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El's Drive In

3706 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC 28557-2903
+1 252-648-7161
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good30%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“shrimp burger” (186 reviews)
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American, Fast food
3706 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC 28557-2903
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Hubby heard about this place on a TV show, so we wanted to try it out. We each got the large shrimp burger, and they were delicious! The slaw was just perfect and the shrimp were hot and tasty. We weren't sure if there was...More

Thank Puffin126
Reviewed 1 week ago

I always look for drive-in's when I visit coastal areas for sentimental reasons, and because that is where the locals eat. I saw this place the day before when it was closed and told my family I wanted to eat there tomorrow. We had some...More

Thank Janie205
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped by and picked up burgers to take back to our hotel. Good burgers but we should have gotten two because they are small and the fries were good also. They have curb service and I thought the waitress we had was short, snappy...More

Thank debbysdelights
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Els is physically just what you see in the pictures above, but the food is wonderful. We had a group of about a dozen Boy Scouts stop here for lunch and uniformly they loved it! I would highly recommend the Large Shrimp Burger (the small...More

Thank Mark H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Get the shrimpburger or cheeseburger and u can't go wrong either way. Love the in car hop service. Great throwback to 60's gotta love it. Inexpensive Too!

Thank Thomas L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Whenever I come back home I have to stop at El’s! I have eaten here for over 35 years. The Shrimp Burger is the best. The Car Hops are very friendly. Give it a try, you will be glad you did.

Thank 23kimberleyf
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The atmosphere here is a flat zero; but everything else is simply terrific -- great food, great service, and -- most importantly -- GREAT FOOD! We liked it so much, we ate there three times on a recent trip and ordered the delectable shrimp burgers...More

Thank Doc D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Seldom fail to visit El's on a trip to Morehead City. Sitting under the shade trees and feeding fries to the gulls is part of the pleasure. The other part is enjoying one of their fried shrimp and oyster sandwiches. You sit in your car...More

Thank Larry C
Reviewed March 30, 2018

Had a hamburger with cheese. It was really juice and fixed to my liking with my choice of extras. There are no line to help you decide where to park you just do it and the women come to your car and take your order....More

Thank LuMar G
Reviewed March 28, 2018

I honestly think the only reason this place is so popular is due to nostalgia. The shrimp burger doesn't have a lot of flavor and the fries aren't even fresh. The price is on par with 5 Guys but you get an inferior product.

Thank queefer02
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Sally S
April 21, 2018|
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Response from Patricia S | Reviewed this property |
Do not know the secret to their shrimp burgers
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April 15, 2017|
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I don't know can you?
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
10:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
10:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
10:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
10:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
10:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
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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