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You’ll 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.

Outdoor seating at American Pie

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, Po’ 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.

Pizza at American Pie

Ice cream 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 Pie’s 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 Hills’ favorite homemade ice cream and made-from-scratch pizza, it’s no wonder that American Pie has become a favorite among locals and visitors alike. It’s sure to become your favorite, too. And with its expanded menu, there’s something for everyone now at American Pie, so come on in and enjoy. All major credit cards are accepted.

Fresh pizza at American Pie

Sandwiches at American Pie

Burgers at American Pie

Two Restaurants, One Tradition

Top-Notch Meals and Warm Hospitality are the Miller Family’s Recipe for Success

It was 1978 when Eddie and Lou Miller first opened Miller’s 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 Miller’s. 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.

“I learned everything about the restaurant business from my parents,” Miller says. “They ran the business together for all those years, and now my wife and I are doing the same. “Throughout the summer, we’re feeding around 2,000 people a day in our two restaurants. It’s a challenge we embrace every season, and we get a lot of fulfillment from making it all work.”

The Millers focus on two main specialties: high quality foods and unparalleled service. Seafood at Miller’s 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.

“We put a lot of time and effort into ensuring the products we bring in are top-notch,” Miller says. “Our customers know that when they visit our restaurants, they’ll be getting the quality and consistency they’ve come to know and love.”

Customers have also come to know and love the familiar faces at Miller’s and American Pie. The majority of the Miller’s 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 they’re 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 Miller’s or whipping up ice cream at American Pie. Beth can be found managing the dining room and handling things behind the scenes. “Things have certainly changed since my parents first taught us how to run a restaurant. We’ve been able to take what we’ve learned from them and also evolve with the changing of the times, and that approach has helped us succeed,” Miller says.

The Miller’s 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.

—Interview by Grace Silipigni




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Ben Franklin

Ben Franklin

Stop by Nags Head's Ben Franklin at Mile Post 10 on the Bypass where you will find everything you need for the beach! From Clothing, T-shirts and Swimwear to Boards, Chairs, Umbrellas and Tackle. You'll find it all…and of course, we have the best selection of Souvenirs anywhere on the Outer Banks. Enjoy your vacation! Independently owned by a member of one of the Outer Banks’ oldest families, the Ben Franklin store is stocked with just about everything a visitor would need to go to the beach.


Ben Franklin stores were once part of a five-and-dime retail empire, with about 2,500 locations across the country in its heyday. As decades passed and the times and customers began to change, many closed their doors, leading to fewer than 150 of these nostalgic shops. Nags Head Ben Franklin, however, has withstood the test of time and adapted to the needs of its customers to provide a memorable shopping experience on the Outer Banks.


Debbie Terry Tolson, manager of the Ben Franklin location in Nags Head, recalls working with former owner Tommie Daniels. Daniels’ father, Moncie Daniels, started the business in downtown Manteo in the early 1900s. The Daniels family has been a longstanding fixture in the Outer Banks business community—Moncie even sold gas to the Wright brothers in 1903.


Tommie, with an excellent business mind, saw the opportunity the new Bypass presented and, in 1977, he opened the Nags Head location of Ben Franklin. He was one of the first businesses on the Bypass,” Tolson says.In addition to a new location, the Ben Franklin store saw a new group of customers.


“People would come from all around because Tommie had a little bit of everything—it was more like a five and 10 then,” Tolson explains. “As he went to the beach, he began to get more tourists, so he started catering more and more to visitors.”


Today, the 21,000-square-foot souvenir shop quickly catches the attention of anyone driving by thanks to the ocean-themed mural that decorates the façade of the building, painted by local artist Rob Snyder. This Ben Franklin location has become the must-stop shop for both first-time visitors to the area and generations of families who escape to the Outer Banks annually.


Tolson credits the great prices and friendly customer service to the success of the location, which keeps families returning.“People come in all the time and tell me, ‘my grandmother or my grandfather used to bring me here and now I’m bringing my children,’” she shares. “One of my favorite parts about working here is seeing the people come back year after year.”