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El's Drive In

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3706 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC 28557-2903
+1 252-648-7161
10:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 10:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 10:30 - 23:00
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Littleton, North Carolina
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This old fashioned, drive up joint where you park and wait for a waitress to come to your car is reminiscent of days gone by. El's has been here my whole life (and I've been around a while) and is an experience not to miss! The shrimp burgers are really, really good!!!

Thank Allison D
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115 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've been bypassing El's for another local drive in and finally got the chance to try and compare. Not a good visit... Waitstaff greeted us quickly and friendly with a good knowledge of the menu and took our order along with our friend's in another car. Their order came out in less than five minutes. We waited, and waited. Our... More 

Thank keywestclown
North Carolina
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Shrimp Burgers are awesome.. great drive in with curbside service to visit while in Morehead city. Family owned. Super burgers are great also.

Thank mlewis11
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Can't drive by without grabbing one. Delicious after all these years. Family tradition to stop when in town.

Thank Theresa4196
Raleigh, North Carolina
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

El owned the drive in for years and made the best shrimp burgers around. Pull up and the carhops come out to you. If you like reasonably price fast food ...shrimp burger with slaw and cocktail sauce, El's is the place. May have been in business since the late 50's or early 60's.

Thank Rickrdu
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88 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome curbside waitresses... you pull up in the parking lot and they immediately come to your car and take your order, place was packed but it didn't take long to receive our orders and the food was great, just like all the reviews we've read!!! We will definitely go back here again!

Thank Tammy R
Tallahassee, Florida
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35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

I was stationed at MCAS Cherry Point in the 90's and lived int he area for a few years after and El's was a staple of any right mind thinking individuals diet. The super cheeseburger is the best burger in the entire world bar none. I will fight anyone that says any different. Holy Cow that is a fantastic burger.

Thank William W
Siler City, North Carolina
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

Finally got to go to El's Drive In. Best shrimp burger ever. They only put ketchup on the burgers, so you may want to take your own Tartar Sauce. It really takes the shrimp burger to another level. Onion rings were off the hook good. It was so good, we ate there twice in one day!

Thank paleface2015
Hillsborough, North Carolina
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

El's Drive In was highly recommended by local friends. The food was indeed very good. The fried oyster plate came with fries, cole slaw, and hushpuppies - all in generous portions. We wanted to sample the fried onion rings. Don't bother. The fries are much better. Onion rings may have been the frozen variety. I was also a bit disappointed... More 

Thank Phoodey2U
Morehead City, North Carolina
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

As a local, I love El's! The waitresses work so hard and always give great customer service and my shrimp burger always sure to please!

Thank seagypsy1020

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Fast food
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?