Outer Banks Oyster Season

Good news for oyster lovers—after years languishing near death, the North Carolina oyster is back. Sometimes salty, sometimes slightly sweet and almost buttery, the range of flavors is as varied as the places from which they are harvested. The oysters are almost all farm raised now; at one time North …

Outer Banks Thanksgiving Meals

The family is gathered, there’s kids and maybe some grandkids, perhaps even an uncle or brother or sister. A gathering of the clan is very much a part of holiday traditions. And it’s wonderful, because the truth is, family is what makes holiday memories. Of course, that comes with a …

Mike Dianna

Mike Dianna figured out early on that he enjoyed seeing people smile and that entertainment is an important part of everyone’s life. This may account for why he opened a Corolla restaurant—Mike Dianna’s Grill Room—and is at the core of the reason that he has promoted the Mustang Music Festivals …

Great Food: An Outer Banks Tradition

So many great Outer Banks restaurants, so little time. In researching long-standing Outer Banks restaurants it was surprising how many there are still serving locals and visitors alike. This feature is about five ranging from casual eateries to fine dining options that are sure to please. Owens Restaurant 7114 S. …

Max’s Pizza – Outer Banks

Pizza is one of those ubiquitous foods that many restaurants make but very few seem to master. In the master category, we bring you Grant Sharp at Max’s Pizza (3723 N. Croatan Highway), Ocean Plaza in Kitty Hawk. Grant and his wife, Natalya, bought Max’s last March and the change …

Outer Banks Ice Cream Shops

Luckily the Outer Banks has a lot of places to indulge that summertime fantasy, so here’s our Carolina Designs’ list of ice cream parlors, yogurt stops and frozen custard stands. It’s by no means complete. No preferences. . . we just listed everything alphabetically. Big Buck’s Timbuck II Shopping Center, …

The Paper Canoe – Duck, NC

When you meet Tommy Karole, the owner of Paper Canoe in Duck, it’s obvious he’s not a laid back southerner. He never lost his New Jersey mannerisms, has strong opinions on most topics and he understands how to create an outstanding dining experience. What might be most remarkable about the …

Outer Banks Brewing Station

Most everyone on the Outer Banks knows where the Outer Banks Brewing Station is located. It’s a very interesting building, designed by local architect Ben Cahoon, an architectural nod to the turn-of-the-century lifesaving stations including a 30 foot boat-shaped bar and brick inlays in the dining room floor that point …

Ladles Soups Outer Banks

I was hooked the first time I went to Ladles in Kill Devil Hills and tasted their turkey chile. It’s just spicy enough to get your attention but not enough to kill the flavors of beans cooked to perfection and plenty of ground turkey. That bowl guaranteed a return visit. …

Mr. Malco’s Strawberry Patch

If you’re on the Outer Banks during springtime, there’s one place that locals and visitors alike absolutely must visit. Just over the Wright Memorial Bridge on the mainland, there’s an inviting sign that reads “Strawberries,” and a smaller sign below that that reads “Open Today.” Turn right after the sign. …