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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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Baker, Florida
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My family stopped in Morehead on our way southbound so I could revisit some of my favorite childhood places. El's was one of those. I have wonderful memories of my now long gone grandfather taking me to El's for shrimp burgers and milkshakes. They taste the same- delicious. My husband and 5 children loved it, too.

Thank RockstarTeacher
Washington Nc
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139 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What can I say about this place other than it is a classic! Great food and service and it brings back memories from the 50's-60's times. I had the oyster burger and wife had the shrimp burger , both were great!This place is priceless.

Thank Trueeasterner
Newport, North Carolina
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

When we r in town we like to stop in for a couple of chili dogs with mustard and onions. Curb side service takes us back a couple of years.

Thank Charles H
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50 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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105 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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104 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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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18 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 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
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 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

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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
Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, 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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?