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Belated Bogue Banks Report

Neil McClanahan | Oct 9, 200207:53 PM

I’m home laid up with the flu, so I’m finally getting around to writing my trip report about Salter Path.

My wife and I left W-S on Fri, 9/6 on our way to the Summerwinds condo resort at Salter Path in the middle of Bogue Banks. We spent a couple of hours in Carrboro around lunchtime and wound up eating at the Armadillo Grill. It’s a Tex-Mex fast food place in the Qdoba vein, and it was satisfactory. I had a beef enchilada with rice, beans, chips and salsa. Qdoba is better.

After settling into the condo that night, my wife decided she wanted to go to Bushwacker’s based on an ad she saw in one of the free local tourist rags. We loved it! It’s at the foot of the Emerald Isle Pier in the middle of “downtown” Emerald Isle. They start you out with excellent hushpuppies. For an appetizer, we shared a crabmeat cocktail. Then, I had the surf and turf with a ribeye and grilled tuna. My wife had panned shrimp. We finished up with a key lime pie. It was all good.

My in-laws arrived Saturday, and we went back to Bushwacker’s that night. I skipped the beef and stuck with the grilled tuna this time. It again was good. One note—the booths are very uncomfortable; insist on a table!

Because of Hurricane Gustav, we spent the next two nights in the condo. When we visit Salter Path, we always get our seafood to cook at Willis’ Seafood Market. They didn’t disappoint. We gorged on shrimp for several nights thereafter.

We did interrupt our cooking to try the Plum Tree Deli in Salter Path one night. I had Shrimp Newburg for the appetizer. For the entree, I had grilled steak and shrimp with wonderful garlic mashed potatoes. The food was good, but it was a little strange as we were the only guests in the house.

The rest of the beach eating was done in-condo. On our way home, we stopped for lunch at Sub-Conscious on Hillsborough St in Raleigh. There is no ambience, but they have some of the best subs around.


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