Trip Advisor awards Outer Banks Boil Company its highest honor for Family Friendly Dining

By on November 8, 2023

Travel Giant TripAdvisor Ranks This Outer Banks Restaurant #1 in the United States and #6 in the World for Family Friendly Dining

Outer Banks Boil Company, an experience driven, seafood takeout and catering company that specializes in signature seafood boils, has been awarded¬† Trip Advisor’s highest honor,¬† the Traveler’s Choice Best of the Best Award.¬† According to the travel giant’s website the Corolla location¬† has been ranked as the #1 Family Friendly Dining Restaurant in America and ranks at an even more impressive- #6 in the world!

“We are stoked to be recognized by TripAdvsior as the #1 family-friendly restaurant in the US and #6 in the whole¬† world! All thanks to our customers who wrote such incredible reviews about their OBBC experience and the entire OBBC Corolla team for their amazing work and¬† consistent commitment to excellence!

Just over 10 years ago we started this business with one goal in mind; to make more than meals, but memories for each and every family we have the opportunity to serve. Outer Banks Boil Company was built to replicate a family beach tradition and to this day we honor that foundation as we have become tradition for countless families over the years.

This award is a true TEAM accomplishment and testament to our shared goal of always delivering quality ingredients, unreasonable hospitality and a unique dining EXPERIENCE to each and every family we serve!

CHEERS to the team and everyone who has made this all possible! “, remarks founder Matt Khouri.

In 2012 founder Matt Khouri had just graduated from the Cameron School of Business at UNCW with a desire to implement his senior project business plan in the Outer Banks.¬† Despite the fact that the¬† “business plan” received a “c”¬† from his professor, Matt¬† was undeterred.¬† Working from his apartment and swapping favors to get kitchen space in other local restaurants,¬† all while juggling 3 other part time jobs, Matt’s plan was taking off. With each passing year word spread and demand for the Outer Banks Boil Company experience grew, Matt gave up another part time job until he opened the Corolla location in 2016.

“Congratulations to the 2023 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best winners,” said John Boris, Chief Growth Officer at TripAdvisor. “The travel resurgence we’ve seen throughout the past year has even further heightened the competition. Ranking among the Best of the Best demonstrates that you have provided exemplary experiences to those who matter most: your guests. With changing expectations, continued labor shortages, and rising costs, this is no easy feat, and I am continually impressed with the hospitality industry’s resilience and ability to adapt. Cheers to another successful year!”

About Outer Banks Boil Company

What started as a college project for UNCW alum Matt Khouri,  the Outer Banks Boil Company is a unique seafood catering and take out concept that creates a  fun dining experience that gathers people around the table to enjoy a delicious and perfectly prepared signature seafood boil as an alternative to the traditional restaurant experience.  The brand currently has 11 locations in North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, and Florida with additional locations in various stages of development. For more information about Outer Banks Boil Company, please visit

About Tripadvisor

Tripadvisor, the world’s largest travel guidance platform*, helps hundreds of millions of people each month** become better travelers, from planning to booking to taking a trip. Travelers across the globe use the Tripadvisor site and app to discover where to stay, what to do and where to eat based on guidance from those who have been there before. With more than 1 billion reviews and opinions of nearly 8 million businesses, travelers turn to Tripadvisor to find deals on accommodations, book experiences, reserve tables at delicious restaurants and discover great places nearby. As a travel guidance company available in 43 markets and 22 languages, Tripadvisor makes planning easy no matter the trip type. The subsidiaries of Tripadvisor, Inc. (Nasdaq: TRIP), own and operate a portfolio of travel media brands and businesses, operating under various websites and apps.



Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

BP0400: Turnkey Masonry

BP0500: Structural Steel & Misc. Steel

BP0740: RooÔ¨Āng

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

BP0800: Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware

BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

BP0990: Painting & Wallcovering

BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

BP1010: Signage

BP1098: Demountable Partitions

BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).


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