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Cape Fear Pride: Calabash means seafood

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If you are in Calabash, it is difficult to miss the seafood restaurants throughout town that offer some of the best eating in the area.

No matter where you are in Calabash, a seafood restaurant isn’t far away.

Among the several seafood eateries is Ella’s, opened by Ella Vaught High and her husband in 1950.

Ella’s was the third restaurant in Calabash. Back then, they caught their own seafood to serve at the restaurant.

Today it is run by Ella’s grandson Kurt Hardee, who said of the restaurant, “It’s all about family atmosphere, very laid back, low key, not pretentious at all.”

It’s also all about the seafood, Calabash style.

“It’s just lightly battered, it’s not got a lot of breading on it, as to some of the other stuff you’ll see in other places and it’s fried in grease, vegetable shortening now,” Hardee explained.

There is no shortage of delicious dishes prepared in the bustling kitchen by employees like Lisa King, who has been with Ella’s for ten years. “Sautéed shrimp, sautéed scallops, spaghetti dinners, grilled chicken plates.”

The employees are proud of their product, and the customers are happy to enjoy it. “When we want seafood, we head this way,” said Alton Staples.

While the kinds of residents may have changed, the pride of the town has always been the same, it is seafood.

Calabash was incorporated in 1973 and has more than 1,400 year-round residents.

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If you are in Calabash, it is difficult to miss the seafood restaurants throughout town that offer some of the best eating in the area.

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