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El's Drive In

3706 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC 28557-2903
+1 252-648-7161
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good30%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“shrimp burger” (186 reviews)
“super burger” (27 reviews)
“onion rings” (31 reviews)
Open Now
10:30 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
American, Fast food
3706 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC 28557-2903
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Reviewed 3 days ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 21 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
Reviewed 16 March 2018 via mobile

This place doesn’t look like much on the outside but the food is wonderful. For a quick stop to grab something to eat I would recommend them highly. The prices are very reasonable and the food is fresh

Thank Patrizia C
Reviewed 7 March 2018 via mobile

Not a bad shrimp burger. The shrimp tastes fresh. I wasn't clear when I ordered ketchup for my burger and it only had ketchup but that was my mistake. Fast service, only accept cash. Gets crowded on saturdays around lunchtime but still great service. Can't...More

Thank Victoria W
Reviewed 7 March 2018

Had heard some rave reviews of this spot before coming out, so went in with high hopes. The spot is super fun, with an interesting setting. Drive in, park anywhere in the dirt parking lot, wait for the staff to come out to your car...More

Thank ckassotis
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Sally S
21 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
Child-friendly, Kids, 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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