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“Great Family Owned Authentic Coastal Seafood !”

Captain's Choice Restaurant
Good for: Local cuisine
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Good for: Local cuisine
Reviewed March 29, 2012

Often when we travel we like to look for what appear to be 'local favorites' when it comes to a place to eat. If you can find a local grill or restaurant that is popular with the locals it often proves to be both a good place to eat and reasonably priced. That was exactly the case when we decided to check out the Captain's Choice on a recent trip through Harkers Island NC.

We pulled in on a weekday right around dinner time and the place was already starting
to get busy. It was obvious that the owners and staff knew most of the people that were in for dinner that night (a very good sign!). I ordered a stuffed flounder dish that was absolutely great and my wife had another type of fresh fish with a bowl of their special recipe clam chowder. It was a unique soup, not the milk and cream based type full of potatoes, but also not the tomato and vegetable based type with a lot of veggies.

The woman attending the buffet area (who turned out to be one of the owners) commented to my wife that she seemed to like the chowder. After our chat with the owner's wife, we learned that the chowder was a local traditional recipe and that it had even been featured in one of the national cooking magazines. I'd hate to quote the magazine by name for fear of getting it wrong! But it was a unique recipe and was one of the best renditions we have ever tried.

The seafood was fresh, hot, well prepared, and served up by a friendly group of locals that made us feel welcome in their small town authentic coastal restaurant! It's in our plans for our next trip to the area.

Highly recommended! Small family style seafood with a local flair! Try it ! ! !



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Reviewed January 31, 2012

Captain's Choice is a typical looking family seafood restaurant but the quality of their food is higher than what I normally see at this type of restaurant. The salad bar has a nice variety of fresh items. Servers are attentive on keeping the drinks topped off. My favorite entree is the Stuffed Flounder. Their crab cakes are a close second. I have eaten lunch and dinner at the restaurant. It was also open for breakfast during my last visit, but that visit was a day trip so I have not sampled their breakfast menu.

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2  Thank scott185
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Reviewed January 5, 2012

In full agreement with this part of another member's review: "If you are on Harkers Island, this is probably the fanciest place to eat (choices here are severely limited) and you'll get decent food at a decent price."
Besides, it's better than anything you'll find in Marshallberg. ;)

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1  Thank tb420
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Reviewed December 2, 2011

We stopped here for lunch while visiting the area where some friends live. They took us here saying that they had been to the competition across the street and were disappointed with their local food. We were treated to excellent service, and the crab was a good size and very good. The all you can eat hush puppies were excellent, and we were offered an extra treat of mullet roe at no charge. The atmosphere was very cute and friendly. We would eat here again.

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1  Thank readytoretire1
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Reviewed June 30, 2010

This is a pretty decent place to eat on Harkers Island. It is not fancy, nor does it pretend to be. Decor is maritime and boat model inspired. Models of local fishing trawlers adorn the walls giving it a definite maritime flair. Seating is wooden tables in a relatively small dining area. Service is usually attentive. Food is OK, nothing spectacular, but pretty tasty overall. Many locals eat here, so it's a family friendly place. They serve seafood plus other American-style entrees (chicken, steak, etc). Prices are mostly reasonable also. If you are on Harkers Island, this is probably the fanciest place to eat (choices here are severely limited) and you'll get decent food at a decent price.

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1  Thank chemjim1
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