There were some definitely bright spots but overall, our high hopes went unfulfilled. The cold air blew really strong above our table, which made it tough to relax.
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Our server was stretched thin. The buffet was advertised as "almost empty. We had some seafood as well as a Reuben and a cheeseburger. The cheeseburger and the fries were probably the best parts.
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The seafood was a little rubbery and not hot when it came out, definitely frustrating when we waited half an hour for our food to come out with two small children at our table. The shrimp Po Boy was disappointing. Too much bread and not enough shrimp. The hamburger steak was decent, but again, not hot when it came out. Not sure there are many options otherwise, but we would explore something different if we return to this area. When we drive from the Triangle out to Hatteras for fishing on a friday night, the dinner stop is usually in Plymouth at fast food, simply to go with what we know. We got an early start and decided to hit up this place in Columbia since we had extra time.
Waitress was pleasant, decor wasn't great, but whatever - it seemed more like a barbecue joint, and I'm fine with that. Waitress forgot about us after order I'll reiterate, she was polite as could be , food came and the crabs were tiny and looked like the crappy commercial grade frozen in a bag ones you'd get. Wife got 4 small fried scallops and 4 fried shrimp on a giant plate.
It looked comically sad, and didn't taste much better, warm at best, like it came off the buffet. Was hoping with proximity to coast that this would be more local fare, but didn't seem to be the case. Low quality food and they skimp on it to boot. Won't return. Great stop for our family on the way to the outer banks. No frills, small local American restaurant. We wanted one last fresh seafood meal treat on our way home from the Outer Banks. A seafood-market vendor that did not cook sent us here. Otherwise we probably would not have stopped. That would have been a mistake. Yes, it is a totally local place with no pretensions at fine dining.
If you need white tablecloths and nouvelle cuisine, don't bother. But if you love authenticity, and eating like a local, then do! They had a lunch buffet going, and the rest of the menu was as sophisticated as you would expect, ie. We can't speak to how good these were.
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BUT who cares when the soft shell crabs and fried oysters are as good as it gets? So good, we had to re-order another helping. We had excellent friendly service. Super fair prices. So glad we stopped here - they deserve more tourist business as well as the locals who are clearly very loyal. We stopped in for lunch on our way home from the beach. The place looked like a dive, but having had some stellar meals in dumpy looking joints, we were not deterred. I got a little concerned when the restroom smelled strongly of urine, but I remained hopeful.
We waited a long time before anyone took our order. No problem, we weren't in a hurry. The server apologized and was pleasant enough. We ordered a softshell crab platter and a scallop basket. While we waited, a couple that was seated at the same time we were got their food, ate it, visited with some folks at another table for a while, paid and left. Another ten minutes passed. Finally, our server returned with our food and another apology. Had the food been good, the long wait wouldn't have mattered.
But it was just okay. The scallops were small and rubbery, the fries were unseasoned and unremarkable both were hot, though. The coleslaw was pretty good, obviously homemade. My dad's softshell crab was crispy and hot. The hush puppies that came on both plates were fine, but sweeter than I like.
While we were eating another server stopped by to apologize for the wait, explaining that they'd had two large parties order just ahead of us. I get it, but the time for that explanation should have been a few minutes after we ordered. Or anytime during the 30 minutes we spent twiddling our thumbs. Let me top off your iced tea, and we'll get your food out as fast as we possibly can. Log in to get trip updates and message other travelers. Profile Join.
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Improve this listing. Ranked 12 of 92 Restaurants in Picton. Certificate of Excellence. Restaurant details. Reviewed October 22, We went with high hopes. Date of visit: October Ask gabrielleb85 about Hartleys Tavern. Write a review Reviews Traveler rating. Show reviews that mention. All reviews bao duck octopus pierogies hanger steak oysters tapas creme brulee fries salad small plates our waiter higher end restaurant saturday night sat at the bar wonderful evening amazing food.
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