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Table for Two: Romantic Restaurants in Brunswick County

Love at First Bite

Not sure where to take your sweetie this Valentine's Day?  Don't worry, we have got you covered!  We have scoured all of Brunswick Islands for the cream of the crop fine dining experiences.  Make this year a Valentine's Day your partner will never forget!


Island Way

  • Island Way is one of Oak Island's premier fine dining experiences.  Coined for boasting "The only thing we overlook is the ocean", Island Way's oceanfront dining has some of the best views the east coast has to offer. Serving high-quality seafood, steaks, and mouthwatering soup and pasta options, this choice will do anything but disappoint your Valentine.

Salt 64

  • Salt 64 is yet another local favorite here on Oak Island. From their housemade dressing, aged center-cut steaks, fresh local seafood, and exquisite drink and dessert menu, we know this place will please any eater looking for a fine dining experience!

Koko Cabana

  • Koko Cabana is located right on the Oak Island Pier. This restaurant not only has amazing locally caught seafood but has some of the most creative dishes we have seen on this side of the Mississippi! Don't forget to try their extensive beer, wine, and signature cocktails menu!


Oliver's on the Cape Fear

  • Oliver's on the Cape Fear is where "Southern cuisine and exceptional wines and spirits meet the salubrious breezes of the Southport air". This family-owned and operated restaurant is known for its timeless menu, outstanding hospitality, and breathtaking views of the Cape Fear River.

Joseph's Italian Bistro

  • Overlooking the Intracoastal waterway, Joseph's offers delicious Italian Cuisine and a comprehensive array of premier wine and spirits. If you want romance, candlelit dinners, and authentic Italian, this is the place for you.

Ports of Call Bistro

  • You may remember this pick from the critically acclaimed movie, Safe Haven. Ports of Call Bistro not only was the home to a scene in that movie, but it is home to some of the best fine dining experiences in Southport! Their globally inspired menu is the perfect fine dining choice for adventurous eaters.


Christopher's Steakhouse

  • Christoper's Steakhouse and Seafood is a locally owned and operated business located in Leland, North Carolina. They serve hand-cut steaks, ribs that will "fall right off the bone", made-from-scratch sides, freshly baked bread, and much, much more!


Jink's Creek

  • Jink's Creek Waterfront Grille is located in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina. Just a quick 30-minute drive lies one of our favorite waterfront dining experiences. Jink's Creek is known for their outstanding seafood dishes, classic surf and turf, and showstopping salads.


The Oyster Rock

  • The Oyster Rock lies in Calabash, North Carolina.  This fine dining, waterfront experience will make you want to come back for more!  Their menu is made the "old school way" from scratch.  Don't miss out on their "The Hummus Dinger" and their "Chicken and the Deep Blue" plates which are highly raved about.


The Brentwood

  • Just south of the North Carolina state line lies Little River, South Carolina. Little River boasts many award-winning local restaurants and cuisine. The Brentwood Restaurant and Wine Bistro is a European-inspired restaurant that won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence in 2022. Their use of local cuisine and flavors is a big reason why they have locals and others alike flocking to nab a dinner reservation. Their surf and turf options are not to be overshadowed by their extensive dessert menu.


Eat Like a Local: Learn to Love Oysters

Oysters in Southeastern North Carolina

Moving to the southeastern coast of North Carolina means acclimating yourself to the most beloved dishes and cuisine of the local area. For those of us in Brunswick County, and the low country of North Carolina, this usually involves falling in love with seafood. And, one of the most popular seafoods during the fall and winter is a salty, briny oyster.

Enjoy Oysters at Area Restaurants

Lucky residents of Southport, Oak Island and the surrounding areas can find these salty delicacies in numerous establishments. A few to note include:

Moore Street Oyster Bar

Earning its name from its extensive menu of oysters and fresh seafood, this popular spot can be found along the downtown streets of Southport. Pop in for a quick bite while shopping or visiting the waterfront. Be sure to order The Kathryn with artichoke, white wine, parmesan cream sauce and basil or the Simply Southern with collards, ham, and bacon topped with pimento cheese.

Shagger Jack's

Featuring an assorted menu with some quality cajun flair, Shagger Jack's is a local and tourist favorite with indoor and outdoor (dog-friendly) seating. Lightly fried oysters can be ordered as a platter with cole slaw and fries, or as a po'boy sandwich topped with lettuce, tomato, pickles and house-made remoulade.

Fishy Fishy

Seated right on the Intracoastal Waterway, boasting gorgeous sunset views is Fishy Fishy Restaurant. With dock side service available and a menu offering everything from delicious appetizers to seafood platters, you're sure to find something for the seafood lovers and non-seafood lovers in your crew! Opt for the highly-sought after seafood plate or add their mouth-watering oysters to any salad.

Island Way

Is there any other way than the Island Way? This oceanfront restaurant neighbors Ocean Crest Fishing Pier and offers some of the best views of any place in Brunswick County. Featuring steaks and seafood, be sure to stop by for a romantic dinner and to grab their oysters on the half shell before diving into your meal!

How to Open an Oyster

Enjoy Oysters at Home

Oysters can be enjoyed a variety of different ways like on the raw bar, steamed, fried or roasted. The only thing that stands in your way from devouring these filters of the ocean is the act of shucking (opening) the oysters. While the process seems intimidating, it's actually very simple.

Shuck in Six: 6 Steps to Shucking an Oyster

  1. Protect. Use a thick cloth, kitchen towel or gloves to cover and protect your hands from the sharp shells and oyster knife.
  2. Place. Using your non-dominant covered hand, hold the oyster with the hinge facing you.
  3. Pressure. Using the oyster knife, gradually apply pressure and oscillate around the hinge to try and insert the knife into the hinge of the shell.
  4. Cut. Once the knife enters the hinge of the shell, reach straight into the oyster for the adductor and make one clean cut across the adductor.
  5. Open. Using the oyster knife, open the oyster and rinse it lightly to remove any broken shell pieces.
  6. Decide. You can test the oyster by poking it around the lips to see if it's alive as it should retract. The oyster should smell fresh and like the ocean but not overly fishy or bad. If the oyster smells bad, or does not retract when poked, do not eat it. If the oyster is good to go, just decide on how you want to prepare to eat this delicacy!

Celebrate the Oyster

While oysters are technically harvested between October and March, they can be enjoyed year round. In Brunswick County, we celebrate all that is the oyster during the NC Oyster Festival. This annual family-friendly event includes everything from an oyster roast and arts and crafts festival to a full entertainment line-up and so much more!

Oyster Festival

Enjoy Oysters In Your Brunswick County Home

Living in Brunswick County is about so much more than just enjoying oysters. Whether you're looking for the perfect second home with a bit of coastal charm or you want to know what island life is all about, reach out to Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS® today to learn more about living in Brunswick County, North Carolina. Be sure to check out the current available listings on our website to find your new Brunswick County dream home today! 


Discover The Best Local Craft Beer In Southport

Enjoying a night out with great food and drinks is easy in Southport. Here's where you can find the best local lagers and ales.

Southport is a historic city filled with old-world charm, maritime museums, and coastal communities with waterfront views. Although it feels like a small seaport town, our real estate agents know Southport offers homeowners a relaxing lifestyle with job opportunities, excellent schools, and a variety of outdoor activities.

