Category Archives: Sneads Ferry Restaurants

Blackbeard’s Cafe – Ahoy Matey! Good Times Ahead!

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by Donna Byrd

Ahoy Mates! Are you ready for some pirate fare?

Yesterday, I finally got the chance to visit Blackbeard’s Cafe on the waterfront in Sneads Ferry. Not only does it have beautiful views of the New River, but it also has some of the best seafood I have tasted in this area!IMG_2502 (Large)

My husband and I went around lunchtime, when most of the vacationers were still out on the beach enjoying the water. The day was so hot, we opted to sit in the cool dining room instead of the patio. Immediately, we were greeted by Sandy, a pleasant lady who had a sweet smile and a willingness to talk with us about the restaurant.

As she was seating us, Sandy told us that she had been a waitress at that location for sixteen years. Blackbeard’s Cafe had previously been owned by other people over the years and had operated under several different names and management. I told her I remembered eating there about five years ago, when it was Captain Jim’s. I recalled that she had been our server then, too!IMG_2527 (Large)

Sandy laughed and said things had changed a bit since then. Two years ago, Chris Tucci and Joe McGreal bought the restaurant and changed the name to Blackbeard’s Cafe. The basic menu now served more sandwiches, burgers and seafood baskets and the atmosphere was geared more toward fun. Good food, good drinks and fun! It was a happy place!

We ordered two popular entrees (according to Sandy) on the menu: the Shrimp Po’Boy and the basket of Flounder Bites with Fries. Also, we decided we’d split a spinach salad. As
we waited for the food, I thought I’d check out the restaurant.IMG_2490 (Large)

I remember when I first visited Captain Jim’s, there was a large screened porch on the side of the restaurant. That had changed. It had been enclosed and was now a gaming room with darts, a pool table, a fireplace and a small stage. There was WiFi for internet connections and even Wii games for kids to play.


Walking back into the main dining room, I decided to check out IMG_2526 (Large)their full bar. It was at the back of the room and was actually quite beautiful. The menu listed many drinks that conjured up tropical islands dreams and fun. I thought their version of a Bloody Mary, the Red Snapper, was interesting – a spiced tomato juice concoction with celery sticks, bacon and fried shrimp. That sounded almost like an appetizer! Also, there were several beers on tap: Blue Moon, Sweetwater, Summer Shandy and Guinness.

Our salad came out and was absolutely a work of art. At $6.75 it was a bargain because it was large enough to split into two good sized portions. The salad came with a red pepper vinaigrette that complemented the greens perfectly.IMG_2505 (Large)

Now, get ready….what I have to tell you about the entrees is life changing! When Sandy brought out our plates my heart starting singing! Our food was gorgeous! The Shrimp Po’ Boy was piled high with local, fresh, lightly breaded fried shrimp. They were a golden brown, stacked on top of a bed of red onion, lettuce and tomato and toasted hoagie rolls.IMG_2518 (Large) There was an orange-y colored sauce or dressing that was drizzled over the shrimp. It tasted sort of like a Yum Yum sauce to me. My goodness! It was the most beautiful sandwich I had ever seen! Snuggled next to it was a huge portion of golden fries and a pickle.

Bill’s basket was a thing of beauty too! There were fresh bites of flounder, also lightly battered and fried to perfection sitting next to a batch of more golden fries. Served up with tarter and cocktail sauce with two crispy slightly sweet hush puppies thrown in, it was heaven in a basket! IMG_2512 (Large)The tall glasses of iced sweet tea just hit the spot on that hot day and rounded out a wonderful lunch.  Honestly, as of this date, it was the best seafood I have eaten in the Ferry.

We thanked our gracious server, Sandy. She reminded us that every weekend, there is live music from 8:00 p.m until 11:00 p.m. There is also Trivia Night on Thursday.

We left by the way of the patio. It had overstuffed couches and chairs, picnic tables and an outdoor bar. It too, had a great selection of beers on tap. There seemed to be plenty of room for fun and dancing. Who knew Sneads Ferry had such a great place to throw down on the weekends? I told Bill we were going to have to go on a Friday night!

Blackbeard’s Cafe is located at:IMG_2488 (Large)


316 Fulcher Landing Road, Sneads Ferry, NC 28460


Open 11:00 a.m. – 12:a.m.


