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Sam & Omie’s: I’d rather be there

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. Mile Post 16 in Nags HeadI 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

Phone: 252.441.7366

Author: Jacqui Barrineau

Jacqui Barrineau is a writer and editor who lives in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., with husband Trey, a Shetland Sheepdog and two unhelpful-but-funny cats. Her work has appeared in "So to Speak" and "Calliope," and she's a regular contributor to the flash-fiction sites Paragraph Planet and Doorknobs & Bodypaint. Once upon a time, she was the audience engagement editor at USA Today. Now she does other fun things that involve advertising, marketing and social media. The views expressed here and in other outlets are hers, not her clients'. Outside of work, she's proud to serve on the Northern Virginia Community College Marketing Advisory Committee. As a committee member, she joins industry leaders in lending their knowledge and expertise to ensure the college's Marketing curriculum is relevant and responsive to the needs of the students and the surrounding business communities.

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