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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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57 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

We had read all about El's Drive In and had to see what it was all about! We pulled up into their huge parking area and was greeted shortly after by a waitress who handed us a menu and said she'd be back to take our order. The parking area is a bit haphazard but the waitresses are super organized... More 

Thank ohiochic1998
Atlantic Beach, North Carolina
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108 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

Stopped for dinner after having not stopped for a couple of years. It will not be as long before I return. The young lady who took my order was very quick, polite and efficient. I asked for the Shrimp Burger. 2 Cheese Dogs and an Order of fries. I requested extra condiments and was pleased that they were in the... More 

Thank Bear E
Prescott Valley, Arizona
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116 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

While visiting family and friends in North Carolina, we were told we had to have a Shrimp Burger. What we got wasn't exactly what I expected./ I really expected it to be bigger than what it was with something special done to it. But it was simply a few shrimp, a little slaw, and some sort of thin red sauce... More 

Thank Rick C
Cape Carteret, North Carolina, United States
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56 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

I stopped by this place , after having heard about it. It's a small place and very busy. I went at about 1230 on a Monday . I did not know that you could just wait in your car and a waitress comes to take your order . I went inside and placed my order , oops ! I ordered... More 

Thank Keeley O
1 review
Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

Shrimp burgers are the absolute best, we go by El's as often as we can. It's been there for years...

Thank Sid B
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19 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

When I was a child and we came to the beach we would always make a point to stop by El's. The food is always good and it is the perfect thing for a beach day.

Thank Madison G
Harkers Island, North Carolina
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1 review
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

I love El's! Oyster burgers, shrimp burgers and cheeseburgers, oh my! The shakes aren't too bad either. Always a memorable meal.

Thank medale75
Wilson, North Carolina
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

I just ate here not long ago and this was my first time here. Needless to say the food was awesome. Only drawback is cash only but hey who cares. If that is my only gripe then that's not really a gripe. Nice people good food and sometimes the waitresses are nice to look at

Thank forsaken27893
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

A family tradition! I have eaten here my entire life and always get the same thing, a super Shrimp burger and hush puppies. It never disappoints. Always fresh and delicious! You can phone your order in for quicker pick up.

Thank Pat W
Littleton, North Carolina
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

This old fashioned, drive up joint where you park and wait for a waitress to come to your car is reminiscent of days gone by. El's has been here my whole life (and I've been around a while) and is an experience not to miss! The shrimp burgers are really, really good!!!

Thank Allison D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Fast food
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?