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Breakfast on the Outer Banks

Whatever adventures you have planned for the day, breakfast should always be first on the list. Whether you’re in the mood for brunch favorites like eggs benedict, or something on the lighter side, like a fresh smoothie, the Outer Banks offers breakfast options up and down the beach that’ll satisfy everyone’s taste. The most important meal of the day becomes even more crucial when you’re fueling up for a day at the beach!

 

 

Classic Breakfast

The Outer Banks has plenty of great options for a typical breakfast. Grab a dozen bagels to bring back to the house, or bring your crew for a sit-down meal at some of these favorite spots!

 

Lighthouse Bagels
Offering the best bagels on the OBX! Fresh bagels made in-house daily can be ordered with cream cheese or made into a mouthwatering breakfast sandwich.

📍 8807 Ocean Trail Corolla, NC 27927

 

LH bagels
Photo courtesy of Lighthouse Bagels: Bagel choices

 

Cravings
A Duck favorite for lunch & dinner, but don’t sleep on their breakfast offerings! Their Crabcake Sunrise Sandwich is a perfect way to enjoy seafood for breakfast.

📍 1209 Duck Rd. Duck, NC 27949

 

breakfast at cravings
Photo courtesy of Cravings: Grits Bowl

 

Stack’em High
You’ll find pancakes, waffles, french toast, and more at this family-owned establishment!

📍 3801 N. Croatan Hwy Kitty Hawk, NC 27949

 

stack em high menu
Menu at Stack’em High

 

 

 

Weekend Brunch

The weekend deserves to be celebrated! Some of our favorite dinner spots offer weekend brunch with savory options like eggs benedict and shrimp and grits, to sweet indulgences like brioche french toast. We’d raise a mimosa to that!

 

Trio
Trio is known for its wine, beer & cheese, but they have whimsical brunch options on Saturday & Sunday as well. Brunch staples like eggs benedict and avocado toast can be paired with their array of mimosas and other brunch beverages!

📍 3708 N. Croatan Hwy Kitty Hawk, NC 27949

 

trio brunch
Photo courtesy of Trio: Breakfast Hash

 

Mike Dianna’s Grill Room
One of our favorite spots for dinner in Corolla offers brunch Friday-Sunday that you won’t want to miss! For a taste of what the Grill Room does best, we would go for the steak and eggs!

📍 777 Sunset Blvd Corolla, NC 27927

 

brunch at MD grillroom
Steak & Eggs: Photo courtesy of Mike Dianna’s

 

The Saltbox Cafe
Make your way back Colington Road and you’ll stumble across a hidden gem. Sunday brunch at The Saltbox Cafe is a gourmet delight.

📍 1469 Colington Rd Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

 

Saltbox eggs benedict
Crabby Benedict at The Saltbox Cafe

 

Bakeries

Some mornings call for a sweet treat, and there is no shortage of them on the Outer Banks. From donuts and pastries to croissants and cinnamon buns, you’ll want to hit all of these spots while you’re here!

 

Tullio’s Bakery
This Italian bakery has been in the heart of Duck for over 25 years selling treats like lobster tails and cinnamon rolls that will have you lining up out front each time you visit!

📍 1187 Duck Rd Duck, NC 27949

 

cinnamon rolls at Tullios
Photo courtesy of Tullio’s Bakery: Cinnamon Buns

 

Northern Lights Bakery
Located in Corolla Light Town Center across from The Whalehead Club and Historic Corolla Park you’ll find this sweet spot offering pastries, donuts, and more!

📍 1159 Austin St #109A Corolla, NC 27927

 

danish at northern lights bakery
Photo courtesy of Northern Lights Bakery: Cherry Danish

 

Duck Donuts
This quintessential Outer Banks staple started right here in Duck, NC. Duck Donuts can now be found up and down the beach so you can enjoy this treat wherever you’re staying!

 

donuts at the beach

 

Healthy Stops

Start your morning with your best foot forward and nourish your body with a smoothie, fresh-pressed juice, or acai bowl. Here are some of our favorites when we want something light and refreshing!

 

Mom’s Sweet Shop
Mom’s has a ton of great offerings from vintage clothing and wares, to bulk candy and other sweets. We like to swing by in the morning for a fresh smoothie or acai bowl!
📍 3213 N. Croatan Hwy Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

 

moms sweet shop

 

The Juice Jar
Tucked in Historic Corolla Village, The Juice Jar is a Twiddy favorite for juice, smoothies, acai bowls, and more.

📍 1130 Corolla Village Rd Corolla, NC 27927

 

juice jar smoothie
Smoothie & Acai Bowl at Juice Jar

 

Shine On Juicery
New to the beach in the summer of 2021, Shine on Juicery offers hand-pressed juices that are a great way to start your day!

📍 1209 S. Croatan Hwy Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

 

juice on the beach
Photo courtesy of Shine On Juicery

 

 

Coffee Shops

We don’t know about you, but for us, coffee is the best part of every morning! The Outer Banks is home to many coffee shops where you can grab a cold brew or latte, and take a bag of beans home to enjoy after your vacation.

 

Ashley’s Espresso Parlour
Although the shop has only been around for a few years, Ashley’s has quickly become a local favorite. Whether you’re looking for a hot or cold drink, you’ll find something here for every coffee lover.

📍 100 E Helga St Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

 

Ashleys latte
‘The Woody’ at Ashley’s Espresso Parlour

 

Treehouse Coffee Co
Nestled in the Scarborough Faire Shopping Village, Treehouse Coffee offers pour-over, cold brew, and more! While you’re here, pick up a delicious biscuit as well, they are a crowd favorite!

📍 1177 Duck Rd Scarborough Faire, Duck NC 27949

 

treehouse coffee and biscuit
Biscuit sandwich & coffee at Treehouse Coffee Co

 

The Kind Cup
New in 2021, The Kind Cup has opened in The Corolla Village Market where they roast beans and serve up hot and cold beverages. Shop around the market while enjoying your drink, or take it on the go while you explore the village!

📍 1129 Corolla Village Rd Corolla, NC 27927

 

kind cup cold brew
Photo courtesy of The Kind Cup

 

 

 

If you’re looking for the best breakfast on the OBX, this list is sure to give you a great starting place! Be sure to check in with each restaurant or shop to get up-to-date hours as they may change throughout the year.

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