Atlantic Beach, Morehead City, and Beaufort are three lovely towns on the beautiful Crystal Coast of North Carolina. Beaufort, founded in 1709, is a sailing harbor town with a great view of the Rachel Carson Coastal Reserve. Morehead City, founded in 1860, is home to a large ship port and a fun fishing waterfront. Atlantic Beach, founded in the 1880s, is on the Bogue Banks between Fort Macon and Pine Knoll Shores.
It’s no secret that I love breakfast and eating at the beach is one of my favorite things! Grumpy’s is in Morehead City, right on Arendell Avenue near the city library. Open at 6 am each day but Monday, this casual diner serves Southern style breakfast. They have biscuits, pancakes, country ham, and grits, but they also have homemade corned beef hash and home fries. http://grumpysmorehead.com/
The Banks Grill is in Morehead City a few blocks to the west of the Atlantic Beach bridge. The grill is open daily at 7 or 7:30 am. If you like sweets, you have to try the jumbo cinnamon roll. It’s topped with a pecan praline topping. Sticky and yummy! The lighthouse benedict has a biscuit, crabcake, egg, and tomato gravy. The banks omelet has shrimp and pimiento cheese. Check out the meats list: bologna, fried chicken, pork chop! This is our favorite place to get breakfast when we are in the area. http://www.thebanksgrill.com/
More breakfast is available at 4 Corners Diner and Oceanana Pier House Restaurant in Atlantic Beach.
Map of Crystal Coast, Morehead City
Resource links for Morehead City
- Dining in Emerald Isle Area
- Discover the Crystal Coast
- Morehead City Heritage cookbook
- Dee Gee’s Gifts and Books
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