Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of sailing ships and the Intracoastal Waterway while dining at this popular casual American restaurant in Wrightsville Beach. Lunch and dinner are served daily. Favorites include jumbo lump crab cakes, succulent seafood lasagna, crispy coconut shrimp and an incredible Caribbean fudge pie. Dine inside or at their award-winning outdoor patio and bar, which is the location for their lively Waterfront Music Series every Sun. during the summer months. Large parties welcome. Private event space available. BluewaterDining.com. 4 Marina Street, Wrightsville Beach, NC. (910) 256.8500.
■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Fri 10am-11pm; Sat & Sun 10am – 11pm.
■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach
■ FEATURING: Waterfront dining
■ MUSIC: Music every Sun. in Summer
■ WEBSITE: bluewaterdining.com
Serving the Best Seafood in South Eastern North Carolina. Wilmington’s Native Son, 2011 James Beard Award Nominee Chef Keith Rhodes explores the Cape Fear Coast for the best it has to offer. We feature Wild Caught & Sustainably raised Seafood. Organic and locally sourced produce & herbs provide the perfect compliment to our fresh Catch. Consecutively Voted Wilmington’s Best Chef 2008, 09 & 2010. Dubbed “Modern Seafood Cuisine” we offer an array Fresh Seafood & Steaks, including our Signature NC Sweet Potato Salad. Appetizers include our Mouth watering “Fire Cracker” Shrimp, Crispy Cajun Fried NC Oysters & Blue Crab Claw Scampi, Seafood Ceviche & Conch Fritters to name a few. Larger Plates include Plancha grilled Painted Hills Steaks, Blackend Red Drum Filet, Charleston Crab Cakes, Tempura OBX Scallops, Flounder Escovitch & Pan roasted Queen Trigger fish. Custom Entree request gladly accommodated for our Guest. (Vegetarian, Vegan & Allergies) Hand Crafted seasonal desserts from Alan DeLovely. Full ABC Permits. 6623 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28405.
■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Fri 11am-2pm and Mon. Sat. 5pm-9pm.
■ NEIGHBORHOOD: North Wilmington
■ FEATURING: Acclaimed Wine List
BUFFALO WILD WINGS
If you’re looking for good food and an atmosphere that’s fun for the whole family, Buffalo Wild Wings is the place! Award winning wings and 20 signature sauces and seasonings. Plus…salads, wraps, flatbreads, burgers, and more. Tons of Big screen TVs and all your favorite sports. We have daily drink specials, a HUGE draft selection, and Free Trivia all day every day. Come in for our Weekday Lunch Specials, only $5.99 from 11am-2pm. Visit us for Wing Tuesdays with 50 cent wings all day long, or Boneless Thursdays with 60 cent boneless wings all day long. Buffalo Wild Wings is a great place to dine in or take out.
■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: Mon-Sat 11am-2am and Sun 12pm-2am
■ NEIGHBORHOOD: 2 locations-Midtown (910-798-9464) and Monkey Junction (910-392-7224)
■ MUSIC: Live Music on Thursday and Friday nights at Old Eastwood Rd. location and Friday nights at Monkey Junction location
■ WEBSITE: www.buffalowildwings.com
THE GEORGE ON THE RIVERWALK
Drop your anchor at The George on the RiverWalk, your destination for complete sense indulgence. Watch the historic Cape Fear River unfold before you while you enjoy the best in Southern Coastal Cuisine. The menu combines elegance, creativity and diverse selection of steak, pasta, salad and fresh seafood, including the best Shrimp n’ Grits in town. Warm in the sun on the expansive outdoor deck sipping an exotic, colorful martini, or unwind at the spacious bar inside boasting extensive wine and martini lists along with weekday appetizer specials from 4:00pm-6:30pm. Don’t forget to try downtown’s best kept secret for Sunday Brunch from 11am-3pm. You are welcome to dock your boat at the only dock’n’dine restaurant downtown, grab a trolley, or enjoy our free, front door parking (ask for pass!) Why satisfy when you can indulge? Find the George on the Riverwalk at 128 South Water Street, 910-763-2052.
■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Tues. – Sat. 11am – 9 pm. Enjoy Sunday Lunch and Brunch 11am – 3pm.
■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown
■ FEATURING: Sunday Brunch / Wilmington’s only dock’n’dine restaurant.
■ WEBSITE: www.thegeorgerestaurant.com
“Failte,” is the Gaelic word for “Welcome,” and at Halligan’s Public House it’s our “Motto.” Step into Halligan’s and enter a world of Irish hospitality where delicious food warms the heart and generous drink lift the spirit. Be sure to try Halligan’s house specialty, “The Reuben,” number one with critics and of course our customers. One bite and you’ll understand why. Of course, we also serve a full selection of other delicious entrees including seafood, steak and pasta, as well as a wide assortment of burgers, sandwiches(Halligan’s Cheese Steak), and salads. And if you are looking for a friendly watering hole where you can raise a glass or two with friends, new and old, Halligan’s Public House boasts a comfortable bar where fun-loving bartenders hold court daily and blarney fills the air. Stop by Halligan’s Public House today, “When you’re at Halligan’s….you’re at home.” With 12 beers on tap and 16 flat screen TVs, you can watch your favorite game and enjoy your favorite drink.
■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 7 Days a Week Mon-Wed 11:30 am – 2:00 am Thurs-Sun 11:30 am – 2:00 am
■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Masonboro Loop
■ FEATURING: THE Best Rueben in Town!, $5.99 lunch specials, Outdoor Patio
■ WEBSITE: wwww.halligansnc.com.
A local favorite, Henry’s is the ‘place to be’ for great food, a lively bar and awesome patio dining. Henry’s serves up American cuisine at its finest that include entrees with fresh, local ingredients. Come early for lunch, because its going to be packed. Dinner too! Henry’s Pine Room is ideal for private functions up to 30 people. Henry’s is home to live music, wine & beer dinners and other special events. Check out their calendar of events at HenrysRestaurant.com for details. 2508 Independence Boulevard, Wilmington, NC. (910) 793.2929.
■ SERVING: Sun. –Mon.11am-10pm; Tues.- Fri.: 11am – 11pm; Sat.: 10am – 11pm.
■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown
■ FEATURING: Daily blackboard specials.
MUSIC: Live Music beginning at 5:30pm
■ WEBSITE: www.henrysrestaurant.com.
JAX 5TH AVENUE DELI AND ALE HOUSE
“A gourmet sports saloon” best describes Jax. Family-owned and operated, Jax has been a local favorite for over 25 years in Orlando, Florida. They offer the best ingredients and have teamed with Great Harvest Bread to take “deli” to a whole new level. Jax serves over 20 NY-style stacked sandwiches and fresh pita pizzas, huge salads, wraps, along with over 200 bottled beers, 24 drafts, wine and a full bar of spirits. They feature wall-to-wall TVs for any sports event. Bringing local flair to their establishment, all tables and their bar are custom-built from old growth wood excavated from the Cape Fear River. A “flank” off the NC Battleship greets customers as they enter the ‘50s silver diner at 5046 New Centre Drive. But, let’s make one thing clear: This isn’t a diner! 910-859-7374.
■ SERVING: Lunch/Dinner/Late-night Mon.-Sun., 11a.m. to 2 a.m.
■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown Wilmington, near university
■ FEATURING: Daily blackboard specials. Live Music beginning at 5:30pm
Visit us in our new location on the corner of Eastwood and Racine – 420 Eastwood Rd, Unit 109. “Where the people make the place” If you’re looking for a warm and friendly atmosphere with awesome home-cooked, freshly prepared meals, you can’t beat K’s Cafe. Serving Breakfast (from $3.50) and Lunch (including daily entree-and-two side specials for $6.95), and dinner. K’s Cafe is the best deal in Wilmington. They offer chargrilled burgers, including their most popular Hot Hamburger Platter smothered in gravy! They also offer great choices such as fresh chicken salad, crabcake sandwich, soups, and even a delicious Monte Cristo served on French toast bread. K’s also offers soup, sandwich and salad combos and a great variety of homemade desserts. On Sundays they offer a great brunch menu which changes every week. A variety of choices will be on the menu such as Shrimp and Grits and Eggs Benedict. Visa and Mastercard accepted. Give K’s Cafe a try…you won’t be sorry. 420 Eastwood Rd., Unit 109, 791-6995. Find us on Facebook or on our website, www.ks-cafe.net.
■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 7 DAYS A WEEK. Open for dinner Wed. thru Sat. evenings
■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown
■ FEATURING: Ever-changing brunch
■ WEBSITE: www.ks-cafe.net.
THE LITTLE DIPPER
Wilmington’s favorite fondue restaurant! The Little Dipper specializes in unique fondue dishes with a global variety of cheeses, meats, seafood, vegetables, chocolates and fine wines. The warm and intimate dining room is a great place to enjoy a four-course meal, or indulge in appetizers and desserts outside on the back deck or in the bar while watching luminescent jellyfish. Reservations are appreciated for parties of any size. Located at the corner of Front and Orange in Downtown Wilmington. 138 South Front Street. (910) 251-0433.
■ SERVING DINNER: Open every day at 5 p.m. Memorial Day – Labor Day.
■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown
■ FEATURING: 70s menu every Tues.; Special prix fixe menu on Thurs.; 25% off a’ la cart menu on Fri. from 5-7 p.m. and half price bottles of wine on Sun.
■ MUSIC: Fri. & Sat. in summer
■ WEBSITE: www.littledipperfondue.com
PINE VALLEY MARKET
Pine Valley Market has reigned supreme in servicing the Wilmington community for years, securing encore’s Best-Of awards in catering, gourmet shop and butcher. Now, Kathy Webb and Christi Ferretti are expanding their talents into serving lunch in-house, so folks can enjoy their hearty, homemade meals in the quaint and cozy ambience of the market. Using the freshest ingredients of highest quality, diners can enjoy the best Philly Cheesesteak in Wilmington, along with numerous other sandwich varieties, from their Angus burger to classic Reuben, Italian sub to a grown-up banana and peanut butter sandwich that will take all diners back to childhood. Served among a soup du jour and salads, there is something for all palates. Take advantage of their take-home frozen meals for nights that are too hectic to cook, and don’t forget to pick up a great bottle of wine to go with it. 3520 S. College Road, (910) 350-FOOD.
■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon.-Fri. 10am-7pm; Sat. 9am-6pm. Closed Sun.
■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South
■ FEATURING: Daily specials and take-home frozen meals
■ WEBSITE: www.pinevalleymarket.com
Trolly Stop Hot Dogs is a family owned franchise with six locations. Since 1976 they specialize in storemade chili, slaw and sauces, and as of more recent – a variety of gourmet sausages and burgers (at participating locations). The types of hot dogs include Beef & Pork, All Beef, Smoked Sausage, Fat-free Turkey (at participating locations), and Soy. Sausages include Bratwurst, Mild Italian, Spicy Beef and Polish Kielbasi. Locations are: 121 N. Front Street open Monday thru Saturday 11 a.m. ‘til 4:30 p.m. CLOSED SUNDAYS; (910).251.7799. 94 S. Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach open Wednesday thru Friday 11 a.m. ‘til 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. ‘til 4 p.m. CLOSED MONDAYS AND TUESDAYS. (910) 256-1421. 4502 Fountain Drive, (910) 452-3952. open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Sunday; South Howe St. in Southport, open Tuesday thru Fri. 11 ‘til 3, Sat. 11 ‘til 4 CLOSED SUNDAYS AND MONDAYS (910) 457-7017. Catering cart available all year from $350. Call Steve at (910) 520-5994.
■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER
■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Throughout the Port City
■ FEATURING: Dog friendly locations at Wrightsville Beach and Downtown
Wilmington. Buy a hot dog, we’ll throw in an extra for your pooch. (Without bun.)
■ WEBSITE: www.trollystophotdogs.com