Where can you buy Fresh Local Fish?
Road Trip! Just over the causeway Washington Baum bridge to Roanoke Island/Manteo take a LEFT at the light and meander down curvy Route 345 east to the Wanchese Seafood Industrial Park docks. (Where the road forks you'll bear left.) Once you arrive at the docks, there are several places to choose from (O'Neal's, Etheridge's, Daniel's, Moon Tillet's, etc.) where you can buy the catch of the day right off the boats.
Bring cash (no credit cards) and an empty cooler to transport your purchases back to your beach house or condo kitchen. It's wintertime here on the Outer Banks but the Wanchese fishing docks currently have an abundance of fresh Grey Trout, Flounder, Rock, Catfish, Tile Fish from the ocean waters and both White and Yellow Perch from the freshwater sound. Also available during the winter season, are fresh Oysters, Sea Scallops and if you're lucky you might be able to get a bushel of Blue Crabs.
All fish can be purchased whole or filleted and ice is also provided, if necessary.
Wanchese is not exactly a tourist location, but a genuine working fishing village. There is no downtown, but there are a few diners, the Wanchese Inn Bed & Breakfast, a post office and even an art gallery or two, if you care to take a drive around while you're in this unique part of our eclectic Outer Banks world.
Today's OBX Blogger is Cynthia Carroll