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Avon Family Restaurants

Atlantic Coast Cafe & Grille
41001 NC Highway 12
Avon, NC 27915
(252) 995-7700
The Avon location of Atlantic Coast Cafe & Grille offers live music and tapas on Thursdays (in season). They offer a full menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as really good coffee, sandwiches, wraps and reubens. Atlantic Coast Cafe is family friendly!

Avon Cafe
40774 NC Highway 12
Avon, NC 27915
(252) 995-7866
Avon Cafe is the newest restaurant to Hatteras Island (formerly Hodad's Cafe). New owner Michael Lyons and his staff invite you for an enjoyable and relaxing meal with Chef Elijah B. Laney. They have changed the menu, the style and the atmosphere to create an entirely new experience on Hatteras Island. Chef Laney brings a unique blend of Outer Banks and Maryland Cuisine to Avon's newest Café, one you are sure to enjoy. Avon Café is a destination that you must not miss during your stay on Hatteras Island.

Cafe 12
41934 NC Highway 12
Avon, NC 27915
(252) 995-3602
Beach-restaurant fare tends to be predictable, but Cafe 12's extensive menu has many things you won't find anywhere else. Flat Tops are open-face tortillas with a variety of toppings, plus there are dozens of wraps, salads and sandwiches, stuffed baked potatoes, pasta dishes, unique appetizers and more. The atmosphere is lively with an open kitchen. Lunch and dinner are served.

Dolphin Den
40126 NC Highway 12
Avon, NC 27915
(252) 995-7717
The Dolphin Den is a big, family restaurant that specializes in locally caught seafood. Seafood entrees are served with the traditional accompaniments " cole slaw, cornbread and fries. Favorites include the coconut shrimp, crab cakes, fried and broiled seafood platters, and seafood linguine served with salad and bread. Steaks, salads, sandwiches, she-crab soup, a variety of appetizers and homemade desserts round out the menu. Lunch and dinner are served.

Buxton Family Restaurants

Diamond Shoals Restaurant
46843 NC Highway 12
Buxton, NC 27920
(252) 995-5217
Diamond Shoals is well known for its hearty breakfasts. Get here early for eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage and all the delicious sides you'd expect. It's also a popular dinner spot, with steaks, seafood, pasta, a salad bar and chef's specials. Lunch, including seafood baskets, sandwiches and burgers, is served in season, between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Diamond Shoals is a family-style restaurant with a friendly staff and a welcoming atmosphere. Everyone loves the big saltwater aquariums, especially kids.

Finnegan's Dining Haul
46948 NC Highway 12
Buxton, NC 27920
(252) 995-3060
Conveniently located across from the entrance to the lighthouse, Finnegan's serves lunch and dinner. The lunch menu features U-boat sandwiches, burgers, pizza, great appetizers and more. The dinner menu adds seafood, beef and other entrees. Beer and wine are offered. Finnegan's is open year round but is closed on Wednesdays in the off-season.

Fish House Restaurant
48962 NC Highway 12
Buxton, NC 27920
(252) 995-5151
As far as fish houses go, this is the real thing -- a former fish house right on Buxton Harbor, where fishing boats unload their catches. The restaurant is incredibly charming, with sloping floors, fabulous harbor and water views, a mark on the wall from the last flood, and dining right on the dock. Steamed seafood is a specialty (with hush puppies and veggies on the side), though landlubber entrees are available too. Lunch and dinner are served at this casual place.

The Captain's Table Restaurant
47048 NC Highway 12
Buxton, NC 27920
(252) 995-3117

Hatteras Family Restaurants

The Hatterasman
57449 NC Highway 12
Hatteras, NC 27943
(252) 986-1005
57449 NC Highway 12, Hatteras, NC 27936 - 252-986-1005

Waves Family Restaurants

Atlantic Coast Cafe
25150 NC Highway 12
Waves, NC 27982
(252) 987-1200
Open April-October(Waves), March-November (Avon); No bar/lounge; Wheelchair access. Credit Cards Accepted: VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover. Fresh food, comfortable beach atmosphere. Family friendly. Free WiFi. Full breakfast menu (best breakfast for miles around), delicious lunch & dinner menu including seafood, grilled tuna, salads, unique wraps/reubens/sandwiches, baskets & burgers, daily dinner entree specials, vegan options, kids menu, fresh coffee, cold beer and wine, baked goods, smoothies & frozen lattes and more. Full menu available for viewing or download from the website. Open 7 am - 9 pm daily in season.

Down Under Restaurant
25920 NC Highway 12
Waves, NC 27982
(252) 987-2277
Down Under is a longtime favorite family restaurant on northern Hatteras Island. Adventurous eaters might want to try the Australian specialties, including kangaroo burgers and Aussie-inspired sandwiches. But Down Under is really known for its seafood " especially the big, delicious 15-cent shrimp specials offered in the afternoons in the restaurant and through the evening in the upstairs bar. The menu also includes chicken, pasta, steaks and kids' offerings. The view of the sound and sunsets is fantastic, and large parties are welcome. It's open for lunch and dinner.

Top Dog Cafe
16 Island Pine Drive
Waves, NC 27982
(252) 987-1272
For lunch or dinner, the Top Dog offers burgers, steamed seafood, subs, shrimp and oyster baskets, all-beef hot dogs, salads and wonderful appetizers. You can eat inside, on the screened porch or on the sound-view sundeck. This is a great place to take the whole family as there are special kids' offerings and the atmosphere is casual. Take-out is available.

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Avon Office
40227 Tigrone Boulevard
Avon, NC 27915
Rentals: 1-800-627-1850
Sales: 1-866-627-6627
E-Mail: Rentals | Sales
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
(June through September 9 a.m.
to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday)

Waves Office
25206 Sea Vista Drive
Waves, NC 27982
Rentals: 1-800-627-1850
Sales: 1-866-627-6627
E-Mail: Rentals | Sales
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
(June through September 9 a.m.
to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday)

Hatteras Office
57205 Eagle Pass Road
Hatteras, NC 27943
Rentals: 1-800-627-1850
Sales: 1-866-627-6627
E-Mail: Rentals | Sales
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
(June through September 9 a.m.
to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday)

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