Before you get to NC on I 95 at Exit 31 try Stony Creek Tastee Hut for good country food and BBQ.
Stony Creek Tastee Hut @ 12420 Blue Star Hwy., Stony Creek, VA. 434 - 246 - 2328.
Take Exit # 138 going S on I 95 at Nashville, NC and go W on # 64 about 6 miles to Exit # 458. Turn back E on Western Ave. less than a mile for some outstanding BBQ at Doug Saul's.
Doug Saul's BBQ @ 813 Western Ave., Nashville, NC 252 - 459 - 4247.
The best BBQ in NC is in Goldsboro. Driving S on Highway 70 when you get around the AFB Wilber's is on your right then on down the road turn at Miller's Chapel for McCall's. I would visit Wilber's. You might be hungry. No need to pass up good road food.
McCall's BBQ @ 139 Millers Chapel Rd., Goldsboro, NC 919 - 751 - 0072.
Wilber's BBQ @ 4172 Hwy. 70 E., Goldsboro, NC. 919 - 778 - 5218. http://www.wilbersbarbecue.com/
Before you cross the bridge to Emerald Island on Highway 70 Cox Family Restaurant has outstanding country food for breakfast and lunch at very reasonable prices. El's Drive In has super burgers.
Cox Family Restaurant @ 4109 Arendell St., Morehead City, NC 252 - 726 - 6961.
El's Drive In @ 3706 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 252 - 726 - 3002.
The Crab Shack is outstanding for local seafood right on the water in Salter Path.
Crab Shack @ 144 Shore Drive, Salter Path, NC 252 - 247 - 3444.
On Emerald Isle try Jordan's House of Seafood. Big Oak Drive In has good seafood plates and sandwiches. Be sure to try the shrimp burgers and BBQ. Kathryn's Bistro is # 1 for fine dining on Emerald Isle for dinner only.
Jordan's House of Seafood @ 8106 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle, NC 252 - 354 - 5722.
Big Oak Drive In and BBQ @ 1167 Salter Path Road, Salter Path, NC 252 - 247 - 2588. http://www.bigoakdrivein.com/
Kathryn's Bistro @ 8002 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle, NC 252 - 354 - 6200. http://www.kathrynsbistro.com/
Try Crab's Claw for good seafood at Atlantic Beach for lunch and dinner and Island Grill also.
White Swan is next to a gas station and has good BBQ plates and seafood plates.
Crab's Claw Restaurant @ 201 West Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, NC 252 - 726 - 8222. http://www.crabsclaw.com/
Island Grille @ 401 Money Island Drive, Atlantic Beach, NC 252 - 240 - 0000.
White Swan BBQ @ 2500 W. Ft. Macon Rd., Atlantic Beach, NC 252 - 726 - 9607.
About 20 minutes from Emerald Isle near Hubert is Redbarn Grill which is not fancy but has good old NC country seafood.
Red Barn Grill @ 101 Red Barn Road, Hubert, NC 910 - 326 - 1163.
In Morehead City the Bistro by the Sea is open for dinner and has a nice piano bar and good bistro food. Chef 105 is open for lunch and dinner and serves good seafood and steaks in a beautiful old building overlooking the waterfront. They also have an oyster bar with good cold drinks and fresh raw oysters. Shepard's Point is open for lunch and dinner and serves good seafood and steaks. Ruddy Duck Tavern is open for lunch and dinner serving good po boys, burgers and sandwiches on the waterfront.
Bistro by the Sea @ 4031 Arendell St., Morehead City, NC 252 - 247 - 2777. http://www.bistro-by-the-sea.com/home.htm
Chef 105 Restaurant @ 105 South 7th St., Morehead City, NC 252 - 240 - 1105. http://www.chefs105.com/
Shepard's Point @ 913 Arendell St., Morehead City, NC 252 - 727 - 0815. http://www.shepardspointrestaurant.com/
Ruddy Duck Tavern @ 509 Evans St., Morehead City, NC 252 - 726 - 7500.
Beach Bumz Pub and Pizza has good burgers and pizza on the waterfront in Morehead City.
Beach Bumz Pub and Pizza @ 515 Arendell St., Morehead City, NC 252 -726 - 7800.
I know Sanitary Fish Market has become a big tourist joint but the seafood at lunch is still outstanding.
Sanitary Fish Market @ 501 Evans Street, Morehead City, NC 252 - 247 - 3111. http://www.sanitaryfishmarket.com/
Beaufort may be out of the way but the food is probably better there than anywhere in the area and it's a beautiful city to visit and tour. Front St. Grill is outstanding for lunch and dinner for great fresh seafood on the waterfront. Be sure and try the crab spring rolls for an appetizer and the Carolina Crab Cakes for an entree. Clawson's 1905 has outstanding seafood and steaks for lunch and dinner on the waterfront in a beautiful building. Beaufort Grocery is fine dining for lunch or dinner serving outstanding American cuisine. Try the crab cake sandwich for lunch. Blue Moon Bistro has casual fine dining in a historical location for dinner only. Cru Wine Bar is a casual place serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Roland's has good BBQ and Aqua Restaurant serves outstanding food on the waterfront in small and big plates.
Front St. Grill @ 300 Front St., Beaufort, NC 252 728 - 3118. http://www.frontstreetgrillatstillwater.com/
Clawson's 1905 Restaurant @ 425 Front Street, Beaufort, NC 252 - 728 - 2133. http://clawsonsrestaurant.com/
Beaufort Grocery @ 117 Queen St., Beaufort, NC 252 - 728 - 3899.
Blue Moon Bistro @ 119 Queen Street, Beaufort, NC 252 - 728 - 5800.
Cru Wine Bar @ 120 Turner St., Beaufort, NC 252 - 728 - 3066. http://cru-wine-bar.com/index.html
Roland's BBQ @ 1507 Live Oak St., Beaufort, NC 252 - 728 - 1953.
Aqua Restaurant @ 114 Middle Lane, Beaufort, NC 252 - 728 - 7777. http://www.aquaexperience.com/