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Seafood Restaurant anywhere on the coast like Fins in Raleigh???

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We want to get away to the coast for a couple of days and really want to eat some fresh fish. We are looking for something like Fins in Raleigh, before they closed. It doesn't have to be Asian influenced like Fins, but high quality with some sushi grade fish, and flavorful preparations. Any ideas, anywhere between Savannah and Virginia Beach? Thank you!

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  1. I would like to find the same thing. It seems to me that a lot of places on the coast rely on deep frying as the default preparation. While a piece of deep fried fish can be sublime, its nice to have variety. We didn't find a place along the lines of Fins when we went to the Outer Banks a few years back, though we did like Basnight's quite a bit. Will you be staying any place in particular or will you be building a trip around a single destination restaurant? What about Chef and the Farmer in Kinston, not on the coast, but certainly on the way.

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    1. re: Tom from Raleigh

      Chef and the Farmer is on the top of our places to try, but my wife wants to stay on the coast for her birthday. She doesn't care where, as the restaurant will dictate our destination. If we go to the Outer Banks, we will check out Basnight's. At this point, we might just stay in Wrightsville and dine at the Oceanic or Wilmington. I'll let you know if we find anything worth mentioning. Thanks for the suggestions.

      1. re: bluejworld

        You might want to consider Southport, NC, a small town south of Wilmington. Its on the Cape Fear River, very quaint, very historic, with several really good restaurants, including Ports Of Call Bistro and Mr. P's. I had an excellent dish at Ports of Call last weekend of local mahi mahi over blue cheese polenta.

        I have not been impressed with Oceanic. In W'ville Beach, 22 North is excellent.

    2. Look at Hank's in Charleston. I never went to Fins, so I can't compare, but Hank's has a nice selection with a variety of preparations.

      1. I also have never been to Fins.

        If you're going to Wrightsville, I'd also consider South Beach Grill as a place to go. For the Oceanic I'd stick to lunch - sit out on the pier and enjoy their fried mixed seafood basket (oysters and shrimp). Something I love but rarely indulge in.

        I also love the Fish House for their grouper sandwiches. We usually go their our first night in town for a casual dinner on their deck.

        www.southbeachgrillwb.com

        1. There may not be anything really like Fins, at least along the stretch you mention but what about Catch and its sister restaurant Phun Asian and Seafood Bar in Wilmington?

          I also like Bistro by the Sea in Morehead City and Blue Moon Bistro in Beaufort for fresh local seafood in flavorful presentations.