I read some reviews online and we decided to check out Live Oak Cafe. We'd never seen it before, as we arrive by boat and it's a ways up the road from the water. (Coming from the water, it's on the main road on the right.)
What I enjoyed most were the quaint little separate rooms; it felt like we were dining in someone's home and not a restaurant. Our server was very knowledgable about the specials and how each dish was prepared. The filet was tender and juicy - just perfect! My wife had the grouper special and said it tasted fresh and flavorful. They have a decent wine list (maybe a bit pricey) and we were familiar with the red and the white glasses we selected. Overall, just a nice dining experience between the service and the food. Also, my wife remarked that the women's room was "adorable" and she wished I could see it! We will definitely be back on our next visit to Southport.