I love exploring new parts of NC that I haven’t been to before, and especially exploring their food. I know Pittsboro is a little bit outside of the Triangle, but I jumped at the chance to try a new restaurant in a new town. I am a firm believer that good food is worth travelling for, and Postal Fish Company is definitely worth the trip. Situated in Pittsboro’s cute and cozy downtown, this post office turned seafood restaurant makes the 45-minute drive from Raleigh completely worth it. Postal Fish Company was opened by Chefs Bill Hartley and James Clark, who worked together for years at The Carolina Inn. After working in a hotel for many years, they decided that they wanted to branch out and cook what they were really passionate about; fresh, local food. Every bit of seafood in Postal Fish Company is sourced from SC, NC, or VA, and the menu changes almost daily based on what products they are able to receive. They also get the majority of their produce from the Pittsboro Farmers Market. I assure you though, no matter what products they receive, they will find a way to make it delicious.
I was lucky enough to get to try some truly amazing dishes from Postal Fish Company last week. Myself and a friend were seated at the Oyster Bar with a few fellow bloggers. If you get the chance to sit here, I strongly suggest it. It was so much fun getting to see the chefs work, and everything that left the open kitchen looked mouthwatering. Our meal started with Potted Shrimp with Grilled Bread ($11). This was basically a shrimp dip, which was topped with a layer of butter. I never knew shrimp dip could be so good! It was very light but incredibly flavorful, and the butter added a surprisingly interesting flavor. We definitely got a second serving of bread to make sure we didn’t let any Potted Shrimp go to waste. Next we got Shucked Raw Oysters ($12/half dozen), which had a Lemon & Chatham Cider Works Mignonette. I had actually never had oysters before, but I could just taste the freshness of these! Next up was the Shrimp Boudin Balls with Creole Sauce. These were definitely one of my favorite dishes. They were filled with rice, shrimp, and sausage and perfectly crunchy on the outside. If it wasn’t for all of the other amazing food that Chefs Bill and James spoiled us with, I could’ve eaten several more of these. Next up were the Mussels, which I always love. They were huge, and came in a delicious white wine and cream sauce. This sauce was perfect to dip the rest of our grilled bread in. We also got some amazing potato rolls, which were somehow both perfectly sweet and salty. All of the bread at Postal Fish Company comes from The Bread Company, which is also located right in Downtown Pittsboro. After the Mussels, we got a taste of different ways Postal Fish Company does shrimp. We had a few boiled shrimp, served with cocktail sauce ($14/half pound), as well as some grilled and marinated shrimp. While both were amazing, I preferred the smoky flavor of the grilled shrimp to the boiled. As if this weren’t enough food, Chefs Bill and James hit us with two more entrees and side dishes, but we were up for the challenge! The first was a Pan Seared VA Rockfish with Roasted Squash, Baby Kale, and a Carrot Fennel Broth. I had never had Rockfish, but it was incredibly light and went perfectly well with the vegetables and broth it was served with. The roasted squash added a nice sweetness as well. This was also served with Wood Grilled Carrots with pecans and a Curry Aioli. This side dish was definitely one of my favorite things. As both a carrot and a curry lover, the combo was unbelievable! Our final savory course was a Crispy Triggerfish with Crispy Brussel Sprouts, Balsamic, Corn Bread, and an Arugula Pecan Pesto. This was also one of my favorite dishes. The fish was perfectly light and crispy and the flavor of the crispy Brussel sprouts really complimented the fish. Plus, who doesn’t love crispy brussel sprouts! This dish was served with Crispy Pecorino Grits with Haw River Mushroom Tomato Bolognese ($5). I feel like I keep saying this, but this was also one of my favorite things. If you’re a cheese grit lover like myself you need to order these! They were crispy, salty, cheesy, and just overall incredible. To top off that meal, as if we had any room left, we got to try all four of the desserts Postal Fish Company has to offer. We sampled the Coconut Cake, Key Lime Pie, Bread Pudding, and Chocolate Cake. While all of them were incredibly tasty, the Coconut Cake for me was above and beyond. I’m not even a huge coconut fan, but I think that cake is one of the best I’ve ever eaten. I think what makes it different is that it is made with layers of pound cake, instead of your typical white or yellow cake. The pound cake just makes the flavor so much richer!
If you couldn’t tell by all of my gushing throughout this article, I love everything about Postal Fish Company. From the cozy downtown Pittsboro location, to the friendly and inviting chefs, to the incredible food, this place is 100% worth the drive. I can’t wait to go back and see what else Chefs Bill and James have up their sleeve as they get in different products and the seasons change.