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El's Drive In

3706 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC 28557-2903
+1 252-648-7161
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good29%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“shrimp burger” (191 reviews)
“super burger” (27 reviews)
“onion rings” (34 reviews)
Open Now
10:30 AM - 11:00 PM Hours
American, Fast food
3706 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC 28557-2903
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Reviewed 7 May 2018 via mobile

Get the shrimpburger or cheeseburger and u can't go wrong either way. Love the in car hop service. Great throwback to 60's gotta love it. Inexpensive Too!

Thank Thomas L
Reviewed 29 April 2018 via mobile

Whenever I come back home I have to stop at El’s! I have eaten here for over 35 years. The Shrimp Burger is the best. The Car Hops are very friendly. Give it a try, you will be glad you did.

Thank 23kimberleyf
Reviewed 28 April 2018

The atmosphere here is a flat zero; but everything else is simply terrific -- great food, great service, and -- most importantly -- GREAT FOOD! We liked it so much, we ate there three times on a recent trip and ordered the delectable shrimp burgers...More

Thank Doc D
Reviewed 23 April 2018

Seldom fail to visit El's on a trip to Morehead City. Sitting under the shade trees and feeding fries to the gulls is part of the pleasure. The other part is enjoying one of their fried shrimp and oyster sandwiches. You sit in your car...More

Thank Larry C
Reviewed 31 March 2018

Had a hamburger with cheese. It was really juice and fixed to my liking with my choice of extras. There are no line to help you decide where to park you just do it and the women come to your car and take your order....More

Thank LuMar G
Reviewed 28 March 2018

I honestly think the only reason this place is so popular is due to nostalgia. The shrimp burger doesn't have a lot of flavor and the fries aren't even fresh. The price is on par with 5 Guys but you get an inferior product.

Thank queefer02
Reviewed 22 March 2018

Fantastic. may not look like much but this place has amazing food. Always enjoy stopping here on my visits to Morehead City

Thank marivas8503
Reviewed 22 March 2018

I saw this in an article from southern living as a must try in the area. So I did. You drive into the parking lot and a server comes to the car with a menu. They are super busy and I have no idea how...More

Thank Debra S
Reviewed 20 March 2018

OMG! Drive up. Stay in your car (except to go inside and get cash from ATM because that's the only way to pay here). Give your order to the pretty lady who comes to you. Eat right there in your car or take it with...More

Thank TracyW610
Reviewed 18 March 2018

El's Drive In is a hold-over from days gone by that will almost certainly appeal to those who remember the 50's and 60's. No indoor dining -- eat in the car. The limited menu -- burgers, hot dogs, fries, and shakes -- has one notable...More

Thank D2958ZXgarym
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Sally S
22 April 2018|
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Response from Patricia S | Reviewed this property |
Do not know the secret to their shrimp burgers
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15 April 2017|
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Response from forsaken27893 | Reviewed this property |
I don't know can you?
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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
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
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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