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Hatteras Village is at the far western tip of the island, but it fills a central role in many respects. It is the home of the island fishing fleet, because the boats can go out through Hatteras Inlet straight to the Gulf. Hundreds of families come to the island every year primarily for deep sea fishing, and most of them rent accomodations in Hatteras Village. The Ocracoke Ferry departs from here, guaranteeing steady traffic, many of whom stop to eat before or after. This is where the diving trips go out, where the best July Fourth fireworks display on the Banks is staged, and where parasailing, kayaking, crabbing and amphibious vehicle tours are headquartered. In this village are located seven restaurants, three among the island's very best.

Teach's Island is in the Channel Bass building on Slash Creek on the left as you cross the bridge into Hatteras Village. The favorite restaurant on the West end of the island since 1965, it closed after 2005 when the Harrisons concluded a 40 year run. Two groups have tried to reopen it and failed. In 2013 Gregg Weiss and the Teach's Lair staff, looking for a larger kitchen, moved in. Gregg, with training and experience in Orlando, Disney and New Orleans, has limited the menu to do fewer items very well. Among his Appetizers, we like the Grouper Bites, Chicken Quesadilla and Sweet Potato Puffs. The Clam Chowder is reliably good. His Crab Sausage Chicken Gumbo is interesting, but the sausage overwhelms the crab and chicken. The Grouper Sandwich contains enough Grouper for two sandwiches and it's delicious. Gregg's Crab Cakes are among the island's top three; they contain more lump crabmeat than most. The Broiled Scallops in Garlic Butter & White Wine Sauce is excellent, as is the Jumbo Shrimp & Scallops Pasta (sauteed in garlic butter and wine sauce, tossed with bowtie pasta, topped with parmesan). The Sweet Tea is unimpressive but the Canyon Road Wines compensate. The Hush Puppies frier is too hot, scorching the outside and undercooking the interior. But Gregg does a fine job with Steaks and the Key Lime Pie is very good. The inside is spacious and the ambience is quiet enough for conversation.
The Breakwater on the waterfront in Hatteras Village is now the special occasion restaurant of the island. It's where locals go to celebrate birthdays, business deals and graduations. It would make a fine place to eat the last night of your visit. Their Appetizer menu is one of the best anywhere. The Bleu Cheese Mussels are mussels and leaks sauteed, then simmered in roquefort cream. Blackened Scallops are sweet sea scallops and fried leeks in tomato basil vinaigrette. Blue Crab Ravioli is ravioli in wild mushrooms, asiago and roast shallot sherry cream, stuffed with lump blue crab. Breakwater Fish is fresh local fish in andouille sausage and leeks, simmered in Cajun cream, topped with asiago.Wow. Only then do you get to dinner. Their Crabcakes are served in a pineapple jalapeno salsa. The Hatteras Seafood Stew includes shrimp, scallops, clams, fish and blue crab in a tomato clam broth, with peppers, leeks, onions, corn on the cob and sausage. The Scallops al Greco is scallops sauteed in mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes and feta in wine oregano butter sauce. Great views of harbor sunsets. They take special pride in their breads and desserts. Open for dinner only, 5:30 - 10 pm.

Dinky's sits high above Hatteras Harbor with beautiful views out windows on three sides. The decor features lots of wood and brass and nautical artifacts. The layout is a large U-shaped bar with seven tables along the windows. On weekends, 90 minute waits are common. The food better be good. It is. Appetizers lead with Honey Chipotle Barbecued Shrimp, Hickory Smoked Tuna Crostini and Black Bean Goat Cheese Chimichanga in Roast Red Pepper Cream Sauce. Whatever the Soup Of The Day is, order a cup. They're all spectacular. Entrees include New Zealand Rack of Lamb, French Pork Chop, Cuervo Chicken and Chicken Franchese. But this is Hatteras and the seafood items are the stars. We like their Scallops, a simple treatment of garlic, herbs and shallots in chardonnay sauce. Or try the Shellfish Pescatore. But the Seafood Stew is their masterpiece : local shrimp, scallops and fish in garlic, herbs, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, carrots, apple smoked bacon and asiago cheese in Dinky's own broth. Save room for New York Cheesecake.

Teach's sits right above the docks, with views out the windows to the boats and Pamlico Sound. This is a fisherman's restaurant. If you eat here, expect to be surrounded by talk of where the fish are biting, of battles fought with big fish of the day, of weather conditions and equipment comparisons. And Teach's has to deal with a tough clientele. These guys who work the commercial fleet, guide the charter boats, come here from all over the country for the fishing, and have been dressing and cooking fish all their lives, have pretty high standards when they order fish in a restaurant. They don't care about haute cuisine, about Asian salads or fancy desserts. They want local fish, fixed the way they fix it themselves. So if you want a traditional down home kitchen, this is your restaurant. Among their appetizers, we especially like their Wings. Their Homemade Carolina BBQ is a worthy rival to Bubba's in Frisco, and the Grilled Fish Of The Day is always good, being just a few hours out of the water. Teach's closes around dark.
The Shrimp Shack is a small restaurant at the entrance to Hatteras Village. They serve a good breakfast, featuring Waffles, which are hard to find on the island. Their French Toast ranks right up there with the best served elsewhere on Hatteras. The signature item of the Shrimp Shack is their lunchtime special : The Shrimpburger. They take great pride in this sandwich. Rather than using the standard popcorn shrimp, they fill it with fresh jumbo shrimp freshly prepared. Dinners at The Shrimp Shack consist of the traditional seafood, steaks and pastas, with a soup of the day, daily special and dessert of the day. The clientele here is mostly vacationers staying at the motels or cottages along the Route 12 beach strip, so it tends to fill up around mid evening.
Rocco's is the island's only Italian restaurant. It's beach casual, offering takeout or sit down. For the lunch crowd, there's the usual menu of hand tossed pizzas, calzones, subs, and burgers. The dinner menu includes all the traditional favorites. Among the sides and appetizers, we like their Crab Dip, Bread Sticks, and Beer Battered Onion Rings. All dinners come with salads and rolls. We like their Cheese Ravioli, Eggplant Parmesan, Spaghetti and Meat Balls, and Sausage & Peppers.
Sonny's is the local hangout. It's been here for 30 years and offers good food at low cost. Being right across the road from the docks and around the bend from the ferry, it can get crowded at breakfast. It also serves lunch and dinner. They offer the usual seafood, chicken, steaks, salads, soups and appetizers. But we like Sonny's Steamer Specials : Crab, Shrimp, Mussels, Clams and, most famously, Crawfish. Other island restaurants offer crawfish as occasionbal specials, but this is the only place on the island you can order it standard off the menu. Sonny's is not always open, so you might want to phone ahead. The big parking lot can hold your boat and trailer and there are enough tables that you won't have to wait. It can get crowded again late in the day as the fishermen get in off the Sound and Gulf Stream and families drive off the ferries after a day at Ocracoke.
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