Oriental North Carolina...the town, not the cuisine...
I thought I'd report back on our trip. We drove to Oriental today and arrived around 11:15 AM, hoping to see the start of the Regatta. Unfortunately there was little to no wind, so no excitement there, and we decided just to wander around. I was starving, having skipped breakfast, so we stopped at the first place we saw, The Trawl Door. We sat outdoors next to the bar where the water view was fabulous. The drink menu had the usual suspects; I ordered a spicy Bloody Mary and David had a Neuse Breeze. My drink was delivered with a small cup of hot sauce on the side so I could make it as spicy as I wanted. Both drinks packed quite a punch, or maybe it was our empty stomachs.
We both ordered the Shrimp and Oyster Po' Boy with apple horseradish slaw as our sides. Understand that I'm not a sandwich lover, and I rarely eat fried food, but this was fabulous. Several bread choices are offered; we chose the nine-grain bun, which was quite tasty. The sandwich was served with a big fresh lettuce leaf and a thick slab of really red tomato. A light remoulade was drizzled on top of the incredibly fresh shrimp and oysters, which were lightly breaded and fried to perfection. After a couple of bites of the sandwich, I ditched the bread and ate the seafood separately, so that its flavors didn't get hidden by the other elements. Next time I'll order it without the bread! The slaw was fresh and tasty, but I would have preferred more horseradish.
A really nice place in a great location with friendly service and fresh tasty food. What could be better?!
There's a decent place located in two silos, but I can't remember the name. Just looked it up and it's very surprisingly called The Silos. It's the only place I've been to in Oriental, so I can't tell you if there's a better option, but a friend with a house and a brother there thought it the best choice. Menu was a hodgepodge of sandwiches, pizza, wings, apps, pasta and other entrees. Pizza was decent by enc standards. I remember a clam app and bruschetta being tasty and a sirloin with crab sauce that was pretty good considering the locale. Small wine list with a few interesting buys and some good beer on tap makes for a decent night.
On a side note, oriental is a neat little coastal town. I would definitely recommend spending a night there and exploring the historic downtown. We enjoyed having a drink down on the waterfront quite a bit. Don't expect a dining Mecca, but do enjoy the vibe and pamlico sound.