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El's Drive In

3706 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC 28557-2903
+1 252-648-7161
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good30%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“shrimp burger” (188 reviews)
“super burger” (27 reviews)
“onion rings” (31 reviews)
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American, Fast food
3706 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC 28557-2903
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We waited an hour and never got food so we left. I’m a local and never ate here and I guess the tradition continues.

Thank Jenn M
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We visit the Crystal Coast every summer and El's is a must-do. The Eastern Carolina BBQ is great. I'd really like to know how many steps the ladies walk back and forth from the kitchen.😀 Great experience.

Thank Tribesman95
Reviewed 5 days ago

Just going to El's is a step back into history as this has been here since 1959. This little icon has endured through the ages because it serves some of the best food faves around! I love my dogs and burgers done the "Southern way",...More

Thank rutheb2014
Reviewed 6 days ago

quick and friendly service to my car!! a real old fashioned drive in. I got as shrimp burger for the road and it was perfect!

Thank PKBduo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We wanted to love this place. The nostalgia.. the fact it’s so busy and everyone RAVES about it... but truthfully it was TERRIBLE. We pull in and are so excited!!! We can hardly read the menu and are rushed to order. The waitress was RUDE...More

Thank Chiotilidieo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What can one write about a place with a great history of great food and service. The ladies who manage the orders are a about customer service .

Thank Leroy E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very disappointed! Based on Trip Advisor rating, we stopped here on our way home from Atlantic Beach. Ordered a Shrimp tray and a Shrimp Plate, subbed slaw for onion rings. And 2 diet coke - price was around $25! There was plenty of shrimp, in...More

Thank Trish S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a “must do” when visiting the Morehead area. These burgers are so juicy and taste delicious! We love pulling up, under a shade tree and ordering from our vehicle!

Thank Wendy W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped in for late dinner. Only a few cars there, so didn’t have to wait long. Server came to car with an order pad, but no menus. Items were listed on large sign, but no prices. We asked for clarification between a shrimp plate and...More

Thank coralsgot2go
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hubby heard about this place on a TV show, so we wanted to try it out. We each got the large shrimp burger, and they were delicious! The slaw was just perfect and the shrimp were hot and tasty. We weren't sure if there was...More

Thank Puffin126
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Sally S
21 April 2018|
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Response from Patricia S | Reviewed this property |
Do not know the secret to their shrimp burgers
Sandy B
15 April 2017|
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Response from forsaken27893 | Reviewed this property |
I don't know can you?
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 23:00
10:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3706 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC 28557-2903
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Morehead City
  • Phone Number: +1 252-648-7161
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