Outer Banks Restaurants

Mexican & Southwestern

Our Latin American neighbors have brought their culinary traditions to the Outer Banks, adding to the variety and fun of eating out. Outer Banks Mexican and Southwestern restaurants flourish here and can be found in almost every town. They're very popular for their quick service, yummy food and reasonable prices. But there are also restaurants that feature specialties from other Latin American countries such as Guatemalan chicken, Belizean-style beans and rice, Salvadoran pupusas and Honduran fried fish with tajadas (fried green plantain). Additionally, influences from the Pacific Rim, Baja Peninsula and the Caribbean can also be found at our Outer Banks restaurants. With the addition of fresh seafood, the menus at the Mexican and Southwestern restaurants appeal to most anyone. Even if you don't frequent Latin-influenced restaurants, you should try out one of these because with their authentic preparations, you'll discover flavors you might never have had before. And, make sure you leave room for dessert because, they, too, are deliciously authentic -- from tres leches to house-made coconut flan to plantain empanadas with vanilla custard. Or try churros (apple-filled pastries drizzled with caramel icing). Who can resist? Most these Outer Banks Mexican and Southwestern restaurants have full bars, and many carry the beer brands you fell in love while vacationing.   

 

Outer Banks Restaurants by Area

Corolla | Duck & Southern Shores | Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills & Nags Head
Roanoke Island & Manteo | Hatteras Island | Ocracoke Island

Outer Banks Restaurants by Category

Agave Roja — Modern Mexican

Outer Banks Mexican & Southwestern
807-B Ocean Trail, Monteray Plaza, Corolla
(252) 453-0446

Serving modern Mexican fare, Agave Roja is celebrating its sixth year as a tasty part of the Corolla restaurant scene. A little more upscale than the traditional Mexican restaurant but still relaxed and casual, Agave Roja is a place to sit down and savor a meal. The interior is contemporary, with local artwork, tile, woodwork and colorful reds and oranges that lend a lively style, and... read more

Serving modern Mexican fare, Agave Roja is celebrating its sixth year as a tasty part... read more

Bad Bean Baja Grill

Outer Banks Mexican & Southwestern
4146 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 3.5, Kitty Hawk
(252) 261-1300

Bad Bean Baja Grill creates a distinctive dining experience. Utilizing techniques and flavors found all across Latin America, California and the Baja Peninsula, the award-winning chefs present a creative fusion of familiar cantina favorites. Try the fresh mahi-mahi tacos topped with salsa fresca, crisp jicama slaw and cilantro chimichurri; the slow-cooked beef brisket and pork barbacoa also make for delicious tacos as well as burritos,... read more

Bad Bean Baja Grill creates a distinctive dining experience. Utilizing techniques and flavors found all... read more

Chilli Peppers Coastal Grill

Outer Banks Mexican & Southwestern
3001 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 5, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 441-8081

Chilli Peppers Coastal Grill is famous on the Outer Banks for its coastal cuisine, fresh seafood and award-winning soups and sauces. Everything is made from scratch, and the dining room bursts with a colorful and casual atmosphere. Every day the chef’s lunch specials include a pasta dish, enchilada of the day, stir-fry and a sandwich and soup combo in variety that could please anyone’s taste... read more

Chilli Peppers Coastal Grill is famous on the Outer Banks for its coastal cuisine, fresh... read more

Corolla Cantina

Outer Banks Mexican & Southwestern
1159 Austin Street, Corolla
(252) 597-1730

Corolla Cantina is the place for fresh, Baja-inspired Mexican food. It opens at 11 a.m. for lunch and dinner. The decor of the cozy cafe reflects its menu: bold, refreshing and laid back. Owner Nadya Williams makes you feel as if you’re stepping into her own kitchen, greeting you with a genuine smile and hearty laugh. Start your meal with the spiked queso to share,... read more

Corolla Cantina is the place for fresh, Baja-inspired Mexican food. It opens at 11 a.m.... read more

Jolly Roger Pub and Marina

Outer Banks Mexican & Southwestern
410 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke
(252) 928-3703

The Jolly Roger Pub and Marina is an open-air, waterfront restaurant perched directly on Silver Lake harbor. Casual lunches and dinners are served daily, offering a variety of fresh seafood, humongous burgers, Mexican dishes and tasty appetizers. It's a favorite spot to sit with a cold drink and listen to live music while watching the sunset over Ocracoke's harbor. They're open seasonally, mid-April to mid-October.... read more

The Jolly Roger Pub and Marina is an open-air, waterfront restaurant perched directly on Silver... read more

La Fogata Mexican Restaurant

Outer Banks Mexican & Southwestern
3924 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 4.5, Kitty Hawk
(252) 255-0934
4933 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 14.5, Nags Head
(252) 441-4179
41934 N.C. Highway 12, Hatteras Island Plaza, Avon
(252) 986-1118

With locations in Kitty Hawk, Nags Head and Avon, La Fogata is an Outer Banks standby for good, filling, traditional Mexican fare. Locals love it for offering tasty food at a good value. Within minutes of sitting down, you’ll have warm chips and yummy salsa to munch on while you look over the extensive menu. They serve beer and wine and have a full bar... read more

With locations in Kitty Hawk, Nags Head and Avon, La Fogata is an Outer Banks... read more

Rusty’s Surf And Turf

Outer Banks Mexican & Southwestern
47355 N.C. Highway 12, Buxton
(252) 995-4184

Rusty’s Surf and Turf brings the bold flavors and colors of the tropics to Hatteras Island. Owner and chef Rusty Midgett, a native who left the island and honed his restaurant and kitchen experience in some of Philadelphia’s top restaurants, is inspired in the kitchen by the places he has traveled on surf trips – the Caribbean, the Mexican Riviera, the Pacific Rim. Let him... read more

Rusty’s Surf and Turf brings the bold flavors and colors of the tropics to Hatteras... read more

Viva Mexican Grill

Outer Banks Mexican & Southwestern
2424 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 10.5, Nags Head
(252) 441-1601

If you're a fan of build-your-own Mexican taco bars, you'll love this spot. You go down the line, telling them what you want – be it burrito, taco, taco salad – then specify the ingredients of your choice, including several meats and sauteed fresh veggies. It's fast, fresh and good. The interior is punctuated with bright colors that complement the south of the border food.... read more

If you're a fan of build-your-own Mexican taco bars, you'll love this spot. You go... read more