North Carolina

Restaurants in North Carolina

In the great lexicon of barbecue styles, North Carolina is split down the middle. If you’re visiting BBQ restaurants in North Carolina’s Eastern region, expect a whole hog, family-style experience. If you’re heading elsewhere, the BBQ is focused on pork ribs and pulled pork. Either way, expect NC-style vinegar sauce.

Seaside restaurants in North Carolina, of course, have excellent seafood. You’ll see signs proclaiming “Calabash-style” throughout the region. At these North Carolina restaurants, you’ll know the seafood is incredibly fresh, and the lightly battered and fried shrimp, flounder, grouper, and snapper will be delicious.

When you are driving through the state, remember that some of the best restaurants in North Carolina are simple, locally owned spots that specialize in down-home Southern and low country cooking. Common dishes are Brunswick stew, which also originated from the Calabash, NC area, pickled okra, collards slow-cooked with ham hocks, Scuppernong grapes, and Hatteras-style clam chowder.

Pick up a seafood sandwich or chicken Caesar salad to go, or settle in on the deck.

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Bold French Vietnamese

Peruse the newspaper in this quaint house over home-baked morning muffins and java.

Fresh steamed shrimp goes down smoother with a cold one at this waterside pub and local hangout within Stripes Bar & Grille.

Fresh, locally caught bluefish and crab are on the menu. You can even dine on a peaceful screened porch.

Chic steak house

Though the building’s a flyspeck, the long lines of cars at the drive-through window testify to the restaurant’s celebrated sweet tea and fried chicken biscuits.

Stop by this family-owned grill and store for a hearty breakfast of ham and eggs, or enjoy live bluegrass jams Saturday afternoons and evenings.

Sophisticated southern

Housed in a former fish market, this restaurant has trained many of the South’s top toques. The current chef, Bill Smith, is an expert at dishes with ethereal, rustic ingredients, such as honeysuckle sorbet made from flowers he collects on bike rides.