There are a few must haves when you’re planning your trip along the ICW and are looking at stopping by Oriental. The Bean for coffee and nightly ice cream for dessert. Stop inside, and get a hot cup of coffee and sit on their front porch. It overlooks the harbor and you can watch the workers on the fishing boats or any new visitors as they pull up to the 48 hour free dock. They are also dog friendly with a fresh bowl of water on the front porch. If you’re up for a nice stroll after your coffee you can make the trip to The Oriental Deli. They have several different sandwiches but Lisa and I always stop by for the Farmer’s Breakfast with Sausage. It’s kind of like a McDonald’s Sausage and Egg Biscuit if McDonalds made theirs with Love and Unicorn smiles. Seriously, if you don’t have room for a full pancakes and bacon breakfast this place is fantastic. For lunch you can always stop by the iconic M&M restaurant on your way back to the boat. M&Ms is situated about 50 feet from the free dingy dock. They offer a wide variety of delicious food with daily specials. After lunch or dinner you can stay for a drink or two at their bar. Don’t be surprised if they know your name after a few visits.
After your breakfast and lunch, you might be in the mood to burn off a few calories. Oriental has you covered again. Their town mascot is the dragon and if you’re there on New Year’s Eve you can see them parade through town. Every other day of the year though you can conduct your own scavenger hunt for the Oriental Dragon Eggs. Throughout the town there are Dragon Eggs scattered about the town with plaques describing their origins. Lisa and I have found only 4 different ones so far. Let us know how many you come across on your walks around town.
If you’re passing through North Carolina, Oriental should be a must see on your travels. This quiet little town always has something going on for the weekends; farmer’s market, art show, or haunted tours. There is something for everyone here.