Sprawling oak trees and three bodies of water make this humble, Southern town feel like home—even to the Hollywood stars who often film here.
By Jennifer Brunnemer Slaton
Photo: Christopher Shane
Most of the town's nearly 3,000 residents, many of them retirees, walk, bike, or drive golf carts to dining options.
At Fishy Fishy Café near the Southport Marina, couples dining on the restaurant's pier tend to sit side by side looking out over the water, enjoying the live music and a menu of favorites like shrimp-and-grits.
Mr. P's Bistro serves up fresh daily specials such as grouper Oscar, pan-roasted with red-pepper hollandaise.
At The Pharmacy Restaurant (located in an old drugstore), white tablecloths and lace curtains greet locals who eagerly await nights when the excellent portobello mushroom soup is served.