Visitors to Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands will simultaneously be visiting the gorgeous Cape Hatteras National Seashore. One of the largest preserved parcels of the Outer Banks, the National Seashore stretches across 70 miles of shoreline, encompassing seven villages on Hatteras Island, and providing visitors with miles of undisturbed, scenic beaches as well as some of the prettiest natural drives on the East Coast.
When you ask locals in the Nags Head area where to get local seafood, they’ll almost certainly recommend Austin’s, not only because the market has been in business since 1960, but also because it sells only “fresh from the net” fish at great prices. Owned by a native fishing family, the market is the real deal, not some fancy store that happens to sell fish. An excellent selection of fresh seasonal fish and shellfish is available to choose from ---- depending on the time of year ---- including shrimp, clams, sea scallops, red snapper, swordfish, rockfish, mahi-mahi, grouper, tuna and flounder. There’s even a lobster tank to pick from for a fresh lobster meal. An extensive take-out menu offers entire seafood meals of steamed or fried fish with sides of macaroni and cheese,hush puppies,cole slaw and potato salad. Soup, sandwiches, beer and wine are also available. Seafood is inspected regularly by the Health Department and the FDA.