Restaurants in Wilmington, NC

From spectacular dive-bar burgers to elegant, cutting-edge cuisine, Wilmington, North Carolina, has a meal for every taste and budget. The burgeoning downtown dining scene includes high-stylin’ cafes with devoted farm (and sea)-to-table cookery as well as a vintage urban diner with a take-no-prisoners waitstaff. At the high end of the dining spectrum, Pinpoint Restaurant delivers a magnificent taste of coastal Carolina, always with a contemporary twist. For example, catfish is brined and smoked before getting fried; cornbread soup is festooned with crisped country ham; brownies are available a la moded with roasted dandelion root ice cream. One place that does it all and has it all is Pine Valley Market. It’s a grocery store, artisan butcher, wine shop, and lunchroom where the menu includes outlandish bacon jam burgers with pimento cheese and Texas Pete aioli as well as salubrious veggie wraps to please those on a diet.

Wilmington’s Most Famous Dishes

A bowl of grits, creamy and orange with cheese

Grits

Slim-stemmed glass holds a pink lemon drop Martini

Cocktails

Cup of chili topped with cheese and chopped raw onions

Chili

Tall, gnarled-top light gold biscuit

Biscuits

Wilmington’s Best Restaurants

Foxes Boxes

WILMINGTON, NC

Rolled & Baked

WILMINGTON, NC

Pinpoint Restaurant

WILMINGTON, NC

Sweet N Savory Cafe

WILMINGTON, NC

Rough-hewn corned beef hash contains big hunks of potato
Cast Iron Kitchen

WILMINGTON, NC

The Basics

WILMINGTON, NC

Pine Valley Market

WILMINGTON, NC

Burger is crowned with bacon, jalapeno pimento cheese and fried green tomatoes, garnished with lettuce, pickle, and onion
Winnie’s Tavern

WILMINGTON, NC

Dixie Grill

WILMINGTON, NC

Wilmington Articles & Guides

View All Articles & Guides

Still Saucy After All These Years

In 1901, there were fewer than 7,000 cars on America’s roads. Just 40 years later, Duncan Hines’s guidebook Adventures in Good Eating was pinpointing hundreds of gems worthy of a detour....

Pennies in a Stream, Falling Leaves, A Sycamore

By Jane and Micheal Stern Of course Vermont is the number one breakfast state. Early-to-rise farmhouse hours, a high whole-grain consciousness, and the legendary maple syrup harvest add up to...

The Best Restaurants in Wilmington, NC | Roadfood Bests

From spectacular dive-bar burgers to elegant, cutting-edge cuisine, Wilmington, North Carolina, is an eater's paradise. The burgeoning downtown dining scene includes high-stylin' cafes with devoted farm (and sea)-to-table cookery...

×

Connect with us #Roadfood