Culinary Partners

Discover what makes Beaufort such a delicious destination.

You won’t leave hungry. We guarantee you’ll be back for seconds.

Unlike many food tour companies, our focus is to bring you to a select number of restaurants rather than try to go to seven or eight. Our goal is to get you to truly experience our local North Carolina seafood and Southern cuisine. Think of our culinary tours as a progressive dining experience with plenty of food. Our restaurant partners focus on providing higher quality local ingredients, food with integrity and fresh produce for both seafood and non-seafood diners. Our guests often go back to our partner restaurants for lunch, dinner or Sunday Brunch during their vacation. We rotate our restaurants depending on the day of week, time of year, and type of tour.

Hungry Town Tours has relationships with several of Beaufort’s most popular restaurants and culinary shops. Depending on the food tour, you’ll will visit 5 or 6 of the following establishments – all within a very easy walking and bicycling distance of one another.

34° North Restaurant

A quick getaway to paradise is as easy as breezing into 34° North Restaurant. Guests, visitors, boaters, and locals alike will enjoy the newest dining destination on the Crystal Coast. Enjoy refined locally inspired Eastern North Carolina cuisine with fresh local seafood, hand cut chops, and seasonal ingredients.

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The Backstreet Pub

If you’re looking for a bar scene with plenty of history and local flavor, The Backstreet Pub should be at the top of your list. Housed within a century-old former bakery, this hidden little pub in the heart of Beaufort’s downtown is believed to be the oldest building in Beaufort built about 1870 completely of brick.

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Beaufort Grocery Company

For 29 years, Beaufort Grocery Company has brought subtle grace and charm reminiscent of a French country Bistro to the local scene. One of the region’s most renowned dining establishments, BeauGro has consistently proved that not all the best restaurants are located on the waterfront.

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Beaufort Olive Oil

Beaufort Olive Oil Company is a specialty retail and culinary shop located in downtown of Beaufort. They specialize in premium extra virgin olive oils, aged balsamic vinegars, gourmet, and flavored salts, in addition to numerous artisan and local culinary provisions.

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Black Sheep

Beaufort’s Black Sheep is bringing something out of the norm to the local scene by creating a dining experience based on fresh, local ingredients, and hand-crafted food. Enjoy a hand-spun, authentic wood-fired pizza cooked at 700˚ and served fresh to you.

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Clawson’s 1905 Restaurant & Pub

Everything on the menu at Clawson’s 1905 Restaurant & Pub is made to order. Whether for lunch or dinner, Clawson’s shrimp and grits dish is extraordinary and worth a trip to Beaufort. They specialize in pouring North Carolina–crafted brews, and feature one NC brewery each month.

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Finz Grill & Eatery

Finz Grill is housed in a building that was once a fuel dock where Menhaden and Shad boats often came for fuel and supplies during Beaufort’s fishing past. Today, everything at Finz is made to order and cooked on the premises from the sauces to original recipes. If it looks like Jimmy Buffett has been here. He has

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Fishtowne Brew  House

Carteret County’s first brewery, Mill Whistle Brewing is a one-barrel brewery that focuses on exceptional craft beers. This Nano brewery produces just 31 gallons of beer in a batch and offer a variety of styles of beer, locally-inspired ales, and IPAs. They feature “Hongry Town ESB” beer. ESB means Extra Special BOFIRT.

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Front Street Grill at Stillwater

Great food and a coastal ambiance can only equal an extraordinary dining experience at Front Street Grill at Stillwater. Stillwater’s theme is “Coastal Food with a Southern Soul” creating a superb balance between the Carolinas as well as the Caribbean! Home to the award-winning “Pain Killer.”

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Mill Whistle Brewing

Carteret County’s first brewery, Mill Whistle Brewing is a one-barrel brewery that focuses on exceptional craft beers. This Nano brewery produces just 31 gallons of beer in a batch and offer a variety of styles of beer, locally-inspired ales, and IPAs. They feature “Hongry Town ESB” beer. ESB means Extra Special BOFIRT.

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Moonrakers Restaurant is a state-of-the-art, upper-casual dining, full-service restaurant with an additional rooftop dining and bar lounge area located on the Beaufort waterfront. The restaurant’s cuisine focuses on an American-Coastal menu with a twist of Caribbean influence.

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Royal James Café

Royal James Café is the oldest continually existing business in Beaufort’s historic district and has its own local flavor and character. We’re surprised Guy Fieri of the Food Network didn’t discover “The James” in his travels throughout the country with his show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.

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 Turner Street Market

The Turner Street Market is a combination deli, bakery, market, beverages, and gifts. They focus on fast, casual dining with an emphasis on takeout. The market provides affordable, healthy breakfast, lunch options. and prepared foods available to take home for your evening meal.

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Fresh. Local seafood.

Supporting local fishermen and farmers, promoting sustainable foods.

While most of the seafood consumed in the United States is imported from other countries, you’ll have the opportunity to try fresh fish from North Carolina, and from right here in Carteret County. We pride ourselves in working with restaurants offering fresh, local products that support our local fishermen and farmers by promoting three Beaufort-based organizations. You’ll learn more about these organizations on our culinary tours…

Carteret Catch
The organization’s mission is to sustain the livelihood and heritage of the Carteret County fishing industry through public marketing and education. As a member of Carteret Catch, we connect consumers to local fishermen at the restaurant table on many of our culinary tours.

Walking Fish
An award-winning community supported fishery (CSF) that links fishermen on the coast of North Carolina to consumers by delivering fresh local seafood to the Triangle.

Olde Beaufort Farmer’s Market
The farmers provide high quality local food, produce, and seafood to Beaufort and the surrounding area ever Saturday, April thru November, and a holiday market in December.

Our local North Carolina seafood partners.

Hungry Town Tours promotes seafood availability to consumers looking for fresh local fish with these partners…

North Carolina Sea Grant
Providing research, education and outreach opportunities relating to current issues affecting the North Carolina coast and its communities, NC Sea Grant provides Hungry Town Tours with seasonal seafood availability guides.

Fishtowne Seafood
Since its inception in 2004, Fishtowne has focused on buying local seafood harvested by local fishermen. We are proud to help bring locally caught seafood to your dinner table through Fishtown Seafood. It’s the perfect stop for taking fresh seafood home or to your vacation rental. Special requests are welcome.

Carolina Mariculture Co.
Owned and operated by Jay and Jennifer Styron, Carolina Mariculture Co. is a small, family-owned, North Carolina oyster farm located on Cedar Island. They raise oysters using mariculture practices: buying seed from a hatchery and raising them to market size in floating cages on their lease in Core Sound. These Cedar Island Select Oysters have been described as “the champagne of Downeast.” Available year-round at Fishtowne Seafood. Ask for them by name, “Cedar Island Selects.”