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.
Painted bright yellow on the outside, Firefly Restaurant, located off the Bypass at Milepost 10.5, stands out in more ways than one. The Southern cuisine featured on the menu includes mouth-watering favorites of Dixie: collard greens, grilled corn on the cob, shrimp ‘n’ grits. But it also has creative versions of the old standards, like lobster mac ‘n’ cheese, grilled meatloaf, chicken or crab pot pie and fried green beans. Desserts include deep fried moon pie and funnel cake topped with chocolate or raspberry sauce or brown sugar and cinnamon. The décor is a playful forest theme, with “tree trunks” instead of beams and leafy rugs that make you feel like you’re walking in the woods. Yet, the atmosphere is classy and relaxing. Upstairs, there is an invitingly beautiful wood bar with a wide screen TV. If the weather is nice, customers are welcomed to eat or drink outside on the deck, which has a few wooden tables and benches to sit at and enjoy the fresh air. Kids menu available, and check out the souvenir bug collecting kits and bug collecting nets.