Morehead City – I love coastal NC in the late fall (and winter). The beach bound crowds are a distant memory, but the seafood is coming into its own. As luck would have it (again), my work takes me on travels throughout the great state of NC. I checked into the DoubleTree at Atlantic Beach to great rates… They were only expecting 7 other arrivals on this Monday after Thanksgiving.
Thanks to a consistent stays with the Hilton Honors Program, I was upgraded to an oceanfront room. Once unpacked and settled, I ran out to the town of Morehead City to grab a bite to eat. Tonight, I tried out the Red Fish Grill. I sat at the bar, and was promptly greeted by the tender. Four other patrons (all local), sat nearby discussing the weather, which this evening was 52 degrees.
A view of the menu laid out typical seafood fair, but the specials were what piqued my interest. Grilled or blackened grouper (which I have quite the affinity for) or fresh triggerfish. The firm, white fish is not often on menus, and I jump at the opportunity to order it.
The presentation was nice, and the fish was prepared to perfection. The skin-on mashed potatoes were fantastic, but the asparagus was only OK. (Not bad, just unremarkable). The fish was prepared with a light sauce with spinach and the only disparaging thing I can say was that it appeared to be sprinkled with bac-o-bits. The “bacon” was extremely hard, but I could see the potential for adding the wonderful pork. Some fresh bacon or pork belly would have put this over the moon.
I cannot speak to the atmosphere in the busy (summer) season, but my experience was quite pleasant. NC has such wonderfully mild winters, when the window of warmth opens, take a spontaneous trip to our coast. You might just like what you find!
Red Fish Grill, 711 Evans Street, Morehead City, NC