Thursday, April 23, 2015

Native Seafood

I purchased three fillets of flounder a few days ago at Native Seafood on NC Hwy 12 (adjacent to the Ocracoke Volunteer Fire Department). Native Seafood is owned by island fisherman, Farris O'Neal, and his wife Chrissy.

Photo Courtesy Connie Leinbach @ Ocracoke Observer

Their retail establishment is spacious, with a generous supply of fresh seafood...shrimp, fish, scallops, clams, and crab.

Robert & Farris

Take a look at their web page,, and stop in whenever you are on the island. By the way, Farris caught the flounder himself. It was fresh off the boat, and delicious!

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is an article by island resident, Crystal Canterbury, about her very first visit to Portsmouth Village, on the last day of 2014. You can read Part I here:


  1. Anonymous11:40 AM

    I visited Native Seafood for the first time during our last visit to the island. We bought luscious scallops and a pound or two of shrimp. We don’t regularly splurge on such delicacies, but compared to the price of dining out (which we also did later that week), buying fresh and preparing it yourself—simply and in just a few minutes—is a cost-effective way to nonetheless savor fine fare. What a treat!

    As you noted, Native Seafood is spacious, tidy, and they had a wide selection to choose from, even in the off-season. Most interesting were the large hooks arrayed all along the ceiling, which you can see in the photo of Robert and Farris, used to display and dry some of the finer, more remarkable catches. (That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.) ;-)

    With the prevalence of online resources and step-by-step videos to guide novice chefs like me over the hurdles, there’s no reason to fear trying new things and preparing your own dishes. The results were delicious!

    Thanks—as always—for helping us discover yet another island gem.

  2. Anonymous6:25 PM

    thanks for the tip on this place. we will make a point to stop in...I am ready for a good seafood meal....

  3. Anonymous11:02 PM

    Is that the old trolley stop?

    1. The building in the background, right, is the old Trolley Stop Restaurant (later it was the Flying Melon, then El Faro's).