Authentic, Colorful and Flavorful Restaurants We Love


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The Williamston area boasts a number of colorful restaurants and diners. All offer an authentic flavor of the coastal plain.

Cypress Grill
, on the banks of the Roanoke River is open only when the herring are running (from early January until late April). Showcased on National Public Radio as one of the few remaining fishing shacks.

Griffin’s Quick Lunch, a favorite of the locals. At one time it was the best place to go when you went uptown to the tobacco market. Be sure to order the banana fritters.


Deadwood Smokehouse Grill (above right) a family saloon serving grilled food and lots of fun for all the family.

Sunnyside Oyster Bar (above left) a true raw bar, serving oysters raw and steamed since 1935. Open only in the months that have an “R” in them

Shaw’s Barbecue, three generations of serving North Carolina barbecue.