Southport is a well-known vacation destination, but it's also well-known for its award-winning local craft beer. Visitors looking for Southport homes for sale are pleasantly surprised to find out that this quaint small town is home to some of the best craft beer breweries in the country.

  • Good Hops Brewing
    Good Hops Brewing is a neighborhood craft brewery located in Carolina Beach. Good Hops is a family-friendly, pet-friendly neighborhood gathering place for beer lovers. You can relax with friends and family on a comfortable outdoor patio or head to Trinity Disc Golf for a free 3 par 9-hole course located on four beautiful scenic acres of the brewery. At the Tap Room and Beer Garden, you can sample a variety of craft beers and ales with distinctive malt flavors or enjoy special seasonal beers throughout the year. Favorites include Blood Rose Belgian in the Spring, Donna Pineapple in the Summer, and Barley Wine during the holidays.
  • Silver Coast Winery
    Silver Coast Winery located in Ocean Isle Beach and Carolina Shores/Calabash is known for its great craft beers as well as its award-winning wines. Crafted by Dana Keeler, an award-winning winemaker, Silver Coast Winery has won more than 400 national and international medals for its European-style wines.

    Silver Coast Winery offers tours of the production facility, daily wine tastings, and fun family-friendly activities throughout the year. You can attend monthly sip and craft daytime or evening classes, special holiday markets, and food truck events while enjoying your favorite glass of wine. You can also purchase exclusive Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegars.
  • Southport Tap & Cellar
    A local favorite, Southport Tap & Cellar offers an extensive list of craft beers on tap and in bottles and cans to take home. You can also enjoy weekly special events and order a variety of wines by the glass or specialty drinks served every day. Favorite Southport Tap & Cellar specialty drinks include:
    • The Southport Bloody Mary
    • Champagne Mimosa
    • Peach Man-Mosa
    • Coffee or hot chocolate spiked with O'Reilly's Irish Cream
    • Frozen slushies made with wine
  • The Pub of Southport
    Located in the heart of town, The Pub of Southport is a fun place that offers a variety of imported and domestic beers bottled or on tap, a big selection of wines, and over 90 different selections of whiskey. In addition to your favorite beverages, you can enjoy a variety of traditional Irish Pub food dishes or head to the Premier Sports Bar with 8 HD TVs and nearly every sports package available. The Pub also hosts a number of frequent live performances from local musicians.
  • Wine Rack
    If you're visiting historic downtown Southport, stop by the Wine Rack directly across the street from the Water Tower. The Wine Rack is a quaint shop with a unique selection of wines and craft beers. You will find a variety of American wines as well as wines from France, Spain, Italy, and Australia at affordable prices. If you prefer craft beer, they have a wide assortment of hard seltzers, hard ciders, and sours, as well as 6 brews on tap every day. You can even order a keg for a party.

If you're looking for your dream home in Southport, contact us so we can help you find the perfect fit for your lifestyle.


Find Delicious Pasta Dishes In Southport With These Restaurants

Pasta dishes can be great comfort food, and these Southport restaurants are serving up imaginative plates using this simple ingredient.

Everybody has their own pasta favorite. With October 17th being National Pasta Day, it's time to celebrate at a good Italian restaurant. If you are planning on moving to the Southport, North Carolina area, our real estate agents can give you a head start. They know many of the most popular Italian eateries in the area and often recommend them to their clients.

  • Bella CucinaBella Cucina offers authentic Italian food for both dining-in and carry-out orders. For almost 20 years, the De Meo family has been preparing Tuscan-style cuisine using recipes that have been passed down for several generations.

  • Falcone's Italian Restaurant SouthportFalcone's Italian Restaurant Southport offers a full menu of Italian foods, including a variety of pasta dishes. When you want a good, filling meal, bring the entire family to Falcone's. If you prefer to eat at home after a long day, call in for a carry-out order. For over 35 years, the family-owned restaurant has been providing authentic Italian food to Southport area residents.

  • Bambini's Italian RestaurantBambini's Italian Restaurant has quickly earned a reputation for being the best Italian restaurant in the Southport area. The restaurant opened in 2018 and offers a variety of pasta dishes, Italian favorites, and specialty desserts. They even offer the most authentic New York Style pizza in North Carolina. Dine-in or carry-out options are available. It's a great place to take the whole family or if you want to spend a little quiet time with your significant other.

  • Castucci'sCastucci's is an Italian eatery that never ceases to amaze. The chef is also the owner and uses his own family recipes to create some of the best Italian food in the area. If you are out looking at Southport homes for sale, Castucci's is where to go to relax and wind down after a long day of house hunting. Your kids have their own menu, and you have the option of dining in or ordering carry-out. The atmosphere is inviting, and everyone is sure to have a good time.

  • Joseph's Italian BistroJoseph's Italian Bistro sits on the edge of the water and is ideal for private parties or if you want to take your loved one out on a special date. Indoor or outdoor seating is available, and if you want special treatment, you can become a VIP! Authentic Italian cuisine is something to rave about. You can also choose one of their many wines to add to your dinner.

If you live in the Southport area or are thinking about moving, contact our agents right away. They can fill you in on all of the best Italian restaurants and show you several houses that meet your specifications. All of our agents have years of experience and know Southport and the surrounding communities. When you want to find a home, choose a realtor that offers a personal touch! We will always go the extra mile to ensure the home that best suits your needs.


Find The Best Fried Rice With These Southport Restaurants

Fried Rice is a favorite dish among many Asian restaurants. Here's where you can find tasty fried rice in Southport.

Southport, NC, offers a wealth of dining options, including flavors and cuisines from all over the globe. There's great food here for every taste, and if you have a hankering for some next-level fried rice, be sure to check out our real estate agents' favorite Asian restaurants in Southport!

  • Asian Taste - 1671 N Howe St STE 3, Southport, NC 28461
    Known for its modern interpretations of classic Chinese dishes, Asian Taste has become a staple of the Southport area. Located a stone's throw from many Southport homes for sale, their menu offers old standards alongside unique specialties, all made by talented chefs using only the freshest, highest-quality ingredients. The fried rice at Asian Taste is excellent, and the Young Chow Fried Rice, made with chicken, pork, and shrimp, is a particular favorite.

  • Southport Gourmet and Sushi Bar - 1643 N Howe St, Southport, NC 28461
    You'll find some of the best sushi in Southport at Southport Gourmet and Sushi Bar, but their wide-ranging menu also includes a lot of classic Chinese and Korean dishes, all prepared to perfection. Their gourmet fried rice is really outstanding and is available with beef, chicken, shrimp or vegetables. If you can't decide which variety you want, go for the House Fried Rice, which has all of the above! Everything is made fresh to order and served in their welcoming, laid-back space. Southport Gourmet and Sushi Bar also has a great beverage menu, which includes several types of sake and Japanese beer.

  • Indochine Express - 1131 N Atlantic Ave, Southport, NC 28461
    A long-running favorite in Wilmington, Indochine Express has opened up a second location here in Southport, and they could not be more welcome! This eatery serves a melding of Thai and Vietnamese cuisines, and their menu is packed with amazing options like Pad Thai, Hokkein Hot Noodles, and Yum Yum Chicken. The Thai-style fried rice at Indochine Express is made with fried egg and onions, and comes with your choice of pork, chicken, shrimp, beef, tofu, or vegetables.

