Friendly Herron's
Duck, North Carolina

By Patricia B. Mitchell, 2004.

Many places claim to have “the best burgers in the world.” Herron's, in Duck, North Carolina, has excellent ones. (They don't make a claim to supremacy.)

On a recent trip to Duck my family and I ate at the small family-owned restaurant. My daughter Sarah ordered a “Fresh Mushroom Swiss Burger” ($5.50). She especially commented on the high quality of the Angus beef. The meat was thick, hot, and tender.

David, my son, enjoyed his “Cheeseburger Sub” ($5.99). The “works” on the “Cheeseburger Sub” included mustard, pickles, banana peppers, lettuce, and tomato.

My other son, Jonathan, had a “Club Ducker” ($5.99). Hubby Henry chose a “Herron's Style Crabcake” bun-wich ($6.99), and I ordered a “Softshell Crab Sandwich” ($6.99).

The comfortable restaurant is decorated with attractive murals and paintings by resident artist and waitress, Kinga Roef. Kinga is one of the many young people who come to the Outer Banks of North Carolina from Eastern Europe to work during the summer. (The actual resident population of the Other Banks is low, so there is not a large work pool.) The foreign youth learn and/or improve their English, and are educated in the American way of life. Kinga was pleasant and efficient, as were the other East European workers we encountered.

Herron's Family Restaurant is owned by Richard and Catherine Herron, one or both of whom are on the premises every day. Richard's parents opened the eatery back in 1986.

Herron's serves breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Favorite items include homemade biscuits, omelets, sausage gravy, pancakes, and French toast.

Lunch is served from 10:45 a.m. until 3 p.m. Besides sandwiches, soups (such as she-crab) and seafood platters are offered.

Dinner time is between 5 and 9 p.m. during the summer. (Breakfast and lunch are available seven days a week year-round.) The dinner menu offers “something for everybody,” from fried calamari to strawberry pie. A children's menu is available, as are beer and wine.

Herron's is located on NC12, in “downtown” Duck.