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Oct 12, 2007 08:43 AM

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 Pretty outdated folks!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?


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  1. 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

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    1. re: lynnlato

      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!

      1. re: barbara27

        A&G was the first place I had fried spots, the spots were very fresh and well cooked, definitely the place to go for local food.

      2. re: lynnlato

        (just realized if you're vegetarian, a bbq joint might not be the place for you... so sorry for forgetting that element.)

      3. 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.