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Good Child-Friendly Restaurants in Emerald Isle Area

Just back from the Emerald Isle area and I wanted to report back. First of all, we loved the area. Great place for a family vacation! Circle Pizza in EI received a thumbs up from all. Best of all, they delivered to the house we were renting in Indian Beach. Great pizza and timely delivery. We ended up going to the Ruddy Duck for our family dinner, which was another hit with everyone. Nice casual and non-touristy setting on the Morehead City waterfront. Outboard motor dividing wall was a cool touch. They have one table in the back that will accommodate up to 14 people, so they split us into two tables of 8 next to each other. They have a limited kids menu (no seafood) which is not posted on their website but also allow sharing regular menu items without an extra charge, which is what we did for our 3 seafood loving boys. They do not take reservations so we arrived at 4:30 to make sure we got the table that would work for us. Ordered an appetizer and waited for the specials that are introduced at 5. I had the pecan encrusted flounder, which was very good. Other highlights were the seared tuna salad with Thai chili vinaigrette and the mixed seafood jambalaya. RD also has a full selection of fried Calabash-style seafood, lightly breaded and cooked well, and for the best price I saw in the area. I highly recommend Ruddy Duck.

We also stopped at the Big Oak Drive-In for shrimp burgers, which my husband enjoyed. Great fries, hush puppies, and Onion Rings.

The only thumbs-down dining experience was The Queens-Anne Revenge in Beaufort, which was recommended by the Maritime Museum Staff. We were told that Beaufort Grocery Co. and Spouter Inn would not be appropriate for 3 small children. QAR has a nice outdoor dining area on the waterfront but that is the best thing I can say about the restaurant. My grilled mahi tasted boiled and my husband's soft-shell crab sandwich was so hard he couldn't chew it! Cant recommend.

Thanks for all the recommendations!

Jul 30, 2012
jancita1 in Southeast

Good Child-Friendly Restaurants in Emerald Isle Area

Thanks so much all for the advice. Question for goodeatsinadive. Why do you say that neither Amos Mosquitos nor Ruddy Duck work for our group? As for the Crab Shack, I couldn't find an online menu, and online reviews, which are granted questionable, were really mixed. Seems like mostly standard fried seafood, which is OK by everyone but me : > (but I'll deal with it), and a good location. Do you know anything more about the place? Thanks again for your detailed response!

Jul 21, 2012
jancita1 in Southeast

Good Child-Friendly Restaurants in Emerald Isle Area

Thanks for the suggestions. Anyone know anything about Port of Call in Salter Path? Would this place work for our party of 8 adults/8 small children?

Jul 18, 2012
jancita1 in Southeast

Good Child-Friendly Restaurants in Emerald Isle Area

My extended family and I will be staying in the Emerald Isle area week after next. The house we are renting is in Indian Beach. We will have 8 children (8 and under) and 8 adults. For obvious reasons, we are planning to cook most meals at the house. However, we would like to go out to dinner at least one evening, and I would like to find a place that has really good food and that would be ok for a group of children that large. I understand that this may be a tall order. We are willing to drive as far as Beaufort or Morehead City. Any info about good markets for seafood and produce would also be much appreciated. Thanks!

Jul 15, 2012
jancita1 in Southeast

365 Brand Canned Pumpkin - low quality?

Has anyone found the 365 brand canned pumpkin to be poor quality? I had never had it, but found it on sale at Whole Foods and bought 6 cans. I have opened one, and it was watering, stringy, and fibrous. I'm wondering if I got a bad can or if I can expect it to all be like this. If so, I need to get something different before making Thanksgiving pies for a large family gathering.

Nov 14, 2010
jancita1 in General Topics