Soft Shell Burger & Oysters + BEST SHRIMP & GRITS!! Seafood Paradise in North Carolina!!

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WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA – Welcome to the coast of North Carolina! Today we are meeting up with Chef Keith Rhodes, from Catch Restaurant, and he’s taking us on an amazing journey to showcase some of the best seafood on the Eastern USA coast. It was a huge honor to have this opportunity and I admire what Chef Keith Rhodes is doing, the people he supports, and the incredible food he cooks.

Catch Restaurant – Chef Keith Rhodes ( – First up we went to Catch Restaurant in Wilmington, where Chef Keith Rhodes cookes local and fresh seafood, with local home style recipes but with his own twist. The food is absolutely incredible and it was the best shrimp and grits and fish and grits I’ve ever had.

Middle Sound Mariculture ( – Next up we met up with James from Middle Sound Mariculture who raises and nurtures some of America’s best oysters on the coast of North Carolina. We had some oysters that were absolutely sensational, so perfectly balanced in taste, texture and salinity.

Soft Shell Crab – Next up today we headed over to meet another friend of Chef Keith who specializes in in soft shell crabs, and some of the best and freshest soft shell crabs you’ll ever have. It was fascinating to learn about the process, and we harvested some fresh crabs. Chef Keith drove over his food truck and immediately cooked them up until crispy and made some of the greatest soft shell crab burgers you’ll ever have!

Shell’em Seafood Co. ( – Another highlight of this American seafood tour in North Carolina was meeting up with Ana Shellem who locally harvests seafood and shines light on lesser known species and ingredients. We harvested some local Wilmington mussels.

The Bento Box ( – Finally to wrap up this amazing seafood experience with Chef Keith, we brought the fresh mussels over to Chef Lee at The Bento Box where he and Chef Keith prepared an incredible feast of Japanese, Korean, and Southern food all on the table using local ingredients.

It was truly an honor to experience this when I was in North Carolina and I can’t thank Chef Keith Rhodes and his family for their incredible hospitality.

When you are in Wilmington do not miss eating at Catch Restaurant, the food is outstanding and you know where it comes from! Say Hi to Chef Keith!

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