Saturday, May 23, 2009

Island Restaurants, 2009

A reader recently asked about island restaurants that will be open on Ocracoke for the 2009 season. Here's what I've come up with (in no particular order):
  • Back Porch Lunchbox
  • Back Porch Restaurant (with a new exterior look, increased seating inside, and a new bar menu)
  • Cafe Atlantic
  • Creekside Cafe (with a new screened in porch)
  • Fig Tree Bakery and Deli
  • Flying Melon Cafe
  • Howard's Pub
  • Jimmy's Seafood Buffet (new this year, located where Capt. Ben's was)
  • S'Macnally's
  • Riley's (new this year, located where Mango Loco was)
  • Jolly Roger Pub
  • Jason's
  • Ocracoke Coffee Company
  • Ocracoke Station Deli
  • Pony Island
  • Thai Moon
  • Dajio (new this year, located where the Pelican was)
  • Ocracoke Pizza Company
  • Hal's Hot Dog Stand
If I've missed any, I apologize. Please leave a comment if I have. You can read more about many of these places to eat here.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a history of paved roads on Ocracoke. It may not sound very exciting, but there have been dramatic changes on the island because of the construction of paved roads a half century ago. You can read the newsletter, and see some rare photos here.

To read about Philip's new book, Digging up Uncle Evans, History, Ghost Tales, & Stories from Ocracoke Island, please click here.


  1. Anonymous4:04 PM

    Hi Phillip,
    It looks like you might have left off the Pizza carry out in the Red Building. My friend Don likes your mint juleps recipe! Hope to see you at the fireman's ball. Bill says to tell you not to let me bid on anything. Lida

  2. Thanks Lida. I added the pizza place and Hal's hot dog stand a few minutes ago.

  3. Anonymous8:05 PM

    What about the Pelican?

  4. The Pelican restaurant is no more. A new restaurant (Dajio -- I think that's how it's spelled) is opening where the Pelican was.

  5. Marcy Desulis7:10 AM

    Hi Philip, I'm still waiting for news about the festival. Dave told me things have changed and I'd like to see. Of course, I'm still coming no matter what! Maybe I just don't know where to look. Thanks!
    Marcy D.

  6. Marcy, go here --

    Then click on Schedule and/or Performers to see the 2009 Festival schedule and/or read about the performers.

    See you soon.

  7. Wesley10:56 AM

    It sure won't be the same without Captain Ben's. It was always the place we stopped for lunch the day we traveled to Ocracoke (while camping for a week in Buxton). Even in recent years while staying on Ocracoke we always made it a point to eat there once if possible.

    For several years we enjoyed the Creekside cafe...I can still remember sitting on the upper deck and watching the sunset over silver like while on our honeymoon back in 2001. We should try it again, but it just doesn't seem the same without the beautiful view...

    I'd have to say the Jolly Roger is my favorite these days. My favorite memory is from on our honeymoon...sitting there watching the sunset, eating a wonderful cheeseburger, and listening to Dave Pollard sing "Ocracoma"...

  8. Thanks so much for the post! I'm hoping someone with the scoop on the restaurant replacing the Pelican sees this and can tell us when it will reopen and whether the patio bar will be the same. We hope to make a trip out there to see for ourselves soon!

  9. Deb Gorden5:33 PM

    DAJIO is where the pelican used to be. We ate at the back porch last night - it was great! Looking forward to eating breakfast at the flying melon! Best (one of them) place for breakfast!
    Anyone have the receipe for the coffee shop's coffee cake - it's out of this world!!