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Sam & Omies Has a Long History
& Omie’s Restaurant has been serving breakfast, lunch and dinner to natives
and tourists on the Outer Banks for over seventy years.
This casual beach restaurant has a long history. The
full restaurant as we see it today was established in 1971, but its history
goes back to the late 1930s when the Tillet family started a recreational and
commercial fishing business. When commercial fishing was slow they took folks
out who wanted to fish for fun. The business had to close during the World War
II years, but picked back up after the war ended. The restaurant idea came
about to give the local working fishermen a place to eat. It was a father-son
business for many years (Sam and son, Omie Tillet.) Ownership changed a couple
of times but the tradition of good food did not. You can read more about the
history of this establishment on Sam and Omie’s website http://www.samandomies.net/history.htm.
What's on the Menu?
indulged myself with the Whale of a Seafood Platter – and it really was a platter
piled high with fried oysters, shrimp, clams, scallops, and flounder, lightly
breaded and fried to perfection. The vegetable of the day was collard greens
and they were cooked the old-time way. I enjoyed them as much as the seafood.
The price for the meal was $24.95.
for some odd reason you don’t want seafood, the dining room serves everything
from appetizers, soups, and salads to burgers, steaks, chicken, and pork. If
you want to eat lighter the fresh tuna salad plate is a local favorite. A steam
bar offers oysters, shrimp, clams and snow crab legs.
& Omie’s parking lot is usually full at breakfast time, too. The morning
menu offers all of the traditional southern breakfast foods – eggs, bacon,
sausages, ham, hash browns and of course grits. After all, a hearty breakfast
is necessary whether you’re off for a day of commercial fishing or you are a
tourist with a full itinerary of sight-seeing. The bar offers a place for folks
to gather socially and swap their fishing stories. They serve a good variety of
domestic and imported beer and wines.
sure to buy a Sam & Omie’s T-Shirt or sweatshirt on the way out. They also
sell souvenir can-huggies, hats, and visors in the restaurant and on their
& Omie’s Restaurant on the Outer Banks Nags Head, North Ccarolina is
located on the Beach Road (Hwy 12) at the16½ milepost, near Whalebone Junction. Phone
252-441-7366. They are closed December through February.