508 Church Street, PO Box 726, Oriental, North Carolina, 28571, United States
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Business
When we were here in 2003, the restaurant was still closed after Hurricane Isabel and was being remodeled.This restaurant is at the motel/marina in the Oriental harbor. We've been twice when were unlucky enough to be there on the one day of the week that M&Ms is closed.The second time we were there (Fall 2001), the cost for two of us for dinner was...more
We've been to Oriental four times, and the first time we were lucky enough to pick this restaurant. The owner will come out the two miles to Whitaker Creek to get you in a car (and take you home too). From Oriental marina, you can walk to it M&Ms which is housed in an old house near the water is now always our first choice in Oriental....more
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On prior visits, the Tiki Bar has been under construction or not in operation. However this time, it was in full swing. I was afraid that our friends from CONTESSA would be upset by the noise, but when I went up to take a shower, I saw that they were both there partying with the best of them. Their website says:
"We went to the Marina’s Tiki Bar to join a “locals” party. It seems most of the people are transports from the north who love to sail and who have also found a good value in real estate."
Dress Code: Their website says:
The Tiki Bar opens late afternoon and early evenings 7 days a week, weather permitting.
There used to be a consignment shop in Oriental, but the owner died just before our first trip in 2000. This place has kind of taken its place. They have a selectionof nautical hardware, foul weather clothing, books and charts, and they will also loan or rent bikes or arrange for transportation to the grocery store.more
In 2003, Oriental Marina was $1.25/ft, with no extra charge for cable or electricity. (There used to be phone lines at the pier in the fall of 2000, but they apparently no longer work.) I finally figured out how to make the data port on the phone work because there were directions on the phone at Dowry Creek (no directions on the Oriental Marina...more
Oriental has an anchorage outside the breakwater and also a free dock right in town. You have to have a reasonable size boat (I think 35 feet is about the limit so it is too small for us) and I don't think there is but about 6 feet of water there. You are also limited to a stay of one or two days.The dock was damaged by Hurricane Isabel, but has...more
There is a new marina in Oriental. The Oriental Harbor Marina is on Port just as you enter the inner harbor at Oriental. It is a brand new marina with many new buildings around it.I was never quite sure where it was as we've always stayed at the Oriental Marina, and I thought the outer docks in the harbor were a yacht club. But the last time we...more
Oriental was named after a boat. Which is appropriate given that the town is such a big boating town. Walking around to the local hardware stores is Bob's favorite thing to do.
The Oriental web page at http://www.visitoriental.com/ says:
"Oriental was originally discovered by one Louis B. Midyette in the 1870’s. Legend says that "Uncle Lou", as he was known, anchored his sailboat in the protected waters of Oriental, at the mouth of Smith Creek, to escape a gale. He was sailing from New Bern back to his home in Dare County where he was a farmer and a fisherman..."
Fondest memory: The website goes on to give the story of the naming of Oriental:
"The United States Post Office Department established a post office here back in 1886. Ol’ Lou Midyette was named postmaster of what was then known simply as Smith’s Creek. This prompted the need for a formal name for the rapidly growing village. Lou’s wife, Rebecca, had the nameplate from the sunken ship "Oriental". The Oriental was a Federal transport that sunk in a storm off Bodie Island during the Civil War. It was decided that Oriental would be a good name for the village… after all, they already had the sign!"
Fondest memory is eating at the M&M (and I've never understood where that name came from either - it doesn't have a thing to do with candy)