I lived on the OB back in the mid-80's, and Lance's was THE place to get seafood. Dead animal heads on the walls, [B]a hole in the middle of the tables direct to your own trashcan[/B], where you could deposit shrimp shells.
God, I miss those old places--Mexicano's, Gandalf's, Lance's, Milepost 16 restaurant, Green Dolphin in Manteo. Thanks for sparking the memory!
...but the mention of the "Hole in the middle of the table" brought it all back!
We used to call it "The Pink Place" because of the exterior paint color. It was dang good seafood, and nice atmosphere to boot.
It's been vacant/for sale for a couple(?) of years now.
While you're missing places, don't forget the bar "Atlantis" on the beach road right next to the pier! That was the only bar that I ever frequented that open up right onto the beach.
None of us are alone in getting old, either, so don't feel bad...