  • Taste of China - 4956 Long Beach Rd SE #17, Southport, NC 28461
    Sandwiched between a laundromat and a smoke shop in an unassuming strip mall, Taste of China is a classic hole-in-the-wall Chinese restaurant that serves outstanding food. Their menu is packed with all the staples you'd expect to find in an American Chinese restaurant, from Lo Mein to Wonton Soup. You simply can't go wrong, and their chicken, shrimp, beef, and roast pork fried rice are all great choices. Taste of China is primarily a to-go restaurant, but some seating is available.

  • Tengu Japanese Steakhouse - 4956 Old Long Beach Rd SE #8497, Southport, NC 28461
    You have a lot of options at Tengu Japanese Steakhouse, a fun, funky hibachi and sushi restaurant in Southport. They serve an excellent selection of sushi, as well as classic hibachi dishes prepared by the chef on a flat-top grill in full view of the dining room. They have great fried rice, which can be ordered as its own dish, or as a side with any of Tengu's lunch and dinner hibachi grill entrees. Tengu Japanese Steakhouse also has a great kids' menu for children 12 and under, making this a great spot for a fun family meal in Southport.

Contact us today to learn more about life in the Southport area! And be sure to ask our real estate agents about how we can help you find the perfect home for you and your family on the North Carolina coast.


The Best American Eats In Southport

American cuisine is all about comfort. Here are the best local spots to visit as the cold weather rolls in.

Thousands of people love to travel to Southport each year, and some even make it their home. Southport is famous for its charming atmosphere, serene ocean breezes, and gorgeous scenery; it's also a fantastic spot to grab delicious American eats.

Our real estate agents suggest taking a few hours to enjoy some of Southport's top eateries. Here are a few can't-miss spots.

  1. Oliver's on the Cape Fear
    As the name suggests, Oliver's on the Cape Fear is a waterfront restaurant that offers stunning views of the Cape Fear River. Take in the views from the outside terrace, or opt for a seat in the inviting indoor dining room. The menu includes classic Southern cuisine, like shrimp and grits and hush puppies. Or, try a fresh seafood dish, like the Calabash "Cape Fear" seafood platter that includes fried shrimp, oysters, and flounder.

    Don't leave without grabbing dessert! The salted caramel ice cream or burnt sugar bourbon ice cream are terrific treats on a hot summer day. Oliver's on the Cape Fear accepts reservations, and it offers gluten-free and vegetarian dishes.
  1. Mr. P's Bistro
    Mr. P's Bistro is located at 309 N. Howe Street in the lower Cape Fear area. Reservations are recommended. This casual spot is a family-owned restaurant that's over 60 years in the making. Stop by when you're in the mood for a slab of prime rib or a plate of fresh seafood.

    Start your meal with crispy fried green tomatoes or a platter of oysters. Or, grab a bowl of Smith Island seafood okra gumbo or low country clam chowder. Try one of the wine offerings from Mr. P's Bistro's extensive wine list, or sample one of the special martinis.
  1. Blue Cow Grille
    Not in the mood for seafood? Stop by the Blue Cow Grille for one of the best burgers in Southport! The Blue Cow Grille is operated by a husband and wife culinary team and is located in a late 19th-century historical building. Customers rave about the unique atmosphere and eclectic decor, such as the handmade stained glass blue cow that greets them when they arrive.

    Though burgers are a customer favorite, the Blue Cow Grille also serves a variety of salads, tacos, and sandwiches. A basket of home-fried chips or fried pickles is the perfect complement to your meal.
  1. Moore Street Oyster Bar
    Take a break from hunting for Southport homes for sale and check out the Moore Street Oyster Bar. The restaurant is situated in a historical building at 110 East Moore Street that dates back to the late 1800s. It's a great spot for an appetizing meal, cold beverage, and great conversation. Moore Street Oyster Bar is an oyster pub that offers a variety of hard-to-find bourbons, including Angels Envy, Michters 100 Year, and Pappy 12 Year (while supplies last). They also serve an extensive menu of wines and craft beer.

    The menu includes steamer pots of clams, snow crab, mussels, king crab, oysters, or shrimp. You can even choose your own seasonings and create your own steamer pot.

Ready to find your new coastal home? Contact us today to start your search!


Start Your Day Right With Great Southport Breakfast

Make your morning brighter by stopping by these great Southport breakfast spots.

Breakfast, they say, is the most important meal of the day. Whether you're wandering around Southport enjoying the coastal sights or looking for beautiful Southport homes for sale, breakfast is crucial for having a long, productive day. Southport is home to some great cafes that offer unique menu items and start serving early. Here, our real estate agents provide a list of their favorite restaurants for breakfast in Southport. Choose your morning spot and start the day right with a delicious meal.

  1. Local's Family Diner - 832 N Howe St, Southport, NC 28461
    If you need a hearty breakfast and a strong cup of coffee before you start exploring beautiful homes in the area, you're sure to find something satisfying at the centrally located Local's Family Diner. This laid-back eatery has plenty of classic southern breakfast staples. The menu is varied with a big selection of egg platters, French toast, pancakes, breakfast sandwiches, Belgian waffles, and house specialties, like fish and grits and Eggs Benedict.

  2. Baked With Love - 302 N Howe St, Southport, NC 28461
    Located on the edge of downtown Southport, Baked With Loved is an eye-catching destination where you can enjoy bakery-fresh goodies. This all-encompassing spot has a simple but appetizing menu, with a great selection of homemade salads, soups, cakes, cookies, and made-to-order sandwiches. For your visit, dive into a classic sandwich like roast beef and brie on a croissant, sausage and Swiss, ham and Swiss on sourdough, or try the egg casserole which can be loaded with sausage, bacon, and cheese. With every dish made in-house, Baked With Love introduces you to classic deli fare.

  3. Moore Street Market - 130 E Moore St, Southport, NC 28461
    Just a block from the Cape Fear waterfront, Moore Street Market is an eye-catching destination once featured in the movie "Safe Haven." This charming cafe is a fine introduction to Southport's flavorful and laid-back dining scene. The menu features an ever-changing selection of sandwiches, coffeehouse-style drinks, soups, and salads. You'll want to check out the daily specials menu on an exterior chalkboard. After your breakfast, you can walk down to the waterfront, where you'll find docks, chairs, and a beachfront.

  4. Cafe Koa - 302 N Howe St, Southport, NC 28461
    If you're in the mood for a refreshing but filling breakfast, be sure to make a stop at Cafe Koa. This charming blue cafe is a don't miss spot while visiting the Great Southport area. The food has a cool vibe, and items are named after renowned bands like the Blondie, the Abba, and the Zeppelin. Choose from a great selection of breakfast bowls, avocado toast, omelets, soups, hand-crafted coffee beverages, tacos, sandwiches, New York-style bagels, and much more.

  5. The Saucy Southerner - 505 N Howe St, Southport, NC 28461
    The Saucy Southerner
    offers a good combination of saucy flavors and a Southern attitude. Their breakfast menu focuses on stone-ground yellow grits and crepes. A popular choice is the Bacon Bomb, with bacon, tater tots, cheddar, and a green onion topping. You can also build your own omelet, scrambled, crepe, or wrap option with a choice of cheese, meat, and topping ingredients. Their crepes come basic with Nutella or marmalade, fruit, or with chocolate cheese blintz stuffing. Be sure to try the grits n' biscuits option, especially the Crazy Savory Grits Bowl which is topped with pepper jack cheese, overhard egg, crumbled bacon, and green onion.

