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Apr 12, 2012 12:35 PM

Holden Beach, NC - and surrounding area - Restaurants to add to the agenda....?

Hi Chowhoundies,
Looking around, there doesn't seem to be much of anything here on CH about Holden Beach with regard to places to eat. We're going down that way in a few weeks & so I wanted to ask you all what your favorite places are. Doesn't have to be in Holden Beach - we'll be down there for a little over a week & will likely go to Wilmington one day, and who knows where else for day trips. And, we'll eat just about anything - not looking (necessarily) for anything upscale, although we may go out to a "nice" dinner once or twice while there. Just looking for good, local food.
Thank you very much!

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  1. Take a short trip to Calabash NC on the SC boarder. Famous for their lightly fried seafood. To save money we go during lunch. Easier to pay 8 bucks than the huge $20.00 Captains plate at dinner time.

    1. Southport is a charming little town not too far from Holden Beach...some beautiful old homes, an active waterfront and shops and art galleries. Yacht Basin Provision Company is a fun, funky place right on the water thats very casual. Ports of Call is a very good, more upscale choice.

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      1. re: carolinadawg

        I agree. Beaufort is so worth a visit. I haven't been in a long time so I can't give good recs, but I think you'd enjoy it.

          1. re: carolinadawg

            No, haha, I am NC born and raised lol. Look at my avatar-Atlantic Beach. I just don't get up there much these days. Dumb job.

            1. re: Sue in Mt P

              LOL, sorry I probably should have explained what I meant more clearly...I suggested Southport and you said "I agree. Beaufort..."

              1. re: carolinadawg

                Shoot! I did mean Beaufort. And I am losing it. You are right. Dumb job.

                1. re: Sue in Mt P

                  Thanks, y'all! I'm NC born & bred too - actually grew up near the southeastern coast. With that said, it has been quite a while since I've been to Holden Beach.:) I have read about how charming Southport is - haven't been there recently either. Thank you all for the suggestions - whether you're "losing it" or not - I'll fit right in :)

      2. The Purple Onion Cafe in Shallotte is great. !

        We also Like The Provision Company, which is on a side road just before the HB causeway.

        I love Holden. We daydream about our vacation all year long.

        Also, if you plan to cook, Capt'n Pete's Seafood Market, which is on the island side near the causeway, has terrific fresh fish and shellfish.

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        1. re: nikkihwood

          Nikki you and I must have been on the same page. +1 on both Purple Onion and Cap Pete's.

        2. I know it isn't seafood, but the pizza at Patronie's Pizza is EXCELLENT. Here's the link:

          I'll also second whoever said the Provision Company- either the Holden Beach or the Southport locations!

          1. Thanks for all of the input! Anyone else have suggestions?

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            1. re: AmyInNC

              avoid betty's - really bad. the hot dog place (seem to recall it starts with an "m", but may be mistaken) on the road in is ok, but not worth the praise it garners on the hot dog threads. we wound up eating in for the most part as there is little good resto food in the holden area and we prefer to veg out than drive around. we did enjoy the oyster festival at the beach immediately south of holden (if you'll be there during the right season). holden's a nice beach with gentle surf, but not a food destination unless you care to drive a bit.

              1. re: AmyInNC

                Adjacent to the fish market mentioned above, there is a Captain Pete's restaurant. We've never tried it - however, it is apparently under new ownership, and the menu is a little pricey for beach food, but interesting.