Nothing beats an ice-cold beverage while relaxing on the beach. Nothing is worse than reaching for an icy drink and finding your cans swimming. Coolers are essential for family days on the sand. A good modern cooler will keep food and drinks fresh for days. In addition to beverages, fishermen rely coolers to keep bait fresh, and hopefully the catch of the day. Walk onto any beach or pier in North or South Carolina and you’ll see a plethora of cooler models and sizes. Cooler technology has advanced rapidly in modern years. Top-end hard-sided coolers can keep ice frozen for a week. Soft coolers are easier for one person to carry onto a beach, but can still keep food cool for days. Cooler materials and price points vary wildly, so we put together this guide with our recommendations for your coastal vacation.
The Dunes is a favorite local restaurant that’s been in business since 1982 and keeps reinventing itself. And each time, it gets even better. In the last few years, it’s embraced the local food movement, and always tries to use local seasonal produce and fresh Outer Banks seafood in its dishes. Already known for its Southern style breakfast and robust dinner menu, the most recent addition of the R-Bar --- a friendly and comfortable cocktail lounge --- has added to its appeal to locals and visitors alike. Wine is available by the glass or bottle, as well as 10 beers on tap, many from microbrews in the state. A number of specialty drinks and martinis are also available. The breakfast and fruit bar, served daily in the summer, offers fresh fruit, homemade pastries, eggs, grits, bacon, cream chipped beef and sausage gravy. Menu items for breakfast include country ham platter, corned beef hash, country sausage and gravy, French toast and hotcakes, and sandwiches and biscuits. Dinner offerings include traditional Outer Banks fresh seafood like Atlantic sea scallops; shrimp, fried or broiled; steamed oysters; fresh North Carolina flounder; and homemade crab cakes. Southern specialities range from meatloaf to steak and chops to Eastern North Carolina BBQ to Southern fried chicken. And there’s always a nightly special and an all-you-can-eat item.
Monday thru Saturday, 7:00am to noon and 4:00pm - 9:00pm.