Southport is a great place for any family to call home, and the professionals at Margaret Rudd & Associates are here to help you find your dream home. Contact us for your real estate needs.


Southport Restaurants for Valentine's Day Takeout

Southport Takeout

Is that love we smell in the air…or just the amazing cuisine of Southport? Perhaps a bit of both! Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and our real estate agents encourage you to start thinking about your dinner plans ahead of time. As Cupid draws back his bow, peruse the menus at these Southport restaurants perfect for couples planning to celebrate Valentine's Day with takeout.

  1. Southport Gourmet and Sushi Bar — 1643 North Howe St., Southport, NC 28461
    Southport Gourmet and Sushi Bar is a great place to grab takeout for Valentine's Day, especially if you're on a date with someone new. There's nothing better than splitting a few sushi rolls over some conversation. If sushi isn't a match made in heaven for the two of you, teriyaki and hibachi entrees will add a little sizzle to your night.

  2. Bella Cucina — 5177 Southport-Supply Rd. SE Unit A, Southport, NC 28461
    Tuscan-style cuisine is never a bad choice for a Valentine's Day dinner, but hand-tossed New York-style pizza is always a crowd-pleaser. How do you can your beau choose between the two? You get both at Bella Cucina! Your favorite pizzas loaded with cheese and fresh toppings sit alongside Italian classics like tortellini Bolognese and Penne al Forno. Of course, you can't truly call it a Valentine's Day dinner without dessert, so be sure to indulge in cannolis and New York cheesecake.

  3. Mr. P's Bistro — 309 N. Howe St., Southport, NC 28461
    Mr. P's Bistro has you covered on Valentine's Day if you're hankering for some cuisine from the Lower Cape Fear. North Carolina fried green tomatoes and Low Country crab cakes are just a few local dishes on their menu. No order is complete without hot backfin crab dip, made with Mr. P's own special blend of spices, cheese, and crab meat.

  4. Swain Seafood Shack — 5119 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island, NC 28465
    If you happen to be browsing Oak Island homes for sale on Valentine's Day, Swain Seafood Shack should be your takeout of choice. They've got a special curbside menu ready to roll away with you, including favorites like the Road Runner chicken sandwich, peel-and-eat shrimp, and the catch of the day. If you're living a little far from Oak Island, grab a take-and-bake pasta dinner so you can heat-and-eat when you get home.

  5. Castucci's Italian Restaurant — 4332 Long Beach Rd. SE, Southport, NC 28461
    There are many restaurants slinging Italian fare, but you know you're at a good one when the owner is originally from Italy. Such is the case at Castucci's Italian Restaurant. Enjoy their old-world cooking with appetizers like clams Pomodoro and mozzarella Caprese. Your valentine will certainly be impressed by the Italian cuisine at this Southport staple. 

Hoping to fall in love with one of our Southport homes for sale this year? Contact us today, and we'll find you a perfect match!  


National Espresso Day: Coffee Shops Around Brunswick County

Espresso in Brunswick CountyIn recent years, espresso has gone from an exotic drink found in hipster cafés to a daily must-have for scores of caffeine lovers. Celebrate National Espresso Day on Monday, November 23, with a hot or cold drink at one of these coffee shops around Brunswick County, where our real estate agents get their pick-me-up.

      1. Ocean Boulevard Coffee - 132 Ocean Blvd. W., Holden Beach, NC 28462
        Get your java with a side order of great views at Ocean Boulevard Coffee. Thanks to its convenient location at Beach Fun Rentals, you can grab a drink before a day of kayaking or cycling near Holden Beach homes for sale. Tired of watered-down iced coffee? The baristas at Ocean Boulevard use coffee ice cubes, so you get the full flavor down to the last sip. If you need a jolt of sugar to go with your caffeine, pick up one of the delicious pastries. Ocean Boulevard is open 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. daily.

      2. Delilah's Brew and Chew - 7207 Beach Dr. S.W., Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469
        When you visit Delilah's Brew and Chew, there's a good chance you'll see the shop's namesake, owner Lisa's adorable rescue dog. With its funky, eclectic decor and handmade items from local artisans for sale, Delilah's serves as a popular community gathering spot not far from Ocean Isle homes for sale. In addition to a wide range of hot and cold drinks, the menu features tasty bagels and baked goods, many of which are vegan and gluten-free. Delilah proudly presides over an adjacent fenced-in area where your own precious pooch can play. Hours are 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday.

      3. Port City Java - 113 N. Howe St., Southport, NC 28461
        As their slogan proudly proclaims, Port City Java is "not your average Joe." The staff takes pride in being hands-on throughout the entire process, from picking and roasting coffee beans to crafting each drink. For a special treat, try one of the specialty drinks such as the luscious Black and Tan Mocha, made with caramel syrup, Ghirardelli chocolate sauce, and white mocha powder. A visit to Port City Java is a great way to start a day of touring Southport homes for sale. Port City Java is open weekdays from 6:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. and weekends from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

      4. Island Jo Coffee-n-Café - 7916 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island, NC 28465
        The bright pink flamingo on the sign greets you at Island Jo Coffee-n-Café, right down the street from Oak Island homes for sale. While the coffee may bring customers in, the homemade bagels in eight different flavors are also a big hit. Delicious sandwiches and wraps make a perfect grab-and-go lunch. Be sure to save room for a brownie, slice of pound cake, or one of the other tempting baked goods. Hours are 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., seven days a week.

      5. Moore Street Market - 130 E. Moore St., Southport NC, 28461 Just a block from the waterfront and housed in an historic  building that was one of the filming locations for the movie "Safe Haven," you'll find locally-roasted coffee and espresso (by Southport Coffee Co.). Moore Street Market has a full lunch menu, baked goods, and genuinely friendly, top-notch customer service. Try their featured November Drink, Spiced Apple Chai Latte and keep your eyes out for their new Southport Coffee Co location, a drive-thru only coffee hut, coming to the corner of Rob Gandy and River Road in early 2021! Open Mon, Wed, Thurs from 8 to 3. Fri & Sat from 8 to 4. Sun from 9 to 3. Closed Tuesdays.

Our energetic real estate agents are ready to assist with all your Brunswick County real estate needs. Contact us at Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc. to get started.


Where to Get Ice Cream in Southport for National Ice Cream Day

Ice Cream in Southport

The first frozen treats date back thousands of years, when people of the Persian Empire poured grape juice over handfuls of snow and stored it in underground chambers to prevent melting. Ice cream has come a long way since then, but we still enjoy its creamy sweetness year-round.

Our real estate agents are looking forward to one of their favorite holidays when National Ice Cream Day occurs on Sunday, July 19th. Join the celebration with a trip to one of these popular ice cream spots around Southport.

