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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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Morehead City, North Carolina
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57 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016

El's is one of those local treasures you hope is there when you return in 10 years. It is very much an old-fashioned drive through with carhops who manage to get orders right and lots of fried food choices . Good that the hospital and new cardiac care wing are next-door because you will not be able to resist the... More 

Thank WorkingRetreat
Morehead City, North Carolina
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016

El's is a trad.ition that some families enjoy every trip to Morehead City. The food is great, the place is timeless and you can't beat the old sit in your car comfort. My favorite food is hard to say, I like the hotdogs, the cheeseburgers and the shrimp-burgers. The french fries are always cooked just right, nice and crispy. My... More 

Thank PBaze
Morehead City, North Carolina
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 September 2016

The Super Burger is a very Good Choice but the trick is to get it all the way...With Slaw. The Shrimp Burgers are out of this World. Tender Shrimp topped with Slaw.. The Chili Cheese Fries very good, Stop by anytime, you will not regret it.

Thank nfd4312
New Bern, North Carolina
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419 reviews
226 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

This place has been open since 1959 and no wonder. The signature food is the shrimp burger. Just drive up and park and someone will take your order. Note they do not take debit or credit cards but they do have an AT&T inside.

Thank edodowd
Pilot Mountain, North Carolina
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93 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 September 2016

The shrimp burger is simple and great. Large helping of shrimp on a bun. The slaw does not come on the burger which is great for me...allergic to cabbage. The service is interesting because it is really a drive in...you pull into the parking lot and someone comes to your car to take your order. Super nice people!

Thank gkmcfe
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

I've been going there for years and years, with family, with friends, or by myself. I love El's Super cheese burgers all the way-onions,.chili and slaw. Park under a shade tree and share your fries with the seagulls.

Thank Vicki B
Wilmington, North Carolina
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

Love me some El's. Best super burger & shrimp burger. Friendly staff, you can call ahead so you don't have to wait. We go out of our way to go to El's. We've been eating there for 40 years and it's always good. Hope to eat there another 40 :)

Thank J I
Clarkesville, Georgia
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

Great burger selection with reasonable prices. The super oyster burger and the shrimp burger were both fantastic. Service was great and quick. Place is drive in only and bring cash, no cards accepted.

Thank Jelle T
1 review
Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

If you have never had a shrimp burger this is the place to try it at. There amazing..... In Moorehead city NC

Thank Beth J
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

For the past several decades, we have come here every time we leave the beach. They're super fast even when they're busy and the food is delicious!

Thank SarahATL82

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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
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids
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?