Moving to the southeastern coast of North Carolina means acclimating yourself to the most beloved dishes and cuisine of the local area. For those of us in Brunswick County, and the low country of North Carolina, this usually involves falling in love with seafood. And, one of the most popular seafoods during the fall and winter is a salty, briny oyster.
Lucky residents of Southport, Oak Island and the surrounding areas can find these salty delicacies in numerous establishments. A few to note include:
Earning its name from its extensive menu of oysters and fresh seafood, this popular spot can be found along the downtown streets of Southport. Pop in for a quick bite while shopping or visiting the waterfront. Be sure to order The Kathryn with artichoke, white wine, parmesan cream sauce and basil or the Simply Southern with collards, ham, and bacon topped with pimento cheese.
Featuring an assorted menu with some quality cajun flair, Shagger Jack's is a local and tourist favorite with indoor and outdoor (dog-friendly) seating. Lightly fried oysters can be ordered as a platter with cole slaw and fries, or as a po'boy sandwich topped with lettuce, tomato, pickles and house-made remoulade.
Seated right on the Intracoastal Waterway, boasting gorgeous sunset views is Fishy Fishy Restaurant. With dock side service available and a menu offering everything from delicious appetizers to seafood platters, you're sure to find something for the seafood lovers and non-seafood lovers in your crew! Opt for the highly-sought after seafood plate or add their mouth-watering oysters to any salad.
Is there any other way than the Island Way? This oceanfront restaurant neighbors Ocean Crest Fishing Pier and offers some of the best views of any place in Brunswick County. Featuring steaks and seafood, be sure to stop by for a romantic dinner and to grab their oysters on the half shell before diving into your meal!
Oysters can be enjoyed a variety of different ways like on the raw bar, steamed, fried or roasted. The only thing that stands in your way from devouring these filters of the ocean is the act of shucking (opening) the oysters. While the process seems intimidating, it's actually very simple.
While oysters are technically harvested between October and March, they can be enjoyed year round. In Brunswick County, we celebrate all that is the oyster during the NC Oyster Festival. This annual family-friendly event includes everything from an oyster roast and arts and crafts festival to a full entertainment line-up and so much more!
Living in Brunswick County is about so much more than just enjoying oysters. Whether you're looking for the perfect second home with a bit of coastal charm or you want to know what island life is all about, reach out to Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS® today to learn more about living in Brunswick County, North Carolina. Be sure to check out the current available listings on our website to find your new Brunswick County dream home today!
Southport is a historic city filled with old-world charm, maritime museums, and coastal communities with waterfront views. Although it feels like a small seaport town, our real estate agents know Southport offers homeowners a relaxing lifestyle with job opportunities, excellent schools, and a variety of outdoor activities.
Southport is a well-known vacation destination, but it's also well-known for its award-winning local craft beer. Visitors looking for Southport homes for sale are pleasantly surprised to find out that this quaint small town is home to some of the best craft beer breweries in the country.
If you're looking for your dream home in Southport, contact us so we can help you find the perfect fit for your lifestyle.
Everybody has their own pasta favorite. With October 17th being National Pasta Day, it's time to celebrate at a good Italian restaurant. If you are planning on moving to the Southport, North Carolina area, our real estate agents can give you a head start. They know many of the most popular Italian eateries in the area and often recommend them to their clients.
Bella Cucina – Bella Cucina offers authentic Italian food for both dining-in and carry-out orders. For almost 20 years, the De Meo family has been preparing Tuscan-style cuisine using recipes that have been passed down for several generations.
Falcone's Italian Restaurant Southport – Falcone's Italian Restaurant Southport offers a full menu of Italian foods, including a variety of pasta dishes. When you want a good, filling meal, bring the entire family to Falcone's. If you prefer to eat at home after a long day, call in for a carry-out order. For over 35 years, the family-owned restaurant has been providing authentic Italian food to Southport area residents.
Bambini's Italian Restaurant – Bambini's Italian Restaurant has quickly earned a reputation for being the best Italian restaurant in the Southport area. The restaurant opened in 2018 and offers a variety of pasta dishes, Italian favorites, and specialty desserts. They even offer the most authentic New York Style pizza in North Carolina. Dine-in or carry-out options are available. It's a great place to take the whole family or if you want to spend a little quiet time with your significant other.
