Expect great food and awesome service at the Atlantic Coast Cafe in Waves — featuring a comfortable, clean, casual beach atmosphere, friendly staff and free WiFi. It’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Stop in for great breakfasts and fresh coffee, lunches that showcase stuffed grilled wraps, tasty burgers, unique Reubens (crab cake, shrimp, classic), their famous marinated or Cajun grilled tuna, possibly the best chicken strips east of the Mississippi, delicately fried seafood baskets, a hefty chef salad, double-shelled fish tacos, creamy shrimp and grits and lots more, including a kids menu. Smoothies, café mochas/lattes, chai tea, fresh muffins, killer desserts and a variety of sodas, juices, beer and wine all add up to an enjoyable and affordable Hatteras Island meal. The full menu is available for take-out.
Whether you’ve worked up an appetite kiteboarding on site or you just want a meal with a water view, Good Winds is a good choice on northern Hatteras Island. With its second-floor perch over the Pamlico Sound and a deck for outdoor dining, it’s the place to watch the sunset. The menu features familiar local seafood — tuna, grouper, scallops, shrimp, crab cakes, fresh catch of the day — along with some more exotic offerings like house-cured bacon. And you can choose from appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, fish tacos, salads, seafood entrees, pasta, noodle bowls, chicken and ribs. Everything is chef-prepared and made from scratch. A kids’ menu is available. The bar has one of the most extensive wine and craft beer selections on Hatteras Island as well as a full liquor license, and it’s a good place to hang out after a ride in the wind. Good Winds is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week in season. The Early Bird deal from 3 to 5 p.m. daily offers 20 percent off all food items except all-you-can-eat specials. There’s an all-you-can-eat fried shrimp special on Tuesdays. On Fridays there’s a fresh fish fry and live music from 6-10 p.m.
Beach Mugs serves coffee and all sorts of espresso-based drinks, tea and delicious smoothies and baked goods. Internet access is available on your computer or theirs. This shop also houses The Glass Bead bead shop, where you can make your own jewelry from thousands of beads. All the jewelry-making supplies you’ll need are available here. They also sell jewelry and photography by local artists.... read more
Boardwok South brings something for the adventurous palates of Hatteras Island. Boardwok offers delicious Asian-style entrees from the wok, incorporating fresh vegetables, seafood, chicken, rice and noodles into flavorful, healthful dishes. There’s also an Americanized side to the menu with surf and turf entrees (try the “steak and cake”), crab cakes, scallops, kids’ offerings and excellent sides. The steaks are hand cut and the seafood... read more
Forbes Candies HWY 12 Coffee and Tea Company offers the sweets that Forbes Candy in Nags Head is known for — saltwater taffy, fresh fudge and chocolates. At this location they also offer coffee, including a full espresso bar offering specialty coffee and espresso drinks. The blended frappuccinos are a customer favorite. They mix up smoothies and sell 20 varieties of loose tea. In the... read more
Across from the Waves Post Office at milepost 41.5, you’ll find Frank’s OBX Dog House, serving all-beef hot dogs piled with delicious toppings including sauerkraut and NY sweet onion sauce. Feel free to make your own combination or choose one of theirs. They also serve brats with spicy brown mustard, potato salad and nachos piled high with chili, onions, jalapenos and cheese, along with refreshing... read more
Leonardo’s offers delicious, fresh-made, New York-style pizza with a variety of toppings, plus salads, calzones and hearty subs stuffed with all the favorite fillings. They sell individual slices at lunch. Leonardo’s is located at St. Waves Plaza in Waves. You can pick up your order or have it delivered in Rodanthe, Waves or Salvo. Call for seasonal hours.
Lisa’s, in business since 1986, is legendary on Hatteras Island. Everyone comes here for lunch or dinner to chow down on Italian favorites like hand-tossed pizza, calzones, lasagna, manicotti and spaghetti. Submarine sandwiches, wraps and burgers are also on the menu. The side dishes are excellent, including salads, fried mushrooms and broccoli, chicken wings and outstanding garlic cheese bread. They serve beer and wine. Small... read more
There’s a constant flow of customers at this convenience store deli counter, so you know that’s a sign the food is delicious. The deli’s breakfast offerings include fresh-made biscuits and breakfast platters, breakfast sandwiches on croissants, muffins, bagels, toast or biscuits and more. For lunch you can get deli sandwiches, hot meats and vegetables, fried chicken and french fries with daily specials available Monday through... read more
If you’re hankering for a classic New York-style thin crust pie, hop on over to Maxximmuss Pizza in Rodanthe. Using only the freshest ingredients, this pizza shop also offers a nice selection of gyros, falafel, hummus, calzones, appetizers, chicken wings, salads, subs, strombolis and more. They have gluten-free pizza and dessert available as well as vegan-friendly options. It’s all available for pick-up and delivery, and... read more
StingWray’s is a causal, lively, Caribbean-themed restaurant serving local seafood (think tuna, mahi mahi, shrimp and oysters), appetizers, sandwiches, steaks and a kids’ menu. Dine on the deck overlooking the sound if you’d like, and if you’re traveling with Fido, StingWray’s has an additional deck that is pet friendly so your doggie can dine out too. StingWray’s has a full bar serving beer, wine and... read more
Top Dog cafe has been a local icon serving great food for more than 19 years on Hatteras Island. They’re reputed to have some of the biggest and best burgers on the Banks, the largest of which is the two-pound Cyclone. The huge fish tacos are a legend of their own. Top Dog also offers innovative salads, wraps, appetizers, burgers, seafood, sandwiches and dinner entrees.... read more
Watermen’s Bar & Grill is a waterfront restaurant located in the big red building directly behind the REAL Flagship Store in Waves. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner every day and also offer Carolina Brewery beers on tap, wine, mixed drinks, a rum bar and world-class coffee. Watermen’s has live music on their waterfront stage, but in case of inclement weather there’s plenty of space... read more
When hunger calls, head to Waves Market & Deli, a newly expanded grocery and delicatessen in the Tri-Villages. This is a great place to grab breakfast and coffee and pick up a picnic for the beach. The market sells beer and wine, fresh produce, chips and snacks, ice cream (just about every flavor of Ben & Jerry’s), popsicles and lots more. They have a great... read more