I can’t write about food on the Outer Banks without writing about Sam & Omie’s at Mile Post 16 1/2. Sam & Omie’s is the only good thing that came out of a college romance with a dim-witted vacuum cleaner salesman, and thanks to that jackass, I’ve enjoyed it for 20 years. I hope to enjoy it for 20 more with my smarter half.
What draws me and hundreds of other beachgoers to Sam & Omie’s is the cold beer, the hot food, and a laid-back atmosphere that welcomes the sandy and suntanned. Sam & Omie’s is where I want to go when my most formal attire is the shorts without the paint stains on them.
The food isn’t super fancy: If you’re looking for snooty fine dining, go somewhere else. The pulled pork sandwich and the hot dogs are my favorites, and my husband enjoys the chicken salad sandwich. In the vegetable basket, they make cauliflower the only way I’ll eat it — fried. If I feel like eating light, I’ll get a beer and the basket of fried onion rings.
Traveler’s Advisory: Closed December through February.
Where: 7228 South Virginia Dare Trail
Nags Head, NC 27959