GF Routes in the OBX

On our honeymoon we stayed in Duck, near Kitty Hawk, Nags Head, and Corolla, in Outer Banks, North Carolina. We drove all the way there and had a wonderful time. The image above is what we had for breakfast – leftover gluten-free rolls from our reception and Reeses Peanut Butter Cups.

Since this is a blog about cooking and cars, here’s a list of places we found to eat and drive in the OBX (I didn’t know what OBX stood for until we got there, but it means “THE OUTER BANKS.”).

Places to Drive

If you are just looking to drive, you are definitely going to want to drive on the scenic route. We only did that for a little bit heading out of Nags Head, but it was beautiful. We wished we were dressed for the beach so we could stop off in all the little beach access sections and explore.

On our way to North Carolina we took a few victory laps in our own car around the Watkins Glen Speedway. You gain a lot of attention when you wear your wedding dress to an event like that!

If you are looking for adventure, and a ride in a safari jeep, take a horse tour with Wild Horse Adventure Tours. We loved our tour guide and liked just looking at the big beach houses when we weren’t seeing horses. We saw 6 male horses, but you get your money back if you don’t see any!


Highway 15 is the beach, and if you have a 4WD vehicle, you can drive right on it. Some people go anyway and get quite stuck! We rented a standard 1968 doon buggy from Buggin Out Doon Buggy Rentals. This was probably my favorite part of the whole trip. I had to sit really close to my new husband because it was such a tiny car, and we laughed so hard when we drove through a “puddle” and got soaked! We also laughed when the car’s gears kept sticking. So ridiculous! Good thing my husband is a car guy! We survived.


Places to Dine

Our resort had complimentary marshmallows to toast at the fire pit NEXT TO THE OCEAN. It was a great way to meet people and a fun way to end each day (when we remembered to go).


Lifesaving Station in Duck was where we had our first meal of the honeymoon. It was SO fancy! We ate delicious duck since the town was called Duck and a dish called Oysters Rockefeller. Each oyster was sprinkled with crab and something green (I forgot what it was, but it was really good!). Eggs and meat for breakfast were good there too.

We thought Aqua had the best view – we got to sit right on the ocean! I can’t remember what we ate, but it was the right size, tasty, and that day’s lunch special.

If you like crab legs, Kris enjoyed the King crab at Dirty Dick’s Crab Shack, and snow crab at the Black Pelican and Coastal Cravings. We liked Coastal Cravings because it had tasty, gluten free crab cakes. The place was set back from the road and was a great find (even Guy Fieri thought so)!  Since returning home I’ve made gluten free crab cakes twice – still not settled on a recipe – and prepared snow crab legs from Wegmans. I’m not a big fan of crab, especially the part where it comes out of the shell, so you know I really love my husband!

The Black Pelican is in the same building where the Wright Brothers sent the telegraph that they had achieved flight. It has a gift shop in it. I ordered gluten-free Hawaiian pizza (very non-local – but Kris had crab again so that made up for it).

Sweet potatoes and quinoa seemed to show up in a lot of the local dishes.

We also ate at the Jolly Roger. It’s a local Italian restaurant on the beach decorated like Christmas. The servers are all pirates. They had the best ribs I have ever eaten as well as an offering of gluten-free pasta. The atmosphere was definitely a must-see experience.

We can’t wait to go back again and try more places to dine and drive along the ocean!


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