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5 Jul 2023
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Are you looking for some delicious new dining options in Oak Island? Well, you're in luck! We've scoured the region, tasting our way through countless eateries, all to bring you a curated list of the five most exciting restaurants in the area. These gems are guaranteed to excite your taste buds and leave you craving more.

From the freshest seafood caught right off the coast, to innovative farm-to-table specialties that celebrate local produce, these restaurants offer a diverse array of dishes that cater to every palate. Whether you're a die-hard foodie looking to explore new flavors, or simply someone who appreciates a well-cooked meal, there's something for everyone on this list. So, grab your fork and knife, loosen that belt buckle a notch and prepare yourself for a gastronomic journey like no other. Without further ado, let's dive right into the delectable details of these five must-visit restaurants in Oak Island.

1. Solar Brewing Company

Opened in October of 2022, Solar Brewing Company is Oak Island’s first and only craft brewery. Known not only for its exceptional brews but also for its commitment to sustainability, the owner has equipped it with solar panels to help offset its carbon footprint. Offering a diverse selection of handcrafted beers, from the crisp, refreshing “Raspberry Wheat Saison” to the full-bodied 8.8 ABV “Total Eclipse Russian Imperial Stout,” there's a brew for every beer enthusiast at Solar Brewing Company.

But it's not just about the beer. Their food menu is equally impressive, featuring locally sourced ingredients in dishes that perfectly complement their brews. From shareable appetizers that are perfect for a casual dining experience, to delicious artisan pizzas, they have the pub food scene covered with all the favorites. Try their pretzels and beer cheese, or opt for a delicious salad or sandwich if you’re wanting something lighter than a pizza.

This eatery is open in the summer from 12 PM to 9 PM Sunday to Thursday, and 12 PM to 10 PM Friday and Saturday, but please note that hours may vary in the off-season. Solar Brewing Company offers a unique dining and drinking experience that's not to be missed when you're in the Brunswick County beaches. Whether you're a local or a visitor, make sure to add this eco-friendly brewery to your must-visit list.

2. Outer Banks Boil Company

If you’re in the mood for a true low-country boil, you have to visit the new Oak Island location of the Outer Banks Boil Company. Established in Corolla, North Carolina in 2012 and home of “The Best Pot on the Beach,” they’re you’re one-stop-shop for a fabulous spread featuring red bliss potatoes, sweet corn, authentic andouille sausage, sweet onions and jumbo shrimp- all layered, seasoned and steamed, then served with homemade cocktail sauce and fresh lemon. Their made-to-order boils will have your mouth watering from the second you walk through the door.

To-go boil pots are available for groups of at least two people. With a number of pre-set pots and excellent add-on options including clams, scallops, snow crab legs and more, you can find a boil pot combo that will satisfy everyone’s craving. For the non-seafood lovers in your party, Carolina-style pork BBQ and fixings are also on the menu. When you get your pot home, just add water, beer or white wine and in 30- 50 minutes, you’re enjoying a coastal feast! Or, take all the stress and responsibility off of your plate and take advantage of their affordable catering options instead!

They’re open May – October for call-ahead or walk-ins, Monday – Sunday 11AM – 7 PM. During the off-season, hours may vary and call-ahead is encouraged.

3. Paul's of Oak Island

The weekly specials served up at Paul’s have made it a place visitors and locals return to time and time again. As one of Oak Island’s newest sports bars, package stores and restaurants, this new favorite stands out for many reasons, including being one of the only late-night spots to grab a bite in the area. There’s nothing you can’t get here- including whiskey on tap, the first establishment to offer this option in North Carolina! Stop by for supplies before hitting the beach or have a relaxing dinner after a day in the sun. The casual vibe and coastal charm coupled with the delicious food guarantee everyone will have a good time. Pass the time before your meal arrives with a family ski-ball tournament or pinball showdown, or catch the game of your choice on one of the many large TVs.

Try their catch of the day for a taste of local Carolina cuisine, or indulge in their brisket baked macaroni and cheese for a unique spin on a comfort classic. No matter what you choose, it’ll hit the spot. Paul’s is open every day, 11 AM – Midnight.

4. Salt64

Chef Jon Spencer combines the captivating ambiance of the Brunswick coastal islands with an impressive culinary offering that will leave you fully satisfied after your visit to Salt64. Sourcing only the finest ingredients from local vendors, the expert team has crafted a menu and cocktail list that will excite your palate and fulfill your every craving. From sumptuous aged center-cut steaks to delicate salads and delicious desserts, the menu takes you on a tour of the region and celebrates the many facets that make Oak Island and the Cape Fear area so special. Visit them Monday – Wednesday 4 PM – 9 PM, and Thursday – Saturday 4 PM – 10 PM. Closed Sundays.

5. Fixins

When you bite into the buttermilk biscuits or have a spoonful of yellow stone-ground grits at Fixins, you’d never guess head chef Rick Dobrowski is a New Hampshire native. The love baked into his locally sourced ingredients makes them taste as familiar as a beloved family recipe. If you’re looking for a go-to breakfast spot on your next Oak Island vacation, Fixins should top your list.

In addition to waffles, omelets and breakfast platters, their menu also offers a selection of lunch salads, sandwiches and wraps. Open 7 AM – 2 PM every day except Tuesday, stop by for a taste of southern hospitality with all the fixins on your next visit to the Brunswick County beaches.

Your Culinary Adventure Awaits in Oak Island

As we wrap up our culinary tour of Oak Island, it's clear that the dining scene here is as vibrant and diverse as the island's natural beauty. From eco-conscious breweries to Southern comfort food destinations, each of these five restaurants brings something unique to the table. These gems offer a tasty glimpse into the rich traditions of the region, all while celebrating local ingredients and sustainable practices. Next time you visit Oak Island, don't miss the chance to indulge in these culinary delights. And when you're ready to plan your next trip, remember to book direct with Oak Island Accommodations, your go-to for Oak Island vacation rentals.