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Need help for Emerald Isle NC

scottb Aug 10, 2006 09:22 PM

Heading to Emerald Isle next week. Looking for some places with good food and good value. Thanks for any suggestions.

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    palvar Aug 12, 2008 01:01 PM

    Avoid Clawsons and DJ Shooters. I would recommend getting some good food and cooking yourself. I haven't found anything worth writing positively about in Emerald Isle.

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      jellybear Aug 13, 2008 07:25 AM

      A lot of the places previously mentioned have slid into obscurity.Forget the Sanitary Market unless youre 80 years old and your taste buds left your mouth.Clausons is just a Tourist Trap.I dont know if the Channel Marker is still open but the last time I ate there it was Great!Along with Beaufort Grocery,Big Is and Rucker Johns in Emerald Island isnt so bad neither.

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      goodeatsinadive Aug 21, 2006 08:37 PM

      Made an unexpected, quick trip to the coast this past week. Just to name two places recently mentioned here, we dined at Cox's Family restaurant - good and inexpensive as usual, and also at Big Oak Drive In. Wife got the Shrimpburger & I got an Oysterburger at BODI - so good I wish I could move in next door....

      If you've never experienced either of these dives, you have missed a gastronomical treat!

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        goodeatsinadive Aug 13, 2006 05:13 PM

        WHATEVER you do, DO NOT eat at Sanitary. The place is riding on a long lost reputation of once very good food and service.
        Now, it sucks.

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          shugga Aug 12, 2006 07:55 PM

          I've never eaten in Emerald Isle, but there are lots of good restaurants in Beaufort or Morehead City, which is not far from EI.
          In Beaufort there's Clauson's 1905 restaurant, Beaufort Grocery, The Spouter Inn. I've eaten lunch at these 3 and they were good. But there are many more.
          Morehead City has A Taste of Italy, and Sanitary which are both good. I almost forgot El's Drivein Restaurant. You sit in the car and read the menu on top of the building and the girl comes out and takes your order and delivers it back to you. Remember to save a fry for the seagulls!
          Make sure you drive west, into New Bern for a day. Downtown has some good restaurants. Morgans, Pollock St. Deli, MJ's, Bakers Square, Fred and Claire's, Chelsea and more. Stop in the info center at the Convention center.

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            goodeatsinadive Aug 12, 2006 12:48 PM

            Big Oak is a drive in, hence no seating other than in your car. Well worth a visit. Jordan's is a wonderful family run place with good food and prices to match. Frost's isn't bad but wouldn't be my first choice.

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              ymiller Aug 11, 2006 08:54 PM


              check the link above.

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                alonzo Aug 11, 2006 05:53 PM

                If you are in Salter Path, also try Frost's Seafood (which is across the way from the Big Oak Drive In). Would have loved to try the Big Oak, but it has no seating area.

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                  Jeanne Aug 11, 2006 03:21 PM

                  Someone suggested Big Oak Drive In the other week - in Salter Path, next to Emerald Isle.


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                    ymiller Aug 10, 2006 10:03 PM

                    I was there a year ago this time. Had drinks and apps at a Martini bar in town on the N/W side of the maid road. Creative, fun food and the 'tini was plentiful. There is a great place for Hatteras style chowder in town. Plain looking, blue building on the same side of the road - it might be Jordan's. Oddly, there is also a great wine shop / gas station in town as well. Ask a local, they should be able to point you in the right direction. Have fun.

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