The light drizzle stopped long enough for me to take a quick walk around the Beaufort waterfront to peek at menus. Though not hungry at all after a day of road food, I did not want to miss a chance to taste local seafood. I picked Front Street Grill at Stillwater because it had some lower price seafood entrees (< $20). http://www.flickr.com/photos/melaniew...
I had a great table next to the corner window overlooking the water and it was quite magical to watch day turn to night. Ordering the Oyster stew, $18.95, I got a two-fer, Virginia oysters and cheese-y stoneground grits. I’d been curious on how the local prep would differ from the style in the Northeast.
One big difference is that the oyster stew at Stillwater has no cream or milk. The plentiful and plump whole oysters were braised in briny juices and combined with softened onion, sautéed mushrooms, and julienne of sweet red pepper. At this time of year, the oysters were on the soft side and one was bitter, but overall, quite nice. And the cheese grits were just great.
The grill features a pretty nice wine list. But I didn’t indulge here as I had planned to head to Cru Wine Bar afterwards for a cheese plate and glass of wine. I had peeked in earlier and thought it might be a nice place to hang out after dinner with some live music. I did go back to Cru and tried to order, but the person behind the bar acted like I was inconveniencing her when I asked for the list of wines by the glass or what cheeses were available. I was sorry that I didn’t take my waiter, Justin’s, advice and stay for Key lime pie dessert at the Front Street Grill.
Cru Wine Bar & the Wine Store
120 Turner St, Beaufort, NC 28516
Front Street Grill at Stillwater
300 Front St Ste 5, Beaufort, NC 28516
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