Loco Joe’s in Southport, N.C.


       In an interview with Julianne Hough about filming Safe Haven, she said her favorite restaurant in Southport was Loco Joe’s because of their fish tacos.  Today we went there to try them for ourselves.  This is a tiny hole in the wall popular with locals and tourists.  We had to wait about 30 minutes, but well worth it!  There’s also a sarcastic sense of humor about the place.  The sign on the porch says “This place sucks.” Inside by the cash register sat a galvanized bucket used for the tip jar, but it says “trash”.

And….my friends and family know I always seek out the sanitary rating.  It is 99%.


Wildlife Grill on Oak Island Mainland


Today I went to the Wildlife Grill where Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel took refuge from a storm in the movie Safe Haven. It was fun to sit where they sat in the movie. I ordered the French Toast and it was the best I’ve ever had. It is a little cafe that opens at 5:am in order to serve all the local fishermen in the area. Next door, and attached to the cafe, is a bait and tackle store. In the movie they actually had a dance in that area.