Bodie Island tends to cause a lot of confusion, for both the pronunciation of its name as well as its precise location. This small strip of the Outer Banks doesn't get a lot of attention, and most North Carolina visitors simply pass through the area on their way to or from the Hatteras and Ocracoke Island resort towns, or make a quick stop for an up-close-and-personal view of the Bodie Island Lighthouse.
Located at the Outer Banks Mall since 2004, Outback is an Australian-themed chain restaurant that offers enough choices to please everyone in the family, served in an attractive atmosphere. Vegetarians in the crowd can enjoy pasta and salad, and there’s a good choice of side veggies. The Bloomin’ Onion is a not-to-be missed appetizer. But it’s no surprise that cooked-to-order meat is this eatery’s specialty. Favorites include ribs, chicken, pork, lamb and --- of course ---steak, cooked in a variety of styles. There are also burgers and sandwiches, fish dinners and combination platters. For a treat, try Chocolate Thunder from Down Under, an original dessert, or one of several other sweets. Specialty cocktails like The Wallaby Darned, made with peaches , champagne, vodka and schnapps, are also available. And there’s a good selection of beers, including the Australian favorite, Foster’s.