Quick and easy meals at the beach... The Outer Banks, North Carolina!
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Quick and easy meals at the beach... The Outer Banks, North Carolina!

On a recent trip to The Outer Banks, NC... I was lucky to catch some beautiful weather and action packed days at the busy beaches. When visiting, you may experience such strong winds that people call it the "Kite Boarding and Wind Surfing Capital of the East Coast."

The perfect wind conditions bring thousands of kiteboarders to the sandy beaches. Because of this, and the many summer visitors who come to The Outer Banks each year, there are many hotels and restaurants on the island as well. ;)

Being a small town with limited busy months, you can expect dozens of local family restaurants, fresh ingredients and many seafood places. Most of these restaurants have a laid-back vibe, and many are willing to prepare vegan food as well. So don't worry... if you are not a seafood lover, just ask for other options including pasta, sandwiches, salads and vegetarian entrees at many of the local restaurants. Or, even easier... grab some Thai, Japanese or Chinese options. We've listed a unique places at the bottom of this page.

Here's another fun thing about The Outer Banks... Since many of the people eating out are travelers themelves, you can dress as casual as you'd like (in most cases)! In fact, most people are wearing beach shorts and t-shirts.

I've posted some photos below so you can see the long roads and bridges that you'll encounter on the way. When you arrive in town, here's another fun thing that you may notice... There are beaches on both sides of the road! Very cool!


Vegan friendly Restaurants in Outer Banks

My first stop was at Taiko. It was a very pleasant experience! A very clean place with delicious edadame beans, miso soup, avocado rolls and fried tofu.

Taiko Japanese Restaurant
5000 S Croatan Hwy, Nags Head, NC 27959
Phone: (252) 449-8895


Next day I searched for some Chinese food and ordered some veggie rice, veggie noodles and more to try. I then realized some online reviews were right... so not my favorite place, but some fast food for the day.

China King
N Croatan Hwy, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Let's drive to the beach

You can't miss the beautiful beaches... wether you enjoy surfing, kite surfing, paddleboarding or just walking, there are many miles of ocean and sand. So I google searched the best surfing spots and enjoyed watching dozens of pros ride their kites while sitting at the shore.


I ended the trip returning some rental gear and grabbing some vegan snacks at the local Fresh Market. Had a great time, and highly recommend it to anyone wanting to practice their favorite water sport!


Let's take a look at other vegan friendly restaurants at the Outer Banks, NC Beaches:

Outer Banks Thai Restaurants

Thai Moon
589 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke, NC 27960
Phone: (252) 928-5100

Thai Room Restaurant
710 S Virginia Dare Trail, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
Phone: (252) 441-1180
http://thairoomobx.com/ (they have a vegetarian menu)

Outer Banks Japanese Restaurants

Taiko Japanese Restaurant
5000 S Croatan Highway, Nags Head, NC 27959
Phone: (252) 449-8895

Fuji Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar
1201 S Croatan Highway, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
Phone: (252) 449-0628

Outer Banks Chinese Restaurants

Chinatown Restaurant
41934 NC Highway 12, Hatteras Island Plaza, Avon, NC 27915
Phone: (252) 995-6902

Top China
218 S US Highway 64/264, Chelsey Mall, Manteo, NC 27954
Phone: (252) 473-6660

Shun Xing Chinese Restaurant
5537 N Croatan Highway
The Marketplace, Southern Shores, NC 27949
Phone: (252) 261-0202

China King
N Croatan Hwy
Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Outer Banks Mexican Restaurants

Chilli Peppers
3001 N Croatan Highway, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
Phone: (252) 441-8081

La Fogata Mexican Restaurant
3924 N Croatan Highway, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
4933 S Croatan Highway, Nags Head, NC 27959
817 Ocean Trail, Corolla, NC 27927
Phone: (252) 255-0934

Bad Bean Baja Grill and Cantina
1305 N Croatan Highway, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
Phone: (252) 261-1300

Bad Bean Taqueria
785 Sunset Boulevard, Corolla, NC 27927
Phone: (252) 453-4380

Outer Banks Restaurants and Sandwich Shops

Hatteras Harbor Deli
58058 Hwy 12, Hatteras, NC 27943 (Map)
Phone: (252) 986-2500

Country Deli
4104 S Virginia Dare Trail, Surfside Plaza, Nags Head, NC 27959
Phone: (252) 441-5684

The Full Moon Cafe
208 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Manteo, NC 27954
Phone: (252) 473-6666



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