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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)
“super burger” (27 reviews)
“onion rings” (31 reviews)
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American, Fast food
3706 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC 28557-2903
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Reviewed March 21, 2018

Fantastic. may not look like much but this place has amazing food. Always enjoy stopping here on my visits to Morehead City

Thank marivas8503
Reviewed March 21, 2018

I saw this in an article from southern living as a must try in the area. So I did. You drive into the parking lot and a server comes to the car with a menu. They are super busy and I have no idea how...More

Thank Debra S
Reviewed March 19, 2018

OMG! Drive up. Stay in your car (except to go inside and get cash from ATM because that's the only way to pay here). Give your order to the pretty lady who comes to you. Eat right there in your car or take it with...More

Thank TracyW610
Reviewed March 17, 2018

El's Drive In is a hold-over from days gone by that will almost certainly appeal to those who remember the 50's and 60's. No indoor dining -- eat in the car. The limited menu -- burgers, hot dogs, fries, and shakes -- has one notable...More

Thank D2958ZXgarym
Reviewed March 16, 2018 via mobile

This place doesn’t look like much on the outside but the food is wonderful. For a quick stop to grab something to eat I would recommend them highly. The prices are very reasonable and the food is fresh

Thank Patrizia C
Reviewed March 7, 2018 via mobile

Not a bad shrimp burger. The shrimp tastes fresh. I wasn't clear when I ordered ketchup for my burger and it only had ketchup but that was my mistake. Fast service, only accept cash. Gets crowded on saturdays around lunchtime but still great service. Can't...More

Thank Victoria W
Reviewed March 6, 2018

Had heard some rave reviews of this spot before coming out, so went in with high hopes. The spot is super fun, with an interesting setting. Drive in, park anywhere in the dirt parking lot, wait for the staff to come out to your car...More

Thank ckassotis
Reviewed March 6, 2018

This place is a staple and is a must stop place to eat when in Morehead! The food itself is ok/good but it's the old time feel that will keep you coming back for more!

Thank sherrync
Reviewed March 3, 2018

I heard so many good things about El's. It is a small little place that is cash only. You drive up and there are no lines in the parking lot or true direction on where to go. A waitress comes out to take your order...More

1  Thank 919FrankieTraveler
Reviewed March 3, 2018

a great experience...just like when I was growing up 50 years ago. great shrimp burgers and hamburgers and hotdogs. always packed at lunch and dinnet..go about 2 to 4 pm!!!!!!

Thank Patricia S
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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
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, 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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