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Captain's Table Set to Open
New restaurant with old name taking over Tides

Diagonally opposite the entrance road to the Hatteras Lighthouse is the Captain’s Table Restaurant, opening for the first time on March 20th for lunch and dinner. It’s run by Donna Scarborough, formerly of The Fish House.

It’s been a long and short journey for Donna – long in time, short in distance. She started at The Tides when it was called Captain Dave’s, stayed on when it was renamed The Tides and then moved to Billy’s Fish House. She trained under Billy May for years and stayed when the restaurant was renamed The Fish House after Billy retired.

When The Tides' owner retired this past season, Donna picked up the restaurant and decided to name it The Captain’s Table after the famed restaurant of the same name that used to be where the Quarterdeck is now. Donna has a picture from the original restaurant, a painting done by Wayne Fuller when he was 13 years old and a photo of the old place. She’s planning to have one large table that you can reserve, the captain’s table, get it?

Food? Let’s talk about the food. We haven’t eaten there yet but as Donna kept talking, I found myself getting hungrier and hungrier: fresh seafood, steaks, baby back ribs, linguine alfredo with chicken or crab, home made yeast rolls and hush puppies. Seafood comes fried, steamed or broiled. A Mediterranean Seafood Platter offers North Carolina shrimp, baby clams and sea scallops sautéed in white wine with olive oil and garlic served with a side salad.

Anything Donna can get fresh she will; her husband is a commercial fisherman so she is confident about her fish. She makes her own tartar sauce, cocktail sauce, mashed potatoes, potato salad and southern style green beans. The Captain's Table also offers homemade milkshakes as well.

Lunch? Let’s talk about lunch: Rubens, BLTs, wraps, appetizers, soup and salad combo and an in-house all you can eat salad bar.

Dinner entrées run from $9.50 to $21.99. She has a “Little Mates Menu” with prices from $4.50 to $8.50 and a seniors menu with smaller portions. For example, the regular flounder dinner has two pieces of flounder for $14, the senior version is one piece of flounder for $8.50.

Reservations? Only The Captain’s Table can be reserved.

The restaurant is non-smoking (hooray), but there is a wrap- around covered porch for smokers. Donna might have badminton and other garden games available as well. She wants a homey cozy feel so you can come in and feel comfortable whether you are in shorts or a tux.

We're looking forward to trying the Captain's Table during our next visit. Pass the word.

The Captain's Table will be open for lunch from 11:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. and for dinner from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

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