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Big Al's Restaurant and Grill


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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2018 Winner


US$ 9 - US$ 22
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Vegetarian Friendly
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Smothered Fries
French fries with cheese, bacon and scallions. Served with ranch for dipping
Guacamole $+2.00
Crispy tortilla chips, topped with melted cheese, jalapeños, sour cream, salsa and chili
Onion Rings
Thick-cut rings, fried to perfection, served with ranch dressing.
Fried Mozzarella Sticks
A classic with big al’s red sauce for dipping
Coconut Shrimp
Large shrimp battered and rolled in toasted coconut. Served with an orange marmalade sauce
Fried Oysters
Large,‎ plump salty oysters fried golden brown. Served with cocktail sauce or tartar sauce.
Chicken Fingers
Breaded all white-meat tenders with your choice of honey mustard, ranch, our signature coca-cola BBQ sauce or our house buffalo sauce.
Combo Platter
Can’t decide? A platter of our mozzarella sticks, onion rings, chicken tenders and dipping sauces
Hummus Platter
Homemade with toasted pita triangles and celery and carrots for dipping
Cup $3.99
Bowl $5.99
Chili Our Award-Winning, Original Recipe.
Topped with cheese, sour cream and scallions.
Cup $3.99
Bowl. ; 5.99
Chicken and Rice Soup Aunt Emma's Own Special Recipe.
Soup and Salad
A cup of soup or chili served alongside our house salad
Al's House Salad
Mixed greens, tomatoes, shredded carrots, cucumbers and your choice of dressing
Chef Salad
Mixed‎ greens, turkey, ham, cucumbers, tomatoes, hard-boiled egg, cheddar cheese and dressing of choice
Cobb Salad
Mixed greens, grilled chicken, crumbled bacon, hardboiled egg, diced tomatoes, scallions, crumbled blue cheese and your choice of dressing
Crisp romaine, shaved parmesan cheese and croutons
BBQ Chicken Salad
Mixed greens, tomatoes, corn and black beans, topped with BBQ grilled chicken and served with our ranch dressing
Asian Chicken Salad
Romaine, crispy noodles, almonds, mandarin orange wedges, carrots, scallions and your choice of grilled or breaded chicken with sesame dressing
Grande Al's Taco Salad
Warm, crispy tortilla shell filled with romaine, tomatoes, shredded cheese, jalapeños, sour cream, salsa and choice of seasoned ground beef, chili or black beans
Drafty Burger
American cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles and onion
Route 64 Burger
Bacon, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles and onion
Chili-Cheese Burger
American cheese and our homemade chili
Mushroom Swiss Burger
Grilled‎ mushrooms, swiss cheese and grilled onions
Patty Melt
Swiss cheese and grilled onions on toasted rye
Blue Monday Burger
Crumbled blue cheese, crispy bacon, grilled onions and chipotle mayo
Guacamole $+2.00
Black-Bean Burger
Topped with lettuce and tomato
The Double Feature the Best Burger in Town!
Two patties, two slices of cheddar cheese, topped with bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and onion
Big Al's BBQ Bacon Burger
Bring your appetite for this burger! Topped with pulled pork BBQ, bacon, cheddar, an onion ring and our signature coca-cola BBQ sauce
Pulled Pork
Nc‎ style pork barbecue topped with homemade cole slaw
Rockin’ Reuben
Corned beef, swiss, sauerkraut and thousand island on rye
Crab Cake Sandwich
Topped with lettuce and tomato served with lemon wedges and tartar sauce on the side
Philly Cheesesteak the Real Deal.
Thinly sliced rib-eye with white american cheese. Grilled onions, peppers or mushrooms upon request
Make It a Chicken Philly
Substitute sliced chicken breast for steak
Classic Chicken Sandwich
Grilled or breaded, topped with lettuce, tomato and pickles
Crispy bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayo on toasted white, wheat or rye
Buffalo Chicken Sandwich
Breaded chicken breast tossed in our buffalo sauce and topped with lettuce, tomato, pickles and your choice of crumbled blue cheese, ranch or blue cheese dressing
Ivory Tower Club
Turkey, bacon, ham, american and swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato and mayo on toasted white, wheat or rye
Homemade meatloaf topped with melted cheddar and our signature coca-cola BBQ sauce, served on a toasted hoagie roll
Fish and Chips
House-battered cod fried golden brown and served with fries and cole slaw
Pulled Pork BBQ Plate
Generous helping of nc style BBQ served with your choice of two sides
Mom's Meatloaf
Homemade and baked daily. Glazed with our signature coca-cola BBQ sauce, served with two sides
Pork Chops
Grilled and served with brown gravy and your choice of two sides.
Popcorn Shrimp
Everyone’s favorite served with fries and coleslaw
Crab Cakes
Two delicious crab cakes, golden-fried and served with your choice of two sides
Shrimp Nc
Shrimp fried or grilled on a skewer. Served with your choice of two sides
Fried Oysters
Local plump oysters, breaded and fried golden brown. Served with your choice of two sides
Coconut Shrimp
Large shrimp battered and rolled in toasted coconut. Served with your choice of two sides
Clam Strips
Breaded and fried golden. Served with two sides
Budweiser, Bud Light
Coors Light, Miller Lite
Michelob Ultra
Fat Tire
Dogfish Head IPA.
Pinot Grigio Copper Ridge
Chardonnay Canyon Road
Pinot Noir Canyon Road
Cabernet Sauvignon Canyon Road.
Ice Cream Sundae
Two scoops of vanilla ice cream with your choice of toppings: chocolate, butterscotch, hot fudge or strawberry, nuts (optional), whipped cream and cherry
Banana Split
Served with a scoop of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry topped with chocolate, pineapple, strawberry, nuts (optional), whipped cream and cherry
Hot Fudge Brownie
Homemade brownie topped with vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream and cherry
The Four Tops
Chocolate brownies topped with two scoops of chocolate and two scoops of vanilla ice cream, loaded with hot fudge, whipped cream and cherries
Ice Cream
Vanilla, chocolate, strawberry - ask your server about sugar free ice cream and specialty flavors.
A scoop $+1.00
Cake Cone One Scoop
Coke, diet-coke, coke-zero, sprite, pibb xtra, barq’s root beer, minute-maid lemonade, fanta orange or mello yello
Iced Tea (Sweetened, Unsweetened)
Hot Tea
Coffee (Bottomless)
Bottled Coke 8 Oz
Bucket of Six Cokes
Apple or Cranberry Juicebox
Milk (White or Skim) 8Oz
Chocolate Milk 8Oz
Bottled Water 20Oz
Cherry, Vanilla or Chocolate Coke, Shirley Temple
Fresh Orangeade, Limeade, Lemonade
Coke Float, Root Beer Float
Orange Creamsicle
Vanilla, Chocolate or Strawberry
Banana, Oreo, Peanut Butter, Coffee, Mocha, Peanut Butter Cup
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All reviews fries burger patty melt finger food pulled pork ice cream seafood coca cola dance floor gift shop cherry coke step back in time fun atmosphere food was great the outer banks next year staff was friendly
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Reviewed 4 December 2018

