November 17, 2017

A Guide to Dining Out During the Holidays


The weather is getting much cooler, the days are getting shorter, and there are noticeably fewer visitors on Hatteras and Ocracoke.

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!


Marilyn's Deli 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.


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.17-26.

Pangea Tavern. 41001 Highway 12, in front of Avon Pier. 252-995-3800. located MP 55.5 in Avon in front of Avon Fishing Pier 252-995-3800. Open Tuesday-Saturday serving lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m.- 9 p.m.

Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Dec 23-26 and Jan 1-2.

Events coming up:

Nov 21- Steal the Pint Night with Devil's Backbone Brewery- $3 pints and free Devil's Backbone glassware
Nov 24- Santa at the Tavern- bring the kids out to visit Santa and have photo taken (FREE) noon-2pm
Dec 16- Pangea Tavern's 4th annual "Ugly Sweater Party" and the "Triple C party" (Cookies, cocktails and carols)- sponsored by Kill Devil Rum
Dec 31- Pangea Tavern's 4th annual "Old Fart's New Year's Eve Party"- Tickets go on sale soon!  Live Blue Grass by Brackish Water Jamboree
Tickets sold in advance for exclusive early entrance and buffet dinner///doors open to public at 8:30pm///anchor drop at 10pm

Other Events (Each Week):

Tuesday Brewsday- $3 pints of NC craft beer- all day long.
Winedown Wednesday- Every Wednesday all bottles of wine half priced.


Café Pamlico at The Inn on Pamlico Sound.  252-995-7030. 49684 Highway 12 in Buxton. Cafe Pamlico at The Inn on Pamlico Sound in Buxton will be open in November and December.

Breakfast 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. daily, reservations recommended.

Dinner 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, reservations recommended.

Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

We will have a Thanksgiving Buffet on Thanksgiving Day with 1 p.m., 4 p.m. & 7 p.m. seatings. $37 adults, $16 children, under 5 free. 20% local discount

10% local discount every day.


Sorella’s: Open until the end of December from Thursday through Sunday. Open daily during Thanksgiving and Christmas weeks.

Ocracoke Oyster Co.: Thanksgiving buffets Noon to 4 p.m. Taking orders for pumpkin pecan pie until Nov 16.

Gaffer’s: Will be open daily serving lunch at 11 a.m., dinner at 5 p.m. and breakfast Thursday thru Sunday at 8 a.m. til noon

Gaffer's will serve a traditional Thanksgiving Buffet at noon til 6 p.m.  Reservations are recommended not required.  They will also be serving breakfast that morning from 7 a.m. til 10 a.m.

See their website and Facebook for upcoming events.

Christmas Eve and open at 4 p.m. on Christmas Day.

(If your restaurant is not listed in this guide and will be open during the holiday, please email us at [email protected])

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