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“Good food b” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Big Al's Restaurant and Grill

Big Al's Restaurant and Grill
Ranked #5 of 35 Restaurants in Manteo
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: The past is back! Big Al's Soda Fountain & Grill serves up authentic American fare in a retro 50's fun dining atmosphere. Restaurant features soda fountain counter, juke box, dance floor, game room/arcade, one of the largest Coca-Cola memorabilia collections in the country, fresh never-frozen USDA certified Prime Angus burgers, home made desserts, 50's inspired gift-shop and blue-plate specials. New owners have recently updated the restaurant from top to bottom with a focus on a quality dining experience with all the good flavors of the era.
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Good food b”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2011

Our experience would have been better if the manager hadn't taken the wind out of the sails of our waitress. New owners is just a different family member...not really new owners.

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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Diane V
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English first
Warwick, Rhode Island
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“The 50's are Back!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2011

We visited this restaurant on the last night of our stay on May 15. I had the best cheesburger and fries that I have had in years! My husband had mom's meatloaf and he said that it was delicious ! It was like a 50's diner and the owner had a vast collection of coke memorabilia that was in glass cases and on the walls that i could have spent hours looking at and my husband was interested in the model car collection in a case along where the booths are. I know they have a jukebox and a dance floor. It was out of the ordinary and the food was great.

  • Visited May 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Beagle4us
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Manteo, North Carolina
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“New Management, Same Problems”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2011

We went into Big Al's to check it out under the new management hoping it would have some improvements. We waited 45 minutes to be seated at 4pm. There were plenty of open tables, they were just understaffed. The menu is mainly sandwiches and we waited another hour to get our food. Food is decent but not worth waiting two hours for. Big Al's needs to better train their staff to quickly serve their customers! I'm not sure how they will make it during the summer!

  • Visited April 2011
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Manteo12
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BAOBX, Public Relations Manager at Big Al's Restaurant and Grill, responded to this review, 28 June 2011
It's always helpful to hear from our customers. We strive to deliver the best experience we can and will use your comments and those of others to assist us in analyzing where we may have come up short on that promise or where we have suceeeded. It is unfortunate you waited as long as you did for a good meal- glad you shared that with us so soon after our grand reopening so we could fix that. Hope if you consider a return, you'll find a great experience awaits you.
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Falls Church, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“good food and lots of fun”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2011

Came here on Spring Break to try the restaurant again after the grand opening. food before was OK but much improved now. Thank you! great food choices. We had cheesesteak and BBQ chicken salad. both delicious and love the sweet potato fries. We also had a chocolate milkshake which hit the spot. Good service and lots of food for the $. will definitely go back and try the blueplate special.

  • Visited April 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank tobsal
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Great Falls, Virginia
1 review
“New Management did a great job.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2011

Apparently Big Al's is now under new management. I went and found the food was amazing. The burgers are their specialty, but I got a Philly cheesesteak. Best ever. And if you've never had fried okra, this is the place to get it. But, my absolute favorite was dessert. I'm a huge dessert fan, and the pies at this diner are homemade and probably the best I've ever had. The slices they give you are the size of 2-3 slices anywhere else. I easily could've ordered more though. I'd go back just for the pie. :)

  • Visited April 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank keepe01
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