Our family of five came here last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. We returned as a family of six and enjoyed it just as much. Burgers are always cooked to order and delicious. Onion rings and fries quite good, and shakes are wonderful. Our 4...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank pez-oz33
Reviewed 23 November 2018

Our family of seven loved this place! Great sandwiches and desserts, excellent service, and we even loved the music. The atmosphere is perfect, two. Will be back next time we're on the Outer Banks.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank KC_Adventuring
Reviewed 14 November 2018 via mobile

My absolute favorite place to eat...anywhere! Best food, best atmosphere and best customer service! We always schedule a family outing to Big Al's when we vacation to Nags Head.

Date of visit: July 2018
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Reviewed 1 November 2018 via mobile

Loved the food and you get plenty of it. Staff were super friendly and very attentive. If you are a Coca-cola fan this is your spot! Lots of nostalgic music and atmospher.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Guide680789
Reviewed 30 October 2018

A step back in time to the "Happy Days" diner! Great collection of Coke Cola memorabilia throughout the restaurant/diner. My Mushroom and Swiss Burger with Sweet Potato Fries was delicious, washed down with, what else!, a Coke. My wife enjoyed her Classic Burger as well....More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank PHLee7ca
Reviewed 23 October 2018 via mobile

Wow! I am not sure what made me order the Bbq bacon cheeseburger, as I almost never eat burgers, but it was great! It also had a huge onion ring on it. The burger came with fries as well, which were fresh and hot. There...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Sandra D
Reviewed 16 October 2018

Good dining experience and very good food. I recommend the burgers but everything looked very good. I definitely recommend.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank cryoung2
Reviewed 9 October 2018

Very nice place 50's style setup with collection of Coca-Cola products. Very great food, hamburger and hotdogs. Hamburgers can make anyway you wanted, hotdogs has many topping to choose from. Recommend Chili with the dogs. Kids friendly outstanding service with good price.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank FamilyGuy4X4
Reviewed 17 September 2018

Staff was great tehy allowed my autistic daughter to sit at teh bar and watch her milkshake get made. Very nice staff.

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Mary D
Reviewed 4 September 2018 via mobile

We had a wonderful meal and friendly prompt sevice. The inside looks like a soda bar from the 50’s with golden oldies music playing in the background. We will eat here again on our return visit.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Jimnyduacti
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