Cook Out trays one vote away from coming to the Outer Banks

Gimme a barbecue tray, onion rings, hush puppies and a Cheerwine, please! [Sam Walker photo]

Kill Devil Hills commissioners meet Monday at 6 p.m, when they will vote on a proposal to bring another popular taste of North Carolina to the Outer Banks that could open some time next year.

Cook Out, the Thomasville-based chain of fast food eateries, plans to open a drive-thru only location at mile post 9.5 on U.S. 158 near the Nags Head town line.

Since opening their first store in Greensboro in 1989, Cook Out now has locations in over 100 cities across 10 states.

The nearest Cook Out to the Outer Banks is in Elizabeth City, which is similar to the Kill Devil Hills design, with just a drive-thru lane, a walk-up window and no indoor seating.

The menu primarily features grilled hamburgers and cheeseburgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, quesadillas, eastern North Carolina barbecue, and 40 flavors of milkshakes.

Their signature is the “Cook Out Tray”, with an entrée, two sides and a drink, including North Carolina’s-own Cheerwine, for just $4.99.

The building currently on the lot at mile post 9.5, most recently an office for Southern Shores Realty, will be torn down. [Sam Walker photo]

They propose a 1,500 sq. ft. building with a double drive-thru lane, 18 parking spaces and associated site improvements on a lot currently occupied by a former real estate office at 2005 South Croatan Highway.

The Kill Devil Hills Planning Board gave its approval to the proposal last month following recommendation of town staff.

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