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Mayflower Seafood Restaurant XVI

Posted by NOK 5 Apr 2010 7 Comments

I’ve spotted various iterations of Mayflower Seafood Restaurant across the state of North Carolina, and our very own location on 15-501 across from the VW dealer is designated as XVI, so I’m assuming there are at least XV others. We went on a recent Friday night and were pleasantly surprised to see it almost packed, and to see people coming and going from the separate take out area. Visitors are greeted by a giant model sailboat, a decorative theme that is carried throughout the restaurant (though without that “corporate-mandated” vibe).

As it does in many NC seafood restaurants, the fryer gets a workout here, with the vast majority of dishes and platters advertised as fried (menu). In that spirit, we unapologetically ordered two fried platters – one small tilapia platter, and one small combo platter with flounder and jumbo shrimp. For the kids we got a chicken strip kids meal. Aside from the two sides of slaw and the iced tea, everything was fried. The tilapia platter ($8.99) came with 2 good sized pieces of fish, slaw , the side of your choosing (fries, in this case), and, get this: *round* hushpuppies. Yep, they’re donut-shaped (and tasty too – medium density, good cornmeal crunch, and on the sweet-side with a hint of onion flavor). The combo platter ($9.99) came with one good sized flounder filet, and 6 jumbo shrimp. The fish was battered with a light cornmeal batter – I would’ve preferred a bit more seasoning, but I think they anticipate that you’ll be dipping in tartar sauce, which is available on every table. The shrimp had a thicker, crunchier batter, but it actually suited the good sized shrimp well. Slaw was chopped fine, creamy and fairly sweet. Everything tasted fresh.

Fries were standard crinkle cut – don’t go out of your way. Fried okra was solid, though not particularly different from good examples throughout Durham.

Overall, I’m not planning a pilgrimage (har) to visit the other 15+ locations, and, Mayflower is not one of Durham’s most unique dining experiences, but when you want fried seafood, it’s a good choice. The service is fast, friendly, and attentive and the portions are generous but not obscene.

Mayflower Seafood Restaurant XVI
3742 B & C Chapel Hill Blvd.
Durham, NC
(919) 401-9888


  • Julie said:

    When we went to one of their locations, the portions *were* pretty obscene in their size….to the point where we wish we had just ordered one and shared it. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing, but it was a bummer at the time because when we went, we were going to be out all day so couldn’t take any leftovers (of which there was a lot) with us.


  • tipperary said:

    They also have daily specials … which is stuff from their regular menu, just at a lower price. The special is normally available all day, with the exception of Friday and Saturday when the special pricing is only available at lunch.

    I really appreciate this place for take-out; though there is a 50 cent surcharge for takeout. They always take the time to open the box of food and confirm that it contains what your ordered.


  • Toby Simpson said:

    Seafoods are very rich in Iodine too.~’~


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    seafoods are great because they have lots of the mineral iodine which prevents goiter”~~


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