Fine Dining Outer Banks Style

Here’s some important information about the Outer Banks: there’s probably more really good restaurants per square mile than any other place anywhere. I realize this sounds like pure local boosterism, but I am continually amazed at both the quality of the cuisine and the diversity of what is offered.

I took my daughter to dinner at Firefly down in Nags Head the other night. The restaurant specializes in Southern cuisine and I realize it’s hard to think of fried food and collard greens as “cuisine” but these guys really take it to another level. I had what may have been the best fried flounder I have ever had. Huge serving . . . and I mean HUGE . . . fresh, flaky with a light breading that brought our the brought out the mild, slight sweetness of the fish.

My daughter got the lobster mac and cheese–monstrous portion . . . easily a meal the next day. And it was wonderful.

Last night I met a friend for dinner at the Beachside Bistro in the Sea Ranch in Kill Devil Hills.

Another great meal. We both ended up getting the grilled mahi-mahi with shrimp risotto. It was very, very good. The view was nice too. The Bistro sits right on the Ocean and with storms rolling through last night we got to watch the weather move out to sea.

All this just says to me, Guy Fieri of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives fame needs to make a second visit to the Outer Banks with a new list in hand.

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