Over the last year, the Brunswick Islands has welcomed a number of new restaurants to its amazing selection of eateries. From surf and turf and Southern favorites to barbeque and American classics, here are some of new spots that should be added to your list of restaurants to try in NC's Brunswick Islands. 

  1. Edgewater 122 – This waterfront restaurant in Southport specializes in locally sourced and technique-driven foods. Edgewater 122’s dinner, lunch, and Sunday brunch menus all feature a wide selection of items, including seafood, chicken, and steak options. The restaurant is open year-round — it even has heated seating on the outdoor patio so patrons can enjoy waterfront views during even the coldest months.  

  2. Lonerider – Located in Oak Island, this pub is Lonerider's newest location and sits directly on the water. Patrons can enjoy waterfront views of the Intracoastal Waterway while sipping on craft beer, wine, and cocktails. Lonerider features pub foods like wings, burgers, small plates, and even seafood both steamed and fried. Order the pretzel bites appetizer to try a special beer cheese sauce that diners have described as killer. 

  3. Smoke’d – This riverfront eatery on Main Street in downtown Shallotte serves locally sourced smoked and steamed meats and seafood as well as delicious craft cocktails from its moonshine-themed bar. Smoke’d describes its atmosphere as "arrogantly casual.” The restaurant’s menu includes new takes and twists on Southern classics, like the down south egg roll, made with smoked pork, collard greens, and roasted corn. 

  4.  Feast OIB – This restaurant and bar located in Ocean Isle Beach is the perfect place to go if you want a wide variety of foods to choose from. From gourmet burgers and sandwiches to seafood and homemade classics like meatloaf, Feast is true to its name, offering plenty of options to pig out on. Not to mention, for large parties that would prefer to take a family-style meal home, Feast also offers Take-n-Bake options that are big enough to satisfy everyone.   

  5. Macie & Ethel's Kitchen – A place to come and enjoy true Southern classics, Macie & Ethel’s Kitchen specializes in authentic family recipes homemade the old-fashioned way. Located in Holden Beach, its old-fashioned preparation style is what truly sets it apart. The restaurant knocks many classic Southern recipes out of the park, with patrons raving about the fried pickles, fried green tomatoes, and fried chicken and fish.   

These are just a few of the new restaurants that have opened up in the Brunswick Islands this past year, with more to come! The area’s food scene is constantly growing to welcome new and unique eateries, and we encourage visitors to support our local businesses (and treat their taste buds) by trying them all! 

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