Town of Duck Makes USA Today Top 10 List

Sunset from the deck of Aqua in Duck.

We were all set to write about some of our favorite restaurants on the north end of the Outer Banks-thinking we would write mostly about how great a town Duck is and then USA Today took the words right from us when they awarded one of the top 10 spots in their People’s Choice Awards for “Best Coastal Small Town.”

Here’s a small sampling of what they said:

“The far northern community of Duck . . . (a) resort town boasting lots of restaurants and shops, and a reputation for its beautiful beaches. With Currituck Sound to one side and the Atlantic Ocean to the other, water sports and outdoor adventures abound.”

Which brings up the topic of favorite upscale restaurants in Duck (in no particular order):

Blue Point-Located in the Waterfront Shops, it’s been open for just about 26 years now, starting as an oyster bar serving blue point oysters. Executive Chef Sam McCann and John Powers realized pretty quickly they had something special and now they had something special and began expanding the menu and restaurant. Today they offer spectacular food with an equally spectacular view of Currituck Sound.

Aqua-It’s a little early in the season right now to sit out on the deck and have a meal overlooking the Currituck Sound, but once the weather warms a bit, this may be the best waterfront dining experience on the Outer Banks. A great small but well-stocked bar, wonderful menu selection and perfect open air dining.

Red Sky Cafe-In a way, it’s unfair to classify Chef Wes Stepp’s Red Sky Cafe as fine dining since he’s all about keeping things relaxed and casual. There is a reason, though, that Wes is one of the most sought after chefs of special events on the Outer Banks. Look for creative interpretations of classic dishes as well as some flavors and foods combined in new ways.

In addition to the more upscale restaurants in Duck, there are some great coffee shops, sandwiches and just great places to get a bite to eat in town.

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