I’ve mentioned a few times this week that I recently went to Topsail Island, NC for a girls trip with Meghan and Glory, and it was a blast! Topsail Island is about 3 hours from where I live in Raleigh, which definitely means that you could make it into a day trip if you would like to. We left Raleigh at about 9 am and got there just in time for lunch which was ideal timing for us. I’m also crossing my fingers that Hurricane Florence doesn’t do too much damage to the coast and the eastern part of North Carolina. Sending all the positive vibes their way!
Here’s more about our trip:
1. Where to park
When we arrived we noticed that there was a lot of public parking in addition to public beach accesses throughout the island. We ended up driving down to Beach Shop & Grill for lunch, and we were lucky enough to find a parking spot in the lot right near there which was also right next to the public beach access. We definitely lucked out, and we decided this was a sign that it was going to be a good day!
2. Where to have lunch
Meghan found Beach Shop & Grill when doing a little research about Topsail, and it was such a good find! It was a laid back restaurant with so many good things on the menu. I had a White Street Kolsch to drink (my favorite brewery near us!) and had the fish tacos with the homemade chips. I literally couldn’t stop talking about these chips for the rest of the day!
3. Where to have dinner
The Bistro is hands down one of the best meals that I’ve had in a long time. It’s located on the water, and has such a gorgeous view of the boats passing by! The Bistro is a 4 time winner of The Wine Spectator’s ‘Award of Excellence’ so we were excited to start out the meal with a bottle of champagne from The Biltmore Estate. It was so delicious and refreshing!
When it came time for appetizers we had the baked pimento cheese dip, summer butterbean hummus, glazed carrots, and heirloom tomato salad. For our meals I had the mahi mahi with risotto, Glory had the cornmeal crusted catfish, and Meghan had the shrimp and grits. We all kept talking about how amazing our meals were, and I definitely ate the whole thing! We finished off dinner with their beignets which I’ve never actually had before. They were so delicious!
I was definitely impressed with the food at The Bistro, and also how beautiful everything was when it was plated. I love that Chef Bud uses local and seasonal ingredients, so it’s important to note that their menu does change daily. It’s definitely a must visit if you’re in Topsail Island, NC.
Have you been to Topsail before?
Photos by GloryRoze Photography
Thanks to The Bistro and Tabletop Media for having us. All thoughts and opinions are my own.