Lexicographers debate whether landlubber is a distortion of landlobber, one who throws away deeds and titles carelessly, or lend-scrubber, a request from hygiene-obsessed sailors plagued by dermal barnacles. Demonstrate your command of nautical slang with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of seafood at Harbor Inn Seafood's location in Charlotte.
Known for its jovial family atmosphere and cache of tasty treasures dredged from the vast deeps, Harbor Inn Seafood offers a safe port in a storm of codless eateries. Plentiful lunch and dinner menus supply succulent ocean-meat alongside appetizers and salads. At the sound of the supper sousaphone, sink your mouthhooks into a kick line of crab legs ($8.95) before diving into weekly specials such as fried catfish fillet ($7.95) or fried whiting with baby shrimp ($6.95). Aquaphobes, meanwhile, can surf without leaving the turf with a 10-ounce choice-cut rib eye with jumbo shrimp ($14.25). Once you’ve washed each fish into your belly’s ocean belly with a bottomless glass of iced tea, the Inn’s bakers will top you off with a slice of one of their many fresh-caught cakes. Lunchers, meanwhile, can revel in their own daily specials, be it Tuesday's fried perch with baby shrimp ($4.95), Wednesday's fried Alaskan whitefish with baby shrimp ($4.95), or Friday’s madness-inducing Chthulhu tentacles (market price). Otherwise, try an undersea musical number’s worth of flounder, baby shrimp, oysters, and deviled crab with the fried seafood platter ($7.95).
A spacious, family-friendly establishment with a plentiful children’s menu under $5 and family-pack carryout ($23.95) for surprise in-law visits, the Inn resembles a stately plantation home, where fish bones line the entrance and mermaids welcome sailors with catches from the deep. Alcohol is not served at Harbor Inn but burned as fuel for the whiskey-powered tabletop lighthouses.