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Tastes & Toasts Around Town

Posted on 10/12/2021 by Breanna Brower

Whether you’re craving Mexican fare, a burger, surf & turf or anything in-between, our charming city is sure to have the perfect option to satisfy your tastebuds. While you’re exploring our Harbor of Hospitality® we invite you to sip and savor all the flavors of Elizabeth City from breakfast to a nightcap!



sipping coffee outside at the kraken coffeehouse in elizabeth city nc

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day; kick off your morning with a hometown breakfast to keep you fueled for exploring the town. Open seven days a week, everyone in your group will find something appetizing at long-time local favorite Colonial Café. For a quick bite to eat and friendly service, Homestyle Bakery & Cafe is sure to satisfy with their breakfast burritos and mouthwatering biscuits. Not hungry yet? You can’t go wrong with a pick-me-up iced coffee, latte or even a refreshing smoothie from one of our amazing coffee shops, Muddy Waters Coffeehouse and The Kraken Coffeehouse.



big boss burritos junior gonzales holding two giant burritos outside of restaurant

After a long morning of exploring the shops and taking in the sights you’re sure to have worked up an appetite. For burritos, nachos, quesadillas and more Big Boss serves up mouthwatering (and huge!) Mexican fare made from scratch. If you’re not downtown and still craving flavors from South of the Border, 3 Amigos is a tasty locals’ favorite. Sometimes all you want is a good sandwich; The Sandwich Market has a cozy atmosphere and specializes in premium sandwiches with family-friendly prices. For lunch with a view and close proximity to downtown shopping, you can’t go wrong with Cypress Creek Grill’s locally-sourced options of salad, pasta, seafood, chicken and more!



tasty pizza being served on waterfront patio in elizabeth city nc

Whether you’re out with the whole family or on date night, Elizabeth City has several delectable options. The Mills Downtown Bistro specializes in flatbreads and tapas with a roaring 20s vibe and cozy atmosphere. Montero’s Restaurant has been serving amazing food with customer service to match since 2005 and even offers a plant-based menu. Paradiso Roma Ristorante is a must-try with a beautiful waterfront patio and mouthwatering morsels including pasta, steak and seafood. For Caribbean flare, give Island Breeze Grill located within walking distance of the beautiful waterfront on the edge of downtown. Sushi lovers rejoice! Toyama Japanese Restaurant’s sushi, sashimi, seaweed salad and more are even better with their prime downtown location. Just down the street in Pailin’s Alley is Hoppin’ Johnz New South Cuisine with fantastic food and atmosphere too; if you ask a local, they’ll tell you to make sure to try the shrimp and grits!



friends enjoying beers at local brewery with ambient lighting ghost harbor brewing company

Wrap up your dining excursion through Elizabeth City with a nightcap! Check out our newest downtown additions offering bubbles and brews, Seven Sounds Brewery (opening soon!), 2 Souls Wine Bar and Pine & Porch or stick with the downtown classics, Ghost Harbor Brewing Company and Coasters Downtown Draughthouse. With cozy environments, live music and a variety of events, each place offers something unique.

These are just a few of the surprisingly large number of diverse dining options in our rural, North Carolina town. With a surprising amount of dining options, and new ones opening all the time, you’ll never go hungry in Elizabeth City! 

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