Never had I thought that a takeout fish spot, two hours from the closest beach, could bring me such unmitigated culinary pleasure. But damned if Durham, North Carolina's Saltbox Seafood Joint doesn't serve up some of the most freakin' delicious seafood on the planet. Almost want to jump on a plane right now to head back to this wee shack and order up the entire chalkboard menu.
Now that I think about it, I wish I had ordered the entire bill of fare while I was at the joint's takeout window in the first place. (So foolish of me not to do so!) Still, my pal Mr. L and I were more than satisfied with the two hefty sandwiches we tried. Both served on fluffy white, butter-toasted rolls, topped with a vinegary slaw and a drizzle of housemade tartare, Mr. L opted for his filled with freshly grilled dogfish, while I went for fried oysters...
Crisp and well-seasoned, these oysters held creamy, sweet, meaty centers that practically melted on the tongue.
So. Damn. Good.
I don't think I can ever look at a bare-bones shack again without my mouthwatering and my eyes rolling back in my head for the memory of that genius sandwich. And, if I didn't know better, I think I get a whiff of the ocean and sense a little sand between my toes as I remember that miraculous first bite.