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.
Grab a burger while kids entertain themselves in its toy-stocked Tadpole Corner play area.
Pick up club sandwiches, homemade chocolate chip cookies, and other provisions for a gourmet picnic on the beach.
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.
Nouvelle Chinese hot spot
Pick up a seafood sandwich or chicken Caesar salad to go, or settle in on the deck.
Barbecue and Southern-fried sides for the whole family, in a bare-bones roadhouse that’s Carolina through and through.
Bold French Vietnamese
Cozy Turkish mezze joint
The day with flaky Southern biscuits at the no-frills, roadside restaurant.
Peruse the newspaper in this quaint house over home-baked morning muffins and java.