Cast Iron Kitchen

Coffee shop
Worth a detour

Lunch is served at the Cast Iron Kitchen, but it’s breakfast that draws the crowds. Starting at 7:30 every morning except Monday (when it’s closed), Wilmington hungries flock to this strip mall dining room for eggs and grits, pulled pork hash, fried chicken & waffles, and Smokey Mountain Benedict made with smoked bacon and country ham.

Shrimp and grits are a fine version of the classic, including zesty disks of sausage along with 6 or 12 shrimp (small or large order) in a tomato cream red-eye gravy along with bacon, onions, and mushrooms. It’s a dramatic swirl of flavor and texture, great fun to eat.

Corned beef hash is interesting. It’s made of massive shreds of corned beef and hunks of potato. The beef is tremendously flavorful — good and briny — but it isn’t very juicy. Its curious succulence is reminiscent of southwestern carne seca, paradoxically air-dried and juicy all at once. Cast Iron Skillet’s corned beef isn’t nearly that extreme, but it does have a texture unlike any other version I’ve come across. At first, I shied away, but after a few bites I was gobbling it up right along with its fine cushion of more unctuous potatoes.

Warning: Having been visited by TV’s Guy Fieri, the Cast Iron Kitchen can be overwhelmed by his followers. Unless you come at an off-hour, expect to wait for a table … even if you’ve made reservations.

What to Eat
Cast Iron Kitchen, Corned Beef Hash
Corned Beef Hash
The money dish: rough-hewn corned beef hash
Cast Iron Kitchen, Shrimp & Grits
Shrimp & Grits
Shrimp & grits contains discs of jazzy-spiced sausage.
Cast Iron Kitchen, Biscuit
The biscuit is crumbly, but full of flavor.
Directions and Hours
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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