one of my favorite parts of coming to OBX! The food is always cooked perfectly and tastes outstanding. Also they have some of the best Cajun mayo I’ve ever had in my life!!!!

Date of visit: August 2018
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dolphinboat, Owner at John's Drive In, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2018

Thank you for your review of John's Drive In. Our family has been serving Locals and Vacationers since 1978 and strive to give everyone that "old school" Outer Banks experience that we are known for. We appreciate your patronage and look forward to seeing you again and be sure to check out our Facebook page for updated information about John's Drive In.

John Tice

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