Food in Elizabeth City, NC
From casual to fine dining, the food options are plentiful.
Elizabeth City's restaurants and farmers markets hit the mark, providing fine dining, casual lunches, local produce and fresh baked goods.
Elizabeth City Farmers Markets
The Downtown Waterfront Market offers fresh produce, baked goods, gourmet coffee, plants and flowers, arts and crafts, cooking demonstrations and live music amidst the beautiful backdrop of the Pasquotank River.
Since its founding in 2008, the market has grown in popularity and the number of regular vendors continues to rise.
Another option for fresh produce is the Pasquotank County Farmers Market, located on Pritchard Street near the Pasquotank Cooperative Extension Center. Open on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from May to December, the market provides a wide selection of local products such as fruits, vegetables, fresh eggs, flowers, artwork and crafts.
Elizabeth City Restaurants
Elizabeth City’s variety of restaurants will please even the most discerning palates. With options ranging from seafood to Tex-Mex to Japanese, there’s truly something for everyone.
Located downtown, Cypress Creek Grill combines traditional seafood, Tex-Mex, Creole and Gulf Coast seafood favorites to make a truly unique menu. Texas native Bobby Plough and his wife Jane opened the restaurant in 1997 after relocating to Elizabeth City, and today, it is a local favorite. With river views from every seat in the house, the airy feel makes for a relaxing dining experience.
At the Rip Tide Grill, you’ll find a casual, small-town atmosphere with five-star service. Menu items include prime rib, all-you-can-eat crab legs and shrimp, fish tacos and pizza, just to name a few.
The City Wine Sellar Bakery and Deli will both wet your whistle and satisfy your appetite. Customers flock to the shop and eatery for the large selection of more than 100 wines, deli specialties, live music and monthly wine tastings. The restaurant is also open for breakfast and lunch, and is famous for its freshly baked bread, Danish pastries, sandwiches and more.
Hungry for more? Elizabeth City has many other restaurants to choose from, including Colonial Restaurant, Marina Restaurant & Bar, and Toyama Japanese Restaurant, all located downtown.
It makes sense that a city with a major waterfront is a hotbed for fish.
There is an abundance of great seafood spots around Elizabeth City, including local restaurant/vendor Quality Seafood that is especially known for its flounder.
Meanwhile, diners rave about the lemon- and thyme-encrusted red snapper at Cypress Creek Grill, the soft-shell crabs at Grouper's Waterfront Restaurant, and the tilapia and swordfish at Logan Raye’s Key West Grille.
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