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Oceanfront Dining on the Outer Banks

Black Pelican oceanfront restaurant is one of the Outer Banks’ premier restaurants serving lunch and dinner daily. Black Pelican is where you can enjoy fresh seafood, steaks, vegetarian dishes, sandwiches and some of the barrier island’s best wood-fired pizzas complete with a beautiful ocean view from the dining rooms and outdoor deck. The restaurant is big enough to handle large parties, but the setting is intimate enough for a cozy date.

The porch at Black Pelican

The menu ranges from appetizers such as Hatteras Clam Chowder and Calamari, to salads and lunch entrees and sandwiches, such as Greek Spiced Seared Salmon and “Dixie’s Finest” Shrimp and Grits. Dinner entree favorites include Prime Rib, Tuna Nagano and Vegetarian Pasta.

Black Pelican exterior

The gourmet wood-fire pizzas are a popular favorite, with combinations you are unlikely to find anywhere else. The personal-sized pizzas offer delightful combinations of house cheeses (fontina, gruyere, mozzarella, romano and parmesan blend) and sauce options of creamy bechamel, tomato, pesto or herbed garlic oil, with a variety of unique toppings. Consider the Black Pelican pizza with tomato sauce, shrimp, Andouille sausage, sweet peppers, scallions, house cheese and oregano. Vegetarians will like the Greek, Primavera or Five Cheese pizzas.

Don't overlook desserts here. Save room for delicious homemade cakes, cheesecakes and other desserts, which will catch your eye from the dessert case as you make your way into the dining room.

Black Pelican salad

The Black Pelican restaurant is housed in an old life saving station, which is full of character showcasing Outer Banks maritime history. The building was originally Lifesaving Station # 6, constructed in 1874. Station #6 and its crew provided aid for boats and crews that were stranded along the oceanfront. The building also served as an active weather bureau. where the Wright Brothers used information to plan their experimental flights. In 1903, after their successful First Flight, the Wright Brothers sent the telegraph announcement from Station # 6.

The restaurant’s store offers unique souvenirs and interesting gifts and local artwork. 

Black Pelican chips and dip

Black Pelican delicious dish

Black Pelican shrimp dish

Kitty Hawk
  • Monday11:30am-09:00PM
  • Tuesday11:30am-09:00PM
  • Wednesday11:30am-09:00PM
  • Thursday11:30am-09:00PM
  • Friday11:30am-09:00PM
  • Saturday11:30am-09:00PM
  • Sunday11:30am-09:00PM
Big Buck's Homemade Ice Cream

Big Buck's Homemade Ice Cream

Serving our customers on the Outer Banks since 1994, Big Buck's ice Cream is dedicated serving you “The Best.” We offer a full line of super-premium ice cream products, smoothies, chocolates, and custom-made ice cream cakes! 2 locations are open all year: Kitty Hawk, at Buccaneer's Walk Shopping Center and Manteo, at The Waterfront Shops.


We offer a full line of Espresso Drinks from Hot Vanilla Cappuccinos and Hot Chocolate to Iced Caramel Lattes & Frozen Mochas, all made to order. Big Buck’s fresh fruit smoothies are lactose-free and made to order. Also offering lactose-free sorbets made from the best fruits available. Old time favorites are sure to please! Choose from a delicious collection of milkshakes, sundaes and banana splits.


Savor the moment with our Homemade Chocolate! Chocolates are made daily in each location. We offer a large selection from Dark to Milk to White. Milk Chocolate Oreos & Almond Toffee, Dark Chocolate Berries and Cherries Clusters & Hand-dipped Peppermint Patties with a Drizzle of White Chocolate, Extra-Dark Sea Salt Caramels & our famous homemade caramel chocolate pretzels oh & don’t forget the ever-popular caramel pecan turtle, just to name a few treats!


Belinda Pleva grew up serving ice cream out of her parent’s shop. She loved being part of what she calls “a happy business.” “I love it when people come into the shop and you hand them something, and it makes them smile,” Pleva says. “That moment when you hand an ice cream cone over to a little kid and their eyes just light up. That’s what I love about the ice cream business.”


In 1994, Pleva opened up her own ice cream and chocolate shop, Big Buck’s Ice Cream, in the brand-new Timbuk II Shopping Center in Corolla. Business was good, but something was missing.


“I was never satisfied with the ingredients in the ice creams and chocolates you could purchase back then. I wanted to serve my customers delicious flavors with ingredients they could actually pronounce,” Pleva says.


Pleva took a trip to Italy to study the gelaterias. She fell in love with the incredible flavors, and when she returned home to the Outer Banks, she began working tirelessly to perfect the flavors in her own ice cream.


Big Buck’s homemade ice cream combined the flavors of the Italian gelaterias and the richness of American ice cream. It quickly became a tourist favorite. After having the same unsatisfactory experience with the readymade chocolates she was selling, she also took a trip to Brussels to learn more about making handmade chocolates. Pleva brought the chocolate-making experience right back with her, and the result was the finest quality of chocolates on the Outer Banks.


After her huge success in the Corolla shop, Pleva was able to open up three more shops—one in Kitty Hawk, one in Manteo and one in Duck.

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