John’s Drive In opened in 1977 and has been a local and visitor favorite alike ever since.  Big John and his wife Pat purchased the property where John's sits and with their three teenagers as instant staff, opened John's.  Creating a menu that would be become beach road classics, John and Pat worked to create staples like the dolphin boat with homemade tartar sauce and chocolate peanut butter milkshakes. Big John loved talking to and watching his friends and customers as their children were born and grew up over the years enjoying their meals at John's.  Those children would grow up and then bring their families to John’s and the tradition was born. The family lost John, Sr. in 2007 but because Little John had worked there with him for so many years he was able to continue the family tradition without missing a beat continuing to serve the same families year after year for 13 more years.  In July 2020, John and his family sold John's to another local family who has vowed to carry on the tradition of John's for many more years to come.  The dolphin boats, shakes and puppy cups will live on and families from near and far can still order a flavor of their childhood for years to come.  

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Our summer hours and fall hours differ, so please check our social media for our most updated hours

We are closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays (please come see us the rest of the week!)


Yes parking a pain! While we are working on a solution please be patient and wait for a spot to open if we are busy and be careful not to park on the side of the beach road

JASON JORDAN

OWNER, HEAD CHEF

Jason and his wife Chelsea bought John's in 2020 and has been working hard to keep the tradition alive while putting his professional chef background to work. 

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JOHN'S DRIVE IN

3716 N VIRGINIA DARE TRAILS

KITTY HAWK, NC, 27949

JOHNSDRIVEINOBX@GMAIL.COM

252-261-6227

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