It might seem tricky to fit in all the attractions, historical sites, and fun activities off the beach into an Outer Banks vacation, and still have plenty of time left over to just lounge on the sand. That said, there are a number of attractions up and down the North Carolina coastline that any new visitor would be remiss to miss.
INDOOR & OUTDOOR DINING
Youâll discover on the best homemade ice cream and authentic made-from-scratch New York Style pizza the Outer Banks has to offer at American Pie in Kill Devil Hills. Established in May of 2005 by the Miller family, longtime Outer Banks restaurateurs, this Kill Devil Hills restaurant and drive-in has quickly become regarded as an Outer Banks favorite for lunch, dinner or just a delicious scoop of scrumptious ice cream after a day at the beach.
Conveniently located on Highway 12 in Kill Devil Hills, American Pie is close to hotels, cottages and of course, the Atlantic Ocean. Guests can start with a hand-tossed specialty pizza like the Meaty Italian, the Big 5 or the Shrimp Scampi just to name a few. American Pie has also added to its menu in 2018, so you can be assured that this Kill Devil Hills spot has something for everyone in your group. In addition to the best pizza on the beach, you can now enjoy a chicken sandwich grilled to perfection, mouthwatering cheeseburger, Poâ Boy stuffed with either fried Mahi or shrimp or a mouthwatering hot sub. Chicken tender, shrimp popper and fried Mahi baskets are also a great option at American Pie.
Whatever you choose for lunch or dinner, you are sure to want to top it off with some delicious homemade, hand-dipped ice cream that is made right on the premises with only premium ingredients. Ice cream flavors change daily and guests love this delicious homemade ice cream in one of American Pieâs house-made waffle cones, or you can bring it home a hand-packed pint or two for later. With delicious appetizers and plenty of tempting menu items, American Pie is perfect for lunch, dinner, a tasty treat or take-out. Using only the finest ingredients to create Kill Devil Hillsâ favorite homemade ice cream and made-from-scratch pizza, itâs no wonder that American Pie has become a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Itâs sure to become your favorite, too. And with its expanded menu, thereâs something for everyone now at American Pie, so come on in and enjoy. All major credit cards are accepted.
Two Restaurants, One Tradition
Top-Notch Meals and Warm Hospitality are the Miller Familyâs Recipe for Success
It was 1978 when Eddie and Lou Miller first opened Millerâs Seafood and Steakhouse. As a teenager, their son Brian spent his summers working in the restaurant, getting familiar with the family business. After college, Brian and his wife Beth came back to Kill Devil Hills and began working together at Millerâs. Brian and Beth officially purchased the restaurant from Eddie and Lou in 2007. A few years later they opened American Pie together, and both restaurants now carry on the Miller family tradition of quality, excellence and hospitality.
âI learned everything about the restaurant business from my parents,â Miller says. âThey ran the business together for all those years, and now my wife and I are doing the same. âThroughout the summer, weâre feeding around 2,000 people a day in our two restaurants. Itâs a challenge we embrace every season, and we get a lot of fulfillment from making it all work.â
The Millers focus on two main specialties: high quality foods and unparalleled service. Seafood at Millerâs is fresh and locally caught, and they serve high-quality Angus beef, fresh pastas and homemade desserts. At American Pie, guests enjoy hand-tossed pizzas and homemade ice cream.
âWe put a lot of time and effort into ensuring the products we bring in are top-notch,â Miller says. âOur customers know that when they visit our restaurants, theyâll be getting the quality and consistency theyâve come to know and love.â
Customers have also come to know and love the familiar faces at Millerâs and American Pie. The majority of the Millerâs staff have been working in the restaurant for 20 years or more, so visitors who come back to the Outer Banks year after year often feel like theyâre coming back to old friends.
The Millers themselves are a dependable presence in the restaurants as well. On a given day during the season, you may find Brian Miller cooking up meals at Millerâs or whipping up ice cream at American Pie. Beth can be found managing the dining room and handling things behind the scenes. âThings have certainly changed since my parents first taught us how to run a restaurant. Weâve been able to take what weâve learned from them and also evolve with the changing of the times, and that approach has helped us succeed,â Miller says.
The Millerâs three children, now in high school and college, have also begun working in the family business. So who knows? Maybe one day there will be a third generation of Millers serving up fresh meals and homemade ice cream to the Outer Banks.
âInterview by Grace Silipigni