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NC Beaches: Best Seafood Market?

Hoping to rent a beach house in Sept. or Oct. We aren't fishermen...so would like to be a reasonable distance to a great seafood market that specializes in fresh & local. What beach town would you recommend? Good restaurants would be nice, but not as important to us as the market (and sand, surf, bliss)...

Thanks for sharing your experiences!

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  1. Would help to know which beach you are staying at.

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    1. re: jellybear

      We have not decided. As I was looking at rentals I realized the seafood market was a critical point, so I'm trying to locate a great one. Then will find the lodging.
      I've been from OBX to Wilmington area beaches - each has their own nice aspects and we'll be happy at any of them as long as we can gorge on seafood!

      1. re: meatn3

        My only experience is staying near Emerald Isle/Swansboro. Clyde Phillips Seafood Market "between the bridges" that connect Swansboro and Cape Carteret specializes in local and wild seafood. What he gets off of his boat is what you get. He also sells wholesale to many of the area's smaller restaurants. A true locally-owned gem.

        I've also had success purchasing seafood from Captain Willis Seafood Market just down from Big Oak Drive In at Salter Path on the sound side.

        1. re: mikeh

          We just returned from Emerald Isle today and purchased seafood from Captain Willis' several times and were very pleased.

          Their tartar sauce is something special. We brought back six containers.

    2. I haven't been a customer, but other posters have said Risky Business Seafood in Hatteras is excellent.

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      1. re: carolinadawg

        Risky Business is flawless. Great, great place. Hatteras has been badly overdeveloped recently, but the beaches are great, and Risky Business is just one of the best things in the world. Impeccable, right off the boat fresh.

      2. Risky Business also is in Avon. http://riskybseafood.com/AboutUs.html
        If you are north of Oregon Inlet, try Austin's. www.austinfishcompany.com

        1. I frequent the Risky Business in Avon. And there's also one in Buxton/Frisco.

          1. My vote is for Sunset Beach, Bill's Seafood, they also have a restaurant connected to it. A woman came into my work this week and we started talkng about Sunset Beach, she was raving about his prepared she-crab soup.

            Most beaches you will not have any problem finding fresh seafood. You can even ask local people are there any road side people that sell fresh seafood. I bet even grocery stores would have fresh local caught fish.

            Sunset Beach is not built up, but you can drive to neighborhing towns for restaurants, Ocean Isle Beach, Calabash, Shallotte and SC borders it, so you can be in Myrtle Beach in 40 mins.

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            1. re: waitress

              Agree with Bill's seafood,Careful, most side of the road people are just middlemen, Most of the coast still has fishing boats, that's where the fresh stuff is.