TIP TOP FISH HOUSE

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TIP TOP FISH HOUSE

3300
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Durham
NC
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  • Submitted by Anonymous on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 4:35pm

    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. 

  • Submitted by JFElliott on Friday, December 30, 2011 - 11:23am

    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!!

  • Submitted by durhamite on Monday, December 22, 2014 - 7:36am

    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.

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  • Tue, 12/23/2014 - 10:22am by gary

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3300
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Durham
NC
Neighborhood: 
Type: 
Use: 

 

tiptop_fishhouse_ext_1960s.jpg

(Courtesy Dave Piatt)

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(Courtesy Dave Piatt)

(Tip Top Fish House ads from 1963 Durham City Directory)

 

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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.

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