  1. Chuck's Homemade Olde Fashion Ice Cream Parlor - 607 N. Howe St., Southport, NC 28461 
    Chuck's Homemade Olde Fashion Ice Cream Parlor, just down the street from Southport homes for sale has a nostalgic appeal paired with a modern approach. After years of experience in the dairy industry, founder Chuck Geisel created his own formula for ice cream with fresh pasteurized milk. Geisel also enjoys developing unique flavors such as the popular Southport Sunset, a blend of coconut, strawberry, and pineapple. Hours are noon - 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and noon - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

  2. Flava's Ice Cream - 318 W. Bay St., Southport, NC 28461
    Classic ice cream flavors such as vanilla and mint chocolate chip never go out of style. When you're feeling a little more adventurous, check out the creative options at Flava's Ice Cream. You may find a new favorite among flavors such as Banana Pudding, Birthday Cake, or Death by Chocolate. Enjoy a nostalgic float with your choice of ice cream in a tall cup of root beer or Nehi soda. Flava's is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. 

  3. Burney's Sweets & More - 808 N. Howe St., Southport, NC 28461
    Sometimes your sweet tooth needs just a little more to be satisfied. Those are the days when you head to Burney's Sweets & More, where they offer ice cream as well as mouthwatering fresh baked goods. Just imagine a warm brownie, turnover, or slice of apple pie topped with a cool scoop of ice cream. Hours are 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

  4. Lil & John's Sweetreat Homemade Ice Cream - 6324 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island, NC 28465
    The name might be a mouthful, but Lil & John's Sweetreat Homemade Ice Cream leaves no doubt as to what you'll find at their shop near Oak Island homes for sale. This family-owned shop (yes, there IS a Lil and John) has been open only since 2016, but local residents and tourists already have it on their must-visit list. True to the name, Lil & John's ultra-premium ice cream is made in-house with dairy products from grass-fed North Carolina cows. Lil & John's is open daily from 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.

  5. Tropical Treats - 5811 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island, NC 28465
    Today's version of ice cream originated in Italy, so it's appropriate that Tropical Treats also offers Italian ice. Similar to sno cones, Italian ice is made with juices, purées, or concentrates poured over granulated ice so it's dairy- and egg-free. Bring Fido along for a free "pup cup." Hours are 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. seven days a week. Be sure to watch for their Italian ice carts on the beach.

Living in Southport gives new meaning to the saying, "Home, sweet home." Contact us at Margaret Rudd & Associates for all your real estate needs.


Where to Grab the Best Burgers Around Southport

Southport Burgers - Margaret Rudd

National Cheeseburger Day will soon be upon us! (September 18th, to be exact) There are countless variations of this quintessentially American treat. In Southport, many places serve up substantial, savory cheeseburgers. So while you're around town, checking out Southport homes for sale, take a break and get a taste at one of our REALTORS® favorite burger joints!

  1. Fat Andy's Burgers - 4655 Long Beach Road SE, Southport, NC 28461
    Fat Andy's simple menu features hot, juicy burgers and fries. Also, if you're more of a hot dog person, they have those too. With fast, friendly service and an outdoor dining area, it's the perfect place to grab lunch or dinner.
  2. Old Bridge Diner - 132 Country Club Drive, Oak Island, NC 28465
    From omelets to salads to a patty melt that's to die for, this local diner has something for everyone. In addition to classic burgers, they offer southern specialties like fried okra, biscuits and gravy and hushpuppies. Old Bridge Diner is open for breakfast and lunch, so stop by and fill up before peeking at some fabulous Oak Island homes for sale.
  3. Loco Jo's Bar & Grill - 602 N. Howe St. # E, Southport, NC 28461
    A laid-back bar & grill that's a local favorite. Loco Joe's has a "world-famous" cheeseburger featuring fresh lettuce, tomato, mayo, pickles, and onions. Other menu items include succulent pulled pork, giant lobster rolls and Asian specialties like Vietnamese lemongrass curry!
  4. Beaches Burgers - 6551 Beach Drive SW, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469
    Famous for their homemade burgers, chili, coleslaw, and hot dogs, Beaches Burgers also offers classics like fried bologna, tater tots, and onion rings. Just a hop, skip and a jump from the Intracoastal waterway, sit outside, take in the sights and get your beach vibes on after a hard day of checking out Ocean Isle Beach homes for sale.  
  5. Backstreet Cafè - 1780 Chandlers Lane, Sunset Beach, NC 28468
    With locally sourced seafood and tantalizing bread, desserts and other baked goods made in-house, Backstreet Café has so much more to offer than just cheeseburgers and fries. Burger options include the Backstreet Burger, Bacon-Jam Burger, and so many more for the avid burger fan. This cute breakfast-and-lunch spot is ideal for chilling and taking a break from your quest for Sunset Beach homes for sale.

Want to learn more about the best burger joints and places to live around Southport? Contact us at Margaret Rudd & Associates to get started on buying or selling your home today.


The World Is Your Oyster at These 5 Southport Restaurants

Southport, NC Oyster Bars - Margaret Rudd & Assoicates

Are you considering a move to Southport? If so, you'll probably be spending some time in town shopping our great selection of Southport homes for sale. Given the beauty of the area and its coastlines, it would be a shame to make that visit all about business. You'd certainly be missing out if you didn't make time to sample the local cuisine while you're here, most especially the fresh seafood for which our area is known. If you're particularly partial to oysters, you'll find them in abundance at local eateries, including these 5 Southport restaurants:

  1. Moore Street Oyster Bar, 110 E. Moore St., Southport
    A very popular and modern eatery, Moore Street Oyster Bar offers a great selection of delicious oyster creations. If you have trouble choosing among them, you can try them all by ordering their generous sample platter, which features two of every hot-topped oyster variety on the menu.

  2. Olivers On the Cape Fear, 101 W Bay St, Southport
    Another favorite stop for local oyster lovers is Olivers On the Cape Fear. Here you can choose from oysters on the half shell, Classic Oysters Rockefeller, Sriracha Garlic Parmesan Oysters, and Oysters Casino to satisfy your oyster craving, or have your oysters with a variety of other delectable seafood by ordering the Calabash "Cape Fear" Platter. Oyster Po'boys are also on the menu, featuring fried oysters on a hoagie bun, topped with lettuce, tomato and firecracker sauce.

  3. Ports Of Call, 116 N Howe St, Southport
    Ports of Call is a great place to stop off for lunch if you're craving oysters. This popular local eatery's lunch menu features a lovely fried oyster meal, served with a lemon dill dipping sauce.

  4. Mr P's Bistro, 309 N Howe St, Southport
    Mr P's Bistro is another local restaurant that knows how to do oysters right. You'll find Oysters Bienville on the menu, which is freshly shucked oysters topped with topped with shrimp, shallots, garlic, mushrooms and parsley in a sherry sauce and baked on the half shell, as well as Oysters Rockefeller, which is freshly shucked oysters topped with spinach, bacon, cheese, shallots, and roasted red pepper hollandaise and baked on the half shell.

  5. Frying Pan, 319 W Bay St, Southport
    The Frying Pan is well known for its Southern Style seafood, including oysters. You can order your oysters alone, in their shrimp and oyster plate, or in their popular Galley Combo, which features fish, shrimp, oysters, bay scallops and crab cakes.

These are just a few of the many Southport restaurants that serve great oysters and other seafood. If you would like more information on where to find an excellent meal or have any other questions about our area, feel free to contact us. Our REALTORS® know Southport inside and out, and we're always happy to share that knowledge with home shoppers who are interested in becoming part of our community.


Waterfront Dining Around Southport for Mother's Day

Mother's Day Waterfront Dining in Southport-Margaret Rudd & Associates

Mother's Day is coming up soon, and you might be wondering how to show the special moms in your life just how much you care. Our REALTORS® recommend taking them out for lunch or dinner at one of the area's excellent waterfront restaurants. Here are five locations that are guaranteed to give you a memorable experience. 

