Saltbox Seafood JointBy: Celia Funderburk
Two-hundred square feet of sage-green siding and wood trim mark some of the best seafood and the answer to where to eat in North Carolina. Behind the unassuming takeaway window, Ricky Moore, winner of the 2022 James Beard Award for Best Chef: Southeast, is hard at work. He slings signature hush-honeys, fried fish, and shredded slaw. Saltbox Seafood Joint celebrates local, fresh catches with its emphasis on keeping it simple. The inside of this restaurant incorporates its culinary focus with decorations such as a crab trap light fixture, buoys hanging all around, and golden bells for ringing.
You will understand in a place like this why customers praise local seafood. When you can see the care that is going into the food, such as at a place like this, it makes the experience so much better. The menu at this joint varies on what is caught by North Carolina fishermen, ensuring that your fish and seafood is the premium quality. You can check out the local catches on the website that gives you an update daily on what is offered. When ordering, you can choose to take your fresh and local catch and put it on a buttered roll or make it the focus of your plate with just some sides. There is no lacking attention to the sides as they offer delicious “S.S.J.” slaw, crispy potatoes, fried brussels sprouts, and more.