A local legend, Big Al's Soda Fountain & Grill is a must visit on a trip to the Outer Banks.

The Location

Big Al's is located in Manteo.  Not quite on the beach, it is a short drive over the bridge and into Manteo to Big Al's.

The Ambiance and Service

Decorated in 1950s-style diner red-and-white checkerboard with a lot of Coca-Cola memorabilia, Big Al's leans into its kitschy image.  I'm only surprised that the waitresses weren't wearing poodle skirts and bouffant hairdos!   Big Al's is a large restaurant. Even still, you should expect a substantial wait at peak meal times during the summer. Big Al's is very, very popular.

The Food

Great!  Wht is not to like about a classic burger and fries?  And, the milkshakes and root-beer floats are the real deal.  Sugary, classic goodness!

You can learn more about Big Al's Soda Fountain & Grill on their website.