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Calabash Restaurants

Calabash Restaurants

Welcome to "The Seafood Capital of the World"! Calabash, NC was once a small fishing village that began with a handful of local seafood restaurants known for its exclusive style of fried seafood. "Calabash style" seafood originated from fresh seafood dishes that were lightly fried in a southern style batter that has become famous in the south! The town of Calabash is now home to over 30 various restaurants that continue to serve the freshest seafood dishes on the East Coast to locals and visitors from all over the world!

Calabash-style seafood originated in the 1930s when local fisherman set out before dawn from a small fishing village and return to local villagers with the days freshest catch. It was under the lingering oak trees by the docks where fresh seafood was lightly battered in big tubs of grease and served to the fisherman and their families. These outdoor outings quickly became known as "fish camps". It is unclear who started the first fish camp, but there has always been much debate between the Beck and Coleman family. The two women of these families, Ruth Beck and Lucy Coleman were sisters that undoubtedly started the original tradition of Calabash seafood restaurants with a talent for cooking up the areas best seafood. Becks Restaurant has been a family operated business for years and continues to sell the highest quality seafood with all the favorites including freshly fried fish, shrimp, clams, oysters, with homemade cole slaws, huspuppies, and french fries!

Ellas of Calabash is one of the original Calabash seafood restaurants and home of the original "Calabash style" seafood. A true locals favorite, Ellas of Calabash originated in 1950 when Lawerence and Ella High built a single room restaurant in Calabash serving the fresh catch of the day to family and locals. To present day, third and fourth generations are still serving the freshest catches of the day to locals and tourists with good ol' southern hospilitality! Stop by and grab a bite to eat at Ellas of Calabash and enjoy daily fresh seafood prepared with a light batter and fried to perfection!

Not into the “Calabash” style of seafood?  Don’t worry, the restaurants serve a variety of dishes, from breakfast to dinner and seafood to vegetarian.  They have something for everyone!

Calabash Restaurants

Bagel Dock Cafe

10009 Beach Dr SW, Carolina Shores, NC, United States

(910) 575-1200

Beck's Restaurant

1014 River Rd, Calabash, NC, United States

(910) 579-6776

Bella's Pizza and Deli

10136 Beach Dr SW, Carolina Shores, NC, United States

(910) 579-0000

Boundary House Restaurant

1045 River Rd, Calabash, NC, United States

(910) 579-8888

Calabash Deli

9929 Beach Dr SW, Carolina Shores, NC, United States

(910) 579-9801

Calabash Garden Tea Room

10152 Beach Dr SW, Calabash, NC, United States

(910) 579-9500

Calabash Seafood Hut

1125 River Rd, Calabash, NC, United States

(910) 579-6723

Captain John's Seafood House

9887 Oak St, Calabash, NC, United States

(910) 579-6011

Captain Nance's Seafood

9939 Nance St, Calabash, NC, United States

(910) 579-2574

Christopher's Pizza and Subs

9869 Ocean Hwy W, Calabash, NC, United States

(910) 575-4500

Coleman's Original Calabash

9931 Nance St, Calabash, NC, United States

(910) 579-6875

Derbster's

10101 Beach Dr SW, Carolina Shores, NC, United States

(910) 579-6228

Dockside Seafood House

9955 Nance St, Calabash, NC, United States

(910) 579-6775

Ella's of Calabash

1148 River Rd, Calabash, NC, United States

(910) 579-6728

George's Family Restaurant LLC

9941 Beach Dr SW, Carolina Shores, NC, United States

(910) 579-6495

Grapevine Restaurant and Lounge

9991 Beach Dr SW, Calabash, NC, United States

(910) 575-6565

Gravy Southern Eatery

1165 Carlyle St SW, Calabash, NC, United States

(910) 579-4733

SUBWAY® Restaurants

9869 Ocean Hwy W, Carolina Shores, NC, United States

(910) 575-4400

Sunrise Pancake House

10008 Beach Dr SW, Calabash, NC, United States

(910) 575-1001

Tony's Pizza

1150 River Rd, Calabash, NC, United States

(910) 579-3531


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