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sarahbeek Jul 13, 2010 06:33 PM

Will be spending a week in Emerald Isle, NC. Best places to eat??

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    Littleman Jul 13, 2010 06:45 PM

    Not much I'm afraid to say. Jordan's is nice. El Zarapes is good Mexican. Good luck.

    Jordan's House of Seafood @ 8106 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle, NC 252 - 354 - 5722.

    Jordan's House of Seafood
    8106 Emerald Dr, Emerald Isle, NC 28594

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      surrys Jul 13, 2010 06:48 PM

      don't miss the shrimpburgers (and barbecue) at the big oak drive inn, in salter path, just down the road from emerald isle. the red barn grill, in hubert, is a terrific, no frills seafood place, and is worth a trip (just about 20 min). in morehead city, i've been going to the sanitary fish market for lunch my entire life, and though it's something of a tourist trap these days, they've still got the best hush puppies in eastern carolina, and the food is good. white swan barbecue, which is attached to a gas station down near atlantic beach, is pretty great, too. there are plenty of upscale options down there these days, but i haven't really been to any of them.

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        sarahbeek Jul 14, 2010 12:53 PM

        surrys - thanks for all the great suggestions! we love hole-in-the-wall type places. not really in to upscale options.

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          surrys Jul 17, 2010 05:46 PM

          oh, and if you make a trip up to beaufort, (cute little seaside town, worth the short drive) just past morehead city, the beaufort grocery is a great little lunch spot, with both seafood and non-seafood options (their crabcake sandwich is the best around, i think). there's a nice little boat museum there in town, too.

          also nice, if not food related, would be a trip out to either cape lookout or hammocks beach - both only accessible by ferry. and if you're up for a longer drive up the outer banks, the coolest campground on the coast is the frisco, nc, national (or state?) park service place. a little out of the way, but that's the way we like it, right? right in the dunes, right on an unspoiled stretch of hatteras national seashore, with a view of the lighthouse up the coast. very cool.

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        Littleman Jul 13, 2010 08:22 PM

        Here are a few places in Moorhead City open for lunch and dinner serving good local seafood.

        Bistro by the Sea @ 4031 Arendell St., Morehead City, NC 252 - 247 - 2777.
        Chef 105 Restaurant @ 105 South 7th St., Morehead City, NC 252 - 240 - 1105.
        Ruddy Duck Tavern @ 509 Evans St., Morehead City, NC 252 - 726 - 7500.
        Shepard's Point @ 913 Arendell St., Morehead City, NC 252 - 727 - 0815.

        Shepard's Point
        913 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC 28557

        Ruddy Duck Tavern
        509 Evans St, Morehead City, NC 28557

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        1. re: Littleman
          JayL Jul 13, 2010 08:34 PM

          It's Morehead with one "o"

          Shepard's Point has some of the best beef tartar I've had...better than any around Charleston.

          Shepard's Point
          913 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC 28557

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          mesporas Jul 14, 2010 05:52 PM

          Islande Grill (Atlantic Beach) is great. Aqua Restaurant in Beaufort is also good. Kathryn's in Emerald Isle, if you want to stay in EI, is an option.

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