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El's Drive In

3706 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC 28557-2903
+1 252-648-7161
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good31%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“shrimp burgers” (69 reviews)
“super burger” (26 reviews)
“cheeseburger” (39 reviews)
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American, Fast food
3706 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC 28557-2903
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Else is in institution that you should try out when visiting the Crystal Coast it's a dying breed of places where they come and take your order from the car and then deliver it back to you. My favorite his Isa shrimp burgers or an...More

Thank urc
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Want a great Shrimp Sandwich with soft bun and slightly sweet slaw,crispy French fries and a milkshake...you found the place. A institution on the food trail in NC a true drive in from days,years past. Treat yourself and enjoy some really good hush puppies to...More

Thank Brower M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stumbled over El's driving around looking for thrift stores on a rainy day. I would never have stopped there; humble surroundings is an understatement. One of the girls on the trip had eaten there before so we pulled in. The servers come to your...More

Thank Sonjawoo
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have been driving past for eleven years and finally decided to stop. We had the shrimp burgers and my annual allotment of grease all in one stop. I think there must be a lot of nostalgia involved. Of course they LOVE fried food in...More

Thank kstorrs27
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

William was right. The locals of Morehead City have known for some time that this small establishment packs a big punch when it comes to tasty burgers and similar foods. I would have missed it. Thankfully I was told of it , and am not...More

Thank Springlake425
Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

I went to take pictures so I can paint this for a customer. Had always driven by and what a gem I have been missing. Not fancy, just a great shrimp burger, fries and a soda. Order taken and served straight to your car... how...More

Thank Freeporg2017
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

El's is a tradition. When you pull up to El's face the same way as the other cars if you want curb service. Otherwise the servers will assume you will walk up to place your order. This little place has been there forever. Their shrimp...More

1  Thank Msdebeats
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Burgers are okay but not as good as they were 20 years ago. Still fair food for a fair price. Shrimp burgers are good. It's packed on the weekends and lunch time go before 12:00 Or call it in so you don't have to wait.

Thank William A
Reviewed 25 September 2017

We had the super shrimp burgers with coleslaw on the sandwich and they were so good we ate there twice in one day. You sit in the car while young ladies take your order and deliver great food. The french fries were also very good.

Thank jamesbond44
Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile

I have passed this place many times over the years going to the Outer Banks unknowingly. So glad we stopped to try it out. It will definitely be part of our annual trip from here on out. The oyster sandwich is awesome! Really cool little...More

Thank John T
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:30 AM - 10:00 PM
10:30 AM - 10:00 PM
10:30 AM - 10:00 PM
10:30 AM - 10:00 PM
10:30 AM - 10:00 PM
10:30 AM - 11:00 PM
10:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3706 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC 28557-2903
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Morehead City
  • Phone Number: +1 252-648-7161
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