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A Jolly Good Place to Dine and Play!

When you first catch sight of The Jolly Roger, you might be unsure exactly what to think of it. Since its conversion from a gas station/grocery store to a restaurant in 1972, The Jolly Roger has been anything but your ordinary Outer Banks restaurant.

Jolly Roger steak dinner and wine

Jolly Roger steak and baked potato

It's been 37 years since Angelos took ownership of The Jolly Roger, and over the years she has experienced many changes, including three expansions and a renovation after Hurricane Isabel in 2003. Although the restaurant has gone through several changes over the years, Carol Ann's style is unaltered. The restaurant decor is an eclectic blend of Christmas, pirate paraphernalia, aquatic murals, handmade boutique-style gifts and old-time movie posters.

Jolly Roger entrees

Almost as diverse as the restaurant itself is the food selection, The Jolly Roger is open year-round for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and they offer something for everyone. Breakfast favorites include the Eggs Benedict, pancakes and home fries—all made in-house from fresh ingredients. For lunch and dinner, the restaurant offers a wide selection of options, from steaks and seafood to pastas and salads. All of the restaurant's sauces are house-made from scratch, and everything is taste-tested to ensure the absolute best quality food is being served.

Starting September 17th we will be having a $4.99 breakfast Monday - Friday 'til 11:30am featuring 2 eggs with your choice of one of the following: homefries or grits, or baked apples & toast.

Jolly Roger message from Carol Ann Angelos, Owner
When it comes to food specials, The Jolly Roger is simply unbeatable.

Among the most popular are the daily Early Bird Specials. Topping the list, the Buy-One-Get-One FREE Italian Specialties Dinner Entree, offered daily, followed by the World Famous Prime Rib Friday Nights with two sides, Saturday Night's Lobster Mania offering two 1 pound lobsters with baked potato and coleslaw, as well as Lobster Mac and Cheese with two lobster claws.

Specials truly are special at The Jolly Roger, and you never need worry about sacrificing quality for price - even when the prices seem too good to be true.

Jolly Roger live outdoor music

For those looking for entertainment, there's always something fun happening here. During the winter they host live poker events, Buzz Time NTN with weekly tournaments and contest— plus nightly karaoke year-round, hosted by local's favorite DJs Milo & Rob.

Check the Calendar for the latest in live entertainment, as well as menu specials.

Over the years, Angelos has encountered a bit of pressure from some customers to change her style and "fit in" to match the times. But she has always found that The Jolly's authenticity and originality is what keeps happy guests coming back time and again.

"I was almost ready to sand down the booths, give in, do another color, but that wasn't what I wanted to do," Angelos says. "People love it the way it is."

From the unique atmosphere to the unmistakably home-cooked cuisine, everything about The Jolly Roger is welcoming, warm and completely unlike any other restaurant in the area.

By Chelsea Sherman 

 

Carry Out Family Meals Available

Kill Devil Hills
Hours
*Off-season hours may vary*
Call 252-441-6530 for current hours.
  • Monday07:00AM-10:00PM
  • Tuesday07:00AM-10:00PM
  • WednesdayCLOSED-
  • Thursday07:00AM-10:00PM
  • Friday07:00AM-10:00PM
  • Saturday07:00AM-10:00PM
  • Sunday07:00AM-10:00PM
Awful Arthur's Oyster Bar

Awful Arthur's Oyster Bar

Welcome to the home of the happy oyster where for over 35 years the oyster has been our world. The Outer Banks only authentic oyster bar is the place to enjoy sensational fare from the sea washed down with your favorite brew or cocktail. We serve by the peck, pound, and dozen, raw or steamed to perfection. Kicked back casual, down to earth friendly staff, and reasonable prices make Awful Arthur’s Oyster Bar the all-time favorite of locals and travelers alike.

The idea wasn’t to set out and establish a new concept restaurant on the Outer Banks, but that’s exactly what Awful Arthur’s owner Jo Whitehead and her late husband, Jay, accomplished more than 35 years ago when they opened the area’s first authentic oyster bar.

 

Awful Arthur’s opened in May 1984 on the Outer Banks. “We embraced the concept of an authentic copper top bar with the idea of it being a major drawing card and it still is,” explains Whitehead. “I get oysters wherever they are local. We follow the warm waters.” 

 

Just across from the ocean, in Kill Devil Hills, oyster season is year-round at Awful Arthur’s. Diners can take a seat at the copper-topped bar to observe the staff shucking oysters, served raw or steamed, along with shrimp, crab legs and clams all steamed to perfection. 

 

It’s not just the raw bar that’s earned Awful Arthur’s both local and national recognition, including being named one of America’s greatest oyster bars by Coastal Living magazine. The restaurant is a seafood-lover’s paradise, offering the freshest catches available.