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Best Places to Eat on Topsail Island

Topsail Island is known for its beach, the Intercoastal Waterway, and the fine cuisines that are available on the island. If you book a vacation rental through Lewis Realty Associates, Inc., you will find that your unit contains a full kitchen, an eloquent eating area, and utensils to serve everyone in your group. However, part of going on a vacation is getting away from the kitchen, enjoying fine dining, and trying some of the restaurants that are popular in the area where you are visiting. Let`s take a look at some of the top restaurants to visit on Topsail Island.

The Lowcountry dining experience

If you`ve never eaten in the South, you`re in for a treat if you eat anywhere in North Carolina. This is a cuisine experience that combines the best of both the land and the sea. Here are some of the foods that you might encounter during your stay on Topsail Island:

  • Po` Boys: These are great tasting sandwiches, most often with seafood, that are served on long slices of French bread.

  • Shrimp and Grits are often served at breakfast in the South, but are also popular for lunch and dinner. 

  • Lowcountry Boils are most commonly made with shrimp and include potatoes and other vegetables. The Topsail Steamer is a restaurant that has perfected and varied the Lowcountry Boil. 

Seafood restaurants

Topsail Island is known for its fresh seafood, and there are many seafood restaurants that offer a variety of fish, shellfish, and seafood-based dishes. Many people who visit Topsail Island will visit the Surf City Crab Seafood Market. Here, they will buy all the seafood that they need for making a meal at home, ranging from tuna steaks to shrimp for boiling. Many of the delicacies that people enjoy at home can be found in some of the local restaurants. 

The Topsail Steamer

If you are looking for generous portions and a great family restaurant, The Topsail Steamer is right for you. Some of the most popular dishes from this restaurant include the Low Country Shrimp, Topsail Clam Bake, and the Crabby Jimbo. These dishes combine seafood with vegetables, sweet corn, and a tasteful blend of spices.

The Sears Landing Grill & Boat

Located on the sound side of Topsail Island, this restaurant offers many delectable dishes, including the Seared Tuna Salad. This is a dockside restaurant that serves fish, crab cakes, cocktails, and breakfast and is more of a casual eating environment.

The Shuckin` Shack

The Shuckin` Shack is an establishment that is rated as being comfortable and cozy, but known for its great food. Some of their top dishes include Po` Boys, which are sandwiches with a seafood theme, a great Low Country Boil (a meal made with sausage, seafood, and vegetables), and great sides, such as hush puppies.

Beachfront restaurants

Beachfront dining is the ultimate way to experience the atmosphere and scenery of Topsail Island. Not only does the fresh air bring a zest to your appetite, but you also might not get to enjoy the atmosphere of beachfront restaurants in the city where you live. Here are some of the most popular beachfront restaurants on Topsail Island:

  • The Surf City Pier Restaurant offers a variety of seafood dishes and a great ocean view.

  • The Beach Shop & Grill offers some of the best low country inspired seafood.

  • Splash By the Sea is located on the northeast end of the island and features great salmon and even has vegetarian options. 

  • Ocean`s Edge is near the end of the island, but is worth the trip to try their Yellow Fin Tuna and Sea Scallops 

Family-friendly restaurants

Topsail Island also has several family-friendly restaurants, bars and grills, and other eating establishments if you are looking for something quick and easy, but are in the mood for something else other than seafood.

Surf City BBQ

Surf City BBQ has several traditional barbecue dishes, but they also serve some of the fine local seafood and cuisine, including flounder and catfish sandwiches. Some of their tasty snack plates include BBQ pork and smoked applewood chicken. This restaurant is a bright eating environment that serves hefty portions of your favorite barbecue dishes.

The Breezeway Restaurant

The Breezeway Restaurant offers affordable options if your family is on a budget. Appetizers average at just around $10 for a plate (such as the Chilled Shrimp Cocktail) and entrées range between $15 and $30, including both land and seafood options. 

The New York Corner Deli

For those that are looking for a comfortable dining experience similar to that of home, The New York Corner Deli is a hidden treasure on Topsail Island. From great breakfast sandwiches to the Grilled Pastrami With Swiss on Rye, you will find a quick bite to eat here for your family if you are on the go. The New York Corner Deli is known for its city comfort foods that are served with a southern hospitality.

How to eat comfortably and conveniently at your rental unit

If you are staying on Topsail Island for a large event, you likely are staying in a vacation rental with your immediate family. For some nights, you might want to stay in and book a reputable catering service. There are many catering services on Topsail Island that deliver all across the island. The Island Brothers Catering & Carry Out is a great way to enjoy fine dining at home. Their menu includes everything from Seafood Lasagna to Maryland-Style Crab Cakes.

Plan your next trip to Topsail Island and enjoy the dining 

If you are looking to visit Topsail Island for the very first time or are coming back for another season, consider booking your rental through Lewis Realty Associates, Inc. You will find affordable houses and condos across the island that are perfect for your family or group. You will find a unit that is conveniently located to your desired itinerary destinations, as well as a nearby restaurant that gives you all the meal options for the low country cuisine that Topsail Island is famous for. 


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