We had been frozen at home by the polar vortex and so, with weekend temps forecasted in the 70s, we decided to get out town. To Carolina Beach we drove and, upon the recommendation of our hotel reservations clerk/bellman/concierge (there are no specialists in the off- season) we had dinner at Michael's. The atmosphere is typical of restaurants at the NC coast. It was clean, the staff was friendly and the smell of good seafood greeted us as we entered. They have a very nice selection of beer (domestic, imported and craft) and an extensive cocktail selection. It was Friday night, which is $10 entree night. There were about 10 entrees offered on the $10 list. When asked if these were standard portion entrees, our server indicated these were just a bit smaller than the regular portion. Well, in reality the flounder and grits we ordered was 80% grits, 15% veggies in cream sauce and 5% fish (blackened). It was disappointing - even for $10. The blackened seasoning was lost and overpowered by the cream sauce, and really the meal was only saved because my "other half" loves grits. I ordered the prime rib with a side of peeled shrimp. This was not a $10 entree but still the cut of meat was thin (It was supposed to be a 10 ounce cut). I enjoyed the beef and the shrimp, but the garlic mashed potatoes and veggies on the side were just so-so. Overall, for the price we paid, it was pretty good. Our server was very nice and attentive. She took good care of us without being there too much. Oh, and make sure you try their chowder. It is a recipe of their own that is quite good and has won awards.
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