Only minutes away from Topsail Island!

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Minervini’s New York Bagel Company!

by Donna ByrdIMG_2078


In the mood for great big, beautiful hand rolled bagels, water kettled and baked to perfection? How about specialty coffees served up with fresh, baked pastries or muffins?  Got a hankering for that creative deli sandwich, piled high with succulent meats, cheeses and accompanying condiments? What about a scoop of homemade chicken or potato salad like momma used to make?

Well, if you’re like me and want the taste of a big city deli, I can tell you where to go in a New York minute. Minervini’s NY Bagel Company! It’s Sneads Ferry’s and North Topsail Beach’s answer to delicatessen heaven!IMG_2029 (Large)

I pulled up in the parking lot at Minervini’s at 11:45 a.m. on a Friday. I thought I’d dodge the breakfast crowd by coming in late and the lunch crowd by arriving early. Boy, was I surprised! The place had a steady flow of diners coming and going and the summer season here at the beach hadn’t even officially opened. There were still customers “building their own breakfast sandwiches” and deciding about which designer omelet to choose,  while others were ordering mouth watering lunch creations that had me reconsidering my diet. It looked as if Minervini’s had a loyal clientele of folks who had sampled the menu enough to know exactly what they wanted to order.IMG_2021 (1) (Large)

Paul and Christine Minervini opened their delicatessen here in Sneads Ferry in 2004.  Hailing from New York, the Minervini’s have created a restaurant with a vibe that is much like any small, modern deli on a New York street corner. It is packed with cases of beautiful meats and cheeses for sandwich selections, fresh mounds of coleslaw, macaroni, potato, egg, chicken and tuna salads and did I mention…bagels?IMG_2020 (Large)

There are piles of great, big wonderful, tasty bagels! As I stood before them, I had no idea which one to choose: a plain, wheat or savory one with spinach, sesame, onion, salt egg, pumpernickel, garlic, sun dried tomato or a sweeter one with chocolate chip, cinnamon raisin, french toast or blueberries inside?  There was even one called, an “Everything” bagel. The servers told me that was the most popular one!

Special, seasonal cream cheeses are also made to smear over the bagels (to make them even yummier, if that’s possible) along with Philadelphia Cream Cheese and its offerings of specialty flavors.

IMG_2022 (Large)I followed my nose (and a server) to a table where a couple of hungry guys were sitting. The server was putting this beautiful sandwich before one of them and this guy had a happy gleam in his eye! I asked him if I could take a picture of his specialty creation before he began eating. “This is the Roast Beef Wrangler, with hot roast beef, melted Colby Jack, caramelized onions, coleslaw with Jalapenos and horseradish mayo. I ask for some some slices of pepperoni to go on it to give it more kick and a few pickle slices on top. Hands down, my favorite sandwich here! You have to try it next time!”IMG_2025 (Large)

I left with a few chocolate pastries and a cup of regular coffee and already had my order ready to go for “next time.” Diet? What diet?


Minervini’s New York Bagel Company is located at:

1016-212 Old Folkstone Road  Sneads Ferry, NC  28460


Hours are Monday – Saturday 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Sunday – 6:00 a.m. –  5:00 p.m.IMG_2023 (Large)

Remember When? You still can at “Hwy. 55!”

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by Donna Byrd

It was a breezy, almost hot, spring day in the “Ferry.” I had been running errands and frankly, I was tired. I knew that a trip down to the shore and ocean’s edge would perk me up a bit but I wasn’t dressed for a walk on the beach.

I remembered that people had warned me. “Living by the beach doesn’t mean that you’ll go every day. You know what “they” say: “When you live in a resort town, you’re rarely the tourist.”

To an extent, they were right. I remember living in Orlando and never going to all the theme parks. We had lived in New Orleans and only visited Bourbon Street when company from out of state came to see us. We lived in Miami and although we lived on the beach, for days at a time, I’d only see the aqua-green waters from my window. I didn’t often have a chance to walk the white, sandy beaches.

