Best Seafood Boil!

Dining out in the Outer Banks can be a daunting task. Leaving the beach early, hour long waits for tables, expensive drinks, and mediocre food are just the start! Let Outer Banks Boil Co. solve your dining dilemma with our unique approach!

Choose either our at-home catering or one of our pots to-go. Maximize your beach time and enjoy a meal and experience you won't soon forget! Outer Banks Boil Company offers an alternative to the traditional restaurant experience. Our highly acclaimed Traditional Coastal Boils are available catered at your location or in our convenient and easy Best Pot To-Go.

What is a boil? 

Jumbo Shrimp, spicy andouille sausage, red bliss potatoes, corn on the cob and sweet Vidalia onions are layered, seasoned ( with our own special blend) to perfection and expertly cooked together. Served with our homemade cocktail sauce the Outer Banks Boil Company has been dubbed the "Best Pot on the Beach". We pride ourselves on providing quality, fresh and when available, local ingredients. Our spicy andouille sausage is shipped up from Louisiana (for that true low-country boil taste), Want to take it up a notch? You can add seafood such as snow crab legs, clams, mussels and lobster tails!

You Steam (takeout)

Our BEST POT TO-GO provides you with the opportunity to experience our acclaimed Coastal Low Country Boil without the full-service catering. Succulent Jumbo Shrimp, spicy andouille sausage, fresh sweet corn, buttery red bliss potatoes, all layered, seasoned to perfection and ready to steam. Snow crab? Lobster Tails? Clams? Mussels? Yes Please!!!!!

So easy! Just add liquid (water, beer, white wine) and place on your stovetop and let the magic happen. That's it! Nothing complicated about it, just steam, serve and enjoy "the Best Pot on the Beach"! Oh, and by the way cleanup's a breeze!

CALL ahead and we can have your pot ready to go when you arrive, or stop in, place your order and we'll put your pot together while you wait. For groups 10+, ask us about our "We Steam" catered service.

An Alternative Dining Experience

Outer Banks Boil Company Brings the Restaurant Experience to You

Matt Khouri grew up vacationing in Corolla with his parents and two brothers. With three young boys, going out to eat during vacation was never an appealing option for the Khouris. Instead, they opted for doing their own low country boils on the beach. It was simple and tasty, and Khouri's parents could spend the time enjoying each other's company on the beach, rather than chasing their kids around restaurants crowded with tourists.

This family tradition inspired Khouri's senior project at UNC Wilmington: a business concept for bringing done-for-you seafood boils to families on vacation-no prep work, cooking or cleanup required. The school project didn't exactly win any awards-Khouri spent more time surfing than studying-but it was enough to get him started. He launched the Outer Banks Boil Company out of his Corolla apartment in 2012.

"The vision was to mitigate the hassles of dining out and to bring the restaurant experience to folks at their vacation homes," Khouri says.
What began with just a few catering gigs grew into a full-fledged business, which moved out of Khouri's apartment and into its first brick and mortar location in 2016. Customers were loving having their beach boils brought to them, cooked on site and cleaned up, so they could enjoy a stress-free dining experience.

Khouri soon added a scaled-down version that was still simple but more nimble: the Best Pot To Go. Customers could order their pot, pick it up from the location and bring it home. From there, they just need to add water, beer or wine to the pot and let it steam for 30-45 minutes.

After Khouri added takeout to the catering-only model, the business exploded. In 2017, a second Outer Banks Boil Company location opened up in Carolina Beach. The next year was Ocean City, Maryland, and the year after was Kitty Hawk. In 2019, the company began franchising nationally. The Charlottesville, Virginia location opened last year, and this year franchises have opened in Virginia Beach and St. Petersburg, Florida.

"We see it as the way of the future for dining, pandemic or not," Khouri says. "Of course people will always go out to eat, but what we offer folks is an alternative dining experience. We're not just creating a meal, but also a memory for our customers."

Khouri's secret to success is keeping it simple. All of the signature seafood boils are made with the standard base of potatoes, corn on the cob, andouille sausage, sweet vidalia onions and shrimp. From there, customers can choose to add on other seafood like clams, mussels, scallops, snow crab legs and lobster tails. The produce and seafood are fresh and locally sourced whenever possible.

"The best part about what we do is getting to see those families who return year after year. We've watched people's kids grow up," Khouri says. "Outer Banks Boil Company is a great way for friends and families to not just enjoy an amazing seafood feast, but really focus on the quality time spent together."

-By Chelsea Sherman


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Corolla, NC 27927

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Kitty Hawk, NC 27949

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The Cotton Gin

The Cotton Gin

Jarvisburg location is temporally closed. For those traveling to the Outer Banks, The Cotton Gin is a beloved landmark with its large windmill and picturesque gardens. The Cotton Gin has stood in the same location since 1929, starting as a working cotton gin and growing to a gift store with 4 locations. Visitors are treated to a unique shopping experience in our main store in Jarvisburg, as well as our beach stores in Corolla, Duck, and Nags Head. Explore room after room filled with décor for your home and coastal fashions for both men and women. Discover the brands you really want, like, Vera Bradley, Vineyard Vines, La Mer Luex, Simply Southern, Lindsay Phillips, Scout, Pandora, Kameleon, Brighton, Spartina, Tommy Bahama, Southern Tide and Salt Life and Old Guys Rule - all under one roof!


Don’t forget the gourmet market, or shop our beautiful linens for your bedroom and bath. We also feature coastal books and fine art, or just a whimsical fun gift to bring home to family and friends. Stop by soon and don’t forget to try our estate grown wines in our stores or visit our vineyard and winery, Sanctuary Vineyards, located adjacent to the original Cotton Gin in Jarvisburg.


Most know The Cotton Gin as a must-stop shop for fine gifts, beachwear, souvenirs and so much more, but this retailer has a long-standing history within the Outer Banks. A local landmark that holds almost a century of memories, The Cotton Gin started from humble beginnings and continues to adapt to the times and tourists. Tommy Wright’s family has been in the Outer Banks for nearly 200 years. His great-great grandfather, Jacob Francis Wright, shipwrecked in Duck back in the early 1800s. Calling these barrier islands his new home, Wright and his family acclimated to their new environment.


Adaptation is a common theme for the Wright family. Tommy and his wife Candace, who continue to steer The Cotton Gin, have seen not only their business change with the times, but the Outer Banks as a vacation destination as well. A farm market in Jarvisburg eventually transformed and flourished into several retail locations dotting the Outer Banks.


“As the area changed and tourism took off in the 1960s, the family saw people coming for vacations, so they began to grow vegetables and things developed from there,” says Tommy Wright. The Wright family expanded upon the farm market and began to remodel a working cotton gin, later transforming the gin into The Cotton Gin general store in the late 1960s. While the additions to the farm store drew visitors, it was their encounters with the Wright family that kept people coming back year after year, which is something that remains true today.

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