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Looking for chow along S. Atlantic coast

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My GF are coming down from NY to spend a week on the Carolina coast next month. Flying into Raleigh, then renting a car. We're heading out to the Outer Banks, then driving down the coast, stopping in Wilmington, Charleston and Savannah, before looping back up I-95 back to Raleigh - although we might take a detour through Charlotte.

Looking for any and all great chow stops - breakfast, lunch and dinner - along the way, especially of the regional variety - BBQ, Low Country, etc. Would like to keep things relatively inexpensive, although a couple of special occasion suggestions would be welcome. My GF is a vegetarian, so any places with vegetarian options would be great as well.

Thanks for your help!

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  1. In Wilmington, NC hit up Catch on Princess Street in downtown Wilmington and/or Oceanic or Dockside in/near Wrightsville Beach. All will give you a taste of Cape Fear cuisine. Be sure to order something with oysters, flounder or grouper. Indochine on Market Street is worth checking out just for the scenery (sit outside) and vegetarian options. The food is either really great or just okay, depending on the day.

    1. SeeWee in Awendaw between McClelanville and Mt.Pleasant is one of the best seafood restaurants in the south. It is on Highway 17.

      All of their sides are outstanding low country fare such as slaw, mashed potatoes & gravy, mac & cheese, collards, fried okra, green beans, butter beans, etc.

      1. I am not a fan of Oceanic in Wrightsville Beach. Dockside is a fun place, with great views, but don't expect exceptional chow. If in Wrightsville Beach, hit South Beach Grill...its wonderful. They have a great shrimp and grits dish. I would encourage you to do a search on here to get a feel for the choices, then ask for more specific help to narrow it down. Lots of great BBQ in eastern NC, of course, and Wilmington has a plethora of quality choices.

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        1. re: carolinadawg

          Catch is a definate in Wilmington for a weekday lunch. At Wrightsville Beach I have had a couple of good lunches at Airlie Seafood Company. They are two doors down from Dockside and the food is much better and the view is virtually the same.

        2. check out these websites when you get to Savannah: www.savannahfoodie.com , www.savannahmenu.com