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Atlantic Beach, NC recs?

remycat007 May 20, 2013 10:21 PM

Going to Atlantic Beach, NC for a week later this summer, I would appreciate any restaurant recommendations.

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    Jeanne RE: remycat007 May 22, 2013 11:16 AM

    A friend of mine has a place in Atlantic Beach. It seems like everytime she is there she and my sister go to the Island Grille.

    The menu looks very good - reviews are good too. Monday and Tuesday they have a special buy 1 entree get one free on a special menu.


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      remycat007 RE: Jeanne May 22, 2013 11:25 AM

      Thanks Jeanne, I'll check it out. Most of the previous hound's recs center on Beaufort and Morehead City, with the consensus that Atlantic Beach restaurants are by and large pretty poor. I'm glad to hear that at least one place is worth checking out.

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        Jeanne RE: remycat007 May 22, 2013 02:29 PM

        You might want to check out Amos Mosquitos also. I've been but it's been a long time since I've been. My above mentioned friend also goes here - more casual, a bit lower priced. Can get very busy in the summer.


        Also, if out and about driving around - in Salter path there is Big Oak Drive Inn for great shrimp burgers. In Morehead City there is El's Drive Inn for also great shrimp burgers. A must stop for me!

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          remycat007 RE: Jeanne May 31, 2013 04:10 PM

          Thanks again!

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      DaveN RE: remycat007 Jun 1, 2013 01:15 AM

      Island Grill Monday/ Tuesday is a must but remember reservations well in advance. Outstanding stuffed fillet mignon and the shrimp and scallop Roma is quite tasty.

      For lunch the Crabs Claw right on the beach has the best grilled Mani or tuna sandwiches but ask for their homemade tartar sauce, the best I've ever had. The rest of the food is average but don't miss the fish sandwich.

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        remycat007 RE: DaveN Jun 5, 2013 04:12 PM

        Thanks for the tips!

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        sierrarot328i RE: remycat007 Jun 7, 2013 02:40 PM

        Head on to Beaufort (bowl fort) for burgers and dogs at Royal James and crabcakes and salads at boardwalk cafe.

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          veganhater RE: sierrarot328i Jun 8, 2013 05:08 AM

          Beaufort opens up much better options than AB. Royal James double cheeseburger is a must. Aqua, Blue Moon, Stillwater and Spouter are also recommended. I haven't been to Cedar Inn, but reliable sources give it a thumbs up.

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            remycat007 RE: veganhater Jun 10, 2013 09:15 PM

            Thanks Veganhater!

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            remycat007 RE: sierrarot328i Jun 10, 2013 09:15 PM

            Thanks Sierra!

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            DaveN RE: remycat007 Jun 7, 2013 03:56 PM

            If you do go to Beaufort, the Beaufort Grocery although load is quite good. They have the best saganaki that I have ever had including in Greece. The whole pan fried flounder in apricot sauce and the stuffed pork chop are favorites.

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              remycat007 RE: DaveN Jun 10, 2013 09:15 PM

              Thanks Dave!

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              goodeatsinadive RE: remycat007 Jun 11, 2013 07:17 PM

              Recently outside renovated Beach Tavern (lost it's "dive" charm after the renovation) has great pizza.

              Drive a little way down to Salter Path and eat at the Crab Shack. Second the Big Oak Drive In recommendation.

              Amos Mosquitos is still quite good; worth the wait. McClurdy's is good as well.

              The Watermark used to be very good, but now isn't worth the money nor the time. Neither is Channel Marker...

              4 Corners (or whatever it's called now) is a great breakfast place at the main intersection as you enter AB from Morehead City. The shiny diner looking place on the corner - years ago it was called Tommy's Pancake House.

              Find Capt. Wilis' for some fresh seafood to cook at your place if you have the capacity to do it there.

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                DaveN RE: goodeatsinadive Jun 11, 2013 07:35 PM

                If you are a pizza fan then head to Luigi's in the Belk shopping center in Morehead. These guys are the real deal. Owners are Italians that had a pizzeria in Brooklyn. Most authentic NY style pizza I have had in NC. Their cheese steaks are also incredible.

                I never found four corners to be worth it. The waits are too long and I can fry an egg as well as they do. The restaurant in the Sands condominiums is better quality IMO.

                Crab Shack has great hushpuppies and a basket of steamed crabs is always a treat. Very basic menu.

                Willis' Seafood Market is absolutely top notch. They have whole fish that you can have filleted assuring you the freshest of the catch.

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                remycat007 RE: remycat007 Aug 20, 2013 05:50 PM

                By and large my wife and I enjoyed the restaurant scene in the Atlantic Beach area. First the highlights:
                1. Island Grille. We ate there twice. First on a Tuesday, which offered a two-for-one special. I had scallops and shrimp with linguini in a light, tomato parmesan sauce while my wife had swordfish. We returned the following Saturday and I had shrimp and grits while she had the scallops. Both meals were excellent. Be sure to make a reservation, especially on Monday and Tuesday, the restaurant fills up quick.
                2. Blue Moon Bistro, Beaufort. This was a lovely restaurant. Once again I order shrimp, with a "perlo" ham risotto. My wife order a caesar salad with shrimp. The atmoshere, service just added to a wonderful dining experience.
                3. Bistro by Sea, Morehead City. We both started with the she-crab soup, which was out of this world. My wife and I both ordered a locally caught bay snapper stuffed with crab meat. Delicious.
                4. Aqua, Beaufort. Another winner. It was pirate weekend in Beaufort so the staff were decked out in full regalia. I had an appetizer of shrimp of grits and an entree of short rib pappardelle, while my wife had the bouillabaisse. Fantastic meal.
                5. Amos Mosquitos. Loud, crowded, so-so food. Reminded me of a TGI Fridays. Okay as a last resort.
                6. Crab's Claw. Wonderful view, lousy food. My wife and I booked a table on the patio, overlooking the beach and ocean. Watched a beautiful sunset, and then we tucked into our food. Awful. The less said the better.

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                  quazi RE: remycat007 Aug 20, 2013 08:52 PM

                  On a trip to Atlantic beach last year I tried Circa 81 in Morehead City. Every dish was a winner and they had a good selection of beer and cocktails. I still remember the pork "taco" featuring pork belly in an Asian style bun, quite delicious. The mussels were a treat too. Te menu was not necessarily heavy on seafood but all ingredients were high quality.


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                    sierrarot328i RE: remycat007 Sep 29, 2013 06:38 PM

                    Crystal Coast Restaurant Week starts tomorrow for couple of weeks. The NC Seafood Festival is next weekend.

                    Wish I could be at the Crystal Coast!

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