Frog Island Seafood • Barco
On the northern route to the Outer Banks, this market also serves steamed clams and she-crab soup at its restaurant, in case you can’t wait for a taste of the sea.
3997 Caratoke Highway, (252) 453-2879
Fishtowne • Beaufort
Get your trout, sheepshead, drum, clams, crabs, and more in the shop or through Walking Fish, a community-supported fishery that delivers to Durham weekly.
100 Wellons Drive, (252) 728-6644
Tom Robinson’s Seafood • Carrboro
Housed for many years in a modest backstreet cinderblock shop, this gem is considered by many to be the Piedmont’s consulate of Carteret County fisheries.
207 Roberson Street, (919) 942-1221
Clean Catch Fish Market • Charlotte
The Queen City’s one-stop shop for wild-caught fish and chef-prepared seafood dishes. Stock up on wine, spices, and specialty foods, too.
2820 Selwyn Avenue, No. 150, (704) 333-1212
Full Circle Crab Company • Columbia
Legendary Alligator River crabber Willy Phillips set up this full-service seafood market right on the road to, or from, the Outer Banks.
1366 U.S. Highway 64, (252) 796-9696
Quality Seafood Market • Elizabeth City
This family-owned market and restaurant within sight of the Pasquotank River sells the usual roster of local fish and shellfish, alongside a full menu of dinners.
309 East Ehringhaus Street , (252) 335-7648
Mr. Big Seafood • Harkers Island
Allison and Eddie Willis move a lot of soft-shell crabs out of this small shop.
1254 Harkers Island Road, (252) 725-9507
Reynolds Seafood Company • Kinston
Since opening its doors in 1960, this distinctive market near the Neuse River has become a destination for a wide variety of North Carolina fish.
336 North Herritage Street, (252) 523-3474
Mrs. Culpepper’s Concession Trailer • Morehead City
Gary and Lek Culpepper have run this crab, shrimp, and oyster outfit (also serving Thai stir-fry) for many years out of Mill Creek. Gary’s fresh catch from the Newport River is featured in season.
5035 Arendell Street, (252) 269-3477
Austin Fish Company • Nags Head
Open for more than 50 years, this retailer and restaurant offers lunch on the porch and wild-caught fish for your dinner.
3711 South Croatan Highway, (252) 441-7412
B&J Seafood • New Bern
A wholesale and retail shop for fresh crabs right out of the Neuse and other rivers.
1101 U.S. Highway 70 East, (252) 637-0483
Haag & Son’s • Oak Island
Here you’ll find the genial and highly knowledgeable Jon Haag in his orange Crocs, singing the praises of his fish.
7901 East Oak Island Drive, (910) 278-1234
Locals Seafood • Raleigh
Get your local seafood and produce at the State Farmers Market, and at farmers markets in Cary and Chapel Hill, too.
Market Shoppes, 1209 Farmers Market Drive, (919) 675-2722
Mitchell Seafood • Sneads Ferry
This nearly 60-year-old establishment that backs up to Wheeler Creek proclaims, “Always Fresh. Always Local.”
235 Wheeler Creek Road, (910) 327-7741
Clyde Phillips Seafood and Market • Swansboro
This decades-old mainstay, located where the White Oak River splits at Swansboro, has sent many a snapper, flounder, pound of shrimp, and bushel of oysters heading out the door.
104 East Corbett Avenue, (910) 326-4468
O’Neal’s Sea Harvest • Wanchese
Go for the seafood locally caught and purchased daily, and stay for the lunchtime fried-fish basket.
618 Harbor Road, (252) 473-4535
High Country Seafood • West Jefferson
This newcomer moved from roadside to freestanding market to bring fresh North Carolina fish to the far mountains.
215 Beaver Creek School Road, (336) 977-1827
Forsyth Seafood • Winston-Salem
A fresh fish market and café informed by its owners’ coastal roots in Beaufort.
108 North Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, (336) 748-0793
Shore to Door • Winterville
Fresh catch from Carteret County fishermen is sold in the seafood market, and to clients in the Greenville area.
111 West Firetower Road, Suite F, (252) 414-1347