Bringing global preparations to local seafood!

Bold tropical tastes and colors come together with fresh local seafood on Hatteras Island on the Outer Banks.

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Locals love this place, and visitors are finding it to be a standout in Buxton restaurants.

Rusty’s Surf and Turf brings the bold flavors and colors of the tropics to the Hatteras Island restaurants scene. Owner and chef Rusty Midgett, a Hatteras native who honed his experience in some of Philadelphia’s top restaurants, is inspired in the kitchen by the places he has traveled on surf trips – the Caribbean, the Mexican Riviera, the Pacific Rim. Now, diners with a penchant for adventuresome food enjoyed amid a lively atmosphere are flocking to this Hatteras Island restaurant. Let him surprise you with his creative preparations of fresh local seafood, savory chops and premium beef. This Buxton restaurant is fun and colorful with cheerful local artwork. Rusty has created a hybrid cuisine unique in this area. You won’t find this combination of a tropics-inspired menu and décor in other Outer Banks restaurants! Rusty’s has a full bar and specializes in North Carolina hand-crafted beers, and there’s a fun bar/appetizer menu with items such as crab and shrimp spring rolls, veggie lumpia, mussels and crab and artichoke dip. Rusty’s serves dinner seven days a week in the summer and brunch on Sundays; call for off-season hours. It’s located between Natural Art Surf Shop and the ABC Store. When you’re on Hatteras Island, make sure you follow the crowd that knows that Rusty’s Surf and Turf is one of the best Outer Banks restaurants you’ll find on these sandy shores!