The Dunes Shops in Kitty Hawk was the first strip mall on the Outer Banks. This location has been home to several local businesses, and it’s doubtful that any of the current tenants are originals. Although updated, the simple design still retains a relaxed quality that brings shoppers back to a time when life was less hectic.
Thursday, March 19th – Sunday, March 22nd, 2015
The Taste of the Beach is fast approaching, and it’s one event that locals view as the kick off to approaching warm weather. This annual event reinforces that Outer Bank’s celebrations are a bit unconventional, yet are undeniably original and entertaining. It all starts with a kickoff party on the evening of Wednesday, 3/18, with the main festivities falling into place the following four days. The festival includes multi-course menu presentations, progressive dinners, tapas crawls, cook-offs, cooking classes, wine tastings, brewery tours and more!
Having a gourmet restaurant as our next door neighbor is quite nice. The restaurant, combined with their very successful catering business, is the vision that Chef Wes Stepp had when he first opened his doors 12 years ago. “I wanted to give people really creative food, in a casual atmosphere that focused on fresh North Carolina products,” said Wes.
It’s winter on the Outer Banks, and although our weather is relatively mild, we still experience winds off the ocean from the north, daytime high temperatures struggling to reach 50 and nighttime lows approaching freezing. There’s something about this chillier weather that calls out for food that is warm, filling and familiar. That’s certainly the definition of comfort food—a dish that brings back enjoyable memories of childhood and home cooking.
In 2006 when owners Dan Lewis and Scott Foster opened Coastal Provisions located in Southern Shores Crossing the concept was fairly straightforward. “Originally it was going to be a specialty food market that would bring great food to the beach,” Dan says. “Not only gourmet ingredients, but also take out and catering provisioning people with great tastes.”