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How to Eat Like a Local - The Best Dining Options While Vacationing at Bald Head Island

Posted on Tuesday, January 24, 2017

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One of the best aspects of a vacation is the food that you get to experience in your chosen location. Whether you like to eat your favorites or experiment with local fare, Bald Head Island and the surrounding area will have something to offer you.  
This latest blog post provides you both dining options on Bald Head Island and some options for a day trip if you want to explore Eastern North Carolina.  

Let’s start with restaurants that you can find after you step off the ferry on BHI: 

Delphina Cantina is a very popular and convenient restaurant on Bald Head Island, located at the Bald Head Island Marina near the ferry landing. The restaurant offers a fun Latin-inspired menu for lunch and dinner that people of all ages enjoy. In fact, TripAdvisor just awarded Delphina a Certificate of Excellence. Visit their website to see the delicious menu options available at http://www.delphinacantina.com/




 Many people will visit Maritime Market to pick up essential groceries for their home or rental unit. However, you should definitely follow an island tradition and eat breakfast at Maritime Market Cafe. From yellow stone ground cheese grits to delicious biscuits and gravy, you will enjoy a great meal before heading to the beach. Maritime Market Cafe is open for breakfast and lunch and you can order custom meals for your family.  While you are visiting the island, you will also not want to miss “Claude’s Daily Emails” to see what is cooking at Maritime Market Cafe. You can sign up at their website http://www.maritimemarketbhi.com


Mojo’s on the Harbor is known for providing “great food with a view” as noted by a recent visitor on TripAdvisor. This local favorite serves  lunch and dinner with both harbor and lighthouse views. Mojo’s is known for its seafood and offers a sushi bar during the summer, traditional Calabash-style fried seafood dishes and a variety of additional meals including ribs or pasta. If you are also interested in some family entertainment like karaoke, visit their website to see their event listings and complete menu.  http://www.mojosontheharbor.com/


Bald Head Island Club and Shoals Club are the two amazing clubs located on Bald Head Island. You can find several restaurants between the two lovely locations that serve breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday.  Many people even choose to celebrate holidays during brunches at the Bald Head Island Club.  

If you would like to plan a fun day at the pool, The Pelicatessen at the Bald Head Island Club would be a great option. The menu includes pizza, sandwiches and salads, which makes it appealing to all members of the family.  

For a more upscale location with views of the beautiful golf course, The Palms and Palms Terrace may fit the bill. While the menu is pub-inspired, you can always find flavorful dishes here like guinness-battered fish and chips and boursin and crab tenderloin.  

The Grille is best known for serving delectable Southern cuisine with locally sourced ingredients. Whether you are staying for a week or a long weekend at Bald Head Island, you can enjoy steaks, local shellfish and grits, or seared sea scallops.   

At the Shoals Club, you will see captivating views of The Point of Cape Fear while dining at one of three delightful venues. The Sandbar Grille is the best option for staying poolside with a menu that will appeal to everyone in your family. The friendly-to-children menu includes mango mahi tacos, burgers and wraps.  A recent Bald Head Island vacationer commented online “the location, facilities, and views fantastic.”  Latitudes is the place to visit for a glass of wine or North Carolina craft beer and delicious small plate dishes like grilled shrimp flatbread or a salsa trio.  AQUA is the captivating dining experience where the chef serves creative coastal fare that includes such delights as coconut-crusted salmon and ribeye steak with a blueberry balsamic dressing.

To learn more about the Bald Head Island Club, visit http://www.bhiclub.net. Learn more about the Shoals Club at http://www.shoalsclub.com. Keep in mind that temporary memberships are required for dining at the Bald Head Island Club and the Shoals Club, and you can make those arrangements through your property management company. 


North Carolina is known for barbecue and you can satisfy that craving right on Bald Head Island by visiting Honey’s BBQ Shack. This gem, located from Easter through October, is located right in the harbor beside MoJo’s and is a great place to visit upon your arrival. Honey’s menu offers guests all of the favorites you have grown to love such as pulled pork, brisket and ribs with Southern sides. You can dine inside or at one of the picnic tables to enjoy your surroundings.  More information can be found on their Facebook fan page here

Most people can find cuisine to fit any palate right on Bald Head Island with more than a dozen dining options. If you are up for a day trip to quaint and beautiful Southport, we have included a couple of additional popular favorites among local residents. 

The Provision Company is just a ferry ride away in downtown Southport and offers delicious seafood in a casual dining environment. Enjoy views of the waterfront and then take a stroll around Southport after enjoying peel-and-eat shrimp with an ice cold beer. Do you have little ones with you? They will find something on the menu since hamburgers are offered as well. The website will give you all the details you need to plan a short excursion for the afternoon in nearby Southport.   

Joseph’s Italian Bistro is another popular choice for local residents of Southport.  If you love italian cuisine, then you must visit this destination while you are visiting Bald Head Island.  From steamed mussels and linguine to shrimp alfredo, you will be happy that you included this place in your plans. 

There are mouthwatering dining options both on and around Bald Head Island. Whether you are interested in staying on the island the entire time or choose to take a day trip, your getaway can include delightful meals from beginning to end. For a complete list of dining options and associated events on Bald Head Island, join our email list here