Diverse menu at OBX nanobrewery
Fresh seafood and a microbrew were two of my dining goals for my recent trip to North Carolina’s Outer Banks. I’m pleased to report that I accomplished both at my first stop.
Full Moon Cafe & Brewery
When Amanda and I walked into Full Moon Cafe around 2 p.m., the restaurant was nearly full including the outdoor tables shaded from the bright OBX sun by large red umbrellas. A slight breeze off the nearby water made the idea of al fresco dining seem appealing, but we opted for a table indoors, which worked out well because I really wanted the creamy crab bisque as soon as our waitress listed the day’s specials. The restaurant’s nearly at-capacity seating so late in the lunch hours was a clear indicator that Full Moon Cafe is a favorite among locals and visitors.
Perhaps the restaurant is so busy because of the menu’s diversity, offering dishes that would appeal to a variety of palates. I was impressed by the amount of vegetarian-friendly choices, and I ordered one myself. For my lunch entree, I ordered the Gatherer Wrap, which was one of six wrap sandwiches available. It included spinach, hummus, guacamole, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, white cheddar and tahini inside a tortilla served with chips and homemade salsa on the side. The wrap and the homemade salsa both had a slightly spicy kick, but overall, the meal was light yet filling and made with fresh ingredients. I began my lunch with a cup of crab bisque, a light soup full of crab meat. It was one of several specials that day. Amanda ordered one of the other specials: the pulled pork sandwich. It was massive and stacked with the barbecued meat.
Another reason to visit Full Moon is for its brewery. Classified as a nanobrewery, Full Moon Brewery specializes in British and Irish beers. I noticed a heavy focus on pale ales on the menu, which features Full Moon’s and other North Carolina brews.
Menu: Salads, wraps, seafood, burgers, quesadillas, enchiladas, daily specials
Beer List: British and Irish styles, including pale ale and stout
Price: $4-12 appetizers, $4-16 lunch entrees, $6.99-26.99 dinner entrees (Does not include market price items or daily specials)
Location: 208 Queen Elizabeth Street, Manteo, NC 27954