Southport, NC

If You're Visiting Southport, Don't Miss Out on Moore Street Oyster Bar

Demeter Delune

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If you're visiting the Oak Island/Southport area during the season, there are a lot of places to enjoy coastal seafood. One of the biggest draws to our area is the fresh, local seafood, but until 2018, Southport didn't have an oyster bar. That all changed when Oliver Landis realized his dream of opening one, after a local favorite restaurant closed. Oliver and his wife, Suzanne, were already the owners of Oliver's, another local favorite, but Mr. Landis knew what Southport needed was an oyster bar.

Sadly, Mr. Landis passed away during the renovation of the old Pharmacy restaurant, but that didn't stop Suzanne from realizing his dream. After Hurricane Florence in 2018, Oliver's had to close temporarily due to storm damage. This allowed her entire staff and crew to move up the street to Moore Street Oyster Bar in November 2018.

Oysters aren't the only fare you can enjoy at Moore Street. They offer amazing steam pots, typical bar appetizers, and a high end bourbon selection. If oysters are your jam, you can have them prepared most any way you can think of, from raw (shucked in front of you) to Rockefeller. Their house recipe hot sauce is to die for, but it won't break your wallet if you decide you want to take some home. Their dessert options are phenomenal, especially when they have the Bananas Foster cheesecake. I recommend not sharing this, as it's so delicious, you're going to want it all for yourself.

And if you've never tried mignonette sauce with your oysters, this is the place to do so. Their fresh cocktail sauce is exceptional and quite spicy. No oyster bar would be complete without oyster shooters, and Moore Street has one of the best I've tried. Their drinks menu is nothing to sneeze at, offering high end bourbon (and any other liquor you could want), draft beer that changes with the seasons and features a lot of local brews, and a good wine selection.

For those who're entertaining or maybe just not in the mood for seafood but enjoy the experience of an oyster bar, they offer many selections on the turf side of life. You can get a burger of your choosing or even hot wings.

If you're going for the steamer pots and oysters, you can expect a fairly pricey evening, but it's more than worth it. On average, a steamer pot for two, an appetizer, two drinks, and dessert will cost around $150. Moore Street currently has a rating of 4.5 on Yelp and is located at 110 E. Moore Street in Southport, NC. They're open until midnight and offer outdoor seating when weather permits, bar seating, and high-top tables.

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