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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%
Travellers talk about
“brisket” (332 reviews)
“fried chicken” (206 reviews)
“brunswick stew” (82 reviews)
11:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Hours
American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
5230 Virginia Dare Trl N, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-5934
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Not a great atmosphere but the food is good. The ribs are always tender and hot. Great BBQ flavor. Fair beer selection ( not good enough for a beer head like me). Very bright inside and noisy.

Thank Gus S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Quaint little bbq spot with excellent food!! Tables covered in red and white checked tablecloths , high, open ceilings , very cozy little place. Great service and food. Be sure to try the fried chicken. I know it's a bbq place, but that fried chicken...More

Thank 711BetsyG
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went with the N.C. pulled pork and it was a good choice. The collard greens and Brunswick stew sides were great too. Huge portions for a fair price. Plenty of seating inside and family friendly with a great kid’s menu.

Thank Rather_Nomadic
Reviewed October 12, 2018

I was seated upon entry, my drink order was taken and brought to me immediately, and I placed my order. Within 2-3 minutes my pork plate with collards and baked beans (you get two sides--collards were not on the menu but were offered as a...More

Thank LynneandWoody
Reviewed October 10, 2018 via mobile

Having seafood for a while while in the OBX, we decided on Barbecue for a change up. Easily found , Across the street from the Hilton Garden Inn We decided on-the St. Louis Ribs, Pulled Pork, Fried Chicken and Brisket. You also get 2 sides...More

1  Thank John S
Reviewed October 5, 2018

High Cotton was in a very convenient location as it is across the street from the Hilton where we stayed. We had 6 people in our party for dinner and we all enjoyed our meal. Two people in our party had the brisket which was...More

1  Thank jerseyj0e
Reviewed October 2, 2018

We had seven people; ordered the family pack #2 to go; it was ready when we got there; had enough for 2 meals; ribs, cole slaw & fried chicken were outstanding!

Thank tkristoph
Reviewed September 29, 2018

High Cotton is your basic barbecue joint. No frills, but good food at a decent price. Good for big groups.

Thank Americansportswriter
Reviewed September 28, 2018 via mobile

Highly recommend this place. Ribs were perfect! Fall off the bone Good! Also loved the smoked cabbage with bacon! Great atmosphere! Dont miss out on a great experience! We will surely go back again. Thanks

1  Thank Allen F
Reviewed September 27, 2018 via mobile

I had the ribs and my wife the pulled pork. Both were great. The ribs were cooked just right, (I.e. not fall off the bone, a little tug required). Their sauce was very tasty. This is a real casual place, and the service was great.

Thank briancG1808OJ
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February 9, 2018|
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Response from mikesxpress | Reviewed this property |
Best stop and get him some saltines.
Debbie M
January 21, 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
July 16, 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
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
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
  • E-mail
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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