  1. Provision Company - 130 Yacht Basin Drive, Southport, NC 28461
    Located in downtown Southport, Provision Company (called Provisions by the locals) overlooks the Old Yacht Basin and provides excellent views of the Intercoastal Waterway. This casual dining spot is great for enjoying a cold beer with some crab cakes and conch fritters. While you're in the area, we suggest taking a drive around to look at some of the beautiful Southport homes for sale.  
  1. The Frying Pan - 319 West Bay St., Southport, NC 28461
    A large restaurant with plenty of seating, The Frying Pan offers fresh, local cuisine served with a dash of Southern hospitality. In addition to perfectly-fried seafood and hush puppies that are to-die-for, the menu also includes items like grilled and pan-seared seafood, steaks, and delicious salads. 
  1. Mojo's on the Harbor - 10 Marina Wynd, Bald Head Island, NC 28461
    A go-to destination for locals and visitors alike, Mojo's on the Harbor always delivers a magical dining experience. You and your mom can enjoy a glass of wine or specialty frozen cocktail while taking in the island's best view. If you're a seafood lover, you'll enjoy the spicy shrimp and blue crab dip, fish tacos, or the always-popular peel-and-eat shrimp.

    While you're on the island, keep an eye out for some of the gorgeous Bald Head Island homes for sale. You just might come across your dream home! 
  1. Joseph's Italian Bistro - 5003 O'Quinn Blvd., Southport, NC
    With beautiful waterfront views and outdoor dining on the patio, Joseph's Italian Bistro offers authentic Italian dishes, a selection of premium wines, and breathtaking sunsets. We recommend treating Mom to an appetizer of saffron mussels, a delicious pasta dish, or the chef's fresh-cut steak. 
  1. Island Way Restaurant and Bar - 1407 E. Beach Drive, Oak Island, NC 28465
    With a focus on friendly service and genuine hospitality, Island Way Restaurant and Bar treats all of their guests like family friends. Here you'll find top-quality steaks and seafood, pasta, salads, and a large wine selection. Enjoy your dinner at a window-side table or outside on the beachfront patio.

    Once you spend some time here, you'll understand why many potential buyers ask us about  Oak Island homes for sale. There are some great homes listed right now, so we recommend taking a look around before you head home. 

Your Southport Real Estate Professionals

If you're thinking about moving to the Southport area, the professionals at Margaret Rudd & Associates have you covered! Whether you're interested in luxury waterfront living and charming coastal properties or the area's best townhouses and condos, we'll help you find your ideal home. Contact us today to get started. 


Southport: 5 Places to Go for Easter Brunch

Easter Brunch-Margaret Rudd & Associates

Our REALTORS® know how important the Easter holiday is to so many of our clients. Southport families adorn their homes with colorful decorations and cherish the moments spent watching their young ones find their Easter baskets. If you're considering browsing our Southport homes for sale, we invite you to get to know the area on a Sunday morning by visiting one of these amazing Southport eateries for brunch.

  1. Locals Family Diner - 832 N. Howe St., Southport, NC 28461
    What are your family's Easter traditions? Church service, egg painting or basket hunting? Locals Family Diner invites you to create more memories with your kids with a delicious brunch at one of Southport's favorite restaurants. Try their delicious Eggs Benedict or a classic dish order of biscuits and gravy. With special menu options for children and seniors, Locals Family Diner is the perfect place for Easter breakfast with the entire family.

  2. Cafe Koa - 302 N. Howe St., Southport, NC 28461
    If you want a laidback lunch or a quick cup of coffee and a bite of brunch, stop over at Cafe Koa. With friendly service and menu items named after your legendary musicians and songs, this quaint little cafe is sure to please. Try the Blondie breakfast sandwich with Nutella and fruit and pair it with a signature drink like the Wake Me Up Before You Go Go spicy mocha iced or hot coffee.

  3. Ports of Call Bistro - 116 N. Howe St., Southport, NC 2846
    Easter only comes once a year, so why not make your brunch unforgettable with a fine dining experience at Ports of Call Bistro? Your choice of breakfast and lunch items include quiche de jour, pork tenderloin and eggs, stuffed portabella cap, and a BLT loaded with shrimp, crab and Maine lobster. After such a delicious meal, you and your family will wish Easter brunch was every week.

  4. Moore Street Market - 130 E. Moore St., Southport, NC 28461
    There's nothing like a good deli sandwich, and there's no better deli in Southport than the Moore Street Market. Specializing in hot and cold sandwiches, their menu is full of mouthwatering offerings like a breakfast A.M. Reuben, Grandma's Best egg salad sandwich and The Garrison's classic ham, egg, and cheese sandwich. If all else fails, you'll never go wrong with a cup of coffee and a bagel with cream cheese.

  5. The View at Brick Landing Plantation - 1882 Goose Creek Road SW, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469
    Easter is a sure sign that spring has arrived, which is why brunch is the perfect time to take advantage of the gorgeous weather and pull up a seat for beautiful waterway views. Known for its traditional Sunday brunch feast, The View at Brick Landing Plantation serves up a seemingly endless array of pancakes, french toast, and omelets, along with yogurt parfaits, seasonal fresh fruit, and homemade cobbler. Be sure to try the Shrimp & Grits, made with applewood smoked bacon, chorizo, and, of course, fresh shrimp. When you've had your fill, be sure to check out Ocean Isle Beach homes for sale.

We wish all of our clients a wonderful Easter Sunday that is filled with cherished family traditions and wonderful new memories. For more information about great brunch spots near Southport, or to find the home of your dreams in this cozy seaside town, feel free to contact us today.


7 Bakeries in Brunswick County to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Brunswick County Bakeries-Margaret Rudd & Associates

Every neighborhood has its hidden (and sometimes not-so-hidden) gems that make the area a great place to live. Here are seven delicious bakeries in Brunswick County that will tempt, delight, and tantalize your taste buds. 

  1. SeaSide Wine & Gourmet — 6600 Beach Drive SW, Ocean Isle Beach
    So there you are, cruising around on the lookout for Ocean Isle Beach homes for sale when you realize you are famished (or perhaps you're parched?). A stop at SeaSide Wine & Gourmet is just the pick-me-up any house hunter needs. 

  2. Burney's Bakery of Southport — 808 N. Howe St., Southport
    On your way to spot Southport homes for sale, stop by Burney's to learn exactly how to pronounce "croissant," and to sample a few (for research purposes only, of course). The cream cheese croissants are highly recommended, but be sure to try the apricot ones, too. 

  3. Nancy Jo's Homemade Bakery — 8600 E. Oak Island Drive, Suite 4, Oak Island
    If you are on the prowl for Oak Island homes for sale, consider finding a property near Nancy Jo's Homemade Bakery. Once you enjoy a coconut cake or banana nut bread, you'll know why this place is a favorite with locals. Once you buy a nice Oak Island home, you, too, can be a local. And a regular at Nancy Jo's. 

  4. The Confectionary — 4346 Long Beach Road SE, Southport
    An Oak Island standout (not least for their amazing wedding cakes), The Confectionary can handle just about any special request you have. At the corner of Long Beach Road and Fish Factory Road.

