JUST WANTED TO PROVIDE FEEDBACK ON DIRTY DICKS IN HATTERAS, NORTH CAROLINA. I WAS STAYING IN HATTERAS IN JULY 2009, WITH MY 2 SONS, MY OLDER SON’S GIRLFRIEND & MY WIFE. WE ATE OUT EVERY NIGHT. OUR FAVORITE SEAFOOD PLACE WAS THE MAD CRABBER IN AVON, FROM PREVIOUS VACATIONS & WE VISITED THERE ALSO. BUT WE WANTED A CHANGE. ALTHOUGH, I READ A FEW BAD REVIEWS ON DIRTY DICKS, AT OTHER LOCATIONS, I DECIDED TO GIVE THE HATTERAS LOCATION A TRY. THE ‘ALL YOU COULD EAT OPTION’ APPEALED TO MY OLDER SON & I. WE ALL LOVED THE EXPERIENCE THOUGH. WE WENT ON 07/22/09 AND CAME BACK ONE MORE TIME ON 07/24/09. WE HAD MANY ORDERS OF CRAB LEGS. THEY KEPT BRINGIN THEM. OUR ENTIRE GROUP HAD SUCH A GREAT TIME, THAT WE BOUGHT $100 OF TSHIRTS AS SOUVENIRS ON THE LAST NIGHT. WE WERE VERY LUCKY, A GENERAL MANAGER WAS THERE BY THE NAME OF DALE GREEN. OUR SERVER WAS KATHY. DALE SERVED US A FEW TIMES AND GAVE US BACKGROUND INFO ON THE CHAIN. I ALWAYS LAUGHED AT THE TSHIRTS WHEN I SPOTTED THEM, AT DIFFERENT LOCATIONS. NOW I UNDERSTAND THE FASCINATION. DIRTY DICKS IS NOW MY FAVORITE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT AT THE OUTER BANKS. I WILL ALSO SEEK OUT OTHER LOCATIONS. GIVE IT A TRY. ASK FOR KATHY IN HATTERAS. IF YOU GO TO ANOTHER LOCATION, ASK IF DALE GREEN IS THERE…HE TRAVELS THROUGHOUT THE SMALL CHAIN TO IMPROVE SERVICE. IT HAS BEEN 6 WEEKS SINCE I WAS THERE, AND IT WAS BUGGING ME THAT I WAITED TILL 09/07/09 TO WRITE THIS REVIEW.
Is it a tourist trap? Well, yes, the name gives that away, as does the presence of t-shirts and knick knacks at the accompanying souvenir shop.
But despite its tourist trap appearances, DD's serves excellent food and provides great service in an enjoyable atmosphere. I dined there twice last week and both times the experience was excellent. I had the snow crab meal once and the king crab meal another visit. Both dishes were excellent.
Despite dining with some difficult to please friends, everyone was very satisfied with the whole experience. When one friend barely touched her soup, the waitress removed it from the tab even though no complaint was ever lodged. That is the type of above and beyond service that makes a person want to return over and over.
I sampled the fried lobster lasagna that a friend ordered and it was delicious, rich and complex. Since the labor intensive whole crab experience is not for everyone, I'd recommend that dish with the highest praise.