For those that have been to the Outer Banks, you know that a day of play is met with a sensational appetite. However, you also know that you don’t want to drive far, and you want a good cocktail and meal.
In Duck, this is not a hard request to fulfill, in fact, especially for those staying at the Sanderling Resort. There’s an upscale restaurant waiting for you. Enjoy the beach, the hot tub, the pool, the sound side, and the ocean side.
Then, it’s time to turn down the volume on the fun, and turn on the relaxation and foodie fun! Get ready to learn Where To Find Upscale Southern Eats in Duck, North Carolina. Who’s ready to eat?
It’s Not Far
Foodie. That describes me perfectly. What I am about to share is fantabulous because it’s a very nice restaurant right on a lovely resort. When places are convenient and I can kick back, drink a few because I don’t have to drive, even better! Did I just give away too much about me? Sorry, but we all have some version of that going on!
Step by step, from my suite, I walked over to the Lifesaving Station Restaurant. It had been a long day of travel and visiting already, and I was most happy to eat on the premises.
The exterior, rustic, yet farm style, while the inside was chic, with wood floors and white furniture. What you will shortly learn is that no matter where you are staying at the Sanderling Resort, you are just steps away from this fantastic restaurant.
Entering The Lifesaving Station Restaurant
I love this picture. It’s homestyle, yet Southern, and it’s as if I am looking into someone’s life, however, it is a simple preview of what’s to come! Excited? I was, and in we went!
A Signature styled interior would seem to indicate an upscale dress requirement but is met with a casually subtle ambiance. The Lifesaving Station Restaurant is ideally situated for a full day of fun in the sun and a good meal close by.
As we visited on a cooler night the interior fireplace was lit. A sophisticated menu offering southern flare and a nice selection of entrees. Fewer vegetarian options, meat and multiple fresh plates of seafood entrees, as well as a lovely selection of starters, are available.
We were greeted by a sleek, interior, with all the right, seaside pieces. Clean, bold white contrasts the dark wood floors and panel decor. In front of me, is a bar area, and to its side the restaurant.
There are plenty of tables, however, we were off-season so I can only imagine how busy it can be, as the food is really good! The convenience of this restaurant surely plays into this as well.
Sweet Tea Please & A Bloody Mary Cocktail
Nothing says ‘Southern’ like Sweet Tea. In fact, they had just brewed a new batch and it was fabulous. Can you see the fireplace in the background? Cool but warm! Fresh brewed is an understatement and so refreshing.
Bloody Mary Shrimp Cocktail
Calling all foodies, the Bloody Mary Shrimp Cocktail was pretty darn sensational. The shrimp was plump and large yet juicy. While the flavor was not really reminiscent of a Bloody Mary the seafood was yum!
2 jumbo cooked and peeled shrimp, 1/2 4 oz lobster tail ( in a shell), a lemon wedge, and a celery stalk are set into a martini glass and dressed with 3 kalamata olives. I am neither here or there with olives against a tomato flavor, but I do love olives.
To be honest, I went ALL IN while eating this. Tackling this cup was a bit of a challenge. It was either use my fingers and pick up the shrimp or attempt to cut inside a martini glass.
Removing the Lobster from its half shell ended in using my hand, butter dish, and fingers. Worth every piece of the mess I made. The shrimp were tender and fresh as was the lobster tail.
Really, if you wanted to have a lighter meal, order this with a side salad and call it a day!
Now, I am sharing the menu, please note, it is subject to change and you can’t use this to get a different price or a different version of the food. Just so we are clear! I am sharing this so you can salivate, lick the screen and feel your belly growl, all at the same time.
Want the cure? Drive to the Outer Banks and head straight to the Lifesaving Station Restaurant.
My Angel hair pasta was tossed with a portobello mushroom and roasted peppers. The pasta was properly cooked, twirled perfectly. Portabellas were clean, evenly sliced and fresh.
The sauce was not a sauce but more of aoli, light and tasty. Shaved Parmesan was the perfect pairing to this dish.
A Different Version Of Oysters Rockefeller Discovered
Cast Iron Oysters is how they were referred to but they were definitely a version of Oysters Rockefeller. I want to go back and learn from Chef. Fried oysters, then baked in the cast iron pan. Served with a side of Rockefeller Aoli. Drag those bad boys across this sauce and bite. Yummmee.
I had one of those ‘AHA’ moments when my girlfriends Oysters Rockefeller arrived at the table. Kind of like, “why did I never prepare it this way?”
Thickly breaded masses of oysters with cheese within were deep fried and served in volume. The serving size would have been appropriate for 2-3 with a beverage. It was very generous in size.
Make a reservation ahead of time. Enjoy your day on the beach and then get ready to dig into some great Southern eats ~ Cheers Dana XO
My thanks to The Lifesaving Station Restaurant for hosting me. Opinions are my own based on my personal experience.