First at Four: Locals take back the beach (restaurants)

First at Four: Locals take back the beach (restaurants)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Tourism season is over.

Locals, that means it's time to take back the beach and no more long wait times at restaurants along the coast.

Eryn Roberts from Yelp offered up recommendations on spots you can check out now. See her reviews below.

Ceviches: 4.5 Stars

Many locals refer to this business as their fall, winter and spring restaurant of choice because it is so busy during the summer. 
Well, fall is officially here and it's the perfect time to visit Ceviche's and experience authentic Panamanian cuisine. 
According to the Yelp reviews, this is "the best restaurant by the beach" because of the excellent customer service and innovative menu. 
Be sure to check out the new brunch menu that features flavorful dishes like Sam's Green Eggs & Ham: Crispy mojo pork belly, chimichurri scrambled eggs, black bean salsa, yucca hash, pickled onions, citrus crema, & black bean salsa.

South Beach Grill: 4 Stars

This business is one of the few Wrightsville Beach restaurants accessible by boat. 
Luckily it's also open 7 days a week. South Beach Grill features creative cuisine served in a friendly, casual atmosphere. 
Enjoy a great burger outside on the patio or experience the unique, eclectic, regional dinners that highlight the bounty of fresh local Carolina coastal seafood. 
South Beach Grill overlooks the scenic anchorage on Banks Channel and is usually crowded with tourist but now is a great time to enjoy the view. 
Yelpers love the seafood nachos and the Grouper Linda: Pan-seared, pecan-crusted grouper is served with back fin crab meat, spring onions and cream sherry beurre blanc, which has been on the menu since the restaurant opened in 1997.

Shuckin' Shack: 4.5 Stars

Oyster season is here! 
There is no better way to celebrate than by checking out this local favorite voted best oysters by Encore Magazine. 
Here you can choose between chargrilled, fried, raw, or steamed fresh local seafood. This is more than a seafood restaurant, it's also a sports bar serving up fresh, delicious meals and creative cocktails in an environment that exudes relaxation. 
Yelpers love the casual atmosphere and great prices. Check out the daily happy hour deals on food and drinks.

Freddie's Restaurant: 4 Stars

This local favorite and tourist hot spot has been in business for 21 years. 
Freddie's is truly a family style restaurant serving Italian cuisine in an Irish pub atmosphere. 
Although this is widely known as the pork chop spot by the pier, Freddie's offers a wide variety of meals sure to please the whole family.  
Yelper's love the location, the martini's, and the wonderful customer service.

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