Carolina/Kure Beach, NC
I'm finding a few posts from 2001/2002 about Carolina/Kure Beach dining options. Pretty outdated folks!
I'll be there next weekend -- can any recommend some good places to hit up? Vegetarian friendly a considerable plus. What's good?
There is slim-pickins on this stretch, I'm afraid. But it's not impossible to have a good meal, just go into it knowing you're not going to be blown away. We always hit The Deck House on Charlotte Ave. It's got a nice atmosphere, a really good hot crab dip and many, many daily specials including fresh local fish. Not sure if you eat fish or not, but if so give it a try. A bit nicer is The Cottage on N. Lake Park Blvd. It's housed in a restored old cottage. They probably have the most creative menu in the area. There is a roadside bbq joint called A & G BBQ on South Lake Park Blvd. Not a pretty place but they have good eastern style 'cue and good hush puppies. Everyone always stops at The Trolly Stop on South Lake Park also, for a hot dog done w/ many different toppings to chose from. I know there is an Italian place on Lake Park and also a Mexican place but I don't recall there names and I've never eaten at them before. Good luck and hope this helps some what. :-) Jessica
Actually, the Cottage is no more...a greek restaurant (haven't eaten there) has opened in it's place.
A&G is great place for authentic Southern food...definitely try the fried oysters when they have them on special! And the fried chicken is excellent.
I'd say it's definitely worth a trip into Wilmington (30 min) for a good dinner!
The Old Pier House right across the street from the Kure Beach Pier has light crispy not-overly-breaded flounder filets (big uns) & shrimp/oysters that are impeccably fried - albeit in Calabash-style- but the coating is light & not bready as soo many places are wont to do. They serve fresh hot tasty oniony-sweet hush puppies & have a large selection of vegies - all southern-style. I would recommend field peas & snaps (if you can get them), fried okra (light & crispy), & collards (a nice foil for the fried things when seasoned with the hot pepper vinegar). Fish eaters - the filets are MIGHTY big - combo with shrimp or (in the winter) oysters are fab. It's the best place in Kure Beach - remember we've only got 1 stoplight - LOL! Hope you like the place - we do.