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Top Choice Mexican in Beaufort

The Dank Burrito

Slightly out of place in olde Beaufort, Dank has graffitied walls and offbeat design features – including a retro (and playable) Ms Pac-Man arcade-game coffee table. Their homemade salsas, slaws and tacos are extrem…
Fort in Crystal Coast

Fort Macon State Park

This remarkable five-sided fort, with 26 vaulted rooms, is one of North Carolina's most visited attractions. Completed in 1834, it was the site of the Battle of Fort Macon fought in 1862. Exhibits inside the fort's …
Microbrewery in Beaufort

Mill Whistle Brewing

This one-barrel, hyperlocal brewery is as small as a commercial brewery can get. Just 31 gallons per batch of their 23 beers, which are brewed with solar-sterilized water, are produced. Everything is tasty, but thei…
Pub in Beaufort

The Backstreet Pub

Behind Clawson’s on Front St, you'll find this cozy cubbyhole hangout, housed in a historic bakery. The walls still contain the original brick ovens – only now they're covered with books and boaty memorabilia. The c…
Modern American in Beaufort

Beaufort Grocery

You'd never guess by the simple, unassuming nature of the decor, but chef Charles Park is a James Beard winner and the food shines, whether that be smoked sea-salt tuna with chili yogurt, duck two ways with sweet-po…
Cemetery in Beaufort

Old Burying Ground

On the National Registry of Historic Places, this small but fascinating cemetery features the weathered tombstones of both Revolutionary and Civil War casualties and is well worth a stroll. Self-guided tour maps are…
Bar in Crystal Coast

Promised Land Market

Part craft beer, part wine and gourmet-provisions shop, this excellent newcomer is Morehead City's best time. Taps pour local and regional suds, and a dozen or so wines by the glass, both in the shop and large back …
Coffee in Beaufort

Cru Wine Bar

In a tiny town like Beaufort, it's a revelation that decent coffee could be found at 6:30am, but it's even more fantastic that the connected wine bar is one of the most sophisticated spots in town for a drink at 6:3…
Museum in Beaufort

North Carolina Maritime Museum

The pirate Blackbeard was a frequent visitor to the Beaufort area in the early 1700s. In 1996, the wreckage of his flagship, the Queen Anne's Revenge, was discovered at the bottom of Beaufort Inlet. You'll see plate…
Gastropub in Beaufort

Clawson's 1905 Restaurant

Paying tribute to former local business Clawson’s Grocery & Bakery, this space was renovated in the 1970s, but you can still find hints of the past through photographs, old newspapers and various memorabilia ins…