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Exquisite food, wine, shopping & scenery. What more could you ask for? If you are a fan of any or all of the above then you would be in hog heaven (literally) spending an afternoon strolling through Duck with Outer Banks Restaurant Tours! Terry Bell, owner and operator of the company was kind enough to let a few of us from Twiddy join her for a memorable experience learning about the food and culture found in the town of Duck, NC.
Ourselves and several excited visitors met at the Waterfront Shops at 10:45 am on a sunny Tuesday afternoon to begin a fun-filled day touring the town of Duck. The tour kicked off at Coastal Cravings where we were greeted with their world famous Crabcakes, paired with a crisp glass of Sauvignon Blanc. The crabcake is a recipe that originated from the owner, Scott Foster’s mothers recipe. The crabcakes are made with 98% locally caught crab coated with panko breadcrumbs and served with a homemade remoulade. This is the #1 selling item and after my first taste, I fully understood why!
Don’t let the connecting gas station or quick service concept fool you…this is a place you don’t want to miss! Coastal Cravings offers a drive thru window option until 3pm for both breakfast and lunch menu items; as well as table service starting at 7am, seven days a week. Crabcake’s are not the only item this restaurant is known for, they have a number of fresh sandwiches including the Brie LT, all made with bread that is baked on site daily. If you are in the mood for seafood, don’t miss out on their Broiled platter featured nightly which includes, 4 ounces of local fish, shrimp, scallops and lobster all broiled to perfection.
After a great start at Coastal Cravings, the group got into gear and walked to our next stop at the Outer Banks Olive Oil Co. in the Scarborough Faire Shopping Village. This shop is new to the town of Duck and whether you are an accomplished chef or looking for a last minute housewarming gift, this is one worth checking out! Angel Dobler, the manager here at the shop and a well known chef in the area, greeted us with endless amounts of front table olive oils from around the world to try. During the tour, we learned all about the polyphenols present in the different oils and just how many infused oil flavors there actually are (coconut white basalmic & lime olive oil just to name a few)!
Angel prepared a salad for us that was tossed in the stores gremolato and traditional basalmic oils and finished with crushed garlic, parmesan cheese, pinch of salt & pepper and paired with a refreshing fruit juice.
Next stop on the list was the Outer Banks Popcorn Shop because let’s be honest, who doesn’t love popcorn? The popcorn shop has a location in both Corolla and Duck, NC, open from 7am-10pm daily. We tasted not 1, but 20 different flavors of popcorn during our tour! Every flavor from old bay, salt & vinegar to cheddar caramel were consumed for our satisfaction. Every day at least 50 pounds of the 20 different flavors are made for guests. For those of you that are gluten free or health conscious, all of the popcorn, other than the Smores flavor, are gluten free and popped in coconut oil!
Terry kept our sweet tooth’s satisfied for our 4th stop at Duck Donuts. Duck Donuts is a legacy on the Outer Banks and now has 4 locations here. The store offers made to order donuts with 11 different coating options. The Duck location that we toured is the only Duck Donuts that features a store side and a separate pick up side. During our tour we were given a breakdown of the donuts by Marissa and were able to select the donut and coating of our choice, then watch and learn the process of making the donuts. Each donut is made with wheat, corn & flour and is then fried in soybean oil and coated to perfection. You are sure to be hooked after your first bite, but don’t you worry, Duck Donuts now delivers!
After savoring the last bites of our personalized donuts we took the scenic route on the Duck Boardwalk to Tommy’s Market for our next stop. On the tour we learned that the Duck Boardwalk stretches through the entire town of Duck, providing you with panoramic views of the sound while getting from point A to point B.
Lucinda Hudgens, owner of Tommy’s Market for the last 16 years, readily greeted us when we arrived with freshly brewed Carolina Coffee (I highly recommend trying). We toured the shop, learning about the products they carry from all over the country, over 400 of those being from North Carolina!
We had the pleasure of meeting Miss Nancy who personally bakes cakes for Tommy’s Market and was originally “discovered” at the NC Food Show. She treated us to a delicious Double Chocolate Cake and Sour Cream Cake just to name a few. After visiting with precious Miss Nancy, we made our way over to Weeping Radish Farm Breweries station where we tried several micro-brews.
Whether you are interested in calling in for groceries to go for your vacation, looking for products from the top local vendors or in need of made to order sandwiches or salads, then this is the place for you!
Our final destination for the grand finale was none other than Red Sky Cafe where chef Wes Stepp prepared a phenomenal shrimp dish for the group paired with a full bodied sauvignon blanc. Red Sky recently celebrated their 13th anniversary after Wes purchased the restaurant in 2002. They not only have a dine in location, but also do outside catering and have “on call chefs!”
Wes Stepp firmly believes in the mantra that the first bite of any dish is taken with your eyes, which he made true during our tour, serving up our dish in a lovely martini glass presentation.
Don’t miss the opportunity to experience all that the town of Duck, NC has to offer by joining Terry on an Outer Banks Restaurant Tour! Enter here to win our contest here. http://goo.gl/forms/P8C8jBRMFj Contest ends 5/31!