Appearances can be deceiving. My wife and I recently went on a one day trip to Wilmington to have some alone time without any kids. After reading the reviews for CFSC, we decided to give it a try. The place is a little difficult to find, tucked away in a strip mall behind Ruby Tuesday's. When we finally did find it, I was gld we called ahead for reservations, because they were packed, with people waiting outside for a table. We went in, and were seated at a very small table which was barely big enough to hold the food and drinks we would soon order. We noticed some empty booths along one wall, and asked to be moved to one of them, but were informed that those booths were reserved for other guests. For an appetizer, I ordered the Red Pepper & Crab Bisque, and followed it up with the Cape Fear Shrimp & Grits. My wife had the Calabash Seafood platter. Thr Red Pepper & Crab Bisque is hands down the BEST thing I have ever eaten! Served hot, excellent flavor, and every bite was full of crab meat. The Cape Fear Shrimp & Grits were also among the best i've ever tasted. I tried a few fried shrimp from my wife's Calabash platter, and was pleasantly surprised. In opposition to the average seafood restaurant platter, they were very lightly breaded and cooked perfectly. The portions were easily more than the average person could finish, and we3 took quite a bit of food back to the hotel with us. The staff was very friendly, but not overwhelming, which was a plus for us. The restaurant is a bit small, and can therefore get quite noisy on a busy night, but the quality of food makes it worthwhile to endure the noise. The mixed drinks were a bit pricey, but contained more liquor than your standard restaurant drink. They also have a good selection of drinks to choose from, from beer to martinis to cocktails. We felt the food prices were very reasonable. Our entire meal consisted of a bowl of Red Pepper & Crab Bisque, Calabash Seafood Platter, Cape Fear Shrimp & Grits, 2 Bud Lights, and an Apple Martini, and our bill was $56.00. Had it nott been for the size of the dining room and the noise level, this restaurant would have easily been deserving of five stars. If you are passing through Wilmington, it is definitely worth skipping the ridiculously overpriced waterfront restaurants and taking a ride over to Monkey Junction to the Cape Fea Seafood Company.
The best seafood in Wilmington
Atmosphere is a bit cramped and noisy
Call ahead of time and reserve a booth if dining with someone else
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