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If you’ve browsed around the blog, you’ll see from my clams casino post that we frequently visit Ocracoke Island, NC in the summer. Sometimes we take the ferry; sometimes we take our own boat & anchor out in the harbor or dock at the public docks. But one thing is a constant: we always visit Dajio Restaurant.
Why? Hmmmm. There are just soooo many things that I love about this place! For starters, of course, great food & drinks without crashing the vacation fund.
Speaking of great drinks, how ’bout this extra dirty martini my friends ordered up? The olive was frozen in a little cube of olive juice. It’s the little “extras” that make the biggest difference. And let me tell you, there was more than a few of these consumed throughout our vacation (there were four of us, though!).
Worried about what to wear? Don’t fret; you’re covered (pun intended :-))! Dajio is the kind of place where you can chow down in baggies, a t-shirt & flip flops, or fine dine in a cocktail dress…you’ll NEVER feel uncomfortable or out of place in your attire.
The “icing on the cake” is…the bar area is doggy friendly! As you can see, Chance was right at home. I took this photo with my cell phone, but you get the idea of what an awesome place this is! See the little water bowl they bring out for your doggy? 🙂
Oh, wait, there’s more…Dajio Restaurant has live music mostly every night in the summer from 7-10 pm. Although we didn’t visit during the evening on this trip, we “threw down” to some awesome live music last summer. I probably shouldn’t break those photos out. 😐
Now, the foooood…oh my. We started out with the Grilled Shrimp & Blue Corn Nachos. The shrimp were zesty & local, & the homemade salsa was insanely mouth-watering.
Our main course was Cioppino Ocracoke Style. The owner, Doug, prepared this magnificent dish with the fresh catch of the day (black drum), clams, mussels, scallops & shrimp served in a fresh tomato saffron broth over linguine. I had the great pleasure of meeting Doug; he even shared this recipe that will be featured in the next upcoming edition of The Outer Banks Cookbook by Elizabeth Wiegand (recipe coming soon!). I literally felt as if I were a princess in a fairy tale!
Awesome food, great service (a big shout-out to our server/bartender, Steve!), & a relaxed atmosphere make Dajio Restaurant our “go-to” restaurant in Ocracoke, NC.
Have you experienced the pleasure of dining at Dajio? If not, it’s a “must” if you ever visit Ocracoke, NC.