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Calabash: Seafood Capital of the World

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The Boundary House Restaurant at Callahan's  $$-$$$$
1045 River Rd.
Calabash, NC 28467
(910) 579-8888

Testimony to the kind of food and service you can expect at The Boundary House can be found hanging on the wall in the foyer of the restaurant in the form of three framed certificates. These certificates for First Place Restaurant, First Place Restaurant Service and First Place Restaurant Dinner were awarded by the Brunswick Beacon in their 2010 "Best of Brunswick," which is voted by their readers. You might choose the spinach-artichoke dip as your appetizer, then move on to a bowl of cream-based clam chowder. Entrees run the gamut from prime rib to baked pesto salmon to chicken and pasta.... Read More >>

Calabash Seafood Hut  $$-$$$
1125 River Rd.
Calabash, NC
(910) 579-6723

Don't be surprised to find this tiny place with a line of customers stretching around the corner. It's that popular, as much for its low, low prices as for the food, which is as good as anywhere in Calabash. The seafood platters are huge, offering combinations of Calabash-style fish, shrimp, oysters, crab and scallops. Even the biggest appetites are satisfied with the daily lunch specials. Sandwich offerings include soft-shell crab in season. Children will enjoy many items that are not even on the children's menu. All meals are served with cole slaw, french fries and hushpuppies. The atmosphere is clean and... Read More >>

Capt. John's Seafood House  $$ - $$$
9887 Oak St.
Calabash, NC 28467
(910) 579-6011

The original owners, Terry and Mike Frink, opened Capt. John's in 1976 and continue their tradition of providing good food to locals as well as to visitors. The restaurant is located on the waterfront with a large room that juts out over the water, putting you in the middle of the scenic views. The fried seafood platters are cooked in vegetable oil. You will find steamed and sauteed seafood, steaks, surf & turf and even lobster tail when available. There are kids' and senior citizen's menus, and cocktails, beer and wine are served.

Coleman's Original Calabash Seafood Restaurant $$
9931 Nance St.
Calabash, NC
(910) 579-6875

Seafood! You'll find everything from oyster stew and teriyaki shrimp to stuffed flounder in hollandaise and soft-shell crabs. But if your taste buds are set for hamburger, chicken or steak, you can indulge them here as well. Coleman's is open every day except Wednesday for lunch and dinner year round, so take yourself down to the foot of River Road. There you will find other restaurants, but Coleman's is the one with its name up in lights.

The Dockside Seafood House  $-$$
9955 Nance St.
Calabash, NC 28467
(910) 579-6775

Established in 1955, the Dockside has a long-standing reputation. The expansive dining room is surrounded by glass and overlooks the Calabash River, where you can view boats and wildlife as you enjoy your meal. The menu includes seafood platters and combination seafood platters as well as steak, chicken, salmon, catfish, mahi-mahi and more. The soups are homemade, and dinner salads are available. In addition, you will find a children's menu and a senior's menu. The lounge area is separate from the dining room and you can enjoy a drink there as you watch your favorite sports on the television.

Ella's of Calabash  $$-$$$
1148 River Rd.
Calabash, NC 28467
(910) 579-6728

Ella's has been featured in Coastal Living magazine as well as the March, 2012 edition of Our State magazine. In April of 2004 it was chosen for inclusion in Southern Living magazine's special publication, Favorites, which features "204 Food Finds Across the Region." Ella's was also voted "Best Seafood in Brunswick County" in 2008 and "Best Seafood Restaurant" by readers of the Brunswick Beacon every year 2008 through 2012. Ella's remains one of the stalwarts of Calabash. It stays open most of the off-season, and it's been doing so since 1950. Ella's draws patrons with good food, affordable prices and a... 

Grapevine Restaurant & Lounge  $-$$$$
9991 Beach

Dr. SW
Calabash, NC 28467
(910) 575-6565

At the Grapevine, the motto is "A loaf of bread, a jug of wine and us together." True, there are more than 30 wines from which to choose and the bread is delicious, but the Grapevine is so much more. You will find yourself in a comfortable old world atmosphere with a menu to match. For example, you may choose Seafood Prosciutto Pasta, Mediterranean Pasta or Mediterranean Grouper. You will also find Original Calabash Style Seafood Platters. The Grapevine has daily lunch and dinner specials.

Maude's Country Delights  $
Indigo Farms
1542 Hickman Rd.
Calabash, NC 28467
(910) 287-6794

Maude's Country Delights is named for a very special mule — but don't let that stop you from visiting. The mule was a part of the family at Indigo Farms for 40 years, and the delights to be found in the bakery are made from fresh fruits grown on the farm. You can have a light lunch there to soothe your conscience before indulging in sweets like apple, blueberry and blackberry pies, peach pound cake, apple taffy pie, eclairs, strawberry shortcake, fruit slushies and milkshakes, homemade bread, ice cream and more.

To learn more about the seafood restaurants in and around Ocean Isle Beach, give us a call at (910) 579-2373. We have some of the best seafood in the world!  



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