9 Fish Camps Within 30 Minutes of Charlotte

Most opened during the previous century

Ah, the fish camp. Most of these family-run spots have been catching and frying catfish, flounder, whitefish, perch, and other freshwater goodies for decades. As you’ll see below, several of the ones near Charlotte arrived more than 50 years ago. If you’ve never visited one of these beloved spots, you can survey some below to plan your first visit:

Jones Fish Camp
5269 NC-16, Maiden
Opened in 1952
Hours: Tues-Wed, 3 p.m.-9 p.m.; Thurs-Sat, 3 p.m.-9:30 p.m. (Closed Sun-Mon)
What to try: The whole fried flounder is a local favorite here.

Lake Todd Fish Camp
5905 Alexander Rd., Concord
Opened in 1962
Hours: Thurs-Sat, 4 p.m.-9 p.m. (Closed Sun-Wed)
What to try: Here’s a rarity for this type of spot: This fish camp has a gluten-free menu to accompany its primary offerings.

The Captain’s Cap
Multiple locations
Opened in 1981
Hours: Vary by location
What to try: The family packs are worth checking out, including the 20-piece Baby Flounder pack, the 16-piece Perch Filet pack, or two pounds of Calabash Shrimp.

Catfish Cove
1401 Armstrong Ford Rd., Belmont
Opened in 1989
Hours: Tues-Thurs, 4 p.m.-9 p.m.; Fri, 4 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sat, 3 p.m.-9:30 p.m., and Sun, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (Closed Mon)
What to try: The platter here gives you the full experience: shrimp, oysters, deviled crab, flounder fillet, perch, and catfish.

Riverside Fish House
1341 Dallas Stanley Hwy., Dallas
Opened in 1990
Hours: Tues-Wed, 4 p.m.-8:30 p.m.; Thurs, 3 p.m.-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; and Sun, 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
What to try: This restaurant is known for big portions and their popular baked flounder fillets.

Long Creek Fish Fry
1031 Lower Dallas Hwy., Dallas
Opened in 1948
Hours: Wed-Thurs, 1:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.; Fri, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat, 1:30 p.m.-9 p.m., and Sun, 12:30 p.m.-8 p.m. (Closed Mon-Tues)
What to try: Be sure to try the croaker and the fantail shrimp from this one, the oldest on the list.

Twin Tops Fish Camp
4574 S New Hope Rd., Gastonia
Opened in 1968
Hours: Tues-Thurs, 4 p.m.-8:30 p.m.; Fri, 4 p.m.-9 p.m.; and Sat, 3 p.m.-9 p.m. (Closed Sun-Mon)
What to try: The salt & pepper catfish is among the area’s best—and you better get that slaw on the side.

Captain Steve’s Seafood
Multiple Locations
Opened in 1996
Hours: Hours vary by location
What to try: Steve’s Fisherman Platter: filet of flounder, oysters, scallops, jumbo shrimp, baby shrimp, and deviled crab.

Harbor Inn Seafood

8805 University E Dr.
Opened in 2004
Hours: Tues-Thurs, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sun, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (Closed Mon)
What to try: The broiled combo plate of tilapia and jumbo shrimp. (Comes with a house salad, your choice of fries, a baked potato, onion rings, or steamed veggies, and your choice of hushpuppies or French bread.)

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