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Sisters Organic Market – Surf City, NC

by Donna ByrdIMG_20150805_151649

Move over all of you organic markets in Surf City!  There’s a new kid on the block! Wait…there are no other organic markets in Surf City, Sneads Ferry, North Topsail Beach or down south on the island in Topsail Beach. Finally, we have our own  “back to nature”, organic market. Yes, that’s right, folks.  We no longer have to drive all the way to Wilmington or Jacksonville to buy our organic products. Sisters Organic Market, at 330 N. New River Drive is nowIMG_20150805_145110319 open for business.

I happened to be driving down the beach road heading toward Surf City one day last spring when I first noticed the new business as I was coming into town. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I noticed it was an organic market.  Our area has been in need of this type of market for years.  How fortunate we are to a finally have a place that supports clean eating and a healthier lifestyle!

My husband Bill and I stopped by Sisters Organic Market a few days ago.  We parked our car in front of the spiffy, yellow and green building and just sat there a few moments, taking in the cheerful, sunny patio.  There was a picnic table with benches with a happy, yellow umbrella over it offering shade.  A few potted plants and hanging baskets added to the charm.  Yet the thing that grabbed our attention were four or five large, painted rain barrels sitting around the front and edges of the building.  They were amazing and seemed to have been painted by a local artist. Of course, I wanted one!IMG_1963

We went inside and met Tina and Elly.  They were behind the counter and were very friendly and knowledgeable about everything in the store.  We asked if they were the “sisters” in the name of the store.  “Oh, no.” said Tina.  “We’re not the sisters but one of them is usually here at night.  The sisters are Michelle Wheeler and Cindy Holcomb.”

Since I didn’t get to meet the sisters, I did a quick “Google” research on “Sisters Organic Market” and found out that when Michelle’s mother-in-law became ill,  she began searching for healthy food alternatives that could help heal and nourish her. The other sister, Cindy was a  health care provider for the elderly and she too, needed better natural food sources to help those for whom she cared. In their search, the sisters realized that eating locally grown, organic foods and meats without preservatives and additives that were unnatural and chemically altered, was good for them too! They began to search for markets that carried these organic products but found that they were miles away from their homes or in large supermarkets that offered limited supplies, oftentimes scattered throughout the stores.IMG_20150805_151042686

Finally, deciding to use an empty building Michelle and her husband owned in Surf City, Michelle and Cindy decided to go for it opened Sisters Organic Market in January, satisfying their need for natural, whole foods and our community’s also!

Looking around the store, I noticed that it was rustic but had that “urban” atmosphere that one would want to experience when stepping into a health foods store. It was compact, yet offered a total grocery shopping experience, ranging from baby products, organic dog food, meats, fruits, produce, coffee and more. It was a true grocery boutique!

After offering me a cup of complimentary cup of coffee (available to all customers,)  I asked Elly to show me around a bit and tell me about the store’s wonderful products.

We started with the large selection of coffee beans, roasted locally in Hampstead at Quality Coffee.  IMG_20150805_145231820The beans were fresh and smelled wonderful.  There was a big, red coffee grinder nearby where you could grind up a pound or more to your liking. I wish I could have had the time to take my cup out and enjoy it out on the patio under the big umbrella but it’s nice to shop with a cup of coffee in your hands.  It feels homey!

Next to the coffee was a great selection of baby products made by the “Honest Company.”  My daughter uses these products and swears by them but she orders hers on line.   IMG_20150805_151020457It made me glad to know that there was a local place we could buy them. Now I can stock up on them when she and the baby visit us.


I was surprised to see organic pet products because so many of the residents on the island and nearby mainland have dogs and cats.  IMG_20150805_145505227Bill and I are getting a Maltese puppy next week and now I know where I’ll be buying his food!  Only the best for our little buddy.