Castucci's – Castucci's is an Italian eatery that never ceases to amaze. The chef is also the owner and uses his own family recipes to create some of the best Italian food in the area. If you are out looking at Southport homes for sale, Castucci's is where to go to relax and wind down after a long day of house hunting. Your kids have their own menu, and you have the option of dining in or ordering carry-out. The atmosphere is inviting, and everyone is sure to have a good time.
Joseph's Italian Bistro – Joseph's Italian Bistro sits on the edge of the water and is ideal for private parties or if you want to take your loved one out on a special date. Indoor or outdoor seating is available, and if you want special treatment, you can become a VIP! Authentic Italian cuisine is something to rave about. You can also choose one of their many wines to add to your dinner.
If you live in the Southport area or are thinking about moving, contact our agents right away. They can fill you in on all of the best Italian restaurants and show you several houses that meet your specifications. All of our agents have years of experience and know Southport and the surrounding communities. When you want to find a home, choose a realtor that offers a personal touch! We will always go the extra mile to ensure the home that best suits your needs.
Southport, NC, offers a wealth of dining options, including flavors and cuisines from all over the globe. There's great food here for every taste, and if you have a hankering for some next-level fried rice, be sure to check out our real estate agents' favorite Asian restaurants in Southport!
Contact us today to learn more about life in the Southport area! And be sure to ask our real estate agents about how we can help you find the perfect home for you and your family on the North Carolina coast.
Thousands of people love to travel to Southport each year, and some even make it their home. Southport is famous for its charming atmosphere, serene ocean breezes, and gorgeous scenery; it's also a fantastic spot to grab delicious American eats.
Our real estate agents suggest taking a few hours to enjoy some of Southport's top eateries. Here are a few can't-miss spots.
Ready to find your new coastal home? Contact us today to start your search!
Breakfast, they say, is the most important meal of the day. Whether you're wandering around Southport enjoying the coastal sights or looking for beautiful Southport homes for sale, breakfast is crucial for having a long, productive day. Southport is home to some great cafes that offer unique menu items and start serving early. Here, our real estate agents provide a list of their favorite restaurants for breakfast in Southport. Choose your morning spot and start the day right with a delicious meal.
Southport is a great place for any family to call home, and the professionals at Margaret Rudd & Associates are here to help you find your dream home. Contact us for your real estate needs.
Is that love we smell in the air…or just the amazing cuisine of Southport? Perhaps a bit of both! Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and our real estate agents encourage you to start thinking about your dinner plans ahead of time. As Cupid draws back his bow, peruse the menus at these Southport restaurants perfect for couples planning to celebrate Valentine's Day with takeout.
In recent years, espresso has gone from an exotic drink found in hipster cafés to a daily must-have for scores of caffeine lovers. Celebrate National Espresso Day on Monday, November 23, with a hot or cold drink at one of these coffee shops around Brunswick County, where our real estate agents get their pick-me-up.
Our energetic real estate agents are ready to assist with all your Brunswick County real estate needs. Contact us at Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc. to get started.
The first frozen treats date back thousands of years, when people of the Persian Empire poured grape juice over handfuls of snow and stored it in underground chambers to prevent melting. Ice cream has come a long way since then, but we still enjoy its creamy sweetness year-round.
Our real estate agents are looking forward to one of their favorite holidays when National Ice Cream Day occurs on Sunday, July 19th. Join the celebration with a trip to one of these popular ice cream spots around Southport.
Living in Southport gives new meaning to the saying, "Home, sweet home." Contact us at Margaret Rudd & Associates for all your real estate needs.
National Cheeseburger Day will soon be upon us! (September 18th, to be exact) There are countless variations of this quintessentially American treat. In Southport, many places serve up substantial, savory cheeseburgers. So while you're around town, checking out Southport homes for sale, take a break and get a taste at one of our REALTORS® favorite burger joints!
Want to learn more about the best burger joints and places to live around Southport? Contact us at Margaret Rudd & Associates to get started on buying or selling your home today.
