BIG THAI II
From the minute you walk through the door to the wonderful selection of authentic Thai cuisine, Big Thai II offers you a tranquil and charming atmosphere – perfect start to a memorable dinner. For the lunchtime crowd, the luncheon specials provide a great opportunity to get away. The menu is filled with carefully prepared dishes such as Pad Thai (Chicken, Beef, Pork or Tofu pan-fried rice noodles with eggs, peanuts, bean sprouts, carrots, and chives in a sweet and savory sauce) and Masaman Curry (The mildest of all curries, this peanut base curry is creamy and delicious with potatoes, cashew nuts and creamy avocado). But you shouldn’t rush into a main entrée right away! You will be missing out on a deliciously appetizing Thai favorite, Nam Sod (Ground Pork blended with fresh chili, green onion, ginger and peanuts). And be sure to save room for a piece of their fabulous Coconut Cake! A trip to Big Thai II is an experience that you’ll never forget. If the fast and friendly service doesn’t keep you coming back, the great food will! 1319 Military Cutoff Rd.; 256-6588
■ Serving Lunch: Mon-Fri 11 a.m. -.2:30 p.m.
■ Serving Dinner: Mon-Thur 5 p.m. -.9:30 p.m.;
Friday 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday 4 p.m. -.10 p.m.; Sunday 4 p.m. -.9:30 p.m.
■ Neighboorhood: Mayfaire
■ Featuring: Authentic Thai Cuisine
■ Website: www.bigthainc.com
Blue Asia serves a wide range of Asian and Pacific Rim cuisines, in Chinese, Japanese and Thai, prepared by experienced chefs. By offering only the freshest seafood, meats and vegetables, chefs prepare classic sushi rolls, nigiri and sashimi, as well as hibachi tempura dishes, and favorites like Pad Thai or chicken and broccoli. A large selection of appetizers, such as dumplings and spring rolls, along with homemade soups and salads, make Blue Asia a fusion experience, sating all palates. Folks dine in an upscale ambiance, transporting them to far-away metropolises. We always serve a full menu, and we specialize in the original all-you-can-eat, made-to-order sushi for lunch ($11.95) or dinner ($20.95). With specialty cocktails and full ABC permits, we welcome families, students, young professionals and seasoned diners alike. 341 S. College Rd., Ste 52. 910-799-0002.www.blueasiabistro.info
■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Wed, 11am-10pm; Thurs-Sat, 11am-10:30pm; Sun, noon-10pm.
■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown, near UNCW
■ FEATURING: All-you-can-eat, made-to-order sushi for lunch ($11.95) or dinner ($20.95).
■ WEBSITE: www.blueasia.info
HIBACHI TO GO
If you want fresh food fast, check out Hibachi To Go! It is a family-owned business with a professional and friendly staff serving the freshest local ingredients. Everything on the menu is done right on-site, from hand trimming the meat to making every sauce! They offer affordable appetizers such as crab, pork, or pineapple wontons, green bean fries, spring rolls, and edamama along with specialties like Teriyaki or Hibachi chicken, hand-trimmed ribeye, scallops, tempura or grilled shrimp, and fresh fish with veggies and rice. Drop by daily for the $4.69 lunch special and $4 sushi. Bring the little ones in on Sundays to the Ogden location and they can eat for only $0.99!
Visit us at our Ogden location where you can dine- in or take-out or our Hampstead location where you can drive-thru, walk-up, or take-out.
■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 11am- 9pm Everyday
■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Ogden- 6932 Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28411 (910) 791-7800
Hampstead- 6932 Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28411 (910) 791-7800
■ FEATURING: $4.69 lunch specials
■ WEBSITE: www.hibachitogo.com
INDOCHINE RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE
If you’re ready to experience the wonders of the Orient without having to leave Wilmington, join us at Indochine for a truly unique experience. Indochine brings the flavors of the Far East to the Port City, combining the best of Thai and Vietnamese cuisine in an atmosphere that will transport you and your taste buds. Relax in our elegantly decorated dining room, complete with antique Asian decor as well as contemporary artwork and music. Our diverse, friendly and efficient staff will serve you beautifully presented dishes full of enticing aromas and flavors. Be sure to try such signature items as the spicy and savory Roasted Duck with Red Curry, or the beautifully presented and delicious Shrimp and Scallops in a Nest. Be sure to save room for our world famous desert, the banana egg roll! We take pride in using only the freshest ingredients, and our extensive menu suits any taste. After dinner, enjoy specialty drinks by the koi pond in our Asian garden. Located at 7 Wayne Drive (beside the Ivy Cottage), (910) 251-9229.
■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Tues.- Fri. 11am- 2pm; Sat. 12pm – 3pm for lunch. Mon.- Sun. 5pm – 10pm for dinner.
■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown
■ FEATURING: Balinese dancer every Fri. night.
■ WEBSITE: www.indochinewilmington.com
SUNNY SUSHI & LOUNGE
Delight in a delectable range of “gateway” sushi and contemporary takes on classic Japanese cuisine in a hip and simple setting. Our fusion sushi makes use of unique ingredients such as seared steak and blue crab, offering downtown Wilmington a fresh and modern taste. Offering over 85 different sushi rolls, many are titled in quintessential Carolina names, such as the Dawson’s Creek, the Hampstead Crunch, and the Queen Azalea. We focus on fresh, organic ingredients, and seek to satisfy guests with dietary restrictions—we have many vegetarian options, for instance. Our selections feature exotic ingredients such as eel and octopus, while we even offer rolls using sweet potatoes or asparagus. Dine with us and discover the tantalizing flavors you’ve been missing. 141 N. Front St.; (910) 833-7272
■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Lunch: Mon.-Fri. 11am-2pm; Sat. 12pm-2pm.
Dinner: Mon-Thurs: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri-Sat: 5 p.m.-11 p.m.; Sun: 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown
■ FEATURING: Sunny Maki Combo Specials:
3 sushi rolls for $11.95 daily.
Craving expertly prepared Chinese food in an elegant atmosphere? Szechuan 132 Chinese Restaurant is your destination! Szechuan 132 has earned the reputation as one of the finest contemporary Chinese restaurants in the Port City. Tastefully decorated with an elegant atmosphere, with an exceptional ingenious menu has deemed Szechuan 132 the best Chinese restaurant for years, hands down. 419 South College Road (in University Landing), (910) 799-1426.
■ SERVING: LUNCH & DINNER
■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown
■ FEATURING: Lunch Specials
From the flavorfully mild to the fiery spiced, Thai Spice customers are wooed by the dish that’s made to their specifications. Featuring a tasteful menu of traditional Thai standards to numerous delectable house specials, it’s quickly becoming the local favorite for Thai cuisine. This family-run restaurant is sure to win you over. If you haven’t discovered this gem, come in and be charmed. Whether it be a daytime delight, or an evening indulgence, your visit will make you look forward to your return. Located in Monkey Junction at 5552 Carolina Beach Rd., Ste. G. (910) 791-0044
■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Tue.-Th.: 11:30am – 9:30pm; Fri.-Sat.: 11:30am – 10:00pm; Sun.: 11:30am – 9:00pm
■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wilmington South
■ WEBSITE: www.ThaiSpiceWilmington.com