These are some of our favorite Restaurants that are located in the general vicinity of Little Blue Heron. While menus and chefs come and go these have been around for a while. As a reminder, ALWAYS call before heading out to your pick for the evening to make sure that they are open. During the summer months, reservations are highly recommended for those places that take them. Without reservations, the wait may be longer than expected and that will only delay your return to Little Blue heron for star gazing.
311 Mangrove Drive (Located in the K and V Plaza, Emerald Drive) Ph: 252-354-7775 A great and fun place for lunch or dinner. (Ask for the fried flounder sandwich any time – it is large crispy and not on the dinner menu and be sure to order a cup or bowl of their seafood bisque). Website http://www.flipperz.net
8700 Emerald Drive, Emerald Island, NC Ph: 252-354-7424
The Back Patio (0 miles!)
104 Ocean Drive, Emerald Island, NC Be your own chef and take your favorite grill recipe out to the charcoal grill at Little Blue Heron and cook out at home! The best place to avoid the summer time crowds.
Dolphin Deck Tiki Bar
1960 Salter Path Rd., Indian Beach, NC (just down the street from Little Blue Heron) Ph: 252-247-7303 Relax and enjoy the views sitting on the deck over Bogue Sound. Have yourself a satisfying beverage or a snack.
Port of Call
1160 Salter Path Rd., Salter Path, NC Ph: 252-222-7677 Have a drink on the covered deck sitting out over the Sound, or enjoy the wide views from the dining room. A rare find in the middle of the island, this reliably good spot doesn’t close during the winter. Website http://www.spportofcall.com
146 Headen Lane, Salter Path, NC Ph: 252-247-3444 A good, no-frills place for daily seafood catch specials, with a nice view overlooking the Bogue Sound. The lunch specials are a great value. Website: http://www.thecrabshacksalterpath.com
Big Oak Drive In
Don’t let appearances fool you. An excellent place for barbeque or fried shrimp and oysters! Be sure to try the Shrimp Burger. Website: http://www.bigoakdrivein.com
100 S. Durham Ave. Atlantic Beach, NC No phone. Expertly prepared grilled, blackened, or fried seafood. Not sure which to try? Ask! These are our favorite restaurant owners on the island. The Grouper Bites and the daily Seafood Taco special are always winners. This is a walk-up place with picnic tables and corn hole surrounded by palm trees, so check the weather before you go. Check their page for hours. Website: http://www.facebook.com/sharkshackatlanticbeach/
401 Money Island Drive Rd., Atlantic Beach, NC Ph: 252-240-0000 Not your average seafood restaurant. Two-for-one entrees on Monday and Tuesday make this worth a visit (reservations are a must.) Great filet mignon and grilled fish. Website: http://igrestaurant.net
The Crabs Claw
201 W. Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, NC Ph: 252-726-8222 If you want an ocean view while you dine (inside or out) check this place out. On the boardwalk. Website: http://www.crabsclaw.com/index.html
114 Middle Lane, Beaufort, NC Ph: 252-728-7777 A great tapas place, located in historic downtown. Their motto is “Small plates, Big wines”. Website: http://aquaexperience.com
The Spouter Inn Restaurant & Bakery
218 Front St., Beaufort, NC Ph: 252-728-5190 One of the very few places around where the food is as good as the view. Try the crab cake: our favorite in all of North Carolina (only Baltimore beats it.) The bakery is in front on your way in. The desserts are quite good, and can be purchased to take back with you. Website: http://thespouterinn.com
817 Cedar St., Beaufort, NC Ph: 252-728-4400 While this is a bit of a drive for breakfast, it is well worth passing by all of the ones that are closer to the LBH if great pancakes or flavorful eggs and bacon matter to you. Great prices, too.
305 Front Street, Beaufort, NC Ph: 252-838-9032 Yes, this restaurant was originally in Morehead City, but is now in Beaufort in The Cedars Inn. The Caribbean cuisine with a twist is still a stand-out in Carteret County. If you area foodie, you should give it a go. Website: http://laperlarestaurantmhc.com
715 Arendell St., Morehead City, NC Ph: 252-240-2573 This bar has no food, but the craft cocktails and the custom touches in the interior are worth a trip. The owner has been making a Cucumber Collins here since 2007. Who knew Morehead City could be ahead of the curve?
4050-a Arendell St., Morehead City, NC Ph: 252-499-9236 First-rate bakery, with unique offerings. Great soups and sandwiches in addition to the premium pastries. Website: http://www.halesbakery.com