The Bodie Island Lighthouse, (pronounced "Body") is located just south of the town of Nags Head and Whalebone Junction, where Highway 158, Highway 64, and NC Highway 12 intersect. Visitors travelling towards Hatteras Island can't help but notice the black and white horizontal striped structure, peaking out over a line of dense cedar trees on the soundside.
This charming breakfast and lunch restaurant is the Outer Banks version of an old-fashioned diner, complete with a counter and stools, retro pink or green vinyl and metal chairs and tables, and big comfortable booths. With affordable Southern favorites, Grit’s Grill, situated on the north wing of the Outer Banks Mall, is usually packed, but the service is fast. And yes, they have grits, creamy and lump-free, just choose your topping, whether it’s shrimp, sausage gravy, green onions, bacon, or cheddar cheese. There are other standards available like omelets, hash browns, chipped beef over toast, eggs any style and huge fluffy biscuits. Try the seafood omelet, an Outer Banks specialty. Lunch offers more classic fare, including sandwiches, hamburgers, soups, salads and grilled cheese, of course. T-shirts and other souvenirs are also available for sale.