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Sears Landing

November 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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sears1It’s easy to experience a taste of the islands while standing on the Surf City mainland with a visit to Sears Landing.

Whether it’s Southern cooking or Caribbean treats that tickle your taste buds, you can choose your favorite. They are open for breakfast, lunch or dinner and even in between. Sit on the deck, at the outside picnic tables, the inside dining room with full views of the Intracoastal or at the bar. There might be a bit of a wait during high season, but you can rock the time away on the patio.

Fried conch and conch fritters join the restaurant’s West Indies seafood rolls that include fish, shrimp and crab meat, as distinctive menu items, each cooked with the gentle bite provided by the curry more commonly found in Caribbean cooking than Carolina seafood.

Sears Landing’s soup also pays homage to the West Indies. The Carolina standard crab soup has a hint of coconut in its base. There’s a generous amount of crab in every bowl. I recommend adding a side of cornbread.

If you prefer your seafood Carolina style order the shrimp which comes steamed, grilled or fried.   It can be paired with oysters and flounder or solo with your choice of sides. The softshell crab is promoted as whale-sized — it covers a dinner plate. They’re worth the price, even out of season.

Catch of the day is always local. Just check the chalkboard when you enter for the day’s offerings and prices.

Kids have their own menus. If gluten’s a problem, just ask your server for gluten-free offerings.

The staff is well-trained and strives to make your visit, whether it’s your first time or you’re a regular, special.

Sears Landing
806 Roland Avenue
Surf City, North Carolina

Review and photo by Anita Crone

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