Dining out in the Outer Banks can be a daunting task. Leaving the beach early, hour long waits for tables, expensive drinks, and mediocre food are just the start! Let Outer Banks Boil Co. solve your dining dilemma with our unique approach! Choose either our at-home catering or one of our pots to-go. Maximize your beach time and enjoy a meal and experience you won't soon forget! Outer Banks Boil Company offers an alternative to the traditional restaurant experience. Our highly acclaimed Traditional Coastal Boils are available catered at your location or in our convenient and easy Best Pot To-Go.

What is a boil? 

Jumbo Shrimp, spicy andouille sausage, red bliss potatoes, corn on the cob and sweet Vidalia onions are layered, seasoned ( with our own special blend) to perfection and expertly cooked together. Served with our homemade cocktail sauce the Outer Banks Boil Company has been dubbed the "Best Pot on the Beach". We pride ourselves on providing quality, fresh and when available, local ingredients. Our spicy andouille sausage is shipped up from Louisiana (for that true low-country boil taste), Want to take it up a notch? You can add seafood such as snow crab legs, clams, mussels and lobster tails!

You Steam (takeout)

Our BEST POT TO-GO provides you with the opportunity to experience our acclaimed Coastal Low Country Boil without the full-service catering.  Succulent Jumbo Shrimp, spicy andouille sausage, fresh sweet corn, buttery red bliss potatoes, all layered, seasoned to perfection and ready to steam. Snow crab? Lobster Tails? Clams? Mussels? Yes Please!!!!!

So easy! Just add liquid (water, beer, white wine) and place on your stovetop and let the magic happen. That’s it! Nothing complicated about it, just steam, serve and enjoy “the Best Pot on the Beach”! Oh, and by the way…cleanup’s a breeze!

CALL ahead and we can have your pot ready to go when you arrive, or stop in, place your order and we’ll put your pot together while you wait. For groups 10+, ask us about our “We Steam” catered service.

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An Alternative Dining Experience

Outer Banks Boil Company Brings the Restaurant Experience to You

Matt Khouri grew up vacationing in Corolla with his parents and two brothers. With three young boys, going out to eat during vacation was never an appealing option for the Khouris. Instead, they opted for doing their own low country boils on the beach. It was simple and tasty, and Khouri’s parents could spend the time enjoying each other’s company on the beach, rather than chasing their kids around restaurants crowded with tourists.

This family tradition inspired Khouri’s senior project at UNC Wilmington: a business concept for bringing done-for-you seafood boils to families on vacation—no prep work, cooking or cleanup required. The school project didn’t exactly win any awards—Khouri spent more time surfing than studying—but it was enough to get him started. He launched the Outer Banks Boil Company out of his Corolla apartment in 2012.

“The vision was to mitigate the hassles of dining out and to bring the restaurant experience to folks at their vacation homes,” Khouri says.
What began with just a few catering gigs grew into a full-fledged business, which moved out of Khouri’s apartment and into its first brick and mortar location in 2016. Customers were loving having their beach boils brought to them, cooked on site and cleaned up, so they could enjoy a stress-free dining experience.

Khouri soon added a scaled-down version that was still simple but more nimble: the Best Pot To Go. Customers could order their pot, pick it up from the location and bring it home. From there, they just need to add water, beer or wine to the pot and let it steam for 30–45 minutes.

After Khouri added takeout to the catering-only model, the business exploded. In 2017, a second Outer Banks Boil Company location opened up in Carolina Beach. The next year was Ocean City, Maryland, and the year after was Kitty Hawk. In 2019, the company began franchising nationally. The Charlottesville, Virginia location opened last year, and this year franchises have opened in Virginia Beach and St. Petersburg, Florida.

“We see it as the way of the future for dining, pandemic or not,” Khouri says. “Of course people will always go out to eat, but what we offer folks is an alternative dining experience. We’re not just creating a meal, but also a memory for our customers.”

Khouri’s secret to success is keeping it simple. All of the signature seafood boils are made with the standard base of potatoes, corn on the cob, andouille sausage, sweet vidalia onions and shrimp. From there, customers can choose to add on other seafood like clams, mussels, scallops, snow crab legs and lobster tails. The produce and seafood are fresh and locally sourced whenever possible.

“The best part about what we do is getting to see those families who return year after year. We’ve watched people’s kids grow up,” Khouri says. “Outer Banks Boil Company is a great way for friends and families to not just enjoy an amazing seafood feast, but really focus on the quality time spent together.”

—By Chelsea Sherman


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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.