I remember eating here all the time when I was young. They had this HUGE scale right outside the front door. My father would always talk me into weighing myself before and after I ate. He would always tell me I had gained a lot of weight. I'm sure that would be considered child abuse these days, but I knew it was all in jest. They had the best shrimp plate in town. It was split inside into two separate dining rooms, and I think it was past it's heyday, because I never remember it being busy enough that they used both dining areas. The other cool thing I remember is that the restaurant was made out of the cool block type construction. I remember climbing it and looking down through the windows at everyone eating. My father just about wrung my neck.
I remember getting take-out flounder there a lot. Bullock's was right behind Tip-Top, but was usually so busy it was hard to get waited on!
Tip-Top had great seafood. I remember the large scale too!!
It had a really cool Pacific Island motif. I remember those rafter tails that were cut to look like fish heads. I never got to eat there, so it is interesting to see that they extended inside. Quite an interesting design.
(Courtesy Dave Piatt)
(Tip Top Fish House ads from 1963 Durham City Directory)