Great view, wonderful service and outstanding food rounded out our dining experience at the Paper Canoe. Our group of four had a few glasses of wine and beer, the scallop appetizer, clam chowder, the stuffed shrimp, the duck and the tuna special. This was finished off with a rich and tangy key lime pie. Make reservations! I think the nicest part was the restaurant was full the entire time we were there, but it didn't feel crowded, nor were we rushed.
Knew we wanted to eat here but had a few stops to make first so we didn't make reservations. Arrived at 8:30p and they accommodated us at the bar. Definitely make reservations if you want a table. The bar still had a great sound view & wasn't too noisy. If making a reservation I think I'd actually prefer a table in the bar area rather than a table in the dining room.
Very good food. A beer + mixed drink, a wood-fired Margherita pizza & the Crab Cakes dinner, a slice of cabernet cheese cake & a slice of key lime merengue. With tip we were out the door for $102.
Service was great too. The bartender was really working hard, but made sure we were taken care of.
We'll be back
Rating: A New Favorite
We went three times in the Fall of 2011 and two times in 2012 since it was an easy walk from our cottage.....had great meals every time. The following is my review of our first visit in 2011 from my journal:
After 5 wonderful dinners at the cottage prepared by our good friend and chef we decided to go out for a light/causal dinner. On the short list were Tortugas' Lie, Kill Devil Grill and the Blue Moon. However with the pending downpour we thought it better to stay closer than to have to drive 45 minutes or so in rain and standing water in Duck and environs. So now was the chance to try The Paper Canoe which was an easy 5 minute walk from our cottage but we opted to drive due to the rain. The PC is located in the former Duck News restaurant across from the Sanderling Inn, just south of The Left Bank.
We arrived around 5:50 and the place was beginning to fill up. I let Jane and John out to get a table while I parked the car. When I went in I saw them sitting in the dining room part of the restaurant in the middle of the room. I asked why we didn't get one of the 3 tables at the windows and they said the hostess said although they did not have reservations for these tables we could not take them because of our party of only 3. Actually all tables had a view of the Currituck Sound, however the window tables were much more inviting. OK rules are rules and I get it.
So I checked out the other room which was the bar with about 12 chairs and maybe 8 window tables (7 for 2 and 1 for 4). All the tables were filled but I saw chairs empty at the bar and went back to tell them that the other room had a much nicer "feel" to it.......besides I enjoy dining at a bar when having a casual dinner. So we made the move.
First thing I notice is that they have Dogfish Head 60' and Arrogant Bastard on tap.....this is good. John and I got the 60' and Jane ordered one of the chards....they only had two chards by the glass. The room has big windows and we are right on the sound, I mean right on. Now it is pouring....heavy.
We figure since the owner is from New Jersey and he is doing pies then they have to be good. If not his name will be mud. So we decide to have one Sausage (Italian sausage, broccolini, tomatoes and mozzarella); one Duck (House smoked pulled duck, ricotta, roasted garlic, Vermont white cheddar); and one Special (Peas, bacon, caramelized onions, cheese). For starters
Jane and John had Grilled romaine salad (with feta cheese, roasted tomatoes and roasted shallot-balsamic vinaigrette) and I had the soup special, a carrot soup.
The results: my soup was awesome.....wish I could tell you what else was in it but I can't. J&J loved their grilled romaine. The pies came out in about 20 minutes after our starters....just right. They were 10" pies with thick crust. I am not a huge thick crust fan but it was excellent.....light and cooked to perfection with just a little char. J&J loved their pies.....and I have to say my sausage was excellent, ranking up there with great Jersey pizza. The sausage itself was one of the finest Italian sausages I have tasted and the mozzarella was definitely top shelf. I finished mine and J&J each took 2 slices for lunch.
We had another round of drinks, this time going for the Arrogant Bastard instead of the Dogfish Head. Asked the barmaid about the name of the place and she told me the story.....find it here [url]http://www.ibiblio.org/eldritch/nhb/paperc/intro.html[/url]
We had a nice chat with a couple up from Kill Devil Hills about back in the day.....the Carolinian, By George and the candy cigs, the Windmill Point and the great kidney bar, and on and on. BTW....they loved their dinners as well.
All in all a nice place.....definitely will add to our list of favorite Outer Banks restaurants.