Now, I felt like the same thing was happening here. I had vowed to make the beach a daily part of my routine, but “life” got in the way and I couldn’t always find the time to go.  Thinking about time, I checked the clock on my dashboard. It was almost 5:00. I needed a drink. I was thirsty.IMG_1788 (Large)

I pulled up into the parking lot of an old “watering hole” I had frequented a few years ago. Not only did their drinks hit the spot but they served up some pretty mean cheeseburgers.  Hoping to avoid early diners, I parked my car and thought to myself, “If I can’t be down at the beach, having a drink here at Hwy. 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries will do the trick!”

I pulled open the heavy door and let myself in. Glancing around, I noticed a family sitting in a booth and a few Marines sitting at the bar. Good, I had beat the dinner crowd. I bellied up to the bar and a cheerful waitress asked me what I’d like to have. “I’ll have a cold one! Plenty of ice with a slice of orange!”IMG_1783 (Large)


I took in my surroundings as she fixed my drink and noticed the pictures on the wall. It looked like I’d be drinking with Marilyn Monroe and Elvis this afternoon. I had forgotten that when at Hwy. 55, you always were in good company. The jukebox was playing Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, “Sherry,” and automatically, my mood began to lift.

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The black and white checkered floor made me smile and the ‘50’s style chrome table, chairs and vinyl covered booths made me feel as if I was on a “Happy Day’s” TV show set. My foot began tapping on the bottom rung of the stool to the music. I almost expected “Big Al” to come out and joke with me.

“Here ya go! Can I get you anything else?” My waitress was smiling at me and I felt my shoulders begin to relax. She plopped a huge, orange aide, made with fresh-squeezed oranges and a slice of orange on the lip of the cup, down in front of me. “Oh no. I’ll eat later at home. This orangeade is all I need.”IMG_1766 (Large)

I pulled the large cup toward me and took my first sip from the straw. Instantly, I was pulled back into time. I was a young girl. My parents were buying an orangeade for me from the fountain counter at Moore’s Drug Store or Rose’s lunch counter for a special treat or reward. Then I remembered the best treat of all: getting an orangeade at Pat’s Soda Shop in Vanceboro on the way to the beach. We would always stop as our first special act of “vacation” and buy those sweet citrus drinks. From the moment the first sip of orange bliss passed our lips, we would be on vacation with fun times ahead.

I looked into my drink and sucked down the nectar as the memories engulfed me. I wondered how many beach bound vacationers began their vacation here at Hwy. 55? How many families made happy memories here at this retro diner?IMG_1757 (Large)

All of a sudden, that “beachy” feeling washed over me. The Four Seasons and the icy orangeade soothed my weary soul and gave me hope for good things ahead. I watched the grill cook make the Marines some good, fat cheeseburgers and crispy fries. (I always like to watch an experienced grill cook work magic on a hot grill.) I saw his helper put melted grilled cheese sandwiches in paper wraps and place them gently into a paper box shaped like an old Chevy. Fries were on the side. A kid’s meal? Heck, I’d love one of those!

IMG_1761 (Large)My waitress was over by the shake machine waiting as thick, vanilla goodness poured out into an old shake glass. I saw her put a dollop of whip cream on top with a bright, red cherry. Oh well. It was 5:00 and my orange drink and those milk shakes were making it quite the “Happy Hour.”

I couldn’t tell you how many “cheeseburger specials” my husband and I had ordered from here. “One cheeseburger with mustard, chili and extra pickles” had always been my specialty. Bill always got the same thing but with a “sausage dog” too. That was before we had to start watching our waistlines and putting ourselves on diets.IMG_1774 (1) (Large)   IMG_1769 (Large)






I then realized that to be truly happy and feel as if I was the beach bum I wanted to be, I needed to visit this happy place more often!   Hwy. 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries needed a bigger place in my life. If I couldn’t actually be on the beach at Topsail Island, I could at least be in the Ferry having a cold one. Oh my goodness, The Beach Boys are on the jukebox  playing “Good Vibrations!” and I am feeling the beach vibes down to my toes!


Hwy. 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries is located at:

979 N. Carolina 210, Sneads Ferry, NC 28460


Hours are:

11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday

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Sneaky Freaky Bake Shop – ooh and aah!



by Donna Byrd

If you haven’t yet stopped by the Sneaky Freaky Bake Shop on Hwy. 210 in Sneads Ferry, I have one question for you: What are you waiting for?IMG_1148

I know…I get it. The name’s a little odd and a bit “out there” but it intrigued me the moment I saw the sign from the road. I wondered, “What’s so ‘sneaky’ about it? Do ‘freaks’ work there? Do they intend to ‘freak us out’ when we walk in the door?”

