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High Cotton NC BBQ

5230 Virginia Dare Trl N, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-5934
+1 252-255-2275
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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good19%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“brisket” (321 reviews)
“fried chicken” (198 reviews)
“brunswick stew” (77 reviews)
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11:00 AM - 7:30 PM Hours
American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
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5230 Virginia Dare Trl N, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-5934
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Reviewed 21 January 2018

My Family and I have been coming to High Cotton for 10 years! Every time we go in the owner remembers us. The food is delicious and reasonably priced. There is an option for every member of your party — from salads to classic Carolina...More

Thank 325binbin
Reviewed 21 December 2017

Excellent casual dining (or take out) family fav's like fried chicken, BBQ and all the fixins to go with. Kids menu. Quick service

Thank madkat5562
Reviewed 21 December 2017 via mobile

Great barbecue especially the brisket. We are never disappointed unless they are closed eat in or take out. It is fantastic food

Thank OuterBanksGidge
Reviewed 2 December 2017 via mobile

Excellent fried chicken and collards! The brisket is outstanding! Would definitely go there when they reopen. We're locals!

Thank corolla101
Reviewed 27 November 2017

Have eaten here before and been very happy so we decided to try it again. I ordered the 2 meat plate while the other 2 people with me ordered beef brisket sandwiches. The staff was very friendly and helpful and the food came out quickly....More

Thank Michael H
Reviewed 19 November 2017

SUMMARY: As a quick summary of our experience at this fine establishment, my wife and I dined here for lunch on a Saturday. The food was delicious and very affordable, and the service was incredible. SERVICE: We were greeted immediately by one of the staff...More

Thank RVAFoodTourist
Reviewed 31 October 2017

We recently ordered take out from High Cotton during our stay at the Outer Banks. The food was really solid. My wife and I both ordered a combination plate with a huge portion of pork barbeque and the what I think was called Mike's special...More

Thank slc3271
Reviewed 28 October 2017

There were probably 25 people waiting outside for a table so we opted to do a take out order. Both ordered the brisket platter and it was simply amazing. Flavor was perfection on a plate ! The brisket portion was enormous and actually had lunch...More

Thank Barry23451
Reviewed 22 October 2017

The chopped brisket and pork were very good. M wife loved the hush puppies. The smoked chicken was fine as well.

Thank Zach R
Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

This was highly recommended by the hotel staff. I suppose since there is limited options of BBQ in this area this joint is popular. Brisket is good. Sides are average.

Thank cadehoops
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Questions & Answers
9 February 2018|
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Response from Domingos D | Reviewed this property |
The food here is amazing. Best bbq I have ever eaten and bbq is my favorite cuisine. But it seems like a home cooked type of place that doesn’t focus on dietary restrictions. I would guess the ribs are gluten free given... More
Debbie M
22 January 2017|
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Response from SugarPig27949 | Property representative |
HI! We're so happy that you're interested in visiting High Cotton! We are open in October, Monday through Saturday (usual hours are 11am to 8pm). Hope to see you then!
Scott B
16 July 2016|
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Response from Docsknotinn | Reviewed this property |
Yes. They seem to do more carry out than eat in. They also have BBQ sauce, nuts etc
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 7 - US$ 18
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 7:30 PM
11:00 AM - 7:30 PM
11:00 AM - 7:30 PM
11:00 AM - 7:30 PM
11:00 AM - 7:30 PM
11:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5230 Virginia Dare Trl N, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-5934
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Kitty Hawk
  • Phone Number: +1 252-255-2275
  • E-mail
Authentic. Simple. Delicious. High Cotton Barbeque has been well-known on the Outer Banks for over 10 years for their Eastern North Carolina Style Barbeque, Famous Fried or Slow Smoked Juicy Chicken, Melt in Your Mouth Ribs and Texas-style Beef Brisket. As Tarheel natives we want to share the flavors and aromas unique to Eastern North Carolina Barbeque. Consistent temperatures and long hours of smoking with hickory coals produce the characteristic pink coloring and sweet outside brown meat of our famous pork barbeque. Combined with our traditional side dishes and a glass of sweet tea and you're in High Cotton, Outer Banks Barbeque at its very best.
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