shrimp and grits for dinner? seriously?

Last night, we had the best dinner we’ve ever had on the island.  We went to Mack Daddy’s in Avon.  It doesn’t look like much from the outside, but looks are deceiving.

One of our friends down here has told us to go there, the food is great.  We just never had gone.  When deciding where to go out with some friends yesterday, we let them pick.  Our thinking was, they live here and eat out a lot.  We didn’t want to pick a place where they eat frequently and were tired of going to.

They picked Mack Daddy’s and we sure are glad they did.  The food there was awesome!  They have several micro brewery beers on tap and in bottles.  They also have a raw bar.  Their chef creates unique dishes, not just the catch of the day with french fries and cole slaw that seems to be the norm here.

Scuba Man and Steve started with flash fried calamari.  They soak it in buttermilk, then toss it in a seasoned flour with jalapeño slices.  It is served with mandarin oranges and a whole grain mustard lemon aioli.  They both said it was the best calamari they’ve ever had.  It was cooked to perfection, not like a rubber band.  Very tender.

The remaining starters are not the typical fried cheese sticks, wings, poppers, and such.  They have things like Seafood and Avacodo Ceviche, Cajun Shrimp Risotto, and Tuna Yugura.

Scuba Man, Sue, and I all got the Shrimp and Grits entrée, the dish Mack Daddy’s is famous for.  It’s sautéed North Carolina shrimp, with a nice spicy andouille sausage, tomato concasse, and scallions in a blackened cream sauce.  They serve it over fried cheesy grit cakes.  It is to die for!

Hwy 12, MP 55 1/2, Avon, NC

Steve got the fish tacos.  They serve it with the ingredients on a plate and the tortillas on  the side so you can put it together yourself.  The chunks of mahi mahi were amazing looking.  They looked bigger than hotdogs and were grilled to perfection.  Also on the plate were black beans, spanish rice, homemade slaw, a blend of cheeses, and a roasted jalapeño sauce.

They serve Certified Hereford Beef Filets, Thai Glazed Tuna, Chicken Roulade, and several other dishes that I’ve never seen anywhere else on the island.  They also handle special dietary requests.  Nowhere on the menu is just a plain fried piece of seafood, with two sides.  Their food is very unique.

They serve desserts, but we were to stuffed to even hear what they were for yesterday, much less try one.  Next time, I’m going to split my dinner in half with a doggie bag and try something sweet.

I think I’ve found my new favorite restaurant!

* disclaimer:  Although I liberally borrowed dish descriptions from their menu, Mack Daddy’s in no way gave me anything for writing this post.  They probably don’t know or ever will know it exists.  But, if they’d like to give me a discount next time….  🙂

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4 Responses to shrimp and grits for dinner? seriously?

  1. melsar93 says:

    Sounds like my kind of place.

    “It’s sautéed North Carolina shrimp, with a nice spicy andouille sausage, tomato concasse, and scallions in a blackened cream sauce.”

    Man. Oh. Man.

  2. Wow, the food sounds awesome! Funny how sometimes the places that don’t look like much on the outside turn out to be gems!

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