UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: EatDrinkShopCook: Tide of new choices for beach grub

Monday, July 16, 2012

EatDrinkShopCook: Tide of new choices for beach grub

My mother sent me an email after she got back from a Fourth of July party. "Everyone was talking about the lobster rolls at Southport Beach," she wrote. "They say they're the best around." Lobster rolls at the beach? What happened to hamburgers and hot dogs? Clearly I've been out of the loop. Usually I pack peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches that inevitably end up in the maws of aggressive seagulls. It was time to check out the report.
A newcomer to town, King's Kitchen at Southport Beach is owned by brothers Hunter, Carter and Parker King of Westport. Painted in tropical colors, with bar stools and Adirondack chairs for lounging, the little shack -- formerly, the beach's concession stand -- evokes a Caribbean-like vibe. (A far cry from the rundown shoreline snack shacks when I was growing up that offered Fudgesicles and frozen Snickers.)
The menu matches the cool exterior. Yes, King's Kitchen has hamburgers and hot dogs (grass-fed, to be exact; $7 and $4.50), but the daily specials also include several fresh, ocean-inspired choices, like ahi tuna tacos ($12), lobster quesadillas ($16) and shrimp ceviche ($7). When I went, the lobster roll ($16) was sold out, so it still remains a mystery. They did, however, have "drilled to order" coconuts for sale ($4), and cooling salads like organic potato salad ($3) and watermelon with local chevre cheese ($8). READ MORE:

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