My curiosity was getting the best of me. Each time I rode by the place, I’d notice more cars parked in the parking lot. Its popularity seemed to be growing. Maybe the baked goods and specialty coffees were freakishly good and I was missing out. One afternoon right before Valentine’s Day I decided I’d put the issue to rest. I was going to “sneak” in and see what was going on in there!IMG_1154

When I opened the door I was greeted by the wonderful aroma of fresh brewed coffee. There was an underlying smell of other good things too: vanilla, chocolate, sugared icings, cheeses, and pastries. Following my nose, I walked through the entrance hallway and entered a huge, sunlit room filled what you’d hope to see in a good coffee shop and bakery.

IMG_1167Cozy groupings of deep seated, leather couches and overstuffed chairs invited me to sit and stay awhile. Also, there were plenty of bistro tables and chairs so everyone who came in would have a place to sit, chat with friends or work on their computers. I loved the fact that it was so roomy! There was even a children’s corner with a  small play area to keep the kiddies occupied while mom took a deserved break. It was a perfect shop! Freakishly perfect!IMG_1164

A long, glass covered counter held all of the baked goodies. It was a feast for the eyes and the Valentine cupcakes, cookie cakes and chocolate dipped strawberries made it even more so! There were also Parisian beignets, drizzled in dark chocolate and filled with Bavarian creme. (I actually took one of these home with me and let me just say, “C’est tres magnifique!”)IMG_1151

Rows of vanilla creme pillows, croissant donuts covered in sugary icings, eclairs, butter creme cookie sandwiches, blueberry and cherry fruit tarts and Banana’s Foster bread pudding squares flirted with me from behind the glass. A fruit filled turnover smiled coyly from the case and my heart melted. The pleasant server pointed out that they also had savory tarts. Roasted, red pepper with feta and lump, blue crab tarts gleamed up at me. I chose the first of the latter two and had it boxed up to go. IMG_1137Somethings need to be eaten in private so that a person can “ooh and aah” privily.

I asked the manager who was working that day, Chris Gnirk,  to tell me a little bit about Sneaky Freaky Bake Shop.


Me: “First of all, why the name, ‘Sneaky Freaky Bake Shop?’”

Chris: “Well, you know…the name Sneaky Freaky is a nickname for Sneads Ferry.  Have you ever heard someone say, “I’m going down to Sneaky Freaky? They mean Sneads Ferry.”

Me: “Well, that’s some local trivia I would bet that most folks around here don’t know! After snooping around here today, IMG_1159I would have thought that it meant ‘this bakery sneaks up on you and serves you with freakishly good food!”

Chris: (smiling) “Well, it does that too.”

Me: “Who owns this shop?”

Chris: “Christopher Barnes. He used to own the restaurant that was in this building: ‘Christopher’s. I’ve worked with him for five years in the restaurant business. After ‘Christopher’s,’ we moved to Hampstead and did another restaurant on a golf course. We started talking about being a bit tired of the regular restaurant business and Chris decided to switch to doing a bakery. He loves it and so do I!”

Me: “From the looks of things, it seems as if business is picking up and folks are beginning to come here to satisfy their sweet tooth or get their morning or afternoon coffee pick-me-up.”

IMG_1163Chris: “Yes, we opened in May of 2015 and people are seeing it’s a great place to come, gather with your friends and talk.”

Me: “I see you have cakes. Do you guys make specialty orders like pies or cakes? Even wedding cakes?

Chris: “Yes. Definitely! Just come and talk to us about what you’d like and we’ll do it.”

I thought about all the times I had people over for dinner but by the time I cooked my meal, I was too tired to make dessert. Hmmm, Sneaky Freaky Bake Shop and I were going to get along just fine!

IMG_1143I left the bakery with a few goodies in a little white box. If you ever see one of these little boxes on a table or counter, just know that you’re in for a real treat!  Otherwise, just head over to Sneads Ferry, I mean Sneaky Freaky and try some of their heavenly pastries. Don’t be surprised if you see me there curled up on the couch nursing a hot cup of coffee while chatting with a friend. It’s really a great place to hang!


