The second half of our spring break was spent with BJ's family in the Outer Banks, specifically Duck, NC. We're not necessarily beach people, but we love OBX and have always had a good time. This was the first trip for the PA family, so it was fun for us to see them experience it for the first time. If you've never been, let me describe it for you. OBX, for the most part, is pretty "rural" as far as beach towns go. You have a handful of shopping areas and a grocery store or two, but it is mostly restaurants and big houses. Instead of getting a hotel room or a condo, most people rent these enormous homes and share them with family and friends. We're talking upwards of 20-25 people can fit in some of these suckers. We call them wedding cake houses since they have multiple balconies on each floor and are often pastel colors. You pretty much go to veg and spend time with whoever you came with, as opposed to the kind of beach experience where you can play putt-putt and walk a boardwalk and play arcade games (i.e. like Myrtle or Ocean City).
This was the Luce's first trip to the beach, which was pretty exciting for us. We had a lovely time relaxing and hanging out with the family, spent some time walking on the beach and in the pool. We also had the opportunity to eat out a couple of times.
1. Duck Deli & BBQ - This was just up the road from our house and very convenient to one of the shopping areas in Duck. We wanted some North Carolina BBQ and since the sign jumped out at us, we stopped. The NC style was very vinegary, maybe more than it should've been. The meat was tender though and served in generous portions. I opted for the Kansas City style beef and it was also just okay, the meat was stringy and not as tender as it could've been. The wings were well received, as was the smoked chicken. When we told some friends who are often in OBX that we went there, they said it is not the first choice among the locals. 6/10.
2. The Rundown Cafe - The same friend met us for lunch here. They recommended a couple of dishes from the very diverse menu and we ordered confidently. I had jerk chicken with cocnut rice and beans. It was excellent, perfectly cooked, and the rice and beans were great when mixed together with their salsa. BJ raved about the Rundown Soup so much that I've forgotten what else he had. He said this soup, which was fish, coconut and sweet potato, was the best seafood soup he'd ever had. He even ordered a pint to go. AND we liked it to much, we took the rest of the family back for dinner the same night. I tried the sesame noodles with coconut fried chicken then as it was fantastic, even better than lunch. Just the right amount of spicy and sweet. I believe everyone else was happy with their meals, but I was too busy eating mine to notice! We will definitely make this a stop every time we come down. 10/10.
A great trip and some pretty great eating!!