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Out in the countryside, halfway between Siler City and Ramseur, in the little town of Staley, just half a mile off Highway 64, there's a sudden rush of traffic, even on a Thursday evening.


The destination is Captain Tom's Seafood Restaurant, which has thousands of patrons come through every single week, even in a down economy, due to word of mouth raving, neighborly appeal, and fantastic food for really reasonable prices.


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You can't help but feel nautical the minute you walk inside Captain Toms Seafood Restaraunt. 

There are about a dozen huge murals painted by local residents: Henry Brown and the Payseur family.

There's also some beautiful stained glass and plenty of thick ropes and boats and boothes. There are also two huge meeting rooms with tables where you can hold a private party. The building seats 300.



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Captain Tom's Seafood Restaurant has been around since 1981, when Tommy and Aggie Anagnostopoulos opened the place to rave reveiws that are still taking place.

It's not changed much over the years, other than to add some steaks, broil, chicken and pasta to the menu which features flounder, salmon, trout, perch, red snapper, talapia, catfish, whitefish, sea scallops, shrimp, snow crab legs, deviled crab, clam strips, oysters, trout... you get the idea.



Captain Toms Seafood Restaurant - Chatham County Things to Do - Chatham County Relocation Information - Local BusinessesThere's soup (chowder, oyster stew, shrimp or oyster cocktails) and salad and even dessert. And there's no item on the menu for over $12.


We went to Captain Tom's Seafood Restaurant at about 7pm and had to wait in line for a bit, even on a weeknight.

But the line moved fast and the order was taken quickly by Morgan Brown, who was warm and friendly and attentive, with a big smile that seemed authentic.

The food was served fast, hot, and I'll tell you right now, a "small" platter at this restaurant is much more than most people can eat.

Captain Toms Seafood Restaurant - Chatham County Things to Do - Chatham County Relocation Information - Local BusinessesA large platter could probably feed four people. Take a look at what your neighbors have before ordering - you might be surprised at what you get, especially at the price.

I was filled up long before I polished off my plate and had to take about half of it home. Which will be really nice to have tomorrow.




Captain Toms Seafood Restaurant - Chatham County Things to Do - Chatham County Relocation Information - Local BusinessesTommy and Aggie still work the restaurant, and they went around greeting folks at their tables - most of whom seemed to know them quite well.

And when I got out my camera to snap a few pictures, they wanted to be sure I included other employees who have worked with them for nearly 30 years.


Am I going back? You betcha!




Pictured from left to right are Captain Tom's Seafood Restaraunt staples Renee May, Sonya Wilson, James Staley, Jimmy Anagnostopoulos (Tommy and Aggie's son), and Tommy Anagnostopoulos.

Captain Tom's Seafood Restaraunt hours:

Closed Monday, Tues-Thurs 4pm-9pm, Fri-Sat 4pm-10pm, Sunday noon to 9pm.

Captain Tom's Seafood Restaraunt is located at 320 Brown's Crossroads Road in Staley, NC 27355.  Call 336-824-2371.


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Comments (6)

Lee & Pamela St. Peter
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522 - Raleigh, NC
Making Connections to Success in Real Estate

Penny thanks for the heads up about Captain Tom's.  Lee and I love places like this.  We'll have to give them a try!  Great review!  They must be thrilled

Aug 09, 2009 11:22 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I have enjoyed quite a few excellent seafood meals while traveling in the NC area, usually much closer to the shore. This would have to be kept for my next trip through. Thanks for the post.

Aug 10, 2009 12:02 AM
Dick and Dixie Sells
Sells Real Estate, LLC - Trinity, FL
Realtors, Tampa Bay Florida Homes For Sale

Sounds like a great place. Love that seafood! We will put it on our list when we get to North Carolina! Thanks for the great profile!

Aug 10, 2009 12:31 AM
Carol Smith
Casmi Photography - Mebane, NC

Amazing the gems hidden in the country!  I have made a note of the address!  Now it's just finding time to go.  But you can bet that will happen - and soon!  Thanks!

Aug 10, 2009 01:50 AM
Stanton Homes
Stanton Homes - New Home Builder - Raleigh, NC
Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina

Pam & Lee - you won't regret it!  Well worth a try.

Ed - It's amazing how a local business like Captain Tom's can make such a wonderful impression, and being unique has a lot to say for itself!

Aug 10, 2009 02:10 AM

I have been employed at Captain Tom's since 1999 when I was 15 years old.  This article is wonderful! You captured the essence of the restaurant and it's family! You won't find better seafood anywhere! It is a great family environment, and I can say for a fact that the service is top notch! Thank you for a great review!

Aug 31, 2009 06:06 AM