Beach fans don’t have to venture very far to enjoy a big meal on or off the shoreline, thanks to this small addition to the Outer Banks dining scene that is brimming with flavor. Located in the local's favorite breakfast spot parking lot, Stack Em’ High in Kitty Hawk, Anchor Grill OBX is a fast and fresh food truck destination that has plenty of variety and easy-going fare to go around.

Anchor Grill OBX is a 30-foot-long restaurant on wheels, but it’s more than just an average food truck. Culinary-trained Chef Jim serves as the “anchor” of this eatery, and the menu features a number of unique and familiar offerings, including cheesesteaks and burgers, fresh sandwiches and wraps, and fish tacos and steamed shrimp. With lots of local and Outer Banks-inspired flavor in a small destination that’s close to the Beach Road, folks will find that it’s easy to hop over the dunes or stroll across the street to pick up plenty of fresh food to go. Open seasonally for lunch and dinner, Anchor Grill OBX proves that great food can easily come in small packages.

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Jimmy's Seafood Buffet

Home of the Crab Leg & Lobster Buffet for over 24 years! Jimmy’s Seafood Buffet is a great stop for an all you can eat affordable dinner extravaganza. The buffet offers over 100 different items. It even serves Jumbo Alaskan crab legs and Jumbo steamed shrimp, something you will not find on any other buffet in the OBX. The buffet offers a variety of seafood and non seafood options. Try some of Jimmy’s seafood options and load your plate with blackened tuna, Louisiana crawfish, steamed scallops and mussels, fried oysters and deviled crabs. Not in the mood for seafood? Fill your plate with steak, pineapple glazed ham, fried chicken, BBQ ribs, and fettuccini Alfredo to name a few. The buffet also offers a kid section. Let your kids load their plates with chicken tenders, mac and cheese, and corn dog nuggets. Don’t forget dessert! The buffet also offers soft serve ice cream and a plethora of baked goods. 


It’s been 22 years since Jimmy’s Seafood Buffet opened its doors for the first time. Since that inaugural summer, the goal has remained the same: provide customers with a tasty, fresh array of seafood full of Caribbean flavor.


Elizabeth Dowless and her husband Jerry had always worked in restaurants in the Outer Banks, so when the opportunity to open Jimmy’s Seafood Buffet with a couple of friends arose, it was an easy yes. The Dowlesses bought out the business in 2003, excited to turn Jimmy’s into an Outer Banks staple. When Jerry passed away later that year, Dowless knew she wanted to continue pursuing their dream on her own.


Dowless went all in on the concept of a fresh, flavorful seafood buffet and her hard work paid off. Jimmy’s Seafood Buffet is a beloved fixture of Outer Banks dining, with customers returning year after year for the fresh fare.


“Customers keep in contact with me throughout the winter. I get people every day asking me when we’re opening for the season, and customers book their vacations around our opening,” Dowless says. “I absolutely love getting to see familiar faces come back to see us each year. I love seeing them lose their minds over the buffet! Their excitement is what I love most about my job.”