The historic downtown area, just a few steps from your front door, is a flourishing scene filled with great food and fine dining. There’s seafood, of course, from crab and shrimp fresh off the boat to high-end culinary delights. Whatever’s in season will show up on your plate in all kinds of delectable ways.

But Washington looks in all directions for good eats, not just out to sea. So, save room for some eastern NC BBQ and legendary hot dogs (with a lineage dating back to 1928). Burgers by the water and mouthwatering inventions brought to you by way of area farms. Locally grown collards and fresh-baked breads, cakes and pastries. Sandwiches, steaks, darn good friend chicken and the latest culinary trends.

We’d be remiss not to mention the plentiful liquid refreshments as well. At Moss Landing you’ll be a short stroll from a wealth of welcoming pubs, wine bars, breweries and even a gin distillery. Or perhaps you’d like to carve out some time to enjoy a special event like the women winemakers wine dinner?

For starters, here’s a rundown of local restaurants that combine great tasting with health eating.