It’s our annual guide to the top eateries where food is fried, broiled, grilled, or otherwise slapped on butcher paper for your finger-licking, crab-cracking, French fry–munching pleasure. This year, our winners (and finalists) were chosen by our readers!
With its island atmosphere, large libations, and epicurean options (grilled yellowfin tuna with garlic pesto) along with the standard fried favorites, this aqua-hued restaurant is more than one reader’s “favorite place in the world;” 252/441- 7299 or tortugaslie.com.
Calabash Seafood Hut, Calabash
It’s all about the oysters, oyster stew, and fresh-caught Gulf Stream fish; 910/579-6723.
Holden Beach Provision Company, Holden Beach
Readers revel in afternoons at Holden Beach, eating shrimp, drinking cold beer, and watching the world go by; 910/842- 7205 or