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.
This modest deli and convenience store at Milepost 10 off the U.S. 158 Bypass is not just any Citgo gas station stop. As the sign in the window boasts, it’s the “Best Lunch Deli on the Beach,” and many locals would agree. Their biscuits are renowned for their taste and texture, and the fried chicken is the way Southern fried chicken is supposed to be. Food is freshly made every morning and afternoon, and the selection offers basic homestyle favorites. Breakfast offerings include sausage, bacon, pork, ham and of course, eggs. Hurry in to grab a cheese biscuit, a specialty. Some mornings , if you’re lucky, you can get yourself a goo-ey warm cinnamon bun.
Lunch offerings change daily and include classic homemade sides like mashed pototoes and macaroni and cheese. There's an area with a few booths where you can sit down and eat, and there's even a few arcade games on site to pass the time.
The store, owned by “Miss Helen” and her family, has also gained local fame, of sorts, for its adult magazine selection, hence its longtime colloquial moniker, “Biscuits and Porn.” Not to be outdone by the name, the store went with the flow and now offers souvenir items inscribed with its alternate, but widely known, identity.