Grabbing a bite to eat…

Fresh Triggerfish
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

Line Dempsey

Line Dempsey has been guiding adventure tours for many years. Having been born and reared in NC, Line got his start in leading tours in the 1980's with unsupported bicycle tours of the state of NC, SC and Virginia. Line worked in the tourism industry for 10 years prior to leaving for graduate school. Line began leading motorcycle trips in NC, VA, SC, as well as a trip to the lower east corner of the US ( Key West ). For the last 14 years, Line's work has allowed him to travel throughout the state of NC at least once a week and he's seen most of the overlooked side roads of our beautiful state. Line has explored NC via bicycle, kayak, motorcycle, rock climbing, hiking and by sailboat.

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