weather is much cooler, the days are getting shorter, and there are
noticeably fewer visitors on Hatteras and Ocracoke. And as a result,
some of the islands’ restaurants have already closed and others will be
However, visiting during the holidays is much more popular with tourists than it once was.
Spending Thanksgiving or Christmas by the ocean when there is less
hustle and bustle is appealing to many, and there are some restaurants
and stores open to help you feed the crew!
So if you are planning a visit to the islands this holiday season, we
have some information for you if you don’t want to be fixing all of
your meals yourself while you are on vacation.
The Island Free Press sent emails to the islands’ eateries, asking
about their plans for the holidays. We heard back from some of them,
and are happy to share that information with you. Happy eating!
Located inside of Island Convenience store on Highway 12.
252-987-2239. Serving breakfast and lunch daily starting at
6 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and 7 a.m. on Sunday.
Bros Sandwich Shack. Food
Lion Shopping Plaza. 252-995-9595. Serving burgers, sandwiches, daily
specials. Open seven days a week from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Will be
closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Burger Burger. Highway
12. Avon. 252-995-0311. Open seven days a week with winter hours
of 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 12 p.m. - 5
p.m. on Sunday. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas
Day. Open New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
Gidget’s Pizza and Pasta.
Food Lion Plaza Shopping Center. 252-995-3109. Serving pizza, pasta,
calzones, subs, and paninis. Gidget's is open in the off season
Tuesday - Thursday 11:30 a.m. - 8 p.m., and Friday & Saturday 11:30
– 9 p.m. Gidget’s will be closed Thanksgiving Day and Dec. 18-26.
Highway 12 in Avon. (252) 995-4991. Oceana’s is serving breakfast,
lunch and dinner from 8 a.m. until approximately 8:30 p.m. until late
November / early December, and will then serve lunch and dinner from 11
a.m. until 8 or 8:30 p.m.
Tavern. 41001 Highway 12, in
front of Avon Pier. 252-995-3800. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m.
until 9 p.m. Tavern will host third annual "Old Farts New Year's Eve Party" on
Saturday, Dec. 31 with complimentary champagne and the "anchor drop" at 10 p.m.
for all those who want to celebrate but can't stay up late.
Angelo's. Highway 12 in Buxton. 252-995-6364. Open Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. or 9 p.m. and closed on Sundays.
Fatty's Eatery. Highway 12 in Buxton. 252-995-FATT. Open daily from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
46948 NC Highway 12, Buxton, NC. (252) 995-7001. Open year round for
lunch and dinner daily from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. May be closed on
Thanksgiving and will be closed on Christmas day.
Café Pamlico at The Inn on Pamlico Sound.
252-995-7030. 49684 Highway 12 in Buxton. Cafe Pamlico at The Inn
on Pamlico Sound is serving breakfast and dinner throughout the
Dinner - Wednesday - Sunday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Breakfast - 7 Days a week 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
café also features live music on Friday and Saturday, as well as
an annual Thanksgiving feast. (Reservations are highly recommended.)
Café Pamlico is are open five nights a week and full menu plus the following nightly specials:
Wednesday - Hand Rolled Pasta and Wine Flights
Thursday - Tacos and Margaritas
Friday - Oysters Galore
Saturday - Southern Comfort Food
Sunday - Hand Rolled Sushi and Saki
Café Pamlico will also be open on New Year’s Eve with a menu to be
announced later. Please call for more information and reservations.
Buxton Munch Sandwich Company.
Osprey Shopping Center, Buxton, NC 252- 995-5502. Buxton Munch will
stay open through Wednesday, November 30, and will re-open again in
They are open Thanksgiving Week, but will closed on Thanksgiving Thursday.
Hours are Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Also available each day are fresh salads, subs, and sandwiches, along with a hot daily special.
Hatteras Sol Waterside Grill. 58646 Highway 12 in Hatteras at Teachs Lair Marina, 252-986-1414.
Through Thanksgiving week:
Hours 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday (Dinner)
Sunday Brunch 11:00 a.m.- til (with live music 12-2)
Closed Thanksgiving Day
Starting the week after Thanksgiving:
Hours 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.-Wednesday-Saturday (Dinner)
Sunday Brunch 11:00 a.m till (live music 12-2)
Sol will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and the weekend of New
Year’s Eve They will have live music every Sunday during Brunch
12om-2pm, and have a full bar with 3 TVs for football.
57947 Highway 12 in Hatteras. 252- 986-2922. Sonny’s will be open until
roughly mid-December, and may even stay open until the week after
Christmas, depending on the amount of business. The restaurant serves
breakfast, lunch and dinner and is typically open 6 a.m. until 2 p.m.,
and 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday. Sonny’s is also open
6 a.m. until 2 p.m., on Mondays and 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Saturdays.
Gaffer’s Sports Pub: 1050 Irvin Garrish Highway. 252-928-3456.
Open 365 days for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 8 a.m. until 2 a.m.
Serving Thanksgiving buffet from noon until 5 p.m. (and serving
breakfast on Thanksgiving day from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.) Upcoming
entertainment includes the following:
Every Friday: 7:00 p.m. Free Poker
Nov 19: The Bad Hombres 9 p.m.
Nov 23: Mark Schmick Band 8 p.m.
Nov 25-26: The Will Overman Band 9 p.m.
Nov 30: Open Mic 9-midnight
Dec 2 and 3: Barefoot Wade 8 p.m.
Dec 9 and 10: Emily Musolino 8 p.m.
Dec 17: The Bad Hombres 9 p.m.
Dec 30: Psylo Joe 9 p.m.
Dec 31: New Year's Eve Decades Ball 9 p.m. w Psylo Joe
(If your restaurant is not listed in this guide and will be open during the holiday, please email us at [email protected])