Located off the coast of North Carolina, the Outer Banks are barrier islands that separate the Atlantic Ocean from the rest of the mainland. Due to their beautiful beaches and diving sites, the Outer Banks have become a popular vacation destination for people around the world. In addition to their well-known sites and attractions, the Outer Banks are also home to a wonderful selection of restaurants that make great breakfast. So next time you book an Outer Banks vacation rental, be sure to check out these fantastic places to grab a delicious Outer Banks breakfast.

1. Atlantic Coast Cafe

Start the day off right at this laidback beach spot, which serves breakfast and seafood-centric dishes. Breakfast is served until 11 a.m. and includes the Hatteras Breakfast Wrap, an assortment of pancakes and omelets, and delicious coffee freeze drinks in various flavors.

2. Grits Grill

Feast on southern fare like grits, homemade biscuits and more at this local dining spot that serves breakfast all day long. Choose from a variety of options like steak and eggs, the grits grill wrap and the hotcakes—all of which are guaranteed to impress.

3. Oceana’s Bistro

Sample a variety of American Eats in a relaxed atmosphere that is a hit with locals and visitors alike. Dishes to try include their breakfast quesadilla, crabmeat benedict, and the biscuit served with chicken tenders.

4. Stack’em High Pancakes and So Forth

Sample the scrumptious pancakes that this hotspot is known for, offering a variety of flavors including Chunky Monkey (bananas and chocolate chips), Very Berry, and Island Delight (coconut, chocolate chips, bananas and pecans). Pancakes aside, they are also known for waffles, French Toast, and their incredible omelets.

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5. Wanchese Inn Bed & Breakfast

Located on Roanoke Island, this quaint Victorian inn is located in the fishing village of Wanchese and serves full breakfast in the dining area. Afterwards, guests can lounge in the den and read a book, or hang out on the front porch and enjoy the view.

6. RelaxInn Bed & Breakfast

This unique bed and breakfast is situated in the center of Nags Head and is within close proximity to the lighthouses, outlet mall, beach and state park. Breakfast consists of a home cooked meal that includes omelets, stuffed French toast, pancakes and other delicious offerings.

7. The Dunes Restaurant

Since 1983, this local eatery utilizes sustainable products sourced locally and regionally. Their expansive menu features a variety of food options, ranging from gourmet grits and creamed chipped beef to silver dollar hotcakes and more.

8. The SaltBox Cafe

Enjoy breakfast in a cozy cottage that offers creek views from the porch, where guests can order a variety of dishes ranging from steaks and local seafood to craft beer. For Sunday brunch, try their Berry Stuffed French Toast, which is made with cinnamon, vanilla, cream cheese, assorted berries, and crème anglaise. Other classics on the menu include the corn beef hash and their crabby benedict.

9. Sam & Omie’s

Popular amongst local fishermen who come here for breakfast early in the morning, this 70-year-old restaurant has an extensive breakfast menu that includes biscuits, hot cakes, their famous “omie” letttes, as well as an assortment of sweet pies.

10. Waveriders Coffee & Deli

Hang out in this nautical-themed spot that offers a large selection of smoothies, coffee and breakfast dishes. Be sure to try one of their panini-pressed breakfast sandwiches, which feature a variety of flavors including the Sweet & Salty—a cinnamon raisin bagel topped with bacon, egg and American Cheese.

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