When in Rome, do as the locals do. That's my advice for any visitors to our fair city, of which over the years don't seem to make make their way to Quality. A fixture for decades, Quality was originally a fish market that I have to say about fifteen years ago (2000-ish) more than doubled the size of their building to incorporate a restaurant. Its origins as a fish market has been a great advantage over all its competitors, being that Quality has first crack at the local seafood catches from the fishing fleet at Wanchese. Quality's other advantage is due to their existence as a decades-old large-scale industrial processor of crabmeat, fish and oysters in their processing plant on Knobbs Creek Drive. Their products can be seen in the frozen food section of Food Lions among other chains. Going back to the restaurant portion of their business, the breading is very light, never excessive, so that you always know that you are not only tasting the seafood as it should be without being overpowered by that of the breading, but that you are also not paying for a meal that is 40 to 50 percent cornmeal. The seafood, fries and hush puppies are NEVER greasy (probably due to the light breading), a plus, considering the ounces of oil consumed dining with any of their competitors! A place well-known to 'us' locals, but a hidden gem for a tourist, well worth the extra effort to reach! :)
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