Danny Hayes, the proprietor of The House of Fish, is part P.T. Barnum, part Soul Train creator Don Cornelius, with a helping of the Piedmont and a dash of Harlem tossed in. His is a constant presence in the dining area where he charms customers – newcomers and long-timers alike – with ongoing patter about their families, the food and anything else that might spring up.
Hayes, 44, has made The House of Fish one of the most happening seafood restaurants in the state. People from all over the region and across the country visit the restaurant just off U.S. 1 South in East Aberdeen: blue-collar workers still in their uniforms, road and utility workers donning muddied work boots and orange vests, physicians, retirees, families and out-of-state vacationers who stop in to eat after playing a few holes at the nearby Pinehurst resort.
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If you go
The House of Fish , 9671 N.C. 211, Aberdeen, 910-944-0826. www.thehouseoffish.com Open Tuesday through Thursday, 12 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday: 12 to 10 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday.
From the menu:
- “Wahoo,” a Hawaiian fish filet served with purple mashed potatoes: $19.95
- Grilled whole red snapper: $19.95
- Maple-glazed salmon and shrimp: $19.95
- Shrimp and grits: (gumbo-style over yellow stone grits, served with hush puppies): $15.95
- Dungeness Crab legs and shrimp, served with mussels, an ear of corn, and “a crazy, cracked-out, chaotic sauce:” Market price