Saltbox Seafood Joint is a true fish shack - you order at one window, pick up from another, and then you’re on your own to find seating at one of the few picnic tables scattered around. It’s somewhere you’d expect to find at the beach, rather than in the middle of landlocked suburbia. But don’t let the lack of ambiance (or a roof) turn you off, this is some of the best seafood in the triangle. Saltbox sources their seafood daily, so the selection depends on what’s available, but you can always get the fish grilled or fried, and on a platter with potatoes and slaw or sandwiched inside a buttery hot dog bun.
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