To get seafood any fresher than you can get here, you would have to be on the boat which caught it. Opened in 1938, the Sanitary is one of the most well known seafood restaurants on the Carolina coasts. It is always busy and the aromas of fresh seafood may be a bit strong at times and in certain parts of the building but the food and service are both well worth the adventure.
We went to eat over the bridge in Morehead City - we went out looking for Charlie's, and could not find it. We saw AJ's but we ended up eating at a chain called Texas Steakhouse. It was reasonable.
Favorite Dish: I had a half rack of ribs and Bob had a sirloin steak. It was $31.50 including tip.
This restaurant with a funny name is a down-to-earth family seafood restaurant where you can eat watching the sunset over the ICW.
The name is explained on the menu and on their website as follows:
"On February 10, 1938, two partners, Tony Seamon and Ted Garner, opened a fresh seafood market on the Morehead Waterfront. A small building had been rented from Charles S. Wallace for $5.50 per week with the understanding that no beer or wine would be sold and that the premises would be kept clean and neat. The name "Sanitary Fish Market" was chosen to indicate the partners' compliance.... In the Spring of 1938 twelve stools were set up at a counter in the market, a two-burner kerosene stove was installed and the first seafood restaurant on the Morehead City waterfront was in business!"
The restaurant is now just east of the original rented building, and seating has been increased several times until it is now at 600.
The room we ate in was large, and had windows all around including into the next section. It was warm (which was a concern because it was VERY cold and windy), and there were practical brown oilcloths on the table. Out in front were displays of carved duck decoys and their original cash register. You can also buy T-shirts.
Favorite Dish: Bob got the Senior shrimp salad for $8.95, and got a salad and baked potato with it. I had the Seniors broiled flounder with a salad and paid $1 extra for a stuffed potato. I also had the lemon meringe pie for $2.50.