Sneaky Freaky Bake Shop is located at:

1084 NC Hwy. 210  Sneads Ferry, NC 28460

Telephone is 910-741-0236

You may want to check out their FaceBook page to see what great pastry is being offered specially each day!  

Monday and Tuesday, 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday-Saturday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Closed Sundays

Hours may be subject to change during the summer season.



The Riverview Cafe: Sneads Ferry’s Iconic Seafood Restaurant

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by Donna Byrd

If you’re a local to the Sneads Ferry/Topsail Island area, I don’t have to tell you about the Riverview Cafe. I’m sure you eat there regularly and have sampled many of their seafood and American comfort food dishes. Also, it’s the first place that probably pops into your mind when someone who has recently moved here or is visiting asks, “Where’s a good place to eat around here?”

Before I moved to Sneads Ferry, I had visited the Riverview many times for family gatherings or intimate dinners with family and friends who lived in the area. It was our “go to” restaurant because it had wonderful food and beautiful water views of the New River that made us all feel that we were eating at a special place. The minute you walked up the planked sidewalk and into the door, you’d glance over by the wall IMG_1050of windows, hoping there was an empty table in which one of the friendly waitresses would seat us. The view was eye candy to those of us who were landlocked and lived far from the sea.

I must admit, when my husband and I moved to Sneads Ferry, I had a moment of special joy when I realized that I would be able to go to the Riverview as often as I liked. It was one of life’s good things that I’m grateful for even now; five years later!

Yesterday, my aunt Eleanor treated me to a birthday lunch at the Riverview Cafe. “Let’s go on Wednesday, because they have collards on Wednesday, and you know how I love collards!” If you know my aunt, you’d know that a restaurant is judged based on whether or not they serve collards and how great they taste.

We were to meet at noon. I couldn’t believe that the parking lot was almost filled and it wasn’t even the “summer season.” The locals knew where to find a great meal for a good price.IMG_1034

We weren’t seated by a window but I didn’t mind. I knew that soon, a basket of the best tasting hushpuppies in “the Ferry” would be placed in front of us and a big glass of sweet tea would follow. Ahhh, we were at the Riverview and all was well with the world!

The lunch menu (the evening menu is a bit scaled back and mainly seafood and steaks ) was written on a large, white grease board on the far wall. Every day the lunch menu’s entrees and side dishes are subject to change but don’t worry! There’s always a big selection of Southern styled comfort foods, along with fresh seafood (fried, broiled, grilled or steamed) that are there to choose from. I’ve never had anything there that wasn’t good. IMG_1029If you get the lunch specials on the board (an entree and two sides) you get a dessert too! The waitresses walk around the dining room with trays of a special cake, cobbler or pudding of the day to tempt their customers. It’s easy to say, “Yes, I’ll have one!

I chose the fried flounder, baked potato and slaw. I had to go “old school” southern fried because there were gulls flying over the water, a shrimp boat docked by the wholesale fish market out back and a brown pelican sitting on top of wooden piling a few feet out in the water. To me, with these views in sight, I had to eat the fish of my childhood; flounder, fried to a golden brown and tasty!

Aunt Eleanor had grilled salmon, collards and slaw. She even ordered an extra side of collards “to go.”  She said that would be her supper. I put in a carry out order of the fried chicken fingers for my husband, Bill. They are his favorite. I must say, they have the best fried chicken in town. I’ve even ordered the chicken fingers to serve in my home to dinner guests. They were a hit, but I gave the Riverview credit for them, as much as I would have loved to claim that I had cooked them!IMG_1031

Our waitress came to the table with the dessert of the day: chocolate cake with white icing. A simple cake can be elegant when it’s good and moist. It was all of the above and didn’t disappoint! Every forkful was delicious!

As we were paying our bill at the counter on the way out, I had to stop and look at the display of the Riverview’s pies. They are homemade meringue pies; chocolate, coconut, lemon and Key lime. IMG_1040The meringue is piled high and slightly browned on the peaks. Ahhh…heaven on a fork!  I must admit, I’ve bought a few of these whole pies home to serve for special dinner parties and my guests “oohed” and “aahed” as they ate up the slice of mile-high pie on their plates. The waitress took a pie out so that I could take a picture of it for you. See what I mean?

