OAK ISLAND EATERIES

You can begin your day on Oak Island, NC with breakfast at Russells’ Place Restaurant – open year round for breakfast and lunch. It’s extremely popular and during the season you will find long lines of people waiting to experience the delisciousness. For a light lunch you can choose from among several restaurants including: Bob’s Dogs, with a variety of choices; Little Bits, for great hamburgers; Pepperoni Grill, where you can munch on pizza while overlooking the ocean;  Oak Island Sub Shop, for great sandwiches, soups and salads.

Some restaurants serve lunch and dinner: Don’t miss the Flying Fish Cafe, adjacent to the Oak Island Pier, where the eclectic menu will surprise you with things like a Grilled Cheese Sandwich made with brie, bacon, caramelized onions and grilled pear that you can enjoy while watching the ocean scene. If you are hungry for Asian style eats, try Thai by the Sea; for Bar-B-Que – the Bar-B-Que House, of course. At Shagger Jack’s, you can dine inside or outside on their patio. Restaurants that serve dinner only include: Jones Seafood House, for southern fried delicacies; Turtle Island Restaurant and Catering, for luscious food in a Caribbean ambiance with a beautiful presentation.

And for delightful food and excellent service while dining next to the ocean, you can choose Island Way.

This is by no means a total list of the Oak Island restaurants – but a sampling for you to consider.

EATING OUT

The problem with eating out in Southport, NC is that there are so many excellent choices it is difficult to decide where to enjoy your meal. There are restaurants that serve breakfast and lunch only. There are restaurants that serve lunch and sometimes dinner. There are restaurants that serve lunch and dinner and restaurants that serve dinner only. There is a Thai restaurant, a sushi restaurant, restaurants that specialize in southern fried foods and restaurants that cater to your yen for international foods. Fish and shellfish dishes abound and most of the main ingredients are fresh and caught locally. There are Italian restaurants that serve any Italian dish you can imagine. There are restaurants where you can enjoy live entertainment with your meal and restaurants with gorgeous water views – sometimes these are one and the same. There are restaurants where you can enjoy your favorite again and again and those where you will want to titillate your tastebuds and try something new each time you dine there. If you can’t make up your mind where to dine, you can always use the old ‘eeny meeny miny moe’ method – you can’t lose. And remember to tip your servers well – they work very hard.

Here are just a few restaurants in Southport, NC for you to enjoy.

Fishy Fishy offers good food, great water views and entertainment. (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/restaurant/southport/fishy-fishy-cafe/profile/)

Live Oak Cafe is an excellent choice for an intimate dinner for a special occasion. (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/restaurant/southport/live-oak-cafe/profile/)

Ports of Call was featured in the movie, Safe Haven, and offers international dishes. (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/restaurant/southport/ports-of-call-bistro-and-market/profile/)

THE WEARIN’ O’ THE GREEN

On March 17, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated all over the world. If you stop to think about it, that is quite an amazing statement. I believe it is the only holiday associated with a saint that has traveled so far. It’s a bit like Christmas in being celebrated by Christians and non-Christians alike, and fondly referred to as ‘St. Paddy’s Day’ it is far from a holy celebration. However, it is a time that brings people together and that is always a good thing. Parades celebrate many things Irish like harps, shamrocks, leprechauns, bagpipes, Irish dancers and more. Many Irish pubs have celebrations that include Irish food and drinks. If you are planning to take part, you can check out a few here from which to choose.

Slainte, In Southport, NC (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/nightlife/entertainment/slainte/profile/)

will begin celebrating at 7 AM with a Kegs and Eggs Breakfast. If that’s a bit early for you, try the Full Irish Breakfast with Jameson Toast at 9 AM. Other Irish specials of the day include the ubiquitous Corned Beef and Cabbage, Shepherd’s Pie, and Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes. Music by the Dave Higgins Band will begin at 6 PM with special drinks available such as Harp, Guinness and Pickle Backs.

At Fibber McGees in Sunset Beach, NC
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the celebration begins at 12 noon. There will be food and drink specials including Corned Beef and Cabbage. Live music by The Fab 2 from 2 PM until 7 PM will enliven the party and door prizes will be awarded.

Derbster’s Sports Bar & Restaurant in Calabash, NC
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will host St. Patty’s Day 2015 from 4 PM until 7:30 PM. They will offer an all you can eat buffet including Corned Beef and Cabbage. You can also choose a Reuben Sandwich or a Corned Beef Platter. Irish and regular Karaoke will be provided by Cheryl Z and drinks will include Green Draft Beer and Irish Drinks.

MLK

The Arctic cold has come and gone here in Brunswick County and has made us appreciate even more the mild winters we have here. Though it is raining today, a lovely soft rain, it is a comfortable 60 degrees. The warm winter days have found people on the beach again: walking their dogs, fishing, relaxing in the sun or just walking. As one person said to me as she passed: “It’s just too beautiful a day not to be outside.”

One of the events that is celebrated at this time of year every year is Martin Luther King Day. This day celebrates and shows appreciation for the life of Martin Luther King and his nonviolent struggle for racial equality. Dr. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for his nonviolent  protests and marches.  He was assassinated in 1968, a violent end of a nonviolent life. He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal and you can see a memorial statue of him in the National Mall in Washington, D. C. All of us who were alive during his time remember him, whether we knew him personally or not. His “I Have  Dream” speech lives on as the anthem for the Civil Rights Movement.

There are celebrations in his memory throughout Brunswick County, an example being the one held in Southport which begins the Sunday before the holiday with a parade. Following the parade a youth oriented program is held, which includes performances and presentations. On Monday morning a round-table breakfast is held. The breakfast includes a speaker and presentation of the annual Walter Welsh Award, recognizing the recipient’s work in promoting racial harmony, tolerance and understanding. Anyone interested in participating can get more information by calling (910) 457-5144.