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May 13, 2011 01:02 PM

Seaffod in Raleigh??

We're visiting our grandson (grad student) here in Raleigh and are getting tired of 'que. Are there any decent seafood/fish places anyone can recommend? Only requirement is a full bar, not just beer. Thanks!

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  1. I can only speak for the food. The seafood at the Farmers Market Seafood restaurant is about the best of it's doing. Move 'em in and lead the out. Very casual, Styrofoam diner plates. Filled high. We (50 y old) split a large two way combo and have plenty to eat. No beer wine or booze. You may have to brown bag it :) Friday nights are busy, but it is cafeteria style seating.

    Awesome food. Lake Wheeler Road just North of the southern beltline. 10 minutes from State down Centenial Blvd.

    The more proper eating would be Kemp's out on 70 past the airport. They recently went to walkup but I think they may have gone back to sit down. FRESH SEAFOOD!

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    1. re: supernc

      From the outside this looks like a typical fried seafood joint. I see from the menu that they offer some broiled and grilled items. Would someone looking for something other than Calabash style seafood find enough other choices at Kemps?

      1. re: d.v

        What is Calabash style seafood?

        1. re: chuck s

          Fried seafood; typically very small sized shrimp, flounder, deviled crabs, hushpuppies, french fries and cole slaw, as a nod to healthy eating, lol. The name comes from the town of Calabash, NC which is famous for its many restaurants serving this type of food.

          1. re: chuck s

            Seafood done in a Calabash style is fried with only flour...not a batter and not a highly seasoned breading.

            Typically you dip the seafood in milk and then in flour (preferably self-rising flour). That's it.

            1. re: JayL

              Actually, I think Calabash style uses corn meal, or a flour and corn meal mix. But I guess your point is that it is a light coating, not a heavy batter like that commonly found on fish and chips, for example.

              1. re: carolinadawg

                My experience with Calabash style has always been cornmeal for fish and flour for shrimp.

            2. re: chuck s

              Usually its frozen foreign seafood fried in cheap oil. I've found any restaurant outside of Calabash advertising itself as having Calabash style seafood is to be avoided. Kind of like saying "McDonalds style seafood (or seaffod).

              1. re: veganhater

                Sadly, this is now true...but it didn't used to be.

            3. re: d.v

              In short, no. They offer grilled but it's horrendous. All the seafood is fried.

              1. re: panthur

                Just want to update the conversation to say that Kemps has closed!

                1. re: meatn3

                  alrieady mentioned there was no more Kemps. See my post near bottom.

                  1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                    Amazing how much memory I can loose in a few days!

          2. A good full bar with edible seafood I would say Shuckers in Wake Forest is a good place to go. Backfins in Wake Forest has delicious seafood, it's a beer and flip flops kind of place, so not sure about the full bar quality.

            1. Blu's Seafood in Durham - wonderful.

              As for Raleigh - I know there have to be more places people would recommend. 42nd St. Oyster Bar comes to mind - I'm surprised no one has mentioned it.

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              1. re: Jeanne

                There is also


                McCormick and Schmicks at Crabtree mall. Pretty good, but a chain.

                1. re: Jeanne

                  42nd St. is living on past reputation. Last several visits (3) have been totally forgettable from bad service to bad food. Mentioned this to both the server and management each time and was given a complacent "Sorry". Don't know that we'll go back.

                  There's a place called Tony's Oyster Bar in Cary that is now under new ownership. We went one night last week and it was very good. The former owner had this place and another seafood restaurant in Raleigh and both were not bad, however the new owners have kicked it up a bit with Tony's. Definitely another "go to" there.

                  Margaux's, also in Raleigh, is not a dedicated seafood restaurant, but does serve outstanding seafood dishes.

                  Also, if you want to drive over to Chapel Hill, Squid's is solid. We dine there at least once a month. Worth a drive over from Raleigh.

                2. Hasn't Cap'n Stanley's opened in Falls Village in the old Ruby Tuesday location? That's local. Has anyone been there?

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                  1. re: cackalackie

                    My Mom & her husband eat there on a somewhat frequent basis, but I have yet to go. They really enjoy it.

                    I have gone to Fitzgerald's on Millbrook twice for lunch and had a great meal both times: I'm pretty sure I posted about it on another thread.

                    1. re: Tehama

                      The North Raleigh location of Cap'n Stanley's closed about a month or two ago.

                      1. re: rockycat

                        Oh yes - should have been more specific. They like to go to the Cap'n Stanleys on South Wilmington Street. Thanks!

                      2. re: Tehama

                        To offer benefit of the doubt, I'll admit I'm originally from a fishing village on L.I. Sound, but honestly, I will say that we've had two of the WORST seafood (I use the term loosely) meals EVER, at Fitzgerald's (YUK!) and also The Mayflower on Capital Blvd. Too many reasons to list, but the one that matters most: awful food! It irks us to bits when a restaurant serves "scallops" which are actually stamped-out discs from "skate" ----type of ray. That should be illegal; false advertising!!! Being that we're former scallopers (and fishers) we can tell immediately. And if we do have a good experience w/ a restaurant of any kind we enjoy recommending it.

                    2. Along the same lines as what GoodEats just posted... Cafe Parizade in Durham is not a seafood-only restaurant, but does lovely things with their fish options. I'm about to post about dinner there last night on another thread.