Hey hey beach bums! Since Jordan and I have been going to Ocean Isle together for over 10 years now, I thought it was about time I posted about some of or favorite spots! This place is so so special to us, and we continue to build more and more memories there together. It is crazzzzyy to think that the first time I went there, I was a freshman in high school. Fast forward several years later, and we got engaged on the inlet there as well. ♥️ Now, we love to go and bring Josie for our lil fam getaways. ☺️
Okay, I’ll start with coffee / breakfast:
OIB Surf and Java: Jordan loves to stop here on our way in or out, since it is actually located right off of the island! It’s in the same shopping center of Lowes Foods. They have really great coffee and a cute little gift shop as well!
Drift Coffee: This is my favorite spot to grab coffee because it is on the island and you can walk/ride bikes to it. They have outdoor seating too, so I walk there with Josie and drink my iced latte on the deck, which is SO delicious. I’ll admit that I haven’t actually eaten there, but the food look amazing too. They offer healthy options like avocado toast and smoothie bowls (sounds like a pretty millennial place I guess 😂.)
lunch / dinner :
Sharky’s: This has been one of our favorites for yearssss. They have been on the island for over 30 years! We love to come here for lunch or dinner. It is very casual, and they offer anything from burgers, wings, seafood, to pizza! (Pizza is actually what I recommend getting there–so so good!) You can sit indoors our outdoors here. Their outdoor seating overlooks the water, and you can watch boats go by.
Jinks Creek: This is my personal favorite place for dinner on the island. The views are so so gorgeous (located just past the bridge going onto the island). I recommend going here as close to sunset as possible so that you can enjoy the views with dinner. My suggestions on what to order here are the truffle fries and the cob salad with shrimp!!
Beaches Burgers: This is a little local secret located just off of the island. It is for sure a lunch spot! When you drive up, you will definitely underestimate it because it’s a tiny building with a small gravel parking lot and a drive-up window off of the road (you can eat inside too though). However, they have wonderful burgers and hot dogs. Jordan orders a burger and tater tots here, and I get a hotdog and fried okra! Keep in mind that there are no healthy options here lol.
One thing you have to do for dinner while you are visiting OIB is go to Calabash, which is about 15 minutes away. It is a small fishing town and known as the “Seafood Capital of the World.” Our 3 favorite restaurants in Calabash:
- Boundary House: This is a nicer restaurant–We go here for special occasions or if we want a fancier meal one night! Jordan and I celebrated here with friends right after we got engaged. 💕 My dad and Jordan love the steak here, and I stick with the blackened shrimp and garlic cheddar mash. 😍
- Captain John’s Seafood: If you want a truly classic Calabash-style fried seafood platter, look no further. They serve all the fried goodness along with a baked potato and yummy complimentary hushpuppies.
- Oyster Rock: This is such a neat place! This is actually where we ate for Jordan’s bday this year (who doesn’t actually like seafood btw haha.) We absolutely love the decor in here (modern beachy vibes.). Order. the. crab. cakes. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 Jordan ordered the spaghetti and meatballs and loved it also!
Okay, finally dessert & drinks:
Ocean Isle Creamery: This is a wonderful spot on the island to grab something sweet. It’s in a cute yellow building with “homemade icecream” written on the front. They have so many different unique flavors to choose from, and my fave is Reeses cheesecake. They also have smoothies, milkshakes, cookies, ect.
Tiki Bar: We don’t usually go out for drinks while we are on the Island, but this is a great place to go during peak season. It is outdoors and located at the top of Ocean Isle Fishing Center that overlooks the sound. The atmosphere is pretty great here, and you can order fun drinks!
I’m sure we will add to this list! Talk to you soon.