El's Drive-In

3706 Arendell St, Morehead City
(252) 726-3002

Recent Reviews

Byron Bailey

Reminder: cash only. Great service from the staff. Double chili cheeseburger was a teeny guy – literally finished in 4 bites. Flavor was a bit too sweet for my taste, and fries aren't seasoned.Food: 3/5

Danielle Moore

We were in the area and my daughter wanted to eat at El's again and we were not disappointed. It is a drive up, they come out take your order and soon you have your food. I ordered a hot dog all the way with a strawberry shake and she had a BLT with a sweet tea. They are not overly expensive and we enjoyed our food. I had a request for a shrimp burger but had to drive back quite a few hours and couldn't do it, if that gives you any idea on how this place is loved.

Kara Pagano

Our first time here and it was a 10!! We had the shrimp and oyster burger. Seafood was done perfectly and the slaw was so fresh and crunchy!! Definitely won't be our last time visiting El's!!

Pamela L.

Amazing shrimp burger! Made to order, worth waiting in line for a few minutes! Sweet servers bring the food to your vehicle.

Jeff S.

It is a cash-only business that has been around since the 1940's. A great stop after a day at the beach. This is a cash-only drive inn, just remember that. The local favorite is the shrimp burger.

Megan Holder

Shrimp burger is to die for! Burgers and dogs are wonderful too! Definitely get your money's worth here. Always a favorite to stop at while in town.Parking: Open parking lot (without spaces). Just pull up and a waitress will come up to your window and take your order.

Nicomi Kloempken

I had a small shrimp burger, no slaw and a medium soda. Now they do have the good chewy ice. Prepare yourself for at least a 30 minute average wait. Food was decent....not excellent. $$$ for what you get. It's on the tourist to do list...but the pricing isn't nice.Food: 4/5

Megan L.

Stopped by on our way out of town- great portions and great prices! The oyster plate was delicious!

Lesley T.

Always good- a local favorite since I was a child. Cheeseburger and shrimp burger are my go-tos

Abby W.

Excellent food at the beach. The shrimp burgers are a must! I also tried the Super Cheeseburger and it was delicious! Highly Recommend

Kristen Stinnett

First time was a great trip. I've been eyeing this place for years! They are in top of getting to your car for your order very quickly. It's a popular place, so be prepared to wait. We went at the end of the lunch rush so we were told 30+ min to wait on food but it was more like 15 or 20 min. Shrimp burger was super yum! Sweet slaw is a good touch. Hush puppies are the perfect crunch on the outside. Totally worth the wait.Cash only spot, but they have an ATM inside.


Awesome drive in! Reminds me of the one I grew up going to. Love the food and great prices. Nice waitresses who brave all weather conditions. Plan to make this a weekly staple in my dining.


We stopped in because of the reviews. The food was terrible and service was poor. There are no prices listed on their menu sign. We asked for a menu a couple of times, but never received one. Do yourself a favor and bypass El's.

Lisa Barnette

No trip to Morehead City would be complete without a trip to El’s! We had the super burger, a shrimp burger and fries. Sorry I didn’t take better pictures, but I was busy eating. Yum!!

Susan C.

Stopped in after nice day on the water and attempted to call in my order. It's was about 7pm and I was told they were closed. Google said they closed at 11p, Facebook and yelp gave hours until 10p.

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