Best Kure Beach Restaurants
Best bets for eats in relaxed beach town Kure Beach, North Carolina
For six summers my family has spent a lazy week in Kure Beach, NC, and sampled Kure Beach restaurants. Right upfront, I've got to tell you there's not a ton there. We like to cook every other night in our small beach cottage rental, but when we're ready to go out, Kure Beach does offer a few decent options. You can head next door to Carolina Beach for more choices, but if you'd rather stay in KB tonight, here's the scoop.
(photos: my own, 2012)
Have you eaten at Freddie's? How was the food?
Here's the local hot spot for festive drinks & a varied menu. I like to keep it simple with the shrimp steamed with Old Bay, but my kids prefer the coconut-battered version. Fish & steak specials aplenty, and you can get a decent burger here, too.
Have you eaten at Jack Mackerel's? How was the food?
Big Daddy's Restaurant & Tiki Bar
The only thing to get here, in our humble opinion, is fried seafood -- and you can get that singly or in many combinations. Portions are very large, but so are the prices. The new "tiki bar" out front, with live music the last time we went, is a nice addition.
Have you eaten at Big Daddy's? How was the food?
Kure Beach Diner
(formerly Old Pier House)
101 K Avenue
We did not stop here on last visit to KB but have experience with its former incarnation, the Old Pier House -- and the new menu looks similar. Fried seafood and burgers for lunch & dinner, simple but yummy diner-y breakfasts. Refuel here after a sunrise walk on the beach.
Have you eaten at Kure Beach Diner? How was the food?
Beach House Burgers
118 North Fort Fisher Boulevard
I'm sad to have missed this place, but our cottage owners talked it up toward the end of our visit. Reviews look very promising, too. Please try it, as I want it to get enough business to stick around 'til our next trip to KB!
Have you eaten at Beach House Burgers? How was the food?
Kure Beach Pier
Not a restaurant by any stretch, the wonderfully laid-back Kure Beach fishing pier -- reputedly the Atlantic Coast's oldest -- is a perfect place for a late afternoon treat & stroll. Our habit is to go for ice cream every day around 3. Flavors rotate, so there's an element of surprise, and the pelicans that hang out at the pier aren't too bad about trying to steal your food ;)
Kure Beach restaurants are all within a couple blocks of each other. If you're staying in KB, no car is needed :)
stopping in Carolina Beach?
Which Kure Beach restaurants have you tried? Any recommendations?