The Best Way to Eat Stingray? Smoked, of Course.

When you have a newly minted 6 year old in tow, you go where they are sure to be entertained!   We visited the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores to see the otters, stingrays and turtles and to, of course, have our picture taken in the crab.

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Paige in the Crab Shell at the Aquarium

There was even a “petting zoo” where we could touch or pet the sting rays.  They were really very friendly….probably because they thought our fingers were worms or something as equally yummy.

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Stingray at North Carolina Aquarium in Pine Knoll Shores

The best food can always be enjoyed upon the recommendation of a local, so we asked the aquarium photographer for his favorite lunch time seafood restaurant.  He recommended The Ruddy Duck in Morehead City which was a short drive from Pine Knoll Shores,.

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The Ruddy Duck in Morehead City, NC

He also recommended that we choose the special of the day.  OK….the special on that particular day was the Smoked Stingray Reuben Sandwich.  I was the only one brave enough to put that recommendation into action and actually settled on the Reuben.   I was a little uncertain, however, the waiter told me that if I didn’t like it, he would eat it and I could get something else on the menu.  He was that sure I would enjoy it.

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Smoked Stingray Reuben

I couldn’t get my lunch companions to take a bite, but it was actually quite good!  If you are ever in Morehead City, NC, my recommendation for a great meal, right on Onslow Bay, is The Ruddy Duck…. make sure to order their daily special!

In retrospect, it is a little suspicious that the aquarium employee sent us to The Ruddy Duck, recommended the special, which also happened to be the stingray….