  5. Big Lake Bakery3148 George II Hwy, Boiling Spring Lakes
    If you're in the market for Boiling Spring Lakes homes for sale, you are within shouting distance of Big Lake Bakery and its key lime pie. Folks cannot live by pie alone, so try some of the delicious breads, too.

  6. Gabriela's Bakery and Patisserie — 4434 Long Beach Road SE, Southport
    To be clear, a bakery need not be a patisserie, and a patisserie can make plenty of tempting sweets without ever baking a loaf of bread. When you enter Gabriela's Bakery and Patisserie, though, you get the best of both worlds. Delicious cakes, tarts, and breakfast pastries plus six different kinds of bread. 

  7. Ahoy Doughnuts — 5821 E. Oak Island Drive, Oak Island
    One cannot buy a doughnut while maintaining a serious or grumpy demeanor. Something about doughnuts brings out the inner, happy kid in all of us. Look for holiday-themed, delicious doughnuts, amazingly decorated doughnuts, and tasty temptations like apple fritters. Buy 'em by the dozen, because, hey, they're Ahoy Doughnuts!

Our REALTORS® know the ins and outs of the local neighborhoods with all the best properties. When you contact us at Margaret Rudd & Associates, you may not knead a lot of dough to find the perfect property. We take the time to listen to your wants and wishes, avoiding half-baked ideas by putting you first. 


The Local's Guide to Dining Out in Ocean Isle Beach

Ocean Isle Beach Restaurants
Nothing helps you feel at home in a new location like checking out some of the best local dining spots. The Coastal Carolina area is known for its incredible and unique cuisine. So while you're checking out Ocean Isle homes for sale, why not stop in for a wonderful meal at one of these restaurants with local flair.

  • Causeway Gourmet, 100 Causeway Drive, SW, Suite 7, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469.
    Causeway Gourmet has an extensive menu. Salads, hot and cold sandwiches and wraps are the perfect choice when you want a lighter meal. Entrees include steak, chicken, pasta, and of course plenty of seafood. The delectable house made desserts are a delicious ending to your meal. Catering and evening delivery are available. 

  • Jinks Creek Waterfront Grille, 14 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469.
    Located right on the water, Jinks Creek Waterfront Grille has some amazing views to accompany your meal. The seasonal menu features a large selection of seafood dishes and a raw and chilled seafood bar. Outdoor dining and banquet rooms are available.

  • The View at Brick Landing Plantation, 1882 Goose Creek Rd, SW, Ocean Island Beach, NC 28469.
    Sunday brunch is the star of the show at The View at Brick Landing Plantation. Excellent food, lovely water views and live entertainment combine for an enjoyable and relaxing experience. Don't forget to play a round on the championship golf course while you're there.

  • Castaway Grill, 112 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469.
    It's all about casual and laid back at Castaway Grill. There are plenty of options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sandwiches, hot dogs, burgers and seafood fill the daytime menu. Steak, chicken, seafood and pasta entrees for dinner mean there is something for everyone. The shrimp and fried pickles are popular choices, and a carryout window means you can dine anywhere you like.

  • Roberto's Ristorante, 6737 Beach Drive SW, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469.
    The warm and inviting Roberto's Ristorante has all your Italian favorites with an emphasis on seafood. Not in the mood for seafood? No problem, the homemade gourmet pizza will definitely satisfy.

  • Sharky's Waterfront Restaurant, 61 Causeway Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469.
    The oldest restaurant on Ocean Isle Beach, Sharky's Waterfront Restaurant has indoor and outdoor dining with water views, There's even a boat dock for convenience. Fresh seafood is the star of the menu, but there are also a few traditional Southern dishes and standards like burgers and wings.

Whether you're looking to buy or sell your home in Ocean Isle Beach, Our REALTORS® can help. Contact Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc. today.


Foodies Rejoice in Holden Beach

Holden Beach Restaurants
There's nothing quite like sitting down with a few of your favorite people at a dockside table, soaking in the scenery, and enjoying some of the finest food that Holden Beach, NC has to offer. Our REALTORS® in Holden Beach love sampling the local dining scene, and sharing our favorite spots with anyone looking to enjoy this wonderful community. Homes in Holden Beach come with perks, and fun, flavorful food certainly ranks near the top of the list. Enjoy our list of favorite Holden Beach restaurants, and be sure to add your own.

Fantastic Seafood, Fine Restaurants & Seaside Sunsets

  • Castaways Raw Bar and Grill – 112 Ocean Blvd. West, Holden Beach
    Looking for a fun, laid-back restaurant that serves some of the best food in town? Castaways Bar and Grill is a favorite stop, thanks to its extensive menu, long list of craft beers, and fresh seafood. Stop by during the summer for live music, or any time of the year to catch the a game on one of the big-screen TVs. Enjoy a menu that features seafood, unique salads, and all of your favorites from the grill.

  • Captain Pete's Seafood Restaurant – 103 South Shore Drive, Holden Beach
    Tucked away on the waterway in an unassuming building, you will find one of the true gems of the Holden Beach dining scene. Captain Pete's Seafood Restaurant is unique because the menu changes by the day, and by the season. The crew in the kitchen is constantly working to concoct fresh flavors, and when you visit Captain Pete's you can always expect to find something new and exciting on the menu. This is a great place to stop for a light lunch or delicious dinner.

  • Provision Company Holden Beach – 1343 Cedar Landing Road, Holden Beach
    With a prime location along the intracoastal waterway, Provision Company Holden Beach features beautiful views and a fun, casual atmosphere. Don't feel like making the drive to Provision Company in your car? No problem! Boats are welcome, too. As for the menu, you'll find all of your steamed seafood favorites, along with an extensive beer and wine list, tasty appetizers, and daily specials.

  • Mermaid's Island Grill – 102 Jordan Blvd., Holden Beach
    Hoping to enjoy your favorite food, but don't want to take your toes out of the sand? Mermaid's Island Grill has you covered, with outdoor seating, an indoor bar, and plenty of fun in between. Enjoy karaoke every weekend night, and a family-friendly setting every day of the week. Mermaid's offers an extensive kids menu, along with finger food, full dinners, and all of your favorite drinks. Be sure to sample the dessert menu while you're here, and try some of that homemade key lime pie.

  • Inlet View Bar and Grill – 1800 Village Point Road, Shallotte
    Every restaurant on our list features truly stunning views, and the Inlet View Bar and Grill is certainly no exception. In addition to serving some of the finest lunches and dinners that Brunswick County has to offer, this is the perfect place to start your day with a full, delicious breakfast. No matter when you stop by for a visit, you'll find a friendly staff, extensive menu, and some of the most beautiful scenery that the intracoastal waterway has to offer.

Still searching for the perfect home-base to enjoy all of the food, fun, and sun in Holden Beach? Contact Margaret Rudd & Associates to buy and sell homes in Holden Beach, NC.


Provision Company - Waterfront Dining In Downtown Southport

Southport Provision Company Restaurant
Are you searching for homes for sale in Southport, NC?

Southport is a maritime haven with a historic flair that attracts visitors from all over the US. Inhabited continuously since 1792, but known to explorers far longer, its sea breezes and ancient oak trees give its downtown district a charm like nothing else in the region.

Not surprisingly, it also has its fair share of culinary delights to enjoy!

