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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.

  • A&M Grill

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
  • An

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    Bold French Vietnamese More
  • Back Porch Lunchbox

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    Pick up club sandwiches, homemade chocolate chip cookies, and other provisions for a gourmet picnic on the beach. More
  • Back Porch Restaurant and Wine Bar

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Fresh, locally caught bluefish and crab are on the menu. You can even dine on a peaceful screened porch. More
  • Barefoot Bernie's

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Cuban steaks and margaritas are the draw at this relaxed tropical-style restaurant with a high, open-beamed roof and a polished-wood bar. More
  • Bearded Clam Raw Bar

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Fresh steamed shrimp goes down smoother with a cold one at this waterside pub and local hangout within Stripes Bar & Grille. More
  • Bin 54

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    Chic steak house More
  • B's Barbecue

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
  • Capt. Bill's Waterfront Restaurant

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
  • CD's Smokehouse

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    Barbecue and Southern-fried sides for the whole family, in a bare-bones roadhouse that’s Carolina through and through. More
  • Cook Shack

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    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. More
  • Crook’s Corner

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    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 wi... More
  • Duck Deli

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
  • Early Girl Eatery

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
  • Elaine's on Franklin

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Sophisticated southern More

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