For many in the D.C. area, vacationing in North Carolina’s Outer Banks is second nature.
The welcoming beach community draws in everyone from recent college graduates to extended families who’ve made a tradition of relaxing together by windswept milepost markers. Some choose to load up on seasonal offerings at roadside markets stocked with feisty blue crabs, plump tomatoes, and ears of crisp corn. Others let dune buggy-driving pizza delivery guys worry about taking care of dinner at homes found on secluded stretches of off road-only properties. But stepping out for a bite (or drink ) can also be fun.
Here are 16 bars, restaurants, and sweets shops in the Outer Banks’ northern beaches to keep everyone happy while away from home.