If you’re wondering where to eat in the ‘Ferry and you want to eat at an iconic, established restaurant, (established in 1946,) you must follow your nose down toward the New River to the Riverview Cafe. You’ll be glad you did!

The Riverview Cafe is located at:  119 Hall Point Road,Sneads Ferry, NC 28460

Telephone 910-327-2011                     Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.


Decided You Want to Go Out for Thanksgiving? These Topsail Island Restaurants Are Open for Your Convenience

by Donna Byrd


With Thanksgiving less than a week away, I’m sure most of you are making plans for that one, special meal that usually is remembered throughout the year. I know I am! My husband, Bill and I plan to make the long trip out to Nashville, Tennessee and spend our Thanksgiving holiday with our six children, their spouses, our two grandchildren and a host of everyone’s friends and family members. Obviously, our Thanksgiving meal has turned into quite the event and yesterday, we decided that we needed to rent a tent to house our big party. Lord have mercy!IMG_2667

I realize that many of you have traveled a great distance to come to our fair coast and spend your Thanksgiving holiday with your family, enjoying a beach house with sweeping views of the ocean or sound. There’s nothing like coming together as a family at the beach! “Real” life is put on hold and for a brief, few days, your focus becomes centered on those you love the most as you’re surrounded by the glories of the sea!

For those of us who get to live in this Topsail Island/Sneads Ferry/Surf City paradise year round, we realize that we indeed, do live in a sanctuary of beauty and peace. The magic of all things “coastal” surrounds us all the time and for that we are most grateful!

Just in case there are those of you that would rather spend your special day enjoying family and friends and NOT be slaving away in the kitchen, I have done a bit of homework and found a few restaurants in the area that are open on Thanksgiving Day. These fine dining establishments will be working extra hard  to make your Thanksgiving experience pleasurable and memorable.  If you know of a restaurant I have overlooked, please make a comment about it at the bottom of the blog.

No matter how you plan to spend your day, please have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Madison’s Prime Rib, Steak and Seafood

105 Sugar Lane, Sneads Ferry, NC  28460


Nathan and Cari Taylor have been the proprietors of this Sneads Ferry favorite for almost six years. They are inviting you to join them this Thanksgiving for their mouth watering buffet! Let them do all the cooking so you don’t have to! The menu is roasted turkey, stuffing, blackened steak, shrimp, flounder, fried and baked chicken and a host of vegetable sides to complete the perfect meal. IMG_2661There’s a fresh salad bar that stretches a mile and a dessert bar too! Since it’s a buffet, it’s all you can eat. There’s plenty of room for your family to spread out and enjoy so let the good folks at Madison’s serve you this Thanksgiving!

Madison’s will open at 11:00 a.m. and close at 6:00 p.m.

Adult buffet is $11.99 and children age 10 and under, $5.99.



Gallagher’s Sport Bar and Grill

614 N. New River Drive, Surf City NC 28445


Known for its great burgers, friendly staff and local seafood, this Thanksgiving, Gallagher’s is “going off the menu” to bring your family that special meal one thinks of when thinking “tradition.” The special menu is served family style and includes your choice of ham or roasted turkey, herbed stuffing, sweet potato souffle or mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, fresh cranberry relish, fresh baked cornbread and pumpkin or apple pie. Sounds delicious!The bar will be open and the football games you love will all be playing on their TV screens! Sounds very homey and casual!  Get out of the kitchen and let Gallagher’s do your cooking!

Gallagher’s opens at 11:30 a.m. and closes at 9:30 p.m.

The special Thanksgiving dinner is $14.99 for adults and $6.99 for children. Reservations are accepted for parties of 12 or more.




2020 Highway 172, Sneads Ferry, NC 28460


IMG_2691Everybody, of course has heard of Denny’s. This chain restaurant is known all over the nation for its American comfort food. It’s open twenty-four hours a day and Thanksgiving will be no exception! As a matter of fact, they have already been serving their Thanksgiving menu for much of the fall season. If you want to visit them on Thanksgiving Day, you can have their Autumn breakfasts: Pumpkin-Pecan pancakes or an apple-smoked, gouda sausage skillet meal. The Thanksgiving traditional meal is turkey and dressing, cranberry sauce and your choice of two sides. Good old Denny’s! It never disappoints!



