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Are there any Calabash-style diners in Wilmington?

Judy Royal

Calabash seafood is more about the technique than the ingredients. The batter is light, with just a touch of salt and pepper, and the oil is only heated o 350 degrees, giving the food it's characteristics light crispy texture. Staff Photo BY PAUL STEPHEN / WILMINGTON STAR NEWS

Q. Are there any Calabash-style diners in Wilmington? If not, what’s the closest in that category?

A. While you won’t find any sprawling buffets like those you see lining the streets of Myrtle Beach, S.C., in this area, if you’re looking for the distinctive type of fried seafood that originated in the small Brunswick County town of Calabash,you might get your fix with menu items at some of these places:

Something Fishy, 3436 S. College Road, Wilmington [Map this]

Pirate’s Table, 3536 Carolina Beach Road, Wilmington [Map this]

Boathouse, 6328 Oleander Drive, Wilmington [Map this]

Jones Fish Camp, 7770 Market St., Wilmington [Map this]

Big Daddy’s, 206 Avenue K, Kure Beach [Map this]

Bowman’s, 911 N. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach [Map this]

MaddFish Grill, 1140 N. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach [Map this]

If you know of others, please feel free to share them below.


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