Are you considering a move to Southport? If so, you'll probably be spending some time in town shopping our great selection of Southport homes for sale. Given the beauty of the area and its coastlines, it would be a shame to make that visit all about business. You'd certainly be missing out if you didn't make time to sample the local cuisine while you're here, most especially the fresh seafood for which our area is known. If you're particularly partial to oysters, you'll find them in abundance at local eateries, including these 5 Southport restaurants:
Moore Street Oyster Bar, 110 E. Moore St., Southport
A very popular and modern eatery, Moore Street Oyster Bar offers a great selection of delicious oyster creations. If you have trouble choosing among them, you can try them all by ordering their generous sample platter, which features two of every hot-topped oyster variety on the menu.
Olivers On the Cape Fear, 101 W Bay St, Southport
Another favorite stop for local oyster lovers is Olivers On the Cape Fear. Here you can choose from oysters on the half shell, Classic Oysters Rockefeller, Sriracha Garlic Parmesan Oysters, and Oysters Casino to satisfy your oyster craving, or have your oysters with a variety of other delectable seafood by ordering the Calabash "Cape Fear" Platter. Oyster Po'boys are also on the menu, featuring fried oysters on a hoagie bun, topped with lettuce, tomato and firecracker sauce.
Ports Of Call, 116 N Howe St, Southport
Ports of Call is a great place to stop off for lunch if you're craving oysters. This popular local eatery's lunch menu features a lovely fried oyster meal, served with a lemon dill dipping sauce.
Mr P's Bistro, 309 N Howe St, Southport
Mr P's Bistro is another local restaurant that knows how to do oysters right. You'll find Oysters Bienville on the menu, which is freshly shucked oysters topped with topped with shrimp, shallots, garlic, mushrooms and parsley in a sherry sauce and baked on the half shell, as well as Oysters Rockefeller, which is freshly shucked oysters topped with spinach, bacon, cheese, shallots, and roasted red pepper hollandaise and baked on the half shell.
Frying Pan, 319 W Bay St, Southport
The Frying Pan is well known for its Southern Style seafood, including oysters. You can order your oysters alone, in their shrimp and oyster plate, or in their popular Galley Combo, which features fish, shrimp, oysters, bay scallops and crab cakes.
These are just a few of the many Southport restaurants that serve great oysters and other seafood. If you would like more information on where to find an excellent meal or have any other questions about our area, feel free to contact us. Our REALTORS® know Southport inside and out, and we're always happy to share that knowledge with home shoppers who are interested in becoming part of our community.
Mother's Day is coming up soon, and you might be wondering how to show the special moms in your life just how much you care. Our REALTORS® recommend taking them out for lunch or dinner at one of the area's excellent waterfront restaurants. Here are five locations that are guaranteed to give you a memorable experience.
If you're thinking about moving to the Southport area, the professionals at Margaret Rudd & Associates have you covered! Whether you're interested in luxury waterfront living and charming coastal properties or the area's best townhouses and condos, we'll help you find your ideal home. Contact us today to get started.
Our REALTORS® know how important the Easter holiday is to so many of our clients. Southport families adorn their homes with colorful decorations and cherish the moments spent watching their young ones find their Easter baskets. If you're considering browsing our Southport homes for sale, we invite you to get to know the area on a Sunday morning by visiting one of these amazing Southport eateries for brunch.
Locals Family Diner - 832 N. Howe St., Southport, NC 28461
What are your family's Easter traditions? Church service, egg painting or basket hunting? Locals Family Diner invites you to create more memories with your kids with a delicious brunch at one of Southport's favorite restaurants. Try their delicious Eggs Benedict or a classic dish order of biscuits and gravy. With special menu options for children and seniors, Locals Family Diner is the perfect place for Easter breakfast with the entire family.
Cafe Koa - 302 N. Howe St., Southport, NC 28461
If you want a laidback lunch or a quick cup of coffee and a bite of brunch, stop over at Cafe Koa. With friendly service and menu items named after your legendary musicians and songs, this quaint little cafe is sure to please. Try the Blondie breakfast sandwich with Nutella and fruit and pair it with a signature drink like the Wake Me Up Before You Go Go spicy mocha iced or hot coffee.
Ports of Call Bistro - 116 N. Howe St., Southport, NC 2846
Easter only comes once a year, so why not make your brunch unforgettable with a fine dining experience at Ports of Call Bistro? Your choice of breakfast and lunch items include quiche de jour, pork tenderloin and eggs, stuffed portabella cap, and a BLT loaded with shrimp, crab and Maine lobster. After such a delicious meal, you and your family will wish Easter brunch was every week.
