9 Best Breakfast Spots in Kitty Hawk

Starting your day with a hearty breakfast is important every day, but perhaps even more important at the beach. Long days basking in the sun seem to burn extra calories, so fueling up on great food is an essential way to start the day.

When you stay at a First Flight vacation rental, you’ll have quite a few breakfast options to fill your belly. Be sure to start your day off right on your Outer Banks vacation, and check out one of these delicious Kitty Hawk breakfast spots.

1. Art’s Place

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  • Address: 4624 Virginia Dare Trl N Kitty Hawk, NC
  • Favorite Menu Item: Monte Cristo Sandwich
  • Price Point: $

Art’s Place has been serving the OBX breakfast for four decades. Originally built as a beach house, this eclectic oceanside eatery and its kind hearted owner became popular with visitors and tourists alike. Despite the original owner’s passing in 2010, Art’s Place has continued its legacy as an Outer Banks breakfast favorite.

Serving everything from breakfast classics like pancakes and eggs to signature dishes like their savory wrapped omelet, Art’s Place is sure to satisfy anyone in search of a hearty meal to start their day. Art’s also serves lunch and dinner, including some banging hamburgers that have been voted the best of the Outer Banks.

2. Beachside Bites

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  • Address: 3723 N Croatan Hwy Kitty Hawk, NC
  • Favorite Menu Item: Breakfast Burrito
  • Price Point: $

Beachside Bites is an OBX sandwich shop that also serves up some pretty great breakfast dishes. While their breakfast menu is small, it packs a protein filled punch that’s sure to start your morning off right! Located just across from Barefoot Bernies, this small eatery is open all day, seven days a week.

Whether you’ve got a hankering for some fluffy pancakes doused in syrup or a more traditional breakfast sandwich with your choice of protein, you’re sure to find something to satisfy your tastebuds here. Beachside Bites also offers lunch and dinner options if you find yourself looking for something quick and delicious later on in the day!

3. Stack’em High

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  • Address: 3801 N Croatan Hwy Kitty Hawk, NC
  • Favorite Menu Item: Island Delight Pancakes
  • Price Point: $

Stack’em High Pancakes is an OBX family legacy. With two locations, located in Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills, respectively, the Stack’em High restaurants are owned and operated by two brothers and their families, whose parents served as the original owners. These breakfast spots have both been serving the OBX for four decades.

At Stack’em High, you can start your day with a variety of specialty pancakes, waffles, or omelets. Or try one of their breakfast specials for a taste of all the best breakfast staples. They also offer family-style breakfasts perfect for larger groups. Order the day before and pick up and eat breakfast from the comfort of your vacation rental!

4. Barrier Island Bagels

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  • Address: 4716 N Croatan Hwy Kitty Hawk, NC
  • Favorite Menu Item: The Hangover Cure Bagel
  • Price Point: $

When that breakfast bagel craving hits, Barrier Island Bagels is the perfect destination. Open Wednesday – Sunday from 7 to 1, this island eatery is a popular destination for OBX bagel lovers.

Barrier Island Bagels offers a large variety of craft bagel sandwiches with every topping combination you can dream of. If they don’t offer the combination of your dreams, you can create your own breakfast bagel at this gem of a breakfast spot.

In addition to bagels, you can grab muffins, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, omelets, or any number of breakfast sides. Whatever you order, be sure to order extra! Keeping a dozen bagels on hand at your vacation rental, makes for quick and easy breakfasts or easy to grab beach snacks.

5. Proof Bakery

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  • Address: 402 S Croatan Hwy Kill Devil Hills, NC
  • Favorite Menu Item: Chocolate crunch sticky buns
  • Price Point: $

At Proof Bakery, you can DIY your own breakfast sandwich, choosing from a number of meats, cheeses, and condiments. Like your sandwich piled high with bacon, grilled onions, and topped with a fried egg, tomato, and mayo? This sweet spot serves it up any way you like it!

In addition to offering DIY breakfast sandwiches, Proof also has a bakery case loaded with delicious baked goods. From fluffy croissants to gooey sticky buns, the options for sweet breakfast treats here are endless. You can even order French toast sticks with Bavarian cream that are out of this world!

If you take your breakfast with a side of caffeine drip, this place is a gem in Kitty Hawk! With the closest coffee shop on the Southern Shores, the Proof is a favorite breakfast spot for many coffee lovers. You can order anything from a cappuccino to a double shot espresso and get your day started with a kick.

6. Pony & the Boat

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  • Address: 3712 N Croatan Hwy Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
  • Favorite Menu Item: Shrimp & Grits
  • Price Point: $$

While breakfast isn’t on the menu here daily, Pony & the Boat does offer a can’t miss Sunday brunch. Served from 10 am – 2 pm, you can even sleep in and then go stuff your belly with some of the best breakfast on the OBX.

From their Cast Iron Specialties, like the Three Little Piggies, to their savory Surry Benedict, you can grab a number of delicious and unique breakfast delicacies here. You can also enjoy delicious pancake and French toast options, perfect for starting your Sunday with a sugar rush.

Breakfasts of the Sweet Variety

Donut lovers, rejoice! There are plenty of options for a sweet start to your breakfast in Kitty Hawk. These sweet concoctions are perfect when you need fast food on those busy beach days!

7. Donuts4You

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  • Address: 3701 N Croatan Highway, Kitty Hawk, NC
  • Favorite Menu Item: Maple Bacon Donut
  • Price Point: $

Donuts4You offers a wide assortment of tasty donuts that are sure to wake up your sweet tooth. From the classic glazed doughnut to specialties like their cannoli donut sandwich, you’re sure to find something here to satisfy your cravings.

You can grab your donuts in the store or conveniently order an online takeout. You can even have them delivered to your vacation rental. Their churros and doughnut holes are the perfect snack to enjoy on the beach.

8. Duck Donuts

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  • Address: 5230 Virginia Dare Trl N Kitty Hawk, NC
  • Favorite Menu Item: Peanut Butter Paradise
  • Price Point: $

The Duck Donuts chain actually originated right here in the OBX. Founded in 2006 in Duck, NC, these donuts have become synonymous with tasty treats throughout the South. Their Kitty Hawk location is no exception. You’ll also find other locations throughout the Outer Banks in Corolla, Nags Head, and Kill Devil Hills.

Their expansive menu offers many different flavors, including seasonal specialties that rotate throughout the year. Current specialties include cotton candy-themed donuts, and they also have many fun beach-themed donuts on the traditional menu. You can mix up all the flavors, grabbing your favorites, or try one of their specially curated selections. You can even get a cup of coffee to go with your order!

Start your Day off Right with a Kitty Hawk Breakfast

Fuel up for a big day at the beach with one of the many incredible breakfast restaurants right here in Kitty Hawk. Or, if a full belly tends to make you sleepy, head back to the comfort of your vacation rental for a mid-morning siesta. You’re on vacation, after all, and anything goes on the Outer Banks!