Our tradition is to do one of our couple of "special" dinners on the Friday before we leave. It usually ends up being the Colington Cafe unless we had already done it earlier in our two week stay. We made it down to the CC in about 35 minutes from Sanderling via the Big Road. Going south you turn right at the traffic signal at Colington Road after you pass the tribute to the Wright Boys place, around MP 8.5. Drive west on Colington Road for about 3 minutes and you will see it on your left......a pretty white house on a hill under some very large live oaks. Great setting. We arrived about five minutes early for our 6:30 reservation and our table was ready. In addition, our request for our favorite room was honored. We prefer the more quiet and small room to the right. The front room to the left is nice as well. We do not and will not be seated upstairs as there is almost always a large group being loud. Anyway we not only got our room but also the best table at the front corner. The decor is understated and simple but is wonderful. Paintings, flowers, baskets, bottles on the walls and ledges. The tables had a small vase holding a red rose and eucalyptus. I forgot my reading glasses in the car so I got up and started for the door....as I passed the host/owner he said, "going out for reading glasses". I said yes and he responded by saying he had numerous pairs that I could use to save a trip outside. Interesting....took him up on his offer and tried on a couple of pairs to get the right power...I settled on some 2.0 power Clark Kent style glasses. Within a few minutes our waiter took our drink orders and soon thereafter a basket with 3 rolls and butter. Our drinks arrived and we ordered. My wife ordered the appetizer special, Salmon Napoleon and the Carolina Cakecakes. I being a creature of habit here, ordered the She Crab Bisque and the Filet Mignon (the 8 oz. one). OK here is the skinny: The Salmon Napoleon was layered with salmon, wasabi slaw, and fried wontons.......excellent! My she crab bisque still remains my very favorite she crab on the Outer Banks.....alot of crab and not overkilled with sherry. When my entree came our waiter announced that I did not need anything but the butter knife to cut the filet. Well it was cooked to a perfect medium. It actually could have been cut with a fork. The Bearnaise sauce on it was heavenly. My wife's carolina crab cakes were excellent.....hard to choose between the Kill Devil Grill and here. My wife though the KDG grilled their crab cakes while the CC fried theirs. Both of our entrees were served with wonderful smashed garlic potatoes and chilled green beans. We have been to the Colington Cafe every year since it opened in 1989 except maybe one and we have never had a less than a great dining experience. The CC has to be one of, it not the most consistently excellent restaurant on the Outer Banks. Recommended with reservation for your special dinner, or for that matter any dinner. Great food, reasonable prices, classy and probably the most professional wait staff around.
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