the first time we ate at Jack Mackerel's was a couple of years ago .... we returned to eat there again on 9-10-18 .... Hurricane Florence was churning toward the North Carolina coast .... by order of the local officials, the town of Kure Beach would be shutting down the following morning .... to our surprise, the place was full .... eating there ain't cheap but the seafood they serve is very good .... I found it interesting that with their Calabash style dishes they use different batters for their shrimp, scallops, oysters and flounder .... I eat large scallops but they aren't my favorite .... theirs were excellent, truly excellent .... folks visiting the Wilmington, NC area who enjoy seafood would be well advised to give Jack's a try