The walls of Basnight’s Lone Cedar Café are adorned with nets, rods and rakes that are used to catch fish and crabs. Large nets hang from the ceiling. Stunning water views are available from every table, as well as a bird’s eye view of the nest of resident ospreys, Ricky and Lucy.
The Osprey Lounge is dedicated to the charter fleet — the bar is the made from the stern of a fishing boat — and a mural of the fleet that fishes out of Oregon Inlet graces the wall.
There are plenty of reasons to visit the Outer Banks, and one of them is the incredible just-caught seafood served at area restaurants. Any seafood-lover will tell you that it’s very easy to taste the difference between previously frozen fish and something fresh from the boat — regardless of how a chef prepares the dish.
Caroline Basnight, daughter of the restaurant’s owner, former state Sen. Marc Basnight, says since the restaurant opened its doors more than 20 years ago, it has been dedicated to serving 100 percent local seafood.
“We do not serve any seafood that has been imported; it must be caught by our local fishermen for us to serve it on our menu,” says Basnight, who is in charge of the restaurant’s daily operations, along with her sister, Vicki Basnight. “We believe what makes us unique is that we are dedicated to serving what North Carolina and our Coast is known for. We are a green restaurant who cares about our environment. Our vegetables are grown on local North Carolina farms, and our seafood is caught by our local fishermen. We even note on our specials of the night the name of the person who caught the fish.”