Brunswick County Dining
Barracuda Bar and Grill
A scenic setting on the Calabash River serves up fresh Tuna, Grouper, Snapper and shrimp. Choose from a hearty sample of Calabash seafood, served fried, broiled, grilled, blackened or sautéed. Barracuda also caters to the landlubber with a solid selection of steaks and grilled chicken. Childrens menu and patio dining available. Located on the waterfront at 1224 Riverview Drive, Calabash, NC. 910 579 5066
Bettys Waterfront Restaurant
Patrons can arrive at this Holden Beach landmark by land or sea. Bettys specializes in hand-cut fresh grilled fish and hand-cut charbroiled steaks. Enjoy the full gamut of Calabash style seafood as well as beef and chicken, all in a setting overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway. Bettys has a prime open-air patio and live entertainment on the weekends. Open for dinner year around. Located off Old Ferry Road in Holden Beach. 910 842-3381.
Located upstairs at Bills Seafood Market, so you can be sure the seafood is the freshest around. All meals are cooked to order, and the waterfront view is second to none. Soft shell crabs, shed on the property, are the specialty of the house. 310 Sunset Boulevard, Sunset Beach NC. 910 579-6372.
Dockside Seafood House
If you want to get a feel for what a real working fishing village is like, Dockside Seafood House is an excellent way to take in the ambiance of Calabash while enjoying market fresh seafood straight from the docks. Dockside was established back in 1955 by the Price family and has been serving up some of the areas best seafood since. One of Docksides most famous offerings is the create your own seafood platter, but the prime rib is a force to be reckoned with as well. Both childrens and senior menus are available. Open year around, starting at 4 p.m. Located on the waterfront in Calabash. 910 579 6775.
Sandfiddler Seafood Restaurant
The village of Southport is one of the true hidden gems of the Brunswick Islands, and the Sandfiddler is one of the underrated seafood joints of north Brunswick County. The Fiddler serves up lunch and dinner, with an emphasis on oysters, crabs, scallops, lobster and surf and turf. Fiddlers chef also serves up a mean BBQ chicken, juicy steak, and sandwiches for lunch or dinner. Dine in or carry out. Prime Rib specials on Friday and Saturday nights. Open at 11 a.m. for lunch. 1643 Howe St., Highway 211, Southport. 910 457 6588
Such is the theme in Brunswick County, Ships Chandler offers awesome views of the Cape Fear/Intracoastal Waterway. Enjoy lunch or dinner by the water, Monday Saturday, and dinner only on Sundays. The Ship specializes in fresh seafood and aged beef a rarity in these parts. The specialty of the house is the Cape Fear seafood salad. Beer and wine are served and a childrens menu is available. Located in historic Southport, 101 W. Bay Street beside Waterfront Park. 910 457 6595.
Sunset Grille and Waterfront Tavern
Umbertos at Coquina Harbor
Along with Robertos on Ocean Isle, Umbertos is one of the best Italian joints in the north Strand. Actually located over the border in Little River, S.C., Umbertos serves up hand cut chops, steaks, homemade sauces, veal, pasta, chicken and seafood. Childrens menu is also available, as is a full bar. Located just three miles south of Calabash. 843 249 5552.
Whale Oceanfront Restaurant
The pride and joy of Oak Island, Whale is known for its unique combination of fine dining, live weekend entertainment, a lively arcade and a putt-putt course all right on the ocean. A Tiki bar on site serves up some of the areas best cocktails. Plenty of great appetizers, fresh off the boat seafood, and a childrens menu. Keep the kids entertained in the arcade and putt-putt course, and youll be on your way to an enjoyable evening. Sunset celebration every Friday from 5-10 p.m. with live entertainment and drink specials. 801 Ocean Drive, Oak Island, NC 910 278 7500.