The Ruddy Duck Tavern: Local Seafood

Where: The Ruddy Duck Tavern, 509 Arendell St., Morehead City, NC

GF Menu: No.

What I ate: Blackened NC Cobia + Grilled Squash with Corn and Black Bean Salsa on Cheese Grits

How to order it: Check with the server that the fish is not seasoned with any gluten. The server assured me that this dish was Gluten-Free.

Grits, Thank Heavens, are made from corn, and are naturally Gluten-Free. That said, I recently read on Celiac.com, a Gluten-Free Forum, that some diners who are particularly sensitive to gluten have had problems eating grits due to cross-contamination with wheat during the machinery processing. I did not experience any problems after eating these grits.

What it looks like:

I had never had Cobia before. Being the adventurous eater I am, I ordered it. Cobia, also known as black kingfish or black salmon, are marine fish that dine primarily on crabs; perhaps this is why they are so scrumdiddlyumptious. The fish went very well with the lightly grilled squash. The salsa included tomatoes, peg corn, onions, black beans, scallions, red peppers, and fresh cilantro. The cheddar cheese grits were the culinary soulmate to each bite of salsa, veggie, and fish.

Green Note: The Ruddy Duck Tavern menu states, “We are proud to serve North Carolina Seafood.” In addition to local fish and clams, they offer regional produce and meats on their menu, such as: “North Carolina duckling”, “Center cut North Carolina pork chops”, and many dishes are “served with seasonal vegetables and mashed sweet potatoes”. The menu also contains several vegetarian selections.

The restaurant is located on the waterfront in Morehead City. Enjoy a view of the coastal waters while dining on the fruits of the sea.

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