Two Outer Banks favorites, located at the Dunes Shops in Kitty Hawk, have merged into one even better combination under new ownership and a new name - Outer Bean Juice & Java and Seaside Gourmet.

The new owner has blended both businesses that were once separately side-by-side with a tasteful, modern décor, which she enhances by hosting monthly shows featuring works by local artists.

Along with other additions, the new restaurant features an Outer Banks exclusive fresh juice bar. You can start or end your day in the healthiest way possible by enjoying any number of combinations of nutritious and energizing fresh fruit, vegetable or combination drinks, along with smoothies and specialty coffees. Baked goods, snacks and sandwiches will continue to be available as well.

Seaside Gourmet’s delicious meals are as great as ever and can now be enjoyed inside on the premises, as well as to go. The Gourmet prepares its meals using only local seafood and all the locally grown and organic produce that’s available. Along with fresh seafood entrees, blackened or herb-seared, they now offer a marinated chicken special, along with their yummy grilled or stir-fried veggies, complemented by their special secret seasoning recipes. As before, there are several outstanding vegetarian selections, including Gourmet’s one-of-a-kind havarti-stuffed risotto cakes.

With a style they call “elegant simplicity” the Gourmet also offers individualized menus for weddings and other special events.
The Gourmet serves lunch and dinner, with bagels, wraps and salads from 3 - 4 pm, and the coffee and juice bar is open at 7 a.m.

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Kitty Hawk
  • Monday7:00am-9:00pm
  • Tuesday7:00am-9:00pm
  • Wednesday7:00am-9:00pm
  • Thursday7:00am-9:00pm
  • Friday7:00am-9:00pm
  • Saturday7:00am-9:00pm
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: Duck  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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