Monday, July 26, 2004

Best of the Outer Banks (OBX over and out)

The following best-of-list should really be called a superb-of-list, because no way did we sample everything on OBX. So be it. But I’m using my poetic license officer.

best babyback ribs: Outer Banks Steak House (Nags Head)
best NE style clam chowdah: Mulligans (Nags Head)
best frozen custard: Uncle Eddy's (Buxton)
best way to get around Ocracoke: rental bikes from the Ocracoke Harbor Inn
best cheap t-shirts: Pirates Chest (Ocracoke)
best island for a bookworm: Ocracoke (Java Books and Books to be Red)
best seafood stew: RV’s (Nags Head)
best seafood bisque: Pilot House (Buxton)
best attitude north of Key West: Ocracoke
best ocean water for swimming: Hatteras Island
best arrangement: squadrons of pelicans flying over the sea (OBX)
best sunsets: Canadian Hole (Avon)
best ice cream: Udder Delights (Avon)
best road: NC12 (even includes a ferry)
best sand dunes: Jockey Ridge (Nags Head)
best biscuits: Miller’s (Nags Head)
best supporting actress: waitess from NZ at Pilot House
best overall breakfast: Diamond Shoals (Buxton)
best pony show: this white horse on Ocracoke that waited for an audience before standing
best hats: Lee Robinson’s General Store (Hatteras Village)
best use of a Thoreau quote (“Everyone should believe in something...I believe I'll go fishing.”): Sam and Omies (Nags Head)
best coffee on the banks: Ocracoke Coffee House
best entrance: Wright Brothers Memorial Bridge to OBX
best scallops south of Digby NS: Pilot House (Buxton)
best cheap beach stuff: Wings (almost everywhere on OBX)
best southern bbq: Bubbas BBQ (Frisco)
best lemonade: Jolly Roger (Ocracoke)
best song (“No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems” – Kenny Chesney)
best vacation hangout: Jolly Roger (Ocracoke)
best free entertainment on the banks: ferry to Ocracoke Island (Hatteras Village)
best water moccasin: Currituck Sound at Whalehead Club
best aerobic workout: climbing to top of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
best shipwreck with sharks and all: Monitor replica at NC Aquarium (Manteo)
best microbrew menu: Howards (Ocracoke)
best NY style pizza: Cosmos (Corolla)
best OBX beach book: The Keeper's Son by Homer Hickham
best picture: Hatteras Time


Jared said...

Thanks for these tips! Hope the flat tire didn't put too much of damper in your plans!

aum dada said...

You're welcome! Actually we got that tire fixed so fast that it turned out to be just a minor blip (albeit a $$$ one). Enjoy.

Anonymous said...

Greg -

Have you tried the apple uglies at the Orange Blossom (Buxton)? Recommended. Get the fried ones, not the baked ones.


Anonymous said...

We're leaving tomorrow for OBX. We go every year for a long weekend in April for the Powwow but we actually are taking a whole week this time. We have found most of the things on your list but I'm real anxious to try out the rest. My absolute favorite part of the trip is waking up every morning and going to get the absolutely awesome melt in your mouth Apple Uglies at the Orange Blossom Cafe in Buxton! Wow! For all of the incredibly fun things we have done, your list just made my day! Can't wait to get there! The Indian Museum in Frisco is incredible. The people are so nice. The ferry ride to Ockracoke is awesome. Howards Pub (Ocracoke) has phenominal food! Now, if I could just find someone that made down home hushpuppies. Thanks again for the list. Debbie and Bear in Ohio.

Tapupartforpres said...

They have great food. Check out their new website

Anonymous said...

Many of the superb things you have listed here are what prompted me to move from Arizona to the Outer Banks. I have been to, used the services of, or eaten at most of the places on this list and you’re right. The Outer Banks does things better than most other places. I had a friend who came out here to visit me and now he wants to move here as well.