Moore Street Market - 130 E. Moore St., Southport, NC 28461
There's nothing like a good deli sandwich, and there's no better deli in Southport than the Moore Street Market. Specializing in hot and cold sandwiches, their menu is full of mouthwatering offerings like a breakfast A.M. Reuben, Grandma's Best egg salad sandwich and The Garrison's classic ham, egg, and cheese sandwich. If all else fails, you'll never go wrong with a cup of coffee and a bagel with cream cheese.
The View at Brick Landing Plantation - 1882 Goose Creek Road SW, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469
Easter is a sure sign that spring has arrived, which is why brunch is the perfect time to take advantage of the gorgeous weather and pull up a seat for beautiful waterway views. Known for its traditional Sunday brunch feast, The View at Brick Landing Plantation serves up a seemingly endless array of pancakes, french toast, and omelets, along with yogurt parfaits, seasonal fresh fruit, and homemade cobbler. Be sure to try the Shrimp & Grits, made with applewood smoked bacon, chorizo, and, of course, fresh shrimp. When you've had your fill, be sure to check out Ocean Isle Beach homes for sale.
We wish all of our clients a wonderful Easter Sunday that is filled with cherished family traditions and wonderful new memories. For more information about great brunch spots near Southport, or to find the home of your dreams in this cozy seaside town, feel free to contact us today.
Every neighborhood has its hidden (and sometimes not-so-hidden) gems that make the area a great place to live. Here are seven delicious bakeries in Brunswick County that will tempt, delight, and tantalize your taste buds.
Our REALTORS® know the ins and outs of the local neighborhoods with all the best properties. When you contact us at Margaret Rudd & Associates, you may not knead a lot of dough to find the perfect property. We take the time to listen to your wants and wishes, avoiding half-baked ideas by putting you first.
Nothing helps you feel at home in a new location like checking out some of the best local dining spots. The Coastal Carolina area is known for its incredible and unique cuisine. So while you're checking out Ocean Isle homes for sale, why not stop in for a wonderful meal at one of these restaurants with local flair.
There's nothing quite like sitting down with a few of your favorite people at a dockside table, soaking in the scenery, and enjoying some of the finest food that Holden Beach, NC has to offer. Our REALTORS® in Holden Beach love sampling the local dining scene, and sharing our favorite spots with anyone looking to enjoy this wonderful community. Homes in Holden Beach come with perks, and fun, flavorful food certainly ranks near the top of the list. Enjoy our list of favorite Holden Beach restaurants, and be sure to add your own.
Still searching for the perfect home-base to enjoy all of the food, fun, and sun in Holden Beach? Contact Margaret Rudd & Associates to buy and sell homes in Holden Beach, NC.
Are you searching for homes for sale in Southport, NC?
Southport is a maritime haven with a historic flair that attracts visitors from all over the US. Inhabited continuously since 1792, but known to explorers far longer, its sea breezes and ancient oak trees give its downtown district a charm like nothing else in the region.
Not surprisingly, it also has its fair share of culinary delights to enjoy!
Although people typically think of North Carolina as being part of "the South," its many seaside communities boast delicacies that will give any New England locale a run for the money. Of all the great fishing ports in the area, Southport stands head and shoulders over the rest: Fresh fish, crabs, and lobsters are available through most of the year.
Downtown Southport will refresh and revitalize you with some of the best shopping and dining options around. Visitors enjoy exploring the area for its many small museums, antique shops and other hidden treasures.
Hungry? No matter what seafood tempts your palate, you'll be able to find it here.
Want to start with a local favorite? One of the top spots in Southport by far is Provision Co. With an unassuming name and a logo that harkens back to the era of sea exploration, it's the best-kept secret around – called "Provisions" by the locals, who visit regularly.
Established 1993, Provisions makes great use of its location – giving you a view of the mouth of the Cape Fear River that invests the city with so much of its charm. You'll also enjoy other splendid scenery, including Southport Yacht Basin and the Intercoastal Waterway.
