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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Howards Pub, Ocracoke Island, North Carolina

First off, sorry no pics.  Just a review.  And I might say, a review that I do not take pleasure in writing.  We have been going the the Outer Banks for 20 years and a trip to Howard's Pub has always been a highlight of the trip.  We even had Thanksgiving Dinner there one year as we had liked it so much.  But, unfortunately, the quality has been going downhill and our visit last week was the last straw.

There were 8 of us.  One order of crab cakes was OK and the grilled tuna was acceptable to the person who ordered.  

I ordered the Hungry Howard, a 5 piece assortment that you can receive either fried or broiled.  I ordered it fried.  It came to me cold and soggy.  The crab cake was mushy and the scallops were underdone in the middle.  The fish was overcooked and leathery, almost like it had been under a heat lamp for an extended period of time.  

One person ordered the 3 piece broiled platter.  Ditto on the soggy crab cake and under done scallops.  

The wife ordered snow crab legs.  The taste was good.  But they were ice cold.  

They even got rid of the free plastic Howard's Pub cups that you can get your drafts in and take home a a souvenir.  

The last straw was the level of service.  The waitress was not knowledgeable and did not offer to give a discount or anything when the quality of our meals were mentioned.  Plus, there was a hint of impatience on her end.  

I could go on, but I think you get the picture.  

Like I said, it pains me to write this review.  We have considered ourselves loyal customers of Howard's for years.  But, considering the declining level of service, coupled with our experience last week, we will not be returning unless online reviews say otherwise.  

Bottom line, 1/2 out of 4 stars...

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