REVIEW: The Silos Restaurant – Oriental
As you drive the 30 miles of Highway 55 between New Bern and Oriental, a small harbor town on the Neuse River in Pamlico County, you don’t pass by a whole hell of a lot other than a few small towns and acres of farmland. There are a few restaurants along the way but the majority of them are fast food so there isn’t much to choose from.
However, there are a few hidden gems along the way and I have found one and it is pretty hidden even though it is right out in the open. The Silos Restaurant (Silos…as the locals call it) resides in the skeleton of two renovated farm silos on the outskirts of Oriental so you might accidentally drive right by it if you didn’t notice the sign in front or all of the cars filling up the parking lot. It is definitely a local favorite.
Silos has one of the best craft beer selections in all of Oriental in their renovated bar in the upstairs dining room. They have a variety of different bottled beers plus 12 beers on draft. Even though Silos isn’t located on the water, this is the place where a lot of people go to tip back some cocktails and have a good time. They aren’t open very late because the Oriental community wakes up early and goes to bed early so make sure you are up there by 7pm or 8pm at the latest.
Doug and Keri Delisle, the owners of Silos, classify their restaurant as a unique restaurant with Italian flair offering a casual family dining experience and I definitely agree with them. They serve burgers, pizza, steaks, seafood, Italian dishes and a variety of sandwiches and salads. It is a pretty large menu. I spent about 10 minutes trying to figure out what I wanted.
I ordered a side Caesar salad as an appetizer. The salad came with homemade salad dressing, freshly baked croutons and some high quality Parmesan. It was pretty inexpensive for the amount that I got and the lettuce was extremely fresh.
I ordered the day’s special which was a two-topping medium pizza for nine dollars. Silos makes their own pizza dough and Doug, the owner, puts his homemade sauce on the pizza which is sweet and tangy. The crust was cooked perfectly. It was crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Their toppings are topnotch and the cheese is very high quality. They offer pepperoni, ham, sausage, beef, bacon, salami, onions, green peppers, garlic, mushrooms, black olives, tomato, olive oil (not sure if this is a topping or not but its on their list), banana peppers and pineapple.
I want to give something else a try the next time I go down there to check out the rest of the menu but I think I would be hard pressed to try something else because the pizza was so good. I am sure their Italian dishes are equally as good. If you are driving down towards Oriental, you should definitely stop in Silos and get a bite to eat.