Gluten Free in the Outer Banks

Earlier this summer, I spent a week in the Outer Banks with my husband’s family.  It was my second time there, and the food scene does not disappoint. Any time I am travelling, I always do lots of research to find the best gluten free places to try while I am there.  For this trip, I had a couple places from our visit two years ago that I wanted to try again, but I was also determined to find new places.  We stayed in Corolla, but ventured all the way south to Nags Head, and found places in each little town.

Kill Devil Grill – Kill Devil Hills, NC

If you are only going to eat out once, you MUST go to Kill Devil Grill.  It is a small diner, but packs a serious foodie punch.  It isn’t on the menu, but they can do their fried chicken (yes, FRIED CHICKEN) salad gluten free.  They use a rice blend flour and it is amazing.  They also have the world’s best wings. I am not usually a huge wings person, but these are simply divine.  Smoked then grilled with the perfect amount of kick.   For beverages, they have a rotating cider, reasonably priced wines, and Mike, the bartender, makes a delicious margarita.

Cravings – Duck, NC

If you are north towards Corolla/Duck (we stayed in Corolla this trip) then I highly recommend Cravings.  It is attached to a gas station, so it might seem like a strange location, but the food was amazing.  They have gluten free rolls, a dedicated fryer for gluten free fries, and if you are into seafood: gluten free crab cakes AND fried calimari.  They also have a great selection of cider, gf beer and wine  🙂

Waveriders Cafe – Nags Head, NC

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We came here to meet friends who were vacationing in OBX at the same time we were.  The only negative is that we came the last day of our trip.  If we had come sooner, I guarantee we would have frequented the place. It is an adorable cafe with TONS of gluten free options.  You can get breakfast sandwiches on gluten free bread OR gluten free bagel things.  They also have tons of smoothies and adult breakfast beverages (they make a mean mimosa!).   It is right off the main road, so easy to visit often 🙂

Donuts on a Stick – Duck, NC

Full disclosure: I never got to try one of their gluten free donuts.  We stopped twice and they were already sold out each time 🙁  They get the donuts made in a dedicated gluten free facility (amazing!) so they have to try to gauge demand ahead of time.  Apparently they sell out of gluten free options by 8:30am.  However, they offered that you can “reserve” gluten free donuts for the following day.  I just never got my stuff together to do that.  My sister in law was able to snag some gluten free donuts on their way out of town at the end of the week, and they looked amazing!!

The other great thing about vacationing in the Outer Banks is that it is almost exclusively in rental houses with fully equipped kitchens.  That means you can do tons of your own cooking. My in-laws stocked up at Costco on the drive down (we flew) for the basics. I found that Harris Teeter grocery locations had amazing gluten free offerings.  Tommy’s Market in Duck also has a lot of specialty gluen free offerings.

(P.S. If you’re looking for family pictures while you are there, we used Jason Denson and were super pleased with our pictures!)


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