Besides the beach, good food can make a good vacation unforgettable. Below are our thoughts on our favorite local restaurants along with links to Yelp reviews to each. 

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The Filling Station

209 Village Rd., Shallotte, NC

The filling station offers some of the most decadent donuts you will find anywhere. A bit pricey, but well worth the drive for a morning treat for kids and adults alike.

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Drift Coffee

20 E. 2nd St., Ocean Isle Beach, NC

The only coffee shop on the island, Drift serves above average coffee, espresso and some very underrated smoothies. If you don't feel like brewing your own, this is the place to stop for coffee.

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Dunkin Donuts

593 Highway 90E, Little River, SC

The only negative about Ocean Isle Beach- the nearest Dunkin Donuts is 30 minutes away. If you have a DD craving, this is your only bet.

Lunch & Dinner

Victoria's Crab Shack

125 Causeway Dr., Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469

Our personal favorite restaurant for dinner. Victoria's is located right off of the island and routinely features nightly fresh fish specials (parmesan grouper is stellar) at extremely reasonable prices.

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Pelican's Perch

8 East 2nd St., Ocean Isle Beach, NC

My personal facorite lunch spot, Pelican's Perch is Ocean Isle's neighborhood bar & grille. They have the best burgers on the island and you can't go wrong with any of their sandwiches. Fries are fresh cut and sweet potato fries are even offered as a side.

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Inlet View Bar & Grill

1800 Village Point Rd. SW, Shallotte, NC 28470

Even though Inlet View can be seen from the 3rd floor balcony, it is a 20 minute drive. The views here are as spectacular as at East End Oasis and make the drive worth it. Inlet View is always busy but has corn hole, a fantastic park and an outdoor bar to enjoy during the wait.

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Jinks Creek Waterfront Grille

14 Causeway Dr., Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Jinks Creek is the newest restaurant on the island and is ideally situation for breathtaking sunset views. While slightly pricier than competing restaurants, the menu features complex fish dishes that are rare for the area. 

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Sharky's Restaurant

61 Causeway Dr., Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Sharky's is our choice for best pizza on the island but also features a ton of kid friendly appetizers and a wide selection of fresh local fish. Sharky's can get busy during summer season, so we frequently utilize the parking lot level take out window and enjoy dinner from the farm table.

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Ocean Isle Fish Company

65 Causeway Dr., Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Huuuuuuuge portions, the only sushi on the island and a great 3rd story tiki bar make Fish Company a destination. We highly recommend the Lobster Nachos and Shrimp and Grits. 

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