Blackbeard’s Waterfront Bar and Restaurant

316 Fulcher Landing Road, Sneads Ferry, NC  28460


IMG_2679For those families who often eat two Thanksgiving meals the week of Thanksgiving because they are juggling two families or different groups of friends, let me recommend the “All you can eat Thanksgiving Buffet” at Blackbeard’s Cafe on Tuesday evening, November 24 at 7:00 p.m. Let one of your dinners be hosted there! The menu is, roasted turkey and stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, yams, collards, rolls, pumpkin and pecan pie. Sounds like a feast to me!

Tickets are on sale for $17.99. If you buy your early, you’re entered into a raffle for a free turkey! Get your tickets at the restaurant!

Visiting the Topsail Area this Holiday Season?

If you are Spending the Holidays on Topsail Island this year or visiting the area…

Don’t miss out on these Good Tidings!

By Amy Baker


Spending Christmas on Topsail Island?

Topsail Island and the surrounding communities are all abuzz as the holidays are fast approaching! If you’re planning to be here for the Holidays, check out what’s happening on and around Topsail Island. If you haven’t made plans yet, we do have some great Christmas specials.

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Looking For Chicken Wings? Em R Wings Has Some Of The Best

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If you’re looking for something a little different for dinner while visiting Topsail Island, you can’t do much better than Em R Wings! This fun restaurant is open Monday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. until 9:30 p.m., on Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 10:30 p.m., and on Sunday from noon until 9:30 p.m.

This restaurant provides diners with great food and a memorable dining event. From appetizers like potato shots, zucchini wedges, mushroom caps, cheese sticks, crab dip and more to salads for those who are watching their daily calorie intake, there’s a little something for everyone at Em R Wings.

Hearty Appetites Are Well Fed

There are several Em R Platters that diners find quite satisfying including the rib eye steak platter, surf and turn, open-faced roast beef, steak fajita, hamburger steak, spaghetti and meatballs, chicken parmesan, Sante Fe platter, and more. Seafood platters include peel-n-eat shrimp, fried local shrimp, fried flounder, fried clams, and combo platters.

Most of these platters come with one or two sides and Em R Wings sides include salads, cajun rice, potato wedges, applesauce, vegetable of the day, cup of soup, a baked potato, potato salad, and beer battered fries. All of these choices are very good but the fries are wonderful!

Lighter Appetites often find the sandwiches to be an delightfully delicious and filling alternative. The fire sandwich may be a little too hot for some but, for those who like things a little on the spicy side,  you’re taste buds are in for a treat. Burgers, chicken sandwiches, flounder sandwiches, French dips, clubs, Phillies, Reuben sandwiches, and more are available to satisfy a wide range of tastes. All the food is very good and you won’t be disappointed with any choice on the menu.

Even the kids menu does a great job of taking tiny taste buds into account, offering a surprising selection that includes corn dog, hot dogs, burgers, spaghetti, and the all-time childhood favorite, peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

And by the way, did I happen to mention that the wings come in many flavors and each flavor is available in mild, medium, hot or Shearon Harris Nuclear Hot! Flavors include BBQ, Spicy BBQ, Honey BBQ, Teriyaki, Spicy Teriyaki, Jamaican Jerk and others. All the wings are really tasty but their specialty, Buffalo Style Wings, are amazing.

Come for the atmosphere, stay for the food, which is simply delicious. Come in today and see for yourself why EmRWings is such a favorite among the local population as well as those who come to visit. Visit EM R Wings On Facebook

Baked Pizza Company of Sneads Ferry, NC is “Changing the World, One Slice at a Time!”


LOGOBaked Pizza Company of Sneads Ferry, NC is “Changing the World, One Slice at a Time!”

Attention all pizza pie lovers: a new kind of pizza place is coming to Sneads Ferry! One of the owners, Adam Baker,  describes it as “New York Pizza with a Key West Style.”

The outdoor covered seating and the Marley and Martin rhythms ringing out from the former “Two Old Guys” restaurant, does set the scene for a laid back and fun dining experience. Located, right in the heart of Sneads Ferry, near Four Corners (the intersection of Hwy 172 and Hwy 210), Baked is sure to be a big hit!


The Grand Opening is Saturday, June 1, 2013, but Adam and co-owner, Timothy Fetkowitz, formerly of Long Island, NY, plan to start slinging some dough tomorrow. After meeting with these guys recently to learn more about Baked, I can hardly wait to try a slice…or two!

Together, Tim and Adam, (pictured below), have over 17 years of experience making and selling pizza, and they love sharing what they do with others. Food prepared with love isn’t unique to the South, but Adam and Tim’s vision for Baked is quite unique—especially for the South.

Adam and TimSneads Ferry’s newest restaurant isn’t your typical pizza place. Their specialty pies are “true New York” style, and unlike most of their local counterparts, they’ll be serving these gourmet pizzas by the slice as well! Along with the “eggplant rollatini” and “baked ziti” pizzas, you’ll have to try the Chicken Caesar Salad Pizza and the “Baked and Loaded Potato” pie!  At Baked, you’ll have the freedom to try them all at once—one slice at a time.

Of course, they have all the traditional Italian favorites like Manicotti, Ravioli, Chicken Marsala and Parmigana, and you can have a calzone or stromboli—just the way you like it.  Maybe you’re in the mood for something a little lighter? Baked also has whole wheat and gluten free crusts. Heroes, wraps, and salads are (like everything else here) made to order from fresh, quality ingredients. For the kids, there’s even a “Half Baked” menu, with smaller portions and lower prices that everyone can enjoy.

Unlike most local pizza places, Baked will be serving (and delivering) beer and wine! Have a taste of their select microbrews or enjoy one of your old favorites—by the bottle or on tap. Be sure to leave some room for their homemade cheesecake too!

Guests of Treasure Realty can expect to see Adam at our check-ins this summer with free slices and coupons. Additional coupons for Baked Pizza Company will be supplied in every guest’s check-in packet!

Baked will be open daily from 10AM—10PM. You can order online or by phone at 910-741-0701. Dine in or pick up at 100 Dunn Road, Sneads Ferry, NC. For more information about Sneads Ferry’s newest restaurant, see their facebook page or check out their website (currently under construction). 


Riverview Cafe – Sneads Ferry NC

The Riverview Cafe In Sneads Ferry NCRiverview Café – Great Seafood + Casual Atmosphere = A Great Dining Experience

The Riverview Café is the best place in Snead Ferry, North Carolina to eat seafood in a casual and relaxed environment. Not only is it a great place to enjoy a good meal with family and friends, but the food itself is unbeatable. Riverview Café has been in open since 1946 and generation after generation come back on a regular basis, be it locals or visitors to the area.

Daily Catch and Daily Specials

One of the things that make The Riverview Café so great is that it offers some of the fresh seafood to be found anywhere on the planet. The daily specials are based on what was caught that morning, so it is always changing. Whatever a guest orders, they can feel confident that it is fresh and cooked to perfection. The seafood comes right from the ocean, taken to The Riverview Café, and then placed on your table after it has been expertly prepared to your taste. You can’t get it any fresher unless you are eating it right on the fishing boat!

Affordable Dining

Patrons won’t break the bank when they eat a meal at The Riverview Café, but they will be full and satisfied. Actually, most of the guests say that their meals were way above expectations. Since families are important to a vacation area, it is essential that the food be excellent and accessible. Add to this the fact that the folks at Riverview Cafe want to share their love of seafood with the world, and it’s easy to see why The Riverview has something on the menu for everyone, young and old alike.  It’s also why they take such pride in their food, offering some of the best dishes found anywhere, all at very affordable prices. For example, your child wants a hamburger. A hamburger is only $1.80.  You can also a cup of creamy clam chowder for only $3.00 and a clam strip plate is only $9.50. This is a recipe that has worked for The Riverview since 1946. Offer great food at great prices and mix in the friendliest servers anywhere and you form a winning combo that folks in the area flock to year after year.

So Much More Than Seafood

There is a lot more to eat than seafood at The Riverview Café. They have juicy burgers, plenty of pasta dishes, chicken dinners, chicken tenders for the little ones, and even delectable steaks. Leave room for dessert because the cheesecake is to die for.

For more information about The Riverview Café, visit their website at The menu and daily specials are listed here so you can decide what you want before you even get there!