5 Outer Banks Inspired Seafood Dishes & Sides You Need to Try 

The Outer Banks of North Carolina is the ideal year-round destination, filled with charming seaside villages, exciting outdoor activities, delicious seafood dishes, and miles of open shoreline. You and your family can escape the typical vacation crowd of congested vacation spots, further adding to your overall experience. Break away from routine and enjoy a budget-friendly escape with the ones you love! 

Hushpuppies are an Outer Banks staple to accompany seafood meals

Atlantic Realty of the Outer Banks has all your family’s vacation needs covered, from affordable beach vacation homes to insider travel tips. We want to help you get more bang for your buck! Our properties have fully-equipped kitchens so guests can craft delightful family meals inspired by our coastal surroundings. The Outer Banks is all about good dining, so grab some fresh seafood and try the following five recipes at your Outer Banks house rental—

  1. Outer Banks Sunset 

This iconic OBX beverage can be made for adults or kids. No matter how you make it, sans alcohol or not, this colorful drink mimics the blazing sunsets that illuminate our shores every evening. Use any alcoholic beverage or kid-friendly substitute, just as long as it keeps its classic orange-red hue! We loved sipping these during family brunches. 

  1. Hatteras Clam Chowder

This simple broth-based chowder hails from the Outer Banks town of Hatteras. It’s an amazing dish to warm up with during chilly beach nights, filled with briny clams, potatoes, and chopped vegetables. We love how light and filling this chowder is—the perfect recipe to make for large gatherings. 

  1. Homemade Hushpuppies

No Outer Banks seafood spread is complete without hushpuppies! This tasty comfort food is an excellent side that can be found at any authentic Southern fish fry. Pair them alongside any seafood dish or gobble them up on their own. You may want to double this easy recipe as hushpuppies are known to disappear quickly. 

  1. Grilled Yellowfin Tuna

Yellowfin tuna is available to catch all year long in the Outer Banks, with the best catches occurring between October and June. This fish is delicious with a great sear, accompanied by a nice marinade and lemon. With your rental’s charcoal grill, you can whip up this quick marinaded yellowfin tuna dish.

  1. Apple Uglies

Orange Blossom Bakery & Cafe, located around one hour from the Atlantic Realty offices, created the fluffy miracles known as Apple Uglies. They are a dense take on an apple fritter, oozing with sweet apples, cinnamon, and coated with sugar. Even though they feel heavy, these apple uglies will melt in your mouth. This homemade recipe yields a slightly-differing duplicate of the original. 

Cook Up a Storm in Your Outer Banks House Rental

We at Atlantic Realty are excited to see all the yummy dishes you’ll create during your Outer Banks getaway. Your barrier island experience begins as soon as you step foot in one of our affordable house rentals. All homes come equipped with a full kitchen and other fantastic amenities. Book your stay with us online today!

4 Craft Cocktails to Enjoy in Your Outer Bank Beach Rental

Indulging in a delicious craft cocktail recipe is a great way of “coastal distancing.” It allows travelers to have fun at their own pace. Of course, Outer Banks is known for bars that sell some amazing craft cocktails. Thus, let us discuss which craft cocktail recipes that you can sample and enjoy in your private Outer Banks beach rental.

“Coastal Distance” with a craft cocktail you can make at home

Agave Roja

If you are craving a margarita, then Agave Roja is the place to start. Their craft cocktail recipes are spot-on and a must-try this summer season. They make margaritas with fresh, seasonal ingredients. You can order their Signature Margarita Mix by the pint or quart and enjoy the mix with tequila in your Outer Banks beach rental for some “coastal distancing!” 

Chili Peppers Coastal Grill & Pupuseria

Summer means fresh fruits and fruit cocktails. Head to Chili Peppers Coastal Grill & Pupuseria for some delicious and fresh Orange Crush. They make these drinks in many other flavors, like peach, mango, strawberry, and raspberry. Chili Peppers will even customize your order to-go!

NC Coast Grill and Bar

NC Coast Grill and Bar is known for its eclectic menu, which features craft cocktails, beer, and exceptional food. What’s more, is that now you can take away some of their signature craft cocktails. Their Bloody Mary mixes and mimosas are spot-on. 

Ocean Boulevard 

This upscale eatery and martini bar has been around for quite some time now. Ocean Boulevard offers upscale and casual dining at their restaurant too. But, you can also take any drink to-go. Their martinis are definitely something to try as they are just delicious!
Now that you know where to sample some of the best craft cocktail recipes, you can figure out your stay at Outer Banks. Opt for Atlantic Realty, which offers vacation rentals and oceanfront luxury properties. You can check availability online at Atlantic Realty.

Authentic North Carolina Recipes to Make at Your OBX Rental

Get a taste for some authentic Southern cuisine from your Outer Banks rental at Atlantic Realty. While dining out at restaurants is a great way to immerse yourself in the community and taste some local treats, sometimes it can be a bit of a hassle. Take advantage of our Outer Banks vacation rental’s full- equipped kitchens, pick up a few groceries, and try your hand at some delicious North Carolina recipes.

Cooking with the family

Carolina Shrimp & Cheddar Grits

Grits are essential to Southern cuisine. Put this Carolinian spin on a traditional grits recipe, and have yourself a scrumptious lunch or dinner. Throw your ingredients into a slow cooker and stir every 45 minutes or so for a couple of hours. This North Carolina recipe is perfect for an early evening of lounging around your Outer Banks house rental. 

Carolina Style Hot Dog

Take your hot dog game to the next level. In addition to grilling up some beefy franks, make your slaw and quick chili mix. While the Carlina Style Hot Dog recipe involves a few extra steps, the delicious results are worth it. 

North Carolina Cheerwine Soda BBQ Chicken

Flavor your BBQ chicken with a Carolina Cheerwine soda. Sip on a crisp beer while the chicken sizzles on the grill, and breathe in the refreshing ocean air. Serve this savory North Carolina recipe with a side of coleslaw and biscuits.

Southern Buttermilk Biscuits

We can’t put together a list of North Carolina recipes and not mention buttermilk biscuits. Serve as a side, with honey butter for breakfast, or keep some around for snacks. You can never go wrong with a traditional Southern Buttermilk Biscuit. 

Grilled Peach Sundaes 

Indulge in the sweeter side of life with a Grilled Peach Sundae. Grill some sweet, southern peaches, assemble a tasty crumble, and serve with a side of ice cream in a crunchy waffle bowl. You’re sure to sate your sweet tooth at our North Carolina rental with this simple dessert recipe. 

Make Yourself at Home at Our Outer Banks Beach Rentals

Whether you’re looking for a change of scenery, a place to spend the holidays, or a well-deserved vacation, Atlantic Realty has precisely what you need. Choose the perfect vacation home for your needs from our expansive selection of rentals and sweeten the deal with our exclusive specials. To learn more about our excellent rental offerings, please give us a call at 877-858-4795.

Oysters 101

It’s Winter Holiday time; a time for family, friends, and oysters!

Oysters are the traditional winter holiday meal for the Outer banks whether it’s Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Years. Outer Bankers will eat oysters for any reason, and that’s good since they’re so good for you.

Here are some more facts you probably didn’t know about oysters:

 

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