For a few days last week we were wandering NC's Crystal Coastal. Previous to this trip, we had spent most of our time in the Beaufort, NC area. This time, though we stayed in our favorite spot, the Beaufort Inn in Beaufort, we spent most of our time in the Swansboro area which is roughly thirty minutes west of Beaufort.
Kathy, a real estate agent, took us to lunch at the Icehouse Waterfront Restaurant in Swansboro.
We found the food to be great. We even went back on our own before we headed back home.
I can't tell you a lot about the menu, since I'm still stuck on one of the house specialities. It's a great sandwich. In fact a guy came in and sat down just as mine was being delivered. He quickly told his waitress as he pointed to my sandwich, "I'll have whatever he's having." It was even good enough for my wife, Glenda, to have twice in a row. That is something that she rarely does. It's the Grouper Grandwich pictured to the left.
We'll be investigating the menu more thoroughly since we really like the area.
I did try their lemon-ginger-chicken soup which was also very good. The second trip, we split an order of coconut shrimp which comes with spicy peanut dip and raspberry dip. Surprisingly both dips were very good.
The dessert tray looked deadly, but you can walk off dinner if you turn the ladies loose shopping in Historic Swansboro which seems to have an overabundance of shops that are good at keeping the ladies happy while the guys go fishing.
It also has a bar and some Martini specials for those who care for alcoholic beverages.
For more information you can call 910.325.0501.
The restaurant is located at 103 Moore Street at the corner of Front Street in Swansboro, North Carolina. It is on the water. The ocean is a little deceptive in this area. It's actually to the south instead of to the east of you. That's just one of the pleasant surprises of the Crystal Coast.
Update- Well we ended up loving the area. We bought a place just a few miles from the Ice House.