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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 good31%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“super burger” (23 reviews)
“cheeseburger” (36 reviews)
Closes in 15 min
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American, Fast food
3706 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC 28557-2903
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went for shrimp burgers for the family after driving to Salter Path only to find Big Oak drive-in is closed on Monday (who knew?). They were - ok. Ketchup and slaw - good slaw! - but nowhere near Big Oak. Nice folks, and they were...More

Thank Weather27712
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Love this place, always a favorite! Great cheeseburgers, their seafood is fantastic, and can't beat the experience of a drive in. Just don't feed the seagulls!

Thank Brendenagin
Reviewed 15 June 2017 via mobile

So if you like shrimp and cole slaw sandwichs, this is the place to go. Actually, they are famous for that one item. But they also have more drive-in items on the menu. Stay in the car or eat at the outside table. No much...More

Thank Edward S
Reviewed 14 June 2017 via mobile

I stopped by Mel's Drive In yesterday for my first time. I've driven by Mel's hundreds of times over many years and hardly gave it a second thought. I was reminded by a TV show that Mel's was a decent place to eat even tho...More

Thank retired2008
Reviewed 12 June 2017 via mobile

We always hit El's at least once on our visits to Atlantic Beach. It's old school, but the food is always good and window service efficient. Be sure to feed the seagulls some fries; whom we euphemistically call "Chester"

Thank Mark B
Reviewed 11 June 2017 via mobile

El's is great good and the prices are very very reasonable! We ate at a similar place in Pine Knoll Shores (near the aquarium) that wasn't as good and was twice as expensive. Everything we had here was great - we REALLY liked the Shrimp...More

Thank Ryan K
Reviewed 8 June 2017

We lived in Morehead City over thirty years ago and always loved El's. All of the food is good although I am partial to the oyster and shrimp burgers for their uniqueness. You don't last over fifty years unless you have a great product. Eating...More

Thank Wickie_carroll
Reviewed 1 June 2017

This is not a dine in place to eat. The waitresses come out to your car and bring you your order. The food is good and reasonably priced.

Reviewed 29 May 2017

We had heard about this drive in on a travel show and decided we had to try it. It is very unusual you just pull into the lot and a server will come run over to take your order. It appears to be utter chaos...More

Thank mad4nc
Reviewed 24 May 2017

This place is a "must go" when in the area. It's likely to be very busy, so be patient. Also, make sure to bring cash, as they don't take cards. That is the only downside to El's.

Thank kmgodwin22
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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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