Although people typically think of North Carolina as being part of "the South," its many seaside communities boast delicacies that will give any New England locale a run for the money. Of all the great fishing ports in the area, Southport stands head and shoulders over the rest: Fresh fish, crabs, and lobsters are available through most of the year.

A Hidden Gem in Historic Downtown: Provision Co.

Downtown Southport will refresh and revitalize you with some of the best shopping and dining options around. Visitors enjoy exploring the area for its many small museums, antique shops and other hidden treasures.

Hungry? No matter what seafood tempts your palate, you'll be able to find it here.

Want to start with a local favorite? One of the top spots in Southport by far is Provision Co. With an unassuming name and a logo that harkens back to the era of sea exploration, it's the best-kept secret around – called "Provisions" by the locals, who visit regularly.

Established 1993, Provisions makes great use of its location – giving you a view of the mouth of the Cape Fear River that invests the city with so much of its charm. You'll also enjoy other splendid scenery, including Southport Yacht Basin and the Intercoastal Waterway.

Provisions are a relaxing and welcoming spot where you can pull up by car or boat. Orders are taken at the counter and guests can help themselves to beverages on the honor system. It's a great place to meet new friends: Locals swear by it, and out-of-town visitors quickly fall in love.

Menu is a Perfect Taste of Southport

What will you find at Southport? Along with a complete selection of sandwiches, you'll enjoy your choice of the freshest local seafood. A full selection includes favorites like grilled yellowfin tuna, steamed shrimp, conch fritters and crab cakes a la carte.

As for specials, the restaurant is best known for its grilled yellowfin tuna dinner and its crab cake dinner featuring cucumber and potato salad. Lots of care is poured into the desserts as well: You can have rich, creamy Key Lime pie or bourbon pecan pie.

Beverages include soft drinks, tea, wine, and domestic or imported beer.

With plenty of room for walking and free parking on all streets, downtown Southport makes it easy for you to enjoy an excursion your way. Although Provisions is often the first place visited by those checking out the real estate market, there are many other terrific options.

Stay a while and you're sure to find enjoyable meals at local favorites like Atlantic Seafood and Steaks, Bella Cucina, Big Al's Slam Dunk Cafe, and the Bouncing Log. Dozens of restaurants are available, most of them locally owned and operated.

Contact Margaret Rudd & Associates and this seaside paradise could be your new home. Find out more about Southport by working directly with our Southport real estate agents.


Calabash, NC Where Seafood and Simple Living Come Together

Calabash-Seafood Capital of the World

Calabash Seafood Restaurants

Some places are defined by style and flash. Others are all about substance and value. In Calabash, NC locals live life their way. Located along the Carolina coast, Calabash, duly dubbed "The Seafood Capital of the World," has earned its reputation because of its nationally famed method of preparing seafood--Calabash Style.  

Calabash's waterfront setting is the perfect backdrop for its vast variety of family restaurants.  Up and down the coast, restaurants proudly display menus featuring Calabash-style prepared seafood.  Depending upon which eatery you prefer, the "secret recipe" involves lightly dipping the catch of the day--shrimp, clams, fish and oysters--into batter and quickly frying to lock in freshness.  While no one will say which of our local restaurants hold the original recipe for Calabash-style seafood, our team at Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc. has done our fair share of sampling and has provided this list of our favorites for you:

  • Beck's Restaurant - 1014 River Road, Calabash, NC
    Beck's Restaurant is the first original Calabash Seafood Restaurant and touts being the home of true "Calabash Style" cooking. Established in 1940, Beck's is still owned and operated by the original family. They specialize in fresh, local seafood, fried and broiled, steaks and chicken.

  • The Boundary House Restaurant - 1045 River Road, Calabash, NC
    Situated on the site of the historic eighteenth Century manor, the Boundary House Restaurant in Calabash features great family style dining and catering. Alongside the delicious seafood your family is sure to enjoy great steaks, ribs and more all served up with authentic southern hospitality. Get a taste of history with a meal so good it should be.

  • Waterfront Seafood Shack 9945 Nance Street, Calabash, NC
    Everything good about the Coast in one place, riverfront dining at the Waterfront Seafood Shack is an experience to remember. Enjoy delicious fresh caught seafood with all the trimmings as you take in the beautiful waterside views. You can be assured the food is fresh caught because they own the boat that brought it in! Stop by today for a great meal topped off with your favorite ice cream treats for dessert.

  • Calabash Seafood Hut - 1125 River Road, Calabash, NC
    Look for the blue awning down on River Road for the entryway to some delicious fresh Calabash-style seafood with all the fixings. You will probably find a line ahead of you, but the taste is worth the wait. Try calling ahead and take out is always available if you would rather enjoy your meal in the park or after a stroll along the riverfront.

  • Ella's of Calabash - 1148 River Road, Calabash, NC
    Conveniently located on River Road, Ella's of Calabash offers family style dining with a little something for everyone. If you love Calabash-style shrimp and seafood you will feel right at home here. If you don't, then this the place for you as well because Ella's menu includes a tasty assortment of traditional southern-style family foods.

Calabash is just one of many great communities located along our North Carolina coast. Whether you want to find a vacation or year round home, we can help. Contact us at Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc. to find your Brunswick County home.


5 Best Restaurants on Bald Head Island

5 Best Restaurants Bald Head IslandIf you are starting to look for homes for sale on Bald Head Island, you're going to want to know where to find the best restaurants in the area. Our REALTORS® from Margaret Rudd & Associates have created this list of some of our favorite restaurants for you to experience.  Turst us, you won't be disappointed. 

Bald Head Island Club
The Bald Head Island Club may be best known for its golf, but here you will find both casual and upscale dining opportunities. With four different restaurants offering everything from regional seafood to steak and even pub sandwiches, you are going to enjoy an ideal dining experience. Bald Head Island Club embraces a Farm to Table dining concept, using locally grown produce and meats when possible, so each meal is unique and flavorful. Reservations are recommended.

Delphina Cantina
The Delphina Cantina offers fresh local seafood, burritos, tacos and bowls. This restaurant is ideal for the seafood lover, but also has something for the steak lover as well. A lengthily drink menu rounds out the offerings of Delphina Cantina. Because of the excellent food and service the restaurant consistently provides, it has earned Trip Advisor's Certificate of Excellence.

Mojo's on the Harbor
Mojo's on the Harbor is the only waterfront dining experience in Bald Head Island. The food here is imaginative, and the people are welcoming. Enjoy your fill of seafood and other dishes inspired by fresh and local ingredients, and enjoy a long list of wine options, as well as beer and cocktails. You won't find a better view than what is available at Mojo's on the Harbor.

Maritime Market Cafe
The Maritime Market is home to the Market Cafe, where you can get breakfast and lunch while you shop at the area's best farmer's market. Pizza is served all day until closing and is some of the best in the area. If you're looking for fast and tasty, this is the place to go.

The Shoals Club
If you want to enjoy the ambiance of a beach club, but with a family-friendly environment then The Shoals Club on Bald Head Island is the place to try. Beautiful ocean views, a seasonal menu made from fresh ingredients and plenty of local seafood is available at Aqua. The Sandbar Grille, which sits poolside, is a great place for a buffet meal. For an adult experience, head to Latitudes Wine Bar for a before or after dinner cocktail.

Bald Head Island restaurants deliver delicious dining for every occasion. If you are looking to buy a property in our community, either to use as a vacation home or for year round residence, contact Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc.


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