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Atlantic Beach, M'head City, Beaufort NC

I'm heading to Atlantic Beach this weekend and would love a recommendation for a restaurant in the AB, MC, Beaufort area that serves local seafood,but not fried. Someplace similiar to South beach Grill in Wrightsville Beach. Casual, fresh local food, moderately priced. Net House? Clawson's? Crab's Claw?

Thanks for your help!

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  1. AB- Carlton;s, Watermark
    MC-Williams, Bistro by the Sea
    Beaufort-Blue Moon Bistro

    Maybe more than you want to spend but EXCELLENT FOOD, SERVICE & ATMOSPHERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. re: NXS

      Second Blue Moon and Bistro by the Sea. Also, Cafe Zito in Morehead. Even upmarket places like these have a casual feel in uber casual Carteret County. The Crab Shack in Salter Path used to be great for steamed crabs, but haven't been for several years.

      1. re: NXS

        Check out California Roll. It is a contemporary sushi restaurant that is fabulous! The fish is always fresh, and the flavor combinations are unbelievable.

      2. The Watermark between AB and Emerald Isle. We eat there 2 or 3 times each trip we're there.

        1. I also recommend Blue Moon - delicious food, lovely atmosphere. Not really casual, except that every restaurant in that area is casual in that you can wear shorts or your cleanest Tommy Bahama wear and be just fine. For a more casual atmosphere, the Net House is my favorite seafood restaurant in Beaufort. Casual, friendly, but good quality seafood and not all fried. They are famous for their chowder, and my parents make a meal of raw oysters there on special occasions.

          Clawson's is a fun atmosphere, pretty average food of the nachos and burgers variety.

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          1. re: dubedo

            Thanks for the info. In regard to Blue Moon, do they offer nightly seafood specials? The menu posted on their website doesn't have much in the way of seafood entrees.

          2. I recommend Sharpies in Beaufort all local seafood and won second in the state for fine dining this year.

            1. Not sure if it's exactlly what you're looking for but I've always enjoyed Aqua in Beaufort.

              1. We've been many times to Island Grille in Atlantic Beach never had a bad meal there. I second Cafe Zito in Morehead City and add votes for Blue Moon in Beaufort. Also had good luck at Beaufort Grocery Co.

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                1. re: andy0820

                  The Island Grill closed a couple of years ago. Have they reopened?

                  1. re: Jeanne

                    If this is the same Island Grill located near the old Sportsman's Pier, it sure is open...or at least it was as of President's Day weekend because I went.

                    1. re: andy0820

                      Okay - great. That is the one I'm talking about. A friend of mine owns a place near their and she hadn't mentioned it reopening that I can remember. I've been there a couple of times several years ago and really liked it.

                2. We ate Friday night at Aqua in Beaufort, and had an outstanding meal. This place is great, very friendly, very professional, great food, and a great bargain. We had 4 small plates (an amazing crab cake with a horseradish sauce that was ALL crab, a beef curry over hazelnut couscous, bacon wrapped scallops and fired goat cheese), a slad and a bottle of Kim Crawford Pinot Noir (wine is one-third off on Fridays!). Total bill was $58 before tip. Great food and what a deal.

                  Saturday, we went to Beaufort Grocery. Blue Moon was our first choice, but they are closed until March 15th. Again, very friendly, great service. Brought our own wine and they gladly opened it for us with a small corkage fee. Started with a shrimp and scallop burrito appetizer with green pico de gallo sauce that was excellent. We split an entree off the specials board...grouper crusted with crab and lobster. It was ok...either overcooked, or had been sitting around in a warmer. It came with asparagus and very bland rice. Overall, it was good, but I'm sure there is better to be had in the area.

                  Also had shrimpburgers from both Big Oak and El's (reported in a separate post). Bottom line, we liked El's better, but both are good eating!

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