Beach Shop & Grill in Topsail Beach has been in business since 1952. The restaurant has a split personality. Don shorts and flip flops for casual breakfast and lunch times. Around sunset, diners wear upscale casual attire, say sundresses and khakis.
Morning eye-openers include classic eggs Benedict, buttermilk pancakes and create-your-own omelets. Lunch might feature a fried chicken Cobb salad or a golden beet salad with organic greens, candied pecans, English cucumbers, cherry tomatoes and goat cheese, all tossed in vinaigrette. Choose sandwiches or fresh grouper, grilled and tucked inside tacos. Good luck resisting the fan-favorite, hand-pattied, Angus beef burger.
The restaurant staff breaks out linens and candles for dinner tables. Steaks, fresh local seafood and pasta are dinner highlights at the restaurant that many beach-goers consider Topsail’s best. Specialties include shrimp and grits, jumbo lump crab cakes with lemon aioli and Shellfish Mac ’n’ Cheese with shrimp, scallops, lobster, fresh herbs and romano and parmesan cheeses. Leave room for key lime pie with mile-high meringue. Owner and master pastry chef Cheryl Price is the pie queen.
Wine lovers get the island’s best selection of labels by far. Numerous craft beers and fine cocktails are served, too. Despite the delicious array of food and drink, prices are comparable to other area restaurants.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served mid-March into early November. Call ahead for hours no matter when you visit.
After you’ve finished your meal, be sure to stop in the adjoining shop for a terrific selection of casual beach attire. Everything from beach coverups to a wide assortment of T-shirts, including very collectible Beach Dog and Life is Good merchandise is available, with new designs added every year. You’ll also find shorts, sweatshirts and children’s wear. Sun screen, sunglasses, hats and beach towels are in stock too.