Brunswick Islands Seafood and Family Traditions

No trip to NC’s Brunswick Islands is complete without stopping in Calabash for a delicious treat from the Seafood Capital of the World. Here, you can sink your teeth into the lightly breaded, fried seafood that has made a name for itself well beyond its namesake town. Visit any of the family-owned restaurants – even some of the Calabash originals – that serve up this distinctive style of seafood and so much more. 

And it’s not just Calabash that’s serving up fresh-caught seafood. All of our islands and towns have direct access to the plethora of fish, shrimp, crab, oysters and other seafood favorites that are caught off our shores, so no matter where you’re staying, you’re never too far from a heaping helping of scrumptious seafood. 

Families that travel to these islands year after year – and have been doing so for decades – have made mouthwatering meals a part of their annual itinerary. You’ll often hear tales of beach trips that would be incomplete without a stop at a favorite seafood joint. Whether it’s a Calabash original or a favorite from another Brunswick Islands town, the local seafood scene has become etched into the tradition of countless family vacations.