Daddy Mac’s Beach Grille

My family is usually around 17 people strong, so when I say we went out for family dinner, I’m talking all 17 of us deciding on the same place to eat, sitting at the same table and ordering from one very frazzled waiter.  It is no easy task.  The deciding alone will typically send at least one member of the family out of the room.  But when we are in Topsail, it’s much easier to pick.  Daddy Mac’s is one of the most consistent places to eat good seafood on the island.  Here’s why we return, year after year.

Overall:  4 out of 5

Food/Beverage:  4.3 out of 5

Ambiance: 4.5  out of 5

Value: 3.5  out of 5

Service: 4  out of 5

Daddy Mac’s is situated RIGHT on the water.  The entire back wall is windows, and if you’re lucky you can get a seat on the huge back patio.  They allow you to grab a drink from the bar and find yourself a spot out back.  There are a few rocking chairs lining the railing, and plenty of spaces on the stairs.  We are lucky enough to have a house that’s about 1/2 mile down the beach, so we can walk right up.



This visit, there were only 13 of us. We walked down about an hour before we wanted to eat and put our name on the list.  They send you a text when your table is ready so we can hang out on the back porch of our house and have a cocktail in the mean time.  The wait was stated at 30 minutes to an hour.  They called us about 45 minutes later and let us know it was our turn.

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We were seated right away at a HUGE table with a good view of the water.  I’d say the ambiance was nice, however the restaurant itself is very loud.

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They have high ceilings and one big open room and it can be very difficult to hear the person at the end of the table.  We were all joking that it would be nice if they had one big round table to offer large groups to help with the noise problem.

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We ordered drinks, which arrived quickly and shortly after our order was taken.

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Overall, the server did a fine job.  We had to wait a little here and there, had to ask for a few things more than once, but overall she was friendly and knowledgeable about the menu.

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My mom started with the seafood chowder ($3.99 bowl).  It was creamy, thick and full of potatoes, corn bacon and seafood.  The soup was such a hit that after one taste, my niece confiscated the entire bowl to eat for herself.

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The salads aren’t much to write home about, with the exception of they make their own croutons.  This is always a winner in my book.  They are very tasty.  Order the house vinaigrette, you won’t regret it!

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I didn’t take many food pictures, because by the time dinner was placed in front of me, I was so hungry that I dug right in.  My sister and I split two different seafood dishes.  The salmon with the wasabi aioli ($17.99) and the Mahi Mahi Skewers with garlic butter ($18.99).  The mahi was tough and the skewers were awkwardly holding together the piece of fish. The salmon, on the other hand was perfectly cooked and paired well with both sauces.  I enjoyed the mashed potatoes but missed the old ones they served, filled with white cheddar cheese and horseradish.

The rest of my clan ordered many delicious dishes.  The crab cakes are a little pricy, at $21.95, but are prepared three ways with your choice of sauces and are delicious! My brother got a the lobster and crab pasta dish which was outstanding!

Overall, I’m always happy with my food choices when I come here and for such a huge crowd, they do a great job of getting us in and out quickly feeling happy and full.

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