After 10 long years of missing Holland Shelter Creek Restaurant, I finally returned there yesterday for a great lunch. The one-story, wood-sided building is built over Holly Shelter Creek, a tributary of the Northeast Cape Fear River, and also functions as a bait and tackle shop. It is located on NC 53 east of Interstate 40 near Burgaw, NC.
The speciality of the house is fried seafood--an eastern North Carolina de-light. We started with hushpuppies (1/2 dozen for fifty cents). They are the most perfect things you have ever tasted: not oniony, not too sweet, and fried to a light golden brown. I had the fried oysters and shrimp combo. The oysters were excellent; they were so outstanding that I ignored the shrimp. There were fries on the plate, but they served only as a resting place for the seafood. The coleslaw was good and not too laden with mayo. My companion had fried shrimp and fish and thought both were fantastic.
I highly recommend the place, however most of the restaurant is smoking. A small room is reserved for non-smokers, but you had to wade through the nicotine cloud to get to it. Just hold your nose.
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