Provisions are a relaxing and welcoming spot where you can pull up by car or boat. Orders are taken at the counter and guests can help themselves to beverages on the honor system. It's a great place to meet new friends: Locals swear by it, and out-of-town visitors quickly fall in love.
What will you find at Southport? Along with a complete selection of sandwiches, you'll enjoy your choice of the freshest local seafood. A full selection includes favorites like grilled yellowfin tuna, steamed shrimp, conch fritters and crab cakes a la carte.
As for specials, the restaurant is best known for its grilled yellowfin tuna dinner and its crab cake dinner featuring cucumber and potato salad. Lots of care is poured into the desserts as well: You can have rich, creamy Key Lime pie or bourbon pecan pie.
Beverages include soft drinks, tea, wine, and domestic or imported beer.
With plenty of room for walking and free parking on all streets, downtown Southport makes it easy for you to enjoy an excursion your way. Although Provisions is often the first place visited by those checking out the real estate market, there are many other terrific options.
Stay a while and you're sure to find enjoyable meals at local favorites like Atlantic Seafood and Steaks, Bella Cucina, Big Al's Slam Dunk Cafe, and the Bouncing Log. Dozens of restaurants are available, most of them locally owned and operated.
Some places are defined by style and flash. Others are all about substance and value. In Calabash, NC locals live life their way. Located along the Carolina coast, Calabash, duly dubbed "The Seafood Capital of the World," has earned its reputation because of its nationally famed method of preparing seafood--Calabash Style.
Calabash's waterfront setting is the perfect backdrop for its vast variety of family restaurants. Up and down the coast, restaurants proudly display menus featuring Calabash-style prepared seafood. Depending upon which eatery you prefer, the "secret recipe" involves lightly dipping the catch of the day--shrimp, clams, fish and oysters--into batter and quickly frying to lock in freshness. While no one will say which of our local restaurants hold the original recipe for Calabash-style seafood, our team at Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc. has done our fair share of sampling and has provided this list of our favorites for you:
Calabash is just one of many great communities located along our North Carolina coast. Whether you want to find a vacation or year round home, we can help. Contact us at Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc. to find your Brunswick County home.
If you are starting to look for homes for sale on Bald Head Island, you're going to want to know where to find the best restaurants in the area. Our REALTORS® from Margaret Rudd & Associates have created this list of some of our favorite restaurants for you to experience. Turst us, you won't be disappointed.
Bald Head Island Club
The Bald Head Island Club may be best known for its golf, but here you will find both casual and upscale dining opportunities. With four different restaurants offering everything from regional seafood to steak and even pub sandwiches, you are going to enjoy an ideal dining experience. Bald Head Island Club embraces a Farm to Table dining concept, using locally grown produce and meats when possible, so each meal is unique and flavorful. Reservations are recommended.
The Delphina Cantina offers fresh local seafood, burritos, tacos and bowls. This restaurant is ideal for the seafood lover, but also has something for the steak lover as well. A lengthily drink menu rounds out the offerings of Delphina Cantina. Because of the excellent food and service the restaurant consistently provides, it has earned Trip Advisor's Certificate of Excellence.
Mojo's on the Harbor
Mojo's on the Harbor is the only waterfront dining experience in Bald Head Island. The food here is imaginative, and the people are welcoming. Enjoy your fill of seafood and other dishes inspired by fresh and local ingredients, and enjoy a long list of wine options, as well as beer and cocktails. You won't find a better view than what is available at Mojo's on the Harbor.
Maritime Market Cafe
The Maritime Market is home to the Market Cafe, where you can get breakfast and lunch while you shop at the area's best farmer's market. Pizza is served all day until closing and is some of the best in the area. If you're looking for fast and tasty, this is the place to go.
The Shoals Club
If you want to enjoy the ambiance of a beach club, but with a family-friendly environment then The Shoals Club on Bald Head Island is the place to try. Beautiful ocean views, a seasonal menu made from fresh ingredients and plenty of local seafood is available at Aqua. The Sandbar Grille, which sits poolside, is a great place for a buffet meal. For an adult experience, head to Latitudes Wine Bar for a before or after dinner cocktail.
Bald Head Island restaurants deliver delicious dining for every occasion. If you are looking to buy a property in our community, either to use as a vacation home or for year round residence, contact Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc.