The Basics

The Basics

319 North Front Street • In the Cotton Exchange • (910) 343-1050

Located in the Cotton Exchange in downtown Wilmington, The Basics serves the finest Southern cuisine around. From Hoppin’ John to locally caught seafood to house-smoked BBQ, The Basics takes classic soul-food dishes and adds a twist, giving them new life. Age-old entrées like battered-and-fried oysters are served atop freshly mixed greens. Their collard greens are locally grown and vegan. Dinner has rotating specialties that change to reflect the freshness of the season. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and will be tempting the masses come Encore Restaurant Week! Open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. ; Saturday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.


Celebrate wine and food! We have an eclectic and wide-ranging wine list, and you can buy two lunch or dinner entrees and get a bottle of wine for only $15!

Or you could try our dinner for 2 special: an appetizer, 2 entrees, a dessert and a bottle of wine for the special price of $65.



Cornmeal Dusted Fried Local Oysters with Jalapeño Aioli

Southern Canape with Pimento Cheese, Spiced Pecans and Devilled Eggs

Chef’s Special Bruschetta with Spring Ingredients and Locally Sourced Greens

Ginger Spiced Crab Cakes with Traditional Tartar Sauce


Cashew Dusted Local Flounder with Blue Grits, Hoisin and Collard Greens

Pesto Encrusted Salmon with Tomato Basil Risotto and Grilled Asparagus

Shrimp and Grits – Tiger Shrimp Poached in a Cajun BBQ sauce over Stoneground Grits

Filet Mignon Crowned with Herbed Goat Cheese over Wild Mushroom Risotto and Fresh Green Beans

Dijon Encrusted Lamb Chops with Onion Jam and Asparagus


Flourless Chocolate Torte

Peach Cobbler

Hummingbird Cake

Fresh Berries and Scuppernong Sabayon

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