North Carolina has some amazing seafood places and this week we decided to search the Triangle for the best locations to get fresh seafood!
42nd Street Oyster Bar (Raleigh) – When asking anyone from Raleigh where to get good seafood the first place that comes to mind is 42nd St Oyster Bar. From casual dining to formal diners, 42nd Street Oyster Bar appeals to all. The quality seafood found here is comparable only to that freshly caught from the coast. Nervous about oysters, this is the place I would definitely recommend first timers to give them a try. Still not convinced, choose one of their many other seafood favorites from fresh lobster, to a variety of fish, or try my personal favorite – the crab dip.
Shucker's (Wake Forest) – Living in the Triangle has its upsides and one of these is a second great oyster bar! Shucker’s in Wake Forest is known for their great oysters. They offer raw and steamed oysters, middleneck clams and mussels, in addition to fully cooked peel and eat shrimp and Alaskan snow crab legs. If the oyster bar isn’t your thing, they also offer other fresh fish selections including scallops, lobster, salmon, tilapia, tuna and mahi-mahi.
Battistella's (Raleigh) – If you prefer New Orleans-style seafood, Battistella’s in Raleigh is the place to go! Their menu always contains shrimp, oysters and catfish. And if you are wondering where that fish or other menu item came from, they have a chalkboard that lists the city each item was shipped from.
18 Seaboard (Raleigh) – 18 Seaboard, sister restaurant of Cantina 18, is known for their inventive American Cuisine with a focus on the freshest of seafood and produce that North Carolina has to offer. A must-have starter on the menu is their calamari. Unlike the fried calamari that you can get just about anywhere, 18 Seaboard’s calamari is grilled and then stuffed with chorizo and topped with puttanesca sauce and citrus slaw. For your entrée, choose from catfish, shrimp, salmon, swordfish, or, my personal favorite, the Big Rock Wahoo, which is named after the fishing tournament in Morehead City. You are sure to be delighted by any of these selections. Also, all of the grilled fish entrees come with your choice of sauce such as jalepeno-pineapple vinaigrette, champagne tarragon butter and 18 Seaboard Worcestershire. In addition to the great seafood selection, the view of downtown from their open-air mezzanine isn't too shabby either.
N.C. Seafood Restaurant at the State Farmers Market (Raleigh) – This place is known for having some of the freshest fish around. From the pier to your plate, N.C. Seafood has fresh fish coming up Interstate 40 on a regular basis. During my visit, the people working there were helpful and my scallops, shrimp and deviled crab came out within 15 minutes. Not only is the food great, but the portions were huge. I always leave with my stomach, Styrofoam box and wallet feeling full.
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