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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%
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“shrimp burger” (186 reviews)
“super burger” (27 reviews)
“onion rings” (31 reviews)
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American, Fast food
3706 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC 28557-2903
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

I heard so many good things about El's. It is a small little place that is cash only. You drive up and there are no lines in the parking lot or true direction on where to go. A waitress comes out to take your order...More

1  Thank 919FrankieTraveler
Reviewed 3 March 2018

a great experience...just like when I was growing up 50 years ago. great shrimp burgers and hamburgers and hotdogs. always packed at lunch and dinnet..go about 2 to 4 pm!!!!!!

Thank Patricia S
Reviewed 25 February 2018 via mobile

We went there on a Sunday afternoon, sat and waited for over 25 minutes before we left. With NO service. So how was the food?? Who knows..service NONE we were the fourth car to leave others did not wait as long .. so with that...More

Thank Darlene G
Reviewed 26 January 2018 via mobile

El’s is our favorite place to go in town for a quick meal. It’s right down the road, it’s fast, and who doesn’t love getting dinner without getting out of the car? Love the old-fashioned feel. I crave a good El’s hamburger and fries sometimes!

Thank DracoMalfoy98
Reviewed 17 January 2018 via mobile

Old fashioned drive in. Service is great, friendly and fast. I have eaten here several times and the food is always tasty. I love the shrimp.

Thank AppNeer
Reviewed 10 January 2018 via mobile

The best shrimp burger in town, the super burger is just that....super, everything on it! Yum! The prices are a bit high for eating in your car and they aren't posted and seem to change every time I go, suspicious. But not keeping me away!...More

Thank Lyndsey T
Reviewed 4 January 2018

We've been return customers for years. We've never had anything but a great burger, served up hot and ready to eat in the car or take home to enjoy.

Thank gthayer
Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile

We love their burgers and fries. My child loves the drive in experience of eating in the car. It's cash only.

Thank amwasinger
Reviewed 22 December 2017

El's is an iconic ,old school drive-in burger joint. No frills, just good burgers, dogs, and specialty sandwiches like shrimp-burgers. The girls who come to your car to take your order are very nice and do their job without a hitch. If you are a...More

Thank H3185LVjeffs
Reviewed 4 December 2017 via mobile

Started in 1959 El's Drive in does not look like it has changed its building or menu since. Basic menu items and all sound tasty. There is no organized parking so it was nice to just pick a site and wait for the hostess to...More

Thank Eric B
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Sally S
21 April 2018|
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Response from TracyW610 | Reviewed this property |
probably a guarded secret. El's has been around for more than 50 years ( I know because I'm 68 and it was always full of cars full of people when I came to the beach as a teenager.) so they are doing something good and right!
Sandy B
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, Child-friendly, Kids
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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