Local skin care products by Bella Lynn Naturals ( was also displayed near the counter.  These products contain no parabens, mineral or petroleum oils and are made in Holly Ridge. There were also many vitamins and supplements that I myself have driven miles out of town to buy. IMG_1960 Elly said that they also will order any product they don’t have on their shelves and will find it for you if you request it. That’s a wonderful perk that oftentimes only a boutique grocery can offer!

The other half of the store contained shelves of healthy snacks, organic canned foods, honey, nut butters, jams and jellies, plus many alternative cleaning and hygiene products.

IMG_1945I was very impressed with the meat selections.  Elly said that they visit the local farms before they purchase meats from them to ensure that the animals are happy, loved, grass fed, free range and are given no non-gmo products to eat.   The farms they buy from are from La Grange, Burgaw and Porter’s Neck.  They carry beef, chicken, rabbit and lamb.

Elly also showed me individual meals made from “Clean Eatz” in Wilmington, N.C. These meals are made by a chef to give you a perfectly healthy, correctly portioned, balanced meal.  They are made for people who are busy and don’t have time to think about shopping and cooking but still want to eat well.   Each week they have a selection of meals delivered to the store for the freezer or refrigerator.   They are reasonably priced and delicious.  Elly loves them!IMG_1949

I also noticed nice deli meats and cheeses in the coolers, along with organic fruit juices.  There was a good selection of grains and flours.  Against the far wall were beautiful, locally grown fruits and vegetables.  This time of year the selection was especially full and colorful!

Sisters Organic Market is open year round. Do yourself a favor and stop by 330 New River Drive, Surf City. They are open everyday from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. If you’d like more information, check out their Facebook page at  Their phone number is 910-541-2223.

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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Surf City NC Restaurants – Surf City BBQ One OF The Best

Surf CIty RestaurantsNothing on earth competes with good barbecue for bringing family and friends together. Whether you’re looking for a great dine-in facility or for excellent barbecue and fixins, as we say here in eastern North Carolina,  to take back to a condo or beach house, you’re going to love Surf City BBQ located in Surf City in the center of Topsail Island, NC.

If you’re looking for a white tablecloth, coat and tie and fork over your wallet dining experience, this isn’t the restaurant for you but if you are looking for fantastic, down home, east North Carolina barbecue and fried chicken served in laid back and relaxed atmosphere at a good price, then Surf City BBQ is where you want to be.

All the barbecue is slow roasted and topped with some of the finest vinegar based sauce North Carolina has to offer. And Surf City BBQ Menudon’t worry… if you’re not in the mood for barbecue, you can also enjoy truly outstanding fried chicken and all the side dishes you’d expect to find here on the Atlantic Coast of NC.

Surf City BBQ is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Operating hours are from 11:00 am until 8:30 pm. Seating is first come, first serve and beach casual dress is perfectly acceptable. The restaurant has a family-friendly atmosphere that’s ideal for bringing the little ones along as well as all those who are still young at heart.

In addition to outstanding table service indoors, there is outdoor seating available. Carry out service is also available for people who prefer to take their food home and catering is available for large groups, corporate events, and even bridal parties.

969470_164903553678175_547962478_nSurf City BBQ is one of those restaurants where you should never leave hungry. The menu is extensive, the food is outstanding, and the prices are family friendly too. Don’t forget the southern hospitality that’s sprinkled on top for added flavor. In fact, it’s difficult to find something not to like about Surf City BBQ.

The next time you’re on Topsail Island, make sure you take the time to give Surf City BBQ a try. We’re sure you’re going to love it as much as the locals do.
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Surf City NC Restaurants – Topsail Island Crab Pot

Surf City NC RestaurantsTopsail Island Crab Pot for the Freshest Seafood on the Coast

When you’re in the mood for some of the freshest seafood anywhere in Topsail Island, you need to head out to the Causeway in Surf City, where you’ll find the Topsail Island Crab Pot.

Proudly serving the best local seafood available, as well as their famous Frogmore Stew, the Topsail Island Crab Pot is the ideal restaurant for the whole family to enjoy.

Traditional Seafood Soup & Chowder

Before you get into your seafood meal, start out with a traditional clam chowder or jambalaya.


Even the delicious sandwiches available from the Topsail Island Crab Pot feature only the freshest seafood. You can order a shrimp burger or scallop burger, or take advantage of the best soft shell crab you’ll find anywhere on the Carolina coast.

Of course, you’ll also find ribeye steak or chicken sandwiches available, as well as a vegetarian option to ensure everyone has plenty of options from the sea and land to choose from.

Topsail’s Freshest Crab & Seafood

Go ahead and order fresh crab or crawdads straight from the steamer to be brought to your table. You can choose from snow crab legs or King crab legs, or order Dungeness crab. If you want more variety in your seafood feast, why not order a couple of whole lobsters along with some clams, oysters and shrimp to be brought to the table as well?

You also have the option of ordering a seafood dinner created from your favorite fish or seafood and combined with your choice of sides.

There’s also a generous kid’s menu available, with hot dogs, chicken nuggets, fried mac and cheese or fried shrimp and fries. What’s not to like even the kids will be thrilled with the menu here.

Just to make sure everyone has a great meal to remember at the Topsail Island Crab Pot, there’s also karaoke available for those who love to sing along to their favorite tunes or you can dance the night away to some of the region’s best live music or just kick back and relax to the beats spun by Captain Sax. Great food, live entertainment and more all at The Topsail Island Crab Pot.

You can learn more about The Topsail Island Crab Pot by CLICKING HERE or Find Them On FaceBook. You can even view their LIVE CAM to see what is going on in real time.

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Surf City NC Restaurants – Sears Landing

searslandingSears Landing – Delicious Seafood in a Relaxed Atmosphere

Located next to the Surf City Swing Bridge in Surf City, North Carolina, Sears Landing Grill and Boat Docks is the place to go for fresh seafood. Being on the water, patrons can’t get their food any fresher than what they get when they dine here. The casual atmosphere is inviting and the views are amazing. But once you are here, it’s the food that will keep you coming back.

The Grill

searslanding2Sears Landing has a wonderful mixture of fresh seafood, tender steaks, and crisp salads. There is something for everyone. Some of the dishes guests can choose from include golden fried calamari, fried scallops and oysters, grilled mahi sandwich, grilled flounder sandwich, a slow roasted pork loin on a bed of mashed potatoes with grilled asparagus and Texas toast, West Indies Seafood Rolls, and fresh spinach salad with pan seared garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, herbs, and feta cheesed all sitting on top of a grilled grit cake. All of these dishes can be enjoyed while watching the ocean, boats coming in and out of the docks, and the most breathtaking sunsets.

Live Entertainment

Sears Landing features live entertainment in the summer months. Call ahead to see if someone is playing during your visit. Below is a cool video of Tom Rhodes playing at Sears landing. Enjoy!

The Docks

More than just delicious food and incredible scenery, Sears Landing is a great place to dock your boat. They have overnight, weekly, and monthly boat slips available. They also have onsite amenities for boaters, include showers, shore power hook up, and wireless internet. Our staff is here to help make your stay great.

Whether you are here for the great food, the fantastic views, or because it’s the best place to dock your boat, Sears Landing will exceed your expectations. The staff is very attentive and always smiling, ready to help you in every way possible. It is like one big family. If you are visiting the Surf City area, you have to come to Sears Landing.

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Enjoy Authentic Mexican Cusine At Camino Real In Surf City, NC

Camino Real Mexican Restaurant Surf City NCEnjoy Real Authentic Mexican Cuisine at Camino Real

While authentic Mexican food may not be the first thing that comes to mind as you plan your trip to Surf City, NC, once you’ve tasted the, oh so tempting flavors of Camino Real Mexican Restaurant, it will definitely be on your mind if you ever return.

The Food

From start to finish this menu is stacked with all the right foods to get your serious Mexican flavor fix. Grilled items are prepared over an open wood-fire grill for a truly authentic Mexican flavor. Appetizers include several different nachos offerings along with chorizo queso, guacamole dip, pico de gallo (served with slices of avocado), and chicken, steak, or cheese quesadillas. Specialty dishes include popular choices such as carne azada, carmines locos, arroz con pollo, fajitas, shrimp burritos, and chimichangas. A lunch menu is available Monday through Saturday that sports smaller portion sizes along with smaller price tags for Topsail Island and Surf City vacationers on tighter budgets.

The Drinks

The one rule, when it comes to vacations is that it’s always five o’clock somewhere. Popular drinks you might want to sample during your visit to Camino Real include the Corona margarita, Cancun parot bay, mango passion, and blue sea. They also have an impressive selection of draft and bottled beer including several imports such as: Negra Modelo, Modelo Especial, Corona, Corona Light, Sol, Dos Equis Lager and Amber, Tecate (can), and Carta Blanca.

The Desserts

Rumor has it that the flan alone is worth the trip. It’s a flan unlike any you’ll have elsewhere. However, that’s not the only dessert deliciousness going on at Real Camino. Make sure you save room for the chimicheesecake, fried ice cream, or friasco (in all its caramel goodness) too.

Camino Real offers daily drink and dinner specials too so be sure to check things out ahead of time. You can download and check out their entire menu here: to see which daily specials interest you most. This is one Mexican restaurant you don’t want to miss out on.

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Surf City NC Restaurants

Surf City NC Restaurants
If you’re staying anywhere near Surf City, NC, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing restaurants. There is such an amazing, diverse selection of restaurants, bar & grills, delis and eateries that the trouble is finding time to try them all out. Add to this the abundance of locally caught fresh seafood and it’s easy to see why Surf City is such a popular place for great restaurants. Topsail Island and the surrounding regions are well known for their delicious local shrimp, crabs, scallops, oysters, mullet, flounder and sea bass. The easy availability of such stunning seafood means that almost every restaurant in town highlights their own seafood specialties at every opportunity.
Of course, you’ll also find plenty of other cuisine styles to choose from in Surf City, so no matter what your tastes are you’ll find something to suit.

Surf City Seafood Restaurants
With so much local seafood available, you’re obviously going to find plenty of seafood restaurants around Surf City. There’s plenty of choice, so the key is to find an establishment that offers the right atmosphere to suit what you’re after. For example, Crabby Mike’s is wonderfully relaxed and has a bright, cheery beach-themed atmosphere. The menu is a delight, featuring some stunning seafood dishes, as well as burgers and plenty of seasonal specials to choose from. If you prefer to eat outdoors to enjoy the stunning view of the Atlantic Ocean, then Daddy Mac’s Beach Grille might be more to your taste. Enjoy fresh seafood from your table on the oceanfront deck, or order any of the delectable pasta, ribs or steak dishes available. Your preference might be for a cozier, more upmarket atmosphere to enjoy a romantic evening for two. In this case, the Mainsail Restaurant might be a better option for you. Specializing in stunning seafood dishes, you’ll also find mouth-watering steak dishes available here too.

American Cuisine
If you’re in Surf City and you’re seeking some traditional American Cuisine, you also have plenty of options available. The number of restaurants serving scrumptious wings, ribs and burgers is astonishing, so you really can take your pick. A great example of this is the Quartermasters Restaurant & Tavern. This establishment has a lovely relaxed atmosphere and some incredible American cuisine available. Char-grilled fish, chicken, pork or steak is available, along with some seriously amazing hot wings.

Cajun Cuisine
If you really want to enjoy a Cajun twist to traditional beach cuisine, you’ll find it’s available in Surf City. For example, Beauchaines 211 gives you a menu that features a stunning fusion of Cajun and traditional cuisine in a relaxed dining room atmosphere.

Family-Friendly Restaurants
Even when you’re in Surf City, there are still lots of family-friendly options available that have great menus and an atmosphere the kids will love.
A fine example is the Island Delights restaurant. This 50s-themed restaurant takes you back to the good old days, with an ‘Olde Soda Shop’ feel to it. Enjoy their burgers and fries along with an old-fashioned milkshake and ice cream.

International Cuisine
Surf City features some great restaurants for those who enjoy international cuisine. Whether your preference is for Asian-style food, Italian, Greek or even Thai, you’ll find it in Surf City. A great example is the Lotus Thai Grille, offering a delectable selection of mouth-watering authentic Thai dishes.

Whether you live here on Topsail Island or you’re enjoying a relaxing family vacation, you’ll never be at a loss for great food.

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Engleses Surf City NC

Engleses Surf City NCEngleses Surf City NC – Bringing the Taste of Italy to Topsail Island

Are you hungry tonight? Perhaps it’s time to sit back, relax, and let Engleses, Surf City NC do the cooking. You won’t have cause to regret it, well at least not until you try to button that top button on your pants after dinner that is.

How often do you go into restaurants these days and leave feeling like family? It’s hard to find that good, home-cooking vibe in many of the chain restaurants that seem to line the streets of every major vacation destination. That will change once you darken the door of Engleses Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria.

Engleses Surf City NC When’s the last time you had outstanding Italian?

Whether you’re in the mood for outstanding pizza that brings out the full flavor of Italy or you’re looking for mouthwatering pasta dishes there is plenty to appreciate about your next meal at Engleses Surf City NC. 

Bring the whole family along as there is a children’s menu that is sure to please even the most discriminating among the little ones in your family. With features such as stuffed shells, meatballs, and ravioli; what’s not to love?

If you aren’t interested in dressing up to go out for dinner, don’t forget to call in your order and pick it up to bring back to your hotel or condo. You can enjoy top notch Italian cooking without the need to wait to be seated or to dress for the occasion. You can even pack your own Italian feast of a picnic for a moonlit dinner on the beach. It doesn’t get much more romantic than that.

Good food and great company are part of what makes Engleses Surf City NC Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria such a mainstay among locals and Topsail visitors alike. Don’t wait another day. Visit us at: and see what we have to offer you.

Crabby Mike’s Surf City NC Restaurants

Crabby Mike’s Surf City

Don’t be fooled by the name. Crabby Mike’s is by no means a restaurant with
crabby food, service and atmosphere, far from it. Indeed, Crabby Mike’s offers
delicious, savory and scrumptious dishes from only the freshest bounties of the
seas and the land in and around Surf City in North Carolina.

Crabby Mike’s Surf City History

Crabby Mike’s is owned by Chef Doug, a former executive chef with plenty of years experience under his belt, so to speak. As young as the restaurant may be – it was opened in 2005 – it is very popular in Surf City among locals and
tourists alike. Think of it as effective word-of-mouth advertising where the
food speaks for itself.

Crabby Mike’s Surf City Menu

The menu boasts of a wide selection of appetizers, soups, salads, and seafood
platters, among others. Diners can choose from three types of menu classified
according to the time of say when the food items are served. These are the
lunch, dinner and all day menus.

On the all day menu, for example, appetizers, soups and salads like Crabby
Cakes, Clam Chowders and Chicken Tenders are cooked to perfection. The lunch
menu offers numerous kinds of sandwiches like the Chef’s Club, Chicken Salad
Pita and Crab Cake Sandwich as well as Seafood Platters with a choice of
shrimps, scallops and deviled crab, among others. For dinner, diners have the
choice of House Specials (Southwestern Strip Steak, Crabby Chicken Oscar and
Blackened Grouper) and even seafood pasta.

Of course, all of these delicious dishes must be complemented by the perfect
beer or wine. Crabby Mike’s has both a wine and beer list to choose from along
with the aforementioned dishes. Wines include Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and
Chardonnay while the beer varieties include familiar names like Budweiser,
Miller Lite and Corona Lite. All of these beverages can be ordered from the
tiki bar.

Indeed, Crabby Mike’s in Surf City, NC  is as welcoming to couples, singles and groups. It does,
after all, live up to its motto of: “No matter your mood, you’ll love our food”

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