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We'll be spending one night in June at the Inlet Inn in Beaufort, NC. An internet search shows a goodly number of restaurants in the area. Which one is your "don't-miss" favorite? Thanks.

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  1. It's been several years since I was in Beaufort, NC. My son was in the USMC at Parris Island and Camp Lejeune. You pronounce the NC Beaufort one way and the SC Beaufort another. I think one is BO and one is BEU.

    I traveled all over that country. I wouild suggest Beaufort Grocery Co. @ 117 Queen Street, Beaufort, NC‎ - (252) 728-3899 or Clawson's 1905 Restaurant @ ‎425 Front Street, Beaufort, NC‎ - (252) 728-2133‎. Both are a short walk from Inlet Inn.

    Blue Moon Bistro is also a nice casual dinner spot just down the street @ 119 Queen Street, Beaufort, NC (252) 728-5800. If you like BBQ Roland's BBQ is a short drive up Live Oak @ 1507 Live Oak St., Beaufort, NC 252 728 1953. Bon Appetit.

    http://www.beaufortgrocery.com/

    http://www.bluemoonbistro.biz/

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    Beaufort Grocery Co
    117 Queen St, Beaufort, NC 28516

    1. Blue Moon Bistro is easily the "don't miss" meal in Beaufort. Beaufort Grocery is decent, but in a different category.

      1. Just to add another option to those already suggested.......Across the bridge in Morehead City is a small place called "Cafe Zito". Really good. We used to enjoy the tapas night.

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        1. re: JayL

          Unfortuntately Cafe Zito, which we enjoyed, closed a number of months ago.

          1. re: NXS

            Ouch. We really like Zito and the cafe. Such great meals there. Loved the tapas and the wine. We moved a couple years ago. Sad news.

        2. We have owned a 2nd home in Pine Knoll Shores for 22 years. In Beaufort Blue Moon Bistro is hands down the best evening dining in Beaufort (our opinion) as well as one of our top four favorites inclusive of Morehead City & Atlantic Beach. Make sure you call for a reservation.

          Regarding cstlgrl71's comment regarding the hostess?????? Everyone working in the restaurant has always been friendly, courteous & professional to us. Sorry you had a bad experience.

          Beaufort Grocery is good for us for lunch in the spring and fall when we go over to Beaufort by our boat.

          I hope you enjoy your time there.

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          Blue Moon Bistro
          119 Queen St, Beaufort, NC 28516

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          1. re: NXS

            NXS: You and the others who are lauding Blue Moon Bistro as "the best" are killing me! We'll only be in Beaufort for one night and it happens to be Monday night....and the Bistro is closed!! Oh, well, the Grocery sounds like a pretty good consolation prize and we plan to go there. Thanks, everyone for your help.

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            Blue Moon Bistro
            119 Queen St, Beaufort, NC 28516

            1. re: FarFar

              Sorry about the Monday night closure, you did not mention this in your first post.

              Within walking distance is http://www.frontstreetgrillatstillwat..., call to make sure they are open on Monday ( make a reservation), also they have outdoor dining with a pleasant view of the Beaufort waterfront!

              Dinner at Beaufort Grocery is average at best in our opinion.

              If you wish to drive a maximum of 15 minutes please advise & I will hook you up with a great restaurant on the ocean with 2 for 1 specials on Monday nites!

              1. re: NXS

                Had an a very nice meal at Stillwater last night....local grouper, crusted with japanese breadcrumbs and sauted with a light mustard sauce and jasmine rice. It was very, very good. Sat on the deck at the Rhum Bar overlooking the water and the boats. Very nice! Also had a glass of wine and some cheese and crackers at Cru Wine Bar, which is a great addition to Beufort.

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                Front Street Grill at Stillwater
                300 Front St Ste 5, Beaufort, NC 28516

          2. I have not been in awhile but I have always really enjoyed Aqua.
            http://www.aquaexperience.com/

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            1. re: LBD

              Is Front St. Grill located on the building side of Front St. and Stillwater across the street by the water. Sounds confusing on their website. I have not been to Beaufort, NC is several years. Do you pronounce it like Bo or Beu.

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              Front Street Grill at Stillwater
              300 Front St Ste 5, Beaufort, NC 28516

              1. re: Littleman

                The retaurant is Front Street Grill at Stillwater, on the waterfront. See the website in my previous post.

                Pronounced Bofort.

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                Front Street Grill
                37 E Front St, Garland, NC 28441

                Front Street Grill at Stillwater
                300 Front St Ste 5, Beaufort, NC 28516

                1. re: NXS

                  Best we can remember is that the Front Street Grill is pretty good...good service.

                  North Carolinians pronounce the word Beaufort correctly.................Bofort.

                  Another downtown Morehead City option just across the highrise (5 minutes from all the Beaufort suggestions) is Shephard's Point...owned by the same folks who own Beaufort Grocery. Shephard's Point is much more desirable for dinner than BG.......and they have the best beef tartar I've ever had.

                  Sharpies in Beaufort used to be good, but they changed chefs a few years ago (might have again since then). We went once and could tell the chef was different. Upon inquiring to this it was confirmed that they had a new boss in the back. That was our last trip. Sad, as the former chef put out the best beef carpacio I've ever had. I love raw beef when served with great condiments. This carpacio was outstanding. The new chef at Sharpies didn't even offer the dish. Sad.

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                  Front Street Grill
                  37 E Front St, Garland, NC 28441

            2. Not sure if you want to drive but I love Island Grille in Atlantic Beach. Great food, casual vibe.

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              Island Grille
              401 Money Island Dr, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512

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              1. re: wellfedred

                You are spot on welledred!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Island Grill is one of our favorites & only 10 minutes from our place in Pines Knoll Shores. We ate there two Tuesday's ago. Make sure to make a reservation.

                If Far Far wants to drive 10 minutes to Morehead City, our favorite is Williams. Again suggest making a reservation.

                1. re: wellfedred

                  Island Grill is fantastic! Especially their 2 for 1's on Monday & Tuesday nights! Make a reservation. The place is tiny, but the turn over is quick. Williams is also fantastic, but they too, are getting ready to shut their doors :( And in the words of NXS, Stillwater is AVERAGE AT BEST, but I do recommend them for cocktails at their Rhum Bar outside overlooking Taylors Creek.

                2. Does anyone recall the name of a restaurant in Beaufort that was huge and white and served a pretty great Shrimp Burger? Last I recall it had closed. I went there probably in the mid 90s or so. I think it was near the Maritime museum. It was the Dockhouse though it may have had House in the title. I'm struggling with this one.

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                  1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                    Was it the Beaufort House? Right there on the boardwalk just down from the Dockhouse? I don't recall them having a shrimp burger per se but it was a pretty big restaurant and one of the finer dining options there in the late 80s to 90s I guess.

                    While we are going down memory lane, my time living in Morehead and Beaufort pre-dates my foodie days so when i think about Beaufort dining I mostly recall eating at Mike's on Front Street across from the water. Nothing fancy or memorable about the food but the place was an absolute institution for the lunchtime county government crowd. My favorite place way back then was Spouter's Inn--back then they used to put sprouts on everything and I could get non-alcoholic pineapple cocunut drinks as a kid. It was great. The best restaurant around then though was at the Cedars Inn which used to be open for dinner. That's where folks went for the prom / anniversary and, if not there, the Galley Stack over at Spooners Creek. I guess it's progress but I really miss the Crystal Coast of the mid 80s.

                    1. re: Guilty Gourmand

                      Maybe but it has since been renamed and I don't know what to or the address.

                  2. We're back from our travels. Stayed at the Inlet Inn last Monday night and had dinner at the Beaufort Grocery. The four of us loved it! The ambiance, the service and the food were all top-notch. I had that evening's special.... flash-fried whole flounder. It was fresh and perfectly cooked. I ate the whooole thing. Thanks again for all your recommendations.

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                    1. re: FarFar

                      How was the Inlet Inn. Did you go to any other Beaufort restaurants. Did you go to Blue Moon. Thanks.

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                      Blue Moon Cafe
                      310 Hay St, Fayetteville, NC 28301

                      1. re: Littleman

                        The Inlet Inn was comfortable, clean and convenient. Very friendly staff and had rooms with balconies overlooking the waterfront. We enjoyed it. Unfortunately, we didn't have time to try other restaurants in the area. We arrived in town about 3:30 pm Monday afternoon and had to be on the road by 8:00 am Tuesday in order to get to the Cedar Island/Ocracoke ferry in time for our 9:30 am reservation. The Inn provided a continental breakfast. Loved Beaufort and wished we had planned to stay several days. Monday night was the only time we had for a meal and the Blue Moon was closed.

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                        Blue Moon Cafe
                        310 Hay St, Fayetteville, NC 28301

                    2. We just recently returned from a trip to Beaufort. There weren't any recent posts on the area, and I didn't get any responses prior to our trip. Anyway, since a lot of the restaurants where we ate were mentioned here, I thought I would provide a 2012 update.
                      We enjoyed all of the dinners we had in Beaufort, but in order of our preference:
                      1. Blue Moon Bistro. This was really an exceptional restaurant. We almost didn't go here because my husband has a life threatening cheese allergy, and many of their dishes contain cheese. We were concerned that he wouldn't be able to find anything he could eat. As it turned out, because everything is made to order, they were able to make suggestions to change their dishes to accommodate his allergy. We shared a fantastic tempura battered soft shell crab. I enjoyed a grouper special (served with ravioli, asparagus, and a vidalia onion sauce). My husband had a tuna special with a corn risotto. We shared a a turbinado ice cream for dessert. Everything was delicious and presented beautifully.
                      2. Aqua. Delicious small plates and very reasonably priced sangria and wine choices. This also happened to be the least expensive dinner that we ate out.
                      3. Beaufort Grocery. Here we shared a tuna napoleon appetizer and a flounder special (flash fried with an apricot glaze). Again, delicious
                      4. Front Street Grill. We ordered several appetizers here to share rather than entrees. The food was good, but not as exceptional or memorable as the others on the list. Lovely outdoor seating.
                      Also, we never ate at Finz, but did go there twice for drinks. They also have lovely waterfront seating, which (unlike Front Street) was non smoking. The drinks here were good (excellent mojito) and well priced. Very friendly service.
                      All in all a successful trip, and a great assortment of restaurants in a small town. Pricing is what i would expect in a beach town, but higher quality food that in many beach restaurants.