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Beaufort, NC

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