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Sometimes I find myself landing on the Food Network channel if for nothing else than background noise, but if the show The Best Thing I Ever Ate is on… I’m all in. Random chefs and television personalities share some of what they consider to be the best things they’ve ever eaten from various places all over the country. Sometimes I wonder what I would say if someone were to ask me what the best thing I’ve ever eaten is and while I could weigh in with several answers there is one place that would always find itself towards the top of my list… The Big Oak Drive-In.

Located in Salter Path, NC as a small drive-in tucked away between large trees with the ocean at its back, it’s the best part of the beach rivaling the waves themselves. A trip to the Atlantic without a visit to The Big Oak, where they write your order on the bag they put it in, almost feels like a trip wasted. Their famous shrimp burgers and fried pickles are so delicious that my mouth waters every time the sun threatens summer heat because I know the countdown has begun, the weeks and days leading to the next reunion of me and the small drive-in with big flavored promises are numbered… and it delivers every time. 

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