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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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North Carolina
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31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a "must go" when visiting the Crystal Coast. It's always crowded, but the food is worth the wait! Their hamburger with chili, onions and coleslaw is magnificent, as well as their oyster and shrimp burgers. Onion rings are divine!! My favorite part, though, is holding a french fry out the window for the seagulls to dive for!

Thank carolinamagnolia
Greenville, North Carolina
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

El's is a must when traveling through Morehead City. It's going to be packed, but be patient. The staff will come out to your car to take your order. Be sure to bring CASH! Try the shrimp burger, you won't regret it!

Thank mwg0415
Greensboro, North Carolina
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

On our ride back from Shackleford bank, our ferry captain gave suggestions for eateries. El's was at the top of his list for burgers and shrimp burgers. We gave it a try on our way back home and was glad we did. It brought us back to the good old days of drive-in eateries and the food was great.

Thank bobos24
Halifax, Virginia
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32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place has a very wide variety on their menu. The waitresses come to your car for you to place your order. There are seagulls everywhere around the restaurant, so I recommend calling your phone in so you can take it back to your hotel or condo.

Thank Lori1694
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fast friendly service with excellent prices... ordered the shrimp burgers. ****They only accept Cash****

Thank Elizabeth G
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had lunch today at the famous El's. my wife a I had a shrimp burger that was made to perfection the Diet Coke served in an ice cold can. This place is the epitome of constantly. It has been the same great service and same great product every time year after year. If you are anywhere within 20 miles you... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Love this place!!! Anytime I'm in the general vicinity I make a beeline to El's!! The coleslaw is unbelievable, the shrimp always perfect, as is the fries and hush puppies. When you drive up the first time you hope it will be decent - then you take a bite and you're in heaven. I've never had anything but the fried... More 

Thank Carol J
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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47 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Okay where else will the waitress walk up to your car, take your order and bring it back to your car? The menu hasn't changed in decades....this is nostalgia on steriods.

Thank Suelynne R
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20 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

ELs is always great. I've never had a bad meal. The ELs super cheeseburger is hands down the best I've ever had. You can never go wrong with ELs.

Thank GTSmith51
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37 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Reminds me of the old days when we had drive in restaurants. Great chili and great service. They work really hard to get your order back to you quickly.

Thank bnel

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Fast food
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?