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Its Almost Spring in Southport

Posted on 02/26/2013

This weekend was a beautiful weekend at the Brunswick Beaches! It might only be February, but you can definitely feel spring in the air! I am lucky enough to live on the coast and get to experience this beautiful area everyday! This weekend a few friends of mine and I spent the day in Southport, exploring and having fun. If you’ve never been to Southport, you really need to make a point to check it out. It is a quintessential southern town, streets lines with restaurants and shops, all leading up to the waterfront. There are bike paths and swings overlooking the water where you can have a picnic and relax. The ground was little wet this weekend so instead of having a picnic, my friends and I opted to restaurant hop. We visited two of our favorite local Southport restaurants.

First we went to Loco Joes Bar and Grill, which is on the left hand side of the main drag as you arriving in town. Loco Joes has a large beer and   wine selection but no liquor. If you want to sample a few craft beers before making your decision, ask you server. They will be happy to make a recommendation to suite your taste. I’m usually not a fan of sweet drinks, but decided to try the Raspberry Lambic. It was so good!! Sweet, but not too sweet, with an effervescent bite. They served it in a wine glass, with the bottle on the side, so I felt rather fancy! But don’t worry, Loco Joes isn’t a fancy place. It has a nice beachy casual atmosphere. The perfect place to grab lunch before heading out to the shops. The Raspberry Lambic came in a beautiful green glass bottle. I took it home with me, soaked it in soppy water to remove the lable and clean it out, and am now using it as a  vase for flowers. I’m all about recycle items for other uses! It’s always fun to be crafty!

My companions tried other beers that Loco Joes had to offer. They have many different varieties. If you’re a beer lover, you will not be disappointed with the selection at this Southport hot spot! I was not super hungry, so I just decided to have some coconut shrimp. Mmmmm it was so good! Crispy, and perfect, served with a sweet and tangy sauce. One of my girlfriends had the Saigon Special which is a bowl filled with noodles, pork, peanuts, fresh herbs, and a Vietnamese dipping sauce.  She let me try a couple bites and it was wonderful! Loco Joes boasted Caribbean and Vietnamese cuisine, as well as standards such as burgers and quesadillas. If you are looking for something different, and delicious, while in Southport, I recommend checking it out!

Next we moved on to Fishy Fish on the waterfront. Fishy Fish Café is a staple of Southport. Their food is wonderful!! We were all full from Loco Joes, so just sat at the bar and stuck to cocktails. The bartender was friendly, and great to talk to! One of the great parts of being in Southport and the other Brunswick Beaches in the off season, is you get a chance to experience the place as the locals do! I being a local myself, am often and intrigued to give tourists advice on where to go. We ended up sitting next to a nice couple from Ohio who were snow birds down for the winter. We swapped stories and places to visit, and time just flew bye! The bartender mixed up some of his favorite drinks for us to try. He was trying to come up with specialty drinks to serve this summer. I for one and always happy to be a cocktail tester! While visiting Fishy Fish, we made sure to walk along the waterfront and see the boats in the harbor. Southport is such a special and unique town. The movie Safe Haven which was recently released was actually filmed and about here! I didn’t have the opportunity to view where the movie was filmed this weekend, but that will be for another day. I can’t wait to head to Southport again, it will have to be soon! Maybe next time I will have more time, and be able to do more than just sample cocktails (not that I am complaining)!

Stay tuned for more of my Brunswick Beaches adventures and feel free to follow in my footsteps when you get down here. Come on down, and experience the all the area has to offer!

Happy Travels,

Nicole

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