Tortugas’ Lie